Medical marijuana bill passes committee

On a day celebrating cannabis culture — 4/20, or April 20 — a bill permitting the medical use of marijuana sailed through the state legislature’s Finance Committee. The committee voted 36 to 15 in favor of the bill, which would permit patients with certain debilitating illnesses to obtain marijuana from a licensed pharmacist to use […]

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NHPD officers arraigned

Two New Haven Police Department officers charged with the unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer were arraigned in the New Haven Superior Court Friday morning. Officers Charles Kim and Lawrence Burns, who were both put on administrative leave and arrested for their alleged involvement in an off-duty shooting incident […]

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Campus mourns Brunt ’15

The Yale community came together Thursday to commemorate the life of Zachary Brunt ’15, a student who shone as a musician and a scientist, and who engaged all kinds of people. The grief that gripped campus after students and faculty learned of Brunt’s death Wednesday was apparent at a candlelit vigil in the Davenport College […]

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Brunt ’15 found dead in Gibbs Lab

Davenport College student Zachary Brunt ’15 was found dead Wednesday following an apparent suicide. Brunt’s body was discovered on the sixth floor of Josiah Willard Gibbs Laboratories early Wednesday afternoon. The police were called by a student shortly after 2 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the […]

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Despite improvements, students concerned about crime

Despite a dramatic decline in crime over the past several years, a News survey revealed that many students continue to be concerned about crime in the city and around campus. While students said recent years have seen an improvement in student-police relations, and most welcomed the New Haven Police Department’s embrace of community policing, they […]

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UP CLOSE | ‘Back to the future’ for New Haven policing

When Dean Esserman arrived as assistant chief of the New Haven Police Department in 1991, the city’s crime was at record-high levels. [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”1723″ ] Organized gang activity and a rampant narcotics trade spurred shootings and other violent crimes — October 1991 registered six shootings a day, and that year still holds the city’s record […]

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Police chiefs meet students

The Elm City’s police leadership packed into the Berkeley College Common Room Monday evening for a meet and greet with students. New Haven Police Department Chief Dean Esserman and Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins were joined by four members of the Board of Aldermen and about 25 students in an hour-long session aimed at […]

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NHPD officers arrested for off-duty shooting

Three New Haven Police Department officers were arrested Friday for their involvement in an off-duty shooting incident outside the State Street bar Christopher Martin’s last Sunday. The NHPD secured arrest warrants from the state’s attorney’s office Thursday evening for the three officers, who voluntarily turned themselves in at police headquarters on Union Avenue Friday morning, […]

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NHPD officers arrested for off-duty shooting

Three New Haven Police Department officers were arrested Friday morning for their involvement in an off-duty shooting incident outside the State Street bar Christopher Martin’s last Sunday. The NHPD secured arrest warrants from the State’s Attorney’s office Thursday evening for the three officers, who voluntarily turned themselves in at police headquarters on Union Avenue this […]

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A New Law & Order

The police stormed the building shortly after 12:45 a.m. The lights came on and the music cut out as between 10 and 15 officers — two of them clad in blue SWAT gear and carrying M-4 rifles — filed into Elevate Lounge. While they climbed the stairs to the second-floor nightclub, students there for the […]

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NHPD places officers on leave

Three New Haven Police Department officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after an off-duty shooting incident outside the State Street bar Christopher Martin’s Sunday morning. NHPD Chief Dean Esserman said at a Sunday evening press conference that he asked the three officers to surrender their guns, badges and police identification Sunday afternoon after […]

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Downtown Ambassadors may help police

New Haven’s blue and yellow-clad Downtown Ambassadors could soon help patrol neighborhoods throughout the city as part of a new crime-fighting idea discussed at a March 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen’s public safety committee. Ward 7 Alderman Doug Hausladen ’04, who pitched the idea, said adding “ambassadors” — non-sworn individuals charged with assisting […]

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