Sammy Westfall
Staff Reporter
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WESTFALL: Time Granted

I rode in the passenger seat of a car with a friend one Tuesday in October. It was only a short trip to Walgreens, so […]

Sammy W with friends and housemates in graduation gowns
Courtesy of Sammy Westfall
New state bill addresses jailhouse informant reliability

To date, the United States has seen 367 individuals exonerated by DNA testing nationwide. Roughly one in five exonerations have been linked to faulty testimony […]

Hunt promotes community-police relationships

When 13-year-old Marquell Banks was killed in 2011 as a result of gun violence, his cousin Daniel Hunt — a 22-year-old Hill neighborhood resident who […]

Yale Security Department rolls out new scooters

Do not fret if you see a three-wheeled, 400-pound vehicle zoom past you around campus at the hair-raising speed of 15 mph — it’s just […]

Otoniel Reyes sworn in as NHPD chief

Standing under both the American and Puerto Rican flag and next to his wife and 10-year-old son, Otoniel Reyes officially become New Haven’s permanent police […]

After CRB nominees rejected, questions remain

After five of the 11 nominees for the Civilian Review Board were nearly unanimously voted down, community members have mixed feelings regarding the process of […]

Two men shot on Ashmun Street, NHPD investigates

Two men were shot in the area of 219 Ashmun St. — a residential area approximately 0.2 miles from the Yale Police Department — slightly […]

NHPD, city laud contract

Two weeks after the New Haven Police Department union ratified a contract with the city, police and city officials alike lauded the contract as a […]

Civilian Review Board nominees face alders

In January, the New Haven Board of Alders established a long-awaited civilian review board in an effort to address police brutality and accountability. But implementation […]

Summer sees spike in shootings, youth violence

New Haven witnessed seven murders this year. Six of those occurred in the summer months alone. A rise in crime during these months is not […]

YPD investigation into groping incident is ongoing

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins notified the Yale community of an “incident of inappropriate touching” that occurred in the early hours of Aug. 24. At […]