Greetings from gun wavin' New Haven
Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:06 PM
Cash-strapped New Haven begins layoffs; 16 cops cut
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By William Kaempffer
NEW HAVEN — Sixteen police officers will turn in their badges and guns Thursday, the police union confirmed, as the city begins a first wave of budget-driven layoffs.
The officers were contacted by the captain of patrol Wednesday afternoon and told to report at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The move drew a strong response from the union.
“You can’t equate dollars and cents with public safety. People are going to get hurt in New Haven. They are paying high taxes, and they’re not going to get the services they deserve,” said police union President Sgt. Louis Cavaliere said after a packed and volatile union meeting Wednesday night. “They’re going to be out there alone. There are going will be times they need the officers and they won’t be there.”
The layoffs amount to about four percent of the police force, which remains one of the largest in the state.
The city did not confirm the layoffs, and city spokesman Adam Joseph repeated the message the administration has conveyed in recent weeks.
“In a difficult financial environment, the city will be facing difficult choices and will be (making them) in the best interest of residents and the taxpayers,” he said.
The layoffs had been rumored for weeks, but the news still caught many off guard. No police officers have been laid off in the city in at least four decades.
Officer Mike DiCocco, 27, a two-year veteran, is engaged to be married in June. He is one of the 16 cops told to report.
“I expected to be here for the next 25 years,” he said as he left the union meeting. “It’s devastating, but at the same time it’s reality now.”
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:03 PM
A 17-year-old New Haven resident was shot and killed on Saturday.
After reports of gunshots in the area, New Haven Police Department officers found Vashun Lewis with a gunshot wound to the chest outside of 229 Goffe St. in Dixwell at approximately 12:15 p.m. After he was taken to the hospital, Lewis died of his injuries. NHPD Spokesman Joseph Avery said in a press release that the department has begun to investigate the incident, and is currently pursuing several leads.
Lewis is the 11th murder victim of the year.
Five of 2011
Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:54 PM
Police late Wednesday were at a shooting outside a corner store on George Street.
According to police, the shooting took place at about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Day Street.
The victim, a 16-year-old, was shot in the neck at least once, and initially was in critical condition at St. Raphael's hospital, police said.
Witnesses reported hearing six gunshots, and one witness said they saw the victim being chased down the street before being shot.
George Street was closed for several hours Wednesday night as police continued their investigation.
About 90 minutes after the shooting, police responded to a large disturbance at St. Raphael's Hospital and dozens of officers quelled the emotional scene.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:11 PM
The move was made possible when the police commission Tuesday night unanimously approved a policy outlining the use of rifles by patrol cops.
The new policy ends a long delay surrounding the new rifles, which have been stored in a vault at the Police Training Academy at 710 Sherman Parkway for the past year.
The guns will be used only in “extreme cases,” said Adger. “This is not a situation where you’re going to see officers walk down the street with a rifle in their hand.”
Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:00 PM
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011
NEW HAVEN -- A man was seriously wounded in a shooting in the Farnam Courts housing project Friday afternoon.
Police said the victim was shot three times in the torso and described the injuries as life threatening.
Initially, police were told two people were shot but only found one victim at the scene.
A witness, who identified herself only as Queen, said she was visiting her mother when she heard a "good six shots" and ran toward the victim. She said she didn't see the gunman but did see the victim, whom she knows, on the ground.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:52 AM
I don't know if this is the same incident posted above.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - A shooting in New Haven left a man in critical condition.
A victim of the shooting is an alleged gang member. Police are still looking for a second victim.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 04:48 PM
The unidentified victim was shot at about 4 p.m. behind 42 Lilac St. and taken to the Hospital of Saint Raphael with injuries that were described as non-life threatening.
Later, police chased at least one man up to Sheffield Avenue and had the house surrounded.
According to Sgt. Donald Harrison, the victim said he was visiting a friend on Lilac Street when he was approached by two males who asked for money. When he refused, police said, one of them shot him.
Jeffrey Kerekes, who is running for mayor, said he was on Ivy Street to talk to a person who had concerns about crime and the lack of jobs in the city. He said he saw the assailants walk past him covering their faces from nearby security cameras about 10 minutes before the gunfire, After the shot, he saw the same two people fleeing.
“For too many people, this is what they live with,” he said later.
Tuesday was the second time the victm, who works as a bread deliveryman and has accounts in the neighborhood, was attacked. In February, a robber assaulted him inside the truck and on the sidewalk outside a Shelton Avenue convenience store.
He was bloodied and hospitalized but not seriously hurt.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:47 PM
Man barricaded in New Haven building
Updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011, 12:17 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011, 11:11 AM EDT
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - A man with armed with a gun has barricaded himself in a New Haven apartment building.
Police tell News 8 the man is barricaded inside an apartment at 1523 Chapel St., near Derby Ave. That's a block or so away from the Hospital of St. Raphael.
Police got a call from a woman just before 10:00 a.m. regarding a domestic dispute involving a gun. The woman fled the apartment, police said, and the man barricaded himself inside.
Police say they are familiar with the man, who has a criminal record and is wanted on two outstanding warrants, but they are not releasing his identity.
Police say the man is alone in an apartment. They have not yet made contact with the man, but a police negotiator has been called to the scene.
Vehicles and pedestrians are being kept from the immediate area and surrounding streets are busy with the spillover traffic.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:23 AM
Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:07 PM
Police said it seemed to be a “traveling dispute.”
The shooter and the*victim were traveling in separate vehicles that*were approaching one another from opposite directions on Edwards Street at 3:40 p.m. and one*blocked the other's path, police said.
People in*both vehicles got out, fought*and one person*shot the other, police said.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:45 PM
The killing was one of three separate shootings on Sunday that wounded five people.
Just after 3 p.m., Twan Singleton-Austin, 17, of New Haven, arrived at Yale New Haven Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. He said he was walking in the area of Shelton Avenue and Starr Street when he heard gunshots. He called a family member and got a ride to the hospital.
Then at 5:30 p.m., gunshots were reported in the area of 89 Shelton Ave. A few moments later, Yale University police stopped a vehicle at Broadway and York Street traveling at a high rate of speed and found a gunshot victim inside. Gordon Petteway, 21, was shot in the shoulder.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:29 AM