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06
Apr
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Hamden Files Suit vs Course Operators

Laurel View Country Club

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

The city of Hamden has filed a suit against MDM Golf from Laurel View Country Club, but the owner/operator refuses to leave.

In recent reports, Matt Menchetti said it’s, “business as usual.”  The city says Menchetti didn’t pay the rent in the final two months in 2015, racking up $85,000 in arrearage.  The suit also cites other bills that have not been paid including, electric, sewer, water and propane along with security payments amounting to $132,000 and are requesting the owner to show proof of workers’ compensation insurance that must be kept contractually. 

It is noted personal property tax has not been paid nor has course improvements been made which is estimated at $20,000.  The City of Hamden served a “Notice to Quit” but occupiers refuse to leave.  The suit has been filed with the Superior Court in Meriden.  

Tue
04
Apr
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Sacred Heart University Student 21 Chocked to death During University Celebration

CAITLIN NELSON

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Caitlin Nelson, 21, died three days after a pancake eating contest.  The Sacred Heart University student entered the contest that was part of the school’s annual Greek Week festivities.  Fairfield was the site of the celebration, but on Monday the school mourned the death of a beloved member of the school community. 

Nelson is originally from Clark New Jersey and majored in social work, she was a junior. 

A sacred Heart Nursing student was the first to notice the young student was choking during the contest on Thursday evening.  Within minutes Fairfield police officers arrived to find Nelson unresponsive and not breathing.  Initial Emergency workers tried to revive her, Paramedics arrived shortly after and continued to try to clear the student’s airway. 

Mon
03
Apr
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Hamden's Spring Bulk Trash Pick Up is Underway

Bulk Trash

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden’s spring bulk trash month has begun and will continue through the end of the month.   Bulk pick up is done during the month of April in the spring and October in the fall for the entirety of both months. 

Acceptable Items (150LBS or less): 

1) mattresses; 2) furniture; 3) rugs (must be rolled up and tied like a log; no longer than four feet in length); 4) household appliances (washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, toasters, lamps, microwaves); Note: State Law requires the removal of air-tight doors on refrigerators and other appliances; 5) light and heavy iron goods; 6) metal items (place at one end of the pile for separate scrap metal pick-up).

Other arrangements must be made for items not accepted and that includes:

Wed
29
Mar
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Man Arrested after Robbing Two Convenience Stores

Bradford John

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A convenience store robber has been apprehended for two recent robberies in Wallingford and North Haven. 

Bradford John, 32, of Bristol was charged on Tuesday with robbing the North Colony Road store in Wallingford on Saturday morning just after 8:00 a.m. when he implied he had a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, he lifted a few hundred dollars from the store. 

John drove a Kia Rio to complete his robberies, the next stop was on Sunday a similar robbery was reported in North Haven who was driving a similar vehicle.  John was arrested in East Haven with help from the East Haven Police. 

He is being held on a $50,000 bail and is slated to be in a Meriden Court on Wednesday morning. 

Tue
28
Mar
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Craig Bald arrested again on Child Pornography Charges

Craig Bald

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Craig Bald, 53, has been arrested again for association to child pornography.  Adult Probation directed police attention to Bald after finding 11 additional images of child pornography.  Bald was already on probation for the same crime. 

The man is being charged with Child Pornography in the 3rd Degree. 

Thu
23
Mar
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Hamden Police arrest Car Wash Burglar

Hamden Police Department

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Hamden Police officers have arrested Felix Torres for a burglary nearly one year ago.  On 15 April of last year the Splash Cars Wash was forcefully entered through a broken window.  Once in the buglar stole money and a computer.

Torres was arrested at the Meriden Superior Court on 16 March by the Hamden Police, he is being charged with Larceny, Burglary. 

Wed
22
Mar
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Former WTNH Meteorologist Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Goldstein

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Justin Goldstein former WTNH News 8 meteorologist was sentenced on Tuesday on possession of child pornography, in a Meriden court.  He also got 10-year probation after he is released. 

The 33-year-old Hamden man made a plea deal with prosecutors where he pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of child pornography.  The investigation began in June of last year; the newsman was then arrested on 13 July by Connecticut State Police. 

The Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, collaborated with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigation and the Hamden Police in the investigation and arrest. 

Tue
21
Mar
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Quinnipiac's Cindarella run Unnoticed in the Shadow of UConn

Quinnipiac University Women's Basketball

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

After a victory over the University of Miami Hurricanes Women’s Basketball team the Quinnipiac Bobcats has moved into the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the university’s history. 

QU head coach Tricia Fabbri said,” …this was the year we were really determined to not only knock, but kick that door in and boy did we do that in quite a fashion.”  She made that statement shortly after the team’s victory over the reputed school. 

We can’t talk about Connecticut Women’s basketball without mentioning the UConn Huskie Women logging in their 109th straight victory, shutting down Syracuse by 30 points, their next contest in against the mighty UCLA. 

Mon
20
Mar
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Kidnapper arrested in Hamden

Hamden Police Department

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Police arrested Bridgeport resident Perry Deshazo, 26, on Saturday on kidnapping charges. 

Bridgeport Police reached out to Hamden Police department on Saturday night regarding an abduction from Bridgeport, the department said the man was armed and dangerous and driving a red Nissan Altima. 

Hamden responded to a local apartment complex while outside the building officers observed the dark red Nissan Altima passing by and quickly began pursuit.  The man then turned onto a dead end street where he stopped with no incident and was arrested.

Was is expected to be in the Meriden Superior court on Monday and is being held on a $2.5 million bond. 

Fri
17
Mar
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Hamden Assisted Living center Ablaze

Davenport-Dunbar Housing

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thehinkering.com

 

The Hamden Fire Department responded to an elderly housing complex after the report of fire on the third floor was reported. 

Forty people were evacuated for smoke inhalation, no one was seriously injured and the fire was quickly brought under control.   The incident happened at the Davenport-Dunbar Residence on Putnam Avenue.  Authorities say residents were well versed in evacuation procedure thanks to regular fire drills.

Officials say, out of an abundance of caution crews responded with extra ambulances and one woman was taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation and anxiety.  

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