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by Paul Bass | Dec 3, 2013 4:19 pm | Comments (1)
A 5-year-old girl in Fair Haven called 911 to report that her father was drunk and abusive. She would make more such calls in years to come—and get to know and admire New Haven’s cops.
Twenty-six years later, that girl has grown into one of the city’s fastest-rising cops herself, one of two who will make history this week. On the job she has found herself talking to a new generation of children with abusive fathers.
by Paul Bass | Sep 20, 2013 10:04 am | Comments (11)
Ryan Przybylski figured he’d be breaking up a fight among drunks when the bars let out. He didn’t anticipate a gunshot going off right behind his head.
by Thomas MacMillan | Aug 23, 2013 1:41 pm | Comments (4)
Rookies Elizabeth White and Allyn Wright arrived first at the scene of an attempted pizzeria robbery. When other cops arrived moments later, the duo told them to keep moving to Rock Creek Road. White and Wright had already figured out who did the crime—and where to find him.
by Paul Bass | Aug 16, 2013 2:40 pm | Comments (11)
Earl Reed hurried down Park Street to catch a suspected burglar. He arrived to find a more heinous crime in progress.
by Thomas MacMillan | Jul 26, 2013 7:03 am | Comments (11)
Less than an hour after pedaling out for the first time as bike cops, rookies Dave Vega and Rafael Ramirez came upon a crime scene: A bus with a smashed window and a frantic bus driver pointing at a man sprinting away down the street. The chase was on.
by Paul Bass | Jun 14, 2013 1:32 pm | Comments (3)
Rain pelted down in the darkness as Milton DeJesus wrestled in a puddle with a felon who refused to let go of his loaded gun.
DeJesus wasn’t in East Haven anymore. Boy was he glad.
by Paul Bass | May 7, 2013 2:26 pm | Comments (5)
Detective Bertram Ettienne had just finished polishing off a plate of bacalao with yuca at Collado Restaurant in the Hill when a murder suspect happened to walk in. Ettienne saw no reason to jump up.
by Paul Bass | Apr 5, 2013 12:47 pm | Comments (2)
Racing to the scene of a teenagers’ brawl, new city cop Ryan Kajtor kept a piece of advice in mind: Don’t act like a robot.
by Paul Bass | Mar 12, 2013 12:47 pm | Comments (3)
On his belt he had a gun. A baton. Mace. But when he suddenly had to wrestle an armed and intoxicated armed 270-pound man in the dark amid oncoming traffic on Route 80, Officer David Totino could use only one weapon: his hands.
by Paul Bass | Mar 6, 2013 12:13 pm | Comments (4)
The state finally had an accused quadruple-murderer before a jury. But the case was crumbling. Until Holly Wasilewski brought a key witness into the room.