A 26-year-old Bridgeport man, arrested for possession of cocaine and a loaded gun, was found parked in the early hours of the morning last week in an area known as a hot spot for motor vehicle and criminal activity.
James Nelson was arrested near 3 Business Park Drive, not far from the Branford Motel and the TA Truck Stop, locations the Branford police have long investigated and patrolled. It is not unusual for police to arrest people from other areas of the state who have heard about places to buy illegal drugs.
A groundbreaking murder case has been ticking and ticking and ticking at the state courthouse on Church Street for more than five years now. It has yet to come to trial—but it’s already headed to the state Supreme Court for a second time, with the potential to set new rules for how Connecticut prosecutes murders and to test the limits on when seemingly delusional people may serve as their own lawyer.
The murder case of Dr. Lishan Wang is headed to the State Supreme Court for the second time in its nearly six-year history and before the case has gone to trial.
Chief Public Defender Thomas Ullmann has formally filed an appeal on behalf of Dr. Wang, 49, seeking to overturn a decision that he be forcibly medicated. The appeal will delay any forced medication that the state hoped would help restore Dr. Wang to mental competency so that he can stand trial for the murder of Dr. Vajinder Toor.
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted unanimously last night to approve the town’s acquisition of Foote Memorial Park and Riverside Park that have been held in trust. This was the final board to approve the proposal which means the 44.6-acre park and other properties will be owned by the town.
“We want to ensure this remains a recreational park for generations to come and we do that by taking ownership,” said First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove shortly before the vote was taken. (Cosgrove is pictured at left in photo with Selectman Jack Ahern.)
Laura Burban, director of Branford’s Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, believes between 19,000 and 25,000 dogs imported from Southern states will make their way to Connecticut this winter. And she is not happy about that.
Burban’s shelter covers Branford, North Branford and Northford. In her years as the head of the shelter, she has undertaken any number of legal efforts in order to help the animal population her shelter serves.
Dr. Lishan Wang has formally filed an appeal seeking to overturn a decision by a Connecticut Superior Court judge that he be forcibly medicated. The appeal will delay any forced medication that the state hoped would help restore Dr. Wang to mental competency so that he can stand trial for the murder of Dr. Vanjinder Toor in 2010.
Superior Court Judge Thomas v. O’Keefe, Jr., the trial judge, made the formal announcement of the appeal in his 6th floor courtroom on Church Street in New Haven at 10 a.m. today. Angelica Papastavros, an assistant public defender, was in court. So was Eugene R. Calistro, Jr., the senior assistant state’s attorney in charge of the state’s case.
But Dr. Wang, who is currently housed at Connecticut Valley Hospital, was not. There was no explanation as to why Dr. Wang had not been brought to court; both attorneys were surprised not to find him there. So was the judge.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Eugene Calistro, Jr., has seen a lot as a prosecutor over the past 23 years. His most memorable case, he said, involved a brothel, a neighborhood coming together, and the criminal justice system making a difference.
“Super-lawyer” William H. Clendenen Jr. has taken on a series of heavy-duty cases ranging from sex-trafficking to the poor’s right to counsel—not in the courtroom, but as head of the Connecticut Bar Association.
A plan by developer Alex Vigliotti to build a 115-unit apartment complex under new affordable housing regulations met with disapproval from residents living near the Summit Place site. At least 20 percent of the units would be for “work force” housing.
The neighbors voiced their concerns at a public hearing conducted by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Thursday night.
Vigliotti is seeking a zoning map amendment under the new Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) regulations. The sites at 14, 21 and 22 Summit Place are currently zoned Commerce Park, which is a commercial designation. The IHOD designation would allow the developer to build a denser project with more residential units per acre.