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“Chewie” Killed, Then Struck A Deal

by Christopher Peak | Sep 20, 2018 2:20 pm | Comments (1)

Christopher Peak PhotoContributed PhotoAfter murdering four people, should a gang’s enforcer receive a lighter sentence for turning in other members who participated in the bloodshed?

U.S. District Court Judge Janet C. Hall was faced with that dilemma Wednesday in her Church Street courtroom as she weighed the fate of a killer who turned the tables on one of New Haven’s deadly Red Side Guerrilla Brims.

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Prison Reentry Through Fine Dining

by Thomas Breen | Sep 20, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (1)

Thomas Breen photoWhen Brandon Chrostowski was 18, he was arrested for drug possession and for running from the police in his home city of Detroit. He could have gotten 10 years behind bars, but a judge sentenced him to probation and no prison time instead.

Now Chrostowski owns and runs a nationally celebrated French restaurant where he teaches the formerly incarcerated to be chefs, waiters, and house managers, extending the second chance that he received decades ago to a population of diligent, aspiring culinary employees just looking for an opportunity to work.

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Dozens Rally For Criminal Justice Reform

by Thomas Breen | Sep 17, 2018 11:34 pm | Comments (4)

Thomas BreenThe formerly incarcerated need good-paying jobs. They need safe and stable housing. And they need state politicians to know that they will not be overlooked.

Two dozen criminal justice reform advocates chanted that message and cheered on Monday evening as they marched down College Street from Chapel Street to the Shubert Theater during the hour before a gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Ned Lamont and Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski.

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Cop’s Alleged Threats, Violence Detailed

by Christopher Peak | Sep 13, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (19)

WTNHWhen a top Dixwell cop stumbled home from a night of drinking, he flicked on the lights where his three kids slept and demanded to know if his wife had cooked his “fucking dinner.” As she pulled a warm plate out of the oven, he allegedly chucked an aerosol can at her.

Lt. Raghue Tennant then allegedly asked her to hide the evidence on her swollen face.

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