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"Chaos and Violence" Again Closes Carnival Early

For the second time this year, trouble at the carnival at the Hamden Mart, including assaulting a homeless man and intimidating an elderly woman, leads to it shutting down early.

 

For the second time this year, trouble at a the carnival that took place over the weekend at the Hamden Mart led to its closing down early, according to police.

At about 8 p.m. Saturday night, police got a report of a large group of teenager gathering at the site of the carnival, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith. The carnival was located in the parking lot next to Taco Bell.

"Upon arrival, officers observed nearly 200 teens gathering in the area of the Hamden Mart," Smith said in a release Tuesday. "Officers received reports that the large group, a majority who were on bicycles, were impeding traffic by blocking the path of motorists. Members of the large group had allegedly surrounded the vehicle of an elderly female resident."

The woman was "visibly shaken," Smith said, but did not want to file a formal complaint. Officers escorted her from the area, he said.

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Soon after there were numerous fights breaking out throughout the area of the Mart and the Hamden Plaza, Smith said, including one where a large group attacked a homeless man near Kohls. Officers were later unable to find the victim, Smith said.

Because of all the problems, police decided to shut down the carnival early, Smith said. 

"Due to the chaos and violence, the carnival closed early at 9 p.m.," Smith said.

The same thing happened when the carnival came to town earlier this year.

Craig Zac October 12, 2012 at 01:03 PM
........ (continued) ... if thats the case, instead of running kids through a system of just babysitting them for a few hrs after school, how about we teach them what mom and dad cant / dont / wont? Tell them why they see and hear about in the streets is bad, not good, drugs, gangs and such are wrong and dangerous. Going to jail or killing or being known for being a violent street thug isn't making you cool. Theres huge difference between respect and fear, respect is earned and is something to be proud of, feared is not good, it causes envy, notoriety and can get you killed. Teach them, you can be tough, strong, smart and calm and still be cool. If you really want the respect of your peers, do something good, help out the neighborhood, clean it up, make it a safe place for kids, push for better education and get the kids off the street and back into school where insubordination will not be tolerated and with real, strict rules that MUST be followed. if the parents cant do it, the rest of us should, unless we wanna have this type of youth as tomorrows violent adults.
Craig Zac October 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Linda, I dont think anyone wants another useless program to try and do something about this problem, I know I dont but. Instead of another program, why not take a few of the older ones and just take then into a different direction. Alot of these kids who are acting like this are just products of their environment. its a mentality they are tough from seeing this stuff on a daily basis. Yes moms and dads need to get and stay involved with Jr's life but thats if theres a dad around and if mom isn't working all day or worse, getting high all day... (continued)
Craig Zac October 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Linda, I dont think anyone wants another useless program to try and do something about this problem, I know I dont but. Instead of another program, why not take a few of the older ones and just take then into a different direction. Alot of these kids who are acting like this are just products of their environment. its a mentality they are taught from seeing this stuff on a daily basis. Yes moms and dads need to get and stay involved with Jr's life but thats if theres a dad around and if mom isn't working all day or worse, getting high all day... (continued)
Hamden Tax Payer October 17, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Hamden has become a city like New Haven, when I grew up here it was considered the suburbs. All our freinds use to walk the Hamden Plaza at night and hang around, now if you go out to the plaza you have to have eyes behind your back. I am selling my house because it will never get better living here. They have illegal immigrants that live in all the apartments on Mix Ave. But yet my sister had to fill out a form with her s.s # thats bull. Then go to the Hospital they ask you for your health insurance and the illegals do not even fill out a form. That you could thank the New Haven Mayer for.
Craig Zac October 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
We used to hang out at the Plaza as well in the early 80's and such. there was never any real trouble... sure, you had some fights between different kids that was usually something carried over from School but there were no muggings or beat dows, no one got jumped or attacked. Everything has changed in Hamden. Yes, you would be best off selling now, your house isnt going to go up in value anytime soon thats for sure! Its sad how a once peaceful town turned into just another "hole".

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