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Hayward sets up emergency notification network

By rparr
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 8:46 pm in Crime, Fairview, Hayward, Public safety

HAYWARD — Anyone who wants to be notified when there’s an emergency should sign up for the city’s CodeRED system. It costs nothing, and your information will not be shared.

The city’s official release:

The City of Hayward Fire Department has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides public safety officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city.

Garrett Contreras, Fire Chief of the Hayward Fire Department, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.” One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database; this is an extremely important feature.

“Nobody should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Contreras said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the City of Hayward(COH) website, www.hayward-ca.gov, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” icon prominently displayed on the main page.

All businesses, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, those who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number are encouraged to register.

Registering is quick and easy requiring only first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary and cell phone numbers. Those without Internet access may call the disaster preparedness hotline at 510-583-4948 and supply their information over the phone.

Contreras explained, “CodeRED allows for geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the appropriate individuals, in a given situation. The system also works for cell phones, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.”

Contreras stated, “CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected is for our use only and will only be used for emergency notification purposes and will not be shared.” Questions should be directed to the Public Information Officer at 510-583-4948

About Emergency Communication Network

Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network, LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a Web-based product suite featuring six major services: CodeRED which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging; CodeRED Weather Warning which provides automated alerts to citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service; CityWatch, a premise and Web-based, full featured outbound and inbound communication notification system; SmartNotice, a streamlined notification solution for businesses; My Daily Call for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, infirm and latchkey kids and Code-ED for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities.

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Hayward police blog April 15

By rparr
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 8:23 pm in Uncategorized

From Hayward police:

04/15 00:04 AM

The Hayward Police Department was called by a local hospital regarding a patient who had been admitted with serious injuries from an assault. The victim told the police he had been walking through the parking lot of the 24 Hour Fitness on Whipple Rd when three males attacked him without provocation. The victim was injured after the incident but did not go to the hospital until the following day, when it was reported to the police.

04/15 07:40 PM
An injury traffic collision occurred in the 100 block of B St. A bicyclist collided with a parked vehicle and sustained major injuries. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital for treatment and observation.

04/15 09:52 PM
A home invasion robbery occurred at a residence in the 23000 block of Second Street. The robbers entered the victim’s residence and demanded property at gunpoint. The victims surrendered their property to the robbers who then left the scene. The robbers were described as black males in their 20’s wearing dark clothing. One of the robbers had a handgun. The robbers fled in a small black sedan.

04/17 11:00 AM
The Hayward Police Department vice unit conducted a citywide decoy operation for underage alcohol purchases. The unit went to seventeen businesses and two restaurants throughout the city where decoys attempted to buy alcohol. Five businesses were cited for sales to minors.

04/17 05:31 PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 900 block of Central Ave. An informant called stating a victim had been struck with a baseball bat. The victim said he had pulled a knife on a group of six subjects who then proceeded to strike him with various blunt objects. The victim could not provide any information on his attackers. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

04/18 07:20 PM

A shooting occurred in the area of Garin Ave and Chevy Chase Way. Several callers contacted 911 regarding hearing three to six gunshots in the area. When officers arrived they located casings on the roadway. No evidence of damage or injuries was located.

04/19 10:00 AM
The Hayward Police Department vice unit conducted a citywide tobacco decoy operation at various retailers throughout the city. Twenty-six locations visited, and five citations issued for selling tobacco to a minor.

04/20 00:58 AM
A bicyclist riding in the 24000 block of Whitman Ave was tackled and knocked off his bicycle. The robber brandished a knife at the bicyclist and then took the bicycle, riding north on Whitman Ave. The bicycle was recovered near the Whitman Ave and Sycamore St pedestrian bridge. The thief was described as a black male with yellow tipped hair.

04/20 03:27 AM
An armed robbery occurred at B St and Watkins St. A cab driver parked across from the BART station was confronted by a robber with a gun who took the driver’s cell phone. The robber demanded money from the victim who resisted and fought with the thief. The robber sprayed the victim with a chemical and then fled. The victim’s cell phone was located a short distance away using a mobile phone locator application. The robber was not located.

04/20 06:32 AM
A burglary occurred to an occupied home in the 22000 block of Watkins St. The resident heard the front door of the residence being opened. When the resident investigated, he found the front door open and property taken from the residence.

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Marina fundraisers for worthy causes

By rparr
Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 6:45 pm in Alameda County, Charity, Hayward, Homeless, San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — Some groups that do a lot of good in the local communities are hosting spring fundraisers at the San Leandro marina.

On Saturday, April 26, Stepping Stones Growth Center will hold its 12th Annual Every Step Counts Walk/Run at the marina, starting at 8:30 a.m. Every Step Counts is a family-friendly event that encourages people with developmental disabilities to be active. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/everystepcounts/12th-annual-every-step-counts-event.

The Mourning Mothers Walk to Prevent Violence takes place on Saturday, May 10. KGO’s Cheryl Jennings will emcee the walk, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $20 donation includes a T-shirt and lunch. The walk is sponsored by 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, started by Lorrain Taylor, a Hayward woman who lost her twin sons to violence. To register, call 510-581-0100, email mothers1000@aol.com or go to www.1000mothers.org.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition will have its Shelter Shuffle on May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 and includes snacks and a T-shirt; those taking part are encouraged to sign up sponsors. Last year’s shuffle raised $35,000. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/fesco or email shuffle@fescofamilyshelter.org and ask for a registration form. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and works to get families off the street and off welfare.

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Help available to apply for health insurance

By rparr
Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 6:11 pm in Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fremont, San Lorenzo

Covered California Health Insurance certified enrollment counselors and insurance agents will be at three Alameda County libraries to help people complete applications. The deadline to apply to the insurance program, which is California’s version of the Affordable Care Act, has been extended to April 15.

The schedule:

Castro Valley Library – 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8 and 15
San Lorenzo Library – 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Fremont Main Library – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12

Note: The San Lorenzo Library has moved while its building is being expanded. It is temporarily around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

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Hayward police blotter March 11-16

By rparr
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 12:28 pm in Crime, Hayward

03/11 11:30 PM
A robbery occurred at the Starbucks at Mission Blvd and A St. The victim picked up a stranger in Union City and drove them to the Downtown Hayward BART Station. When they arrived the suspect battered the victim and attempted to take the victim’s laptop computer. The suspect fled without taking anything.

03/13 03:39 AM
Police were called to a broken water main and sinkhole in the area of Freitas Dr and Raymond Drive. An officer found the roadway flooding. The City Water department was called out and shut off the water. Areas of the sidewalk and roadway started to collapse.

03/13 09:26 AM
An attempted burglary occurred on Janice Ave. A neighbor called the police when they saw two suspicious males knocking on their neighbor’s door and then go into the backyard. Officers responded to the location and chased the suspects as they fled over fences. The suspects were caught and detained on Fairway St near Mission Blvd. The suspects were identified by witnesses and arrested. The homeowner returned and discovered the kitchen window screen had been removed and a hole punched through the window.

03/13 06:30 PM
Probations searches were carried out at a motel on the 500 block of West A St which resulted in arrests for narcotics, illegal weapons and outstanding warrants.

03/13 07:03 PM
A stabbing occurred at a residence in the 600 block of Harris Road. Two family members got into a fight which led to one person spitting on the other. The other family member then stabbed the person who spit. The victim was transported to a local hospital and the other family member was arrest by the police.

03/14 08:23 PM
A robbery occurred at a business on the 26000 block of Mission Blvd. Several subjects who were shoplifting were stopped by loss prevention agents while leaving the store. One suspect threatened the agents with a knife and fled before police arrived.

03/14 09:00 PM
An armed robber with a handgun held up a victim at the intersection of Jackson St and Silva Ave. The robber took the victim’s property and then battered him before fleeing toward nearby railroad tracks.

03/16 10:47 AM
While patrolling the area of Thunderbird Place, an officer sees a suspect cutting through a cyclone fence with bolt cutters. The subject is detained and arrested. The suspect later admits to trying to enter the work yard of the business to try and steal metal for recycling.

03/16 02:58 PM
A strong-arm robbery occurred at a business on the 19000 block of Hesperian Blvd. Several suspects attempted to steal merchandise and were stopped by loss prevention agents and uniformed security personnel. One of the suspects punches an employee in the face while another escapes in a vehicle. The suspect flees on foot to an apartment complex, which is surrounded. The suspect surrenders and is arrested.

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Hayward carries out SMASH operation on Tyrrell

By rparr
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 4:11 pm in Crime, Hayward

From the Hayward police:

On the morning of March 13, 2014, Hayward Police Department initiated a Synchronized Multi-Agency Safe Housing (SMASH) operation at an apartment complex located in the 27000 block of Tyrrell Avenue, in response to numerous community complaints and police calls for service for drug activity, disturbances and blight.

The operations resulted in two arrests for drug-related crimes and a parole violation. Several fire, health and safety code violations were also noted at the location.

The overall mission of this SMASH operation was to foster a safe and secure environment and improve the quality of life for the citizens residing in the area.

The Hayward Police Department District Command Unit and Special Response Unit would like thank the following city and law enforcement partners for their participation in this successful action: Assistant City Attorney Office, Hayward Fire Department, City of Hayward Code Enforcement, Youth & Family Service Bureau, State Parole and Alameda County Probation.

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Hayward police blotter March 5-9, 2014

By rparr
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 6:17 pm in Crime, Hayward

03/05 03:00 PM
A robbery occurred in the 25000 block of Franklin St. A female victim was walking home when she was approached by two males who battered her and took her purse. The suspects were chased from the scene and abandoned the purse. The incident is being investigated by School Resource Officers.

03/06 12:58 AM
Officers were called to the area of Whitetree Street regarding suspicious subjects attempting to open doors to parked vehicles. Responding patrol officers locate three subjects nearby who match the general description of the suspects. All three are arrested for various criminal violations.

03/06 11:31 AM
A resident arrives home in the 29000 block of Dixon St. and discovers three males leaving his apartment carrying out his property. The resident gets the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle which is broadcast to responding patrol units. The vehicle is located and followed northbound on Interstate 880. The vehicle is lost in the area of 98th Avenue in Oakland. Investigation Bureau will be following up on the case.

03/07 04:48 AM
An arson occurred on the 22000 block of 7th Street. HFD responded to a fire in the carport area which is deemed suspicious. HPD arrives and determines that the vehicle at the point of origin had been involved in a recent custody dispute. Investigation Bureau will be following up with HFD.

03/09 08:15 PM
A home invasion robbery occurred at a residence in the 800 block of St Bede Lane. The victim got into a dispute with an acquaintance who called suspects over to the location. The suspects force entry and attack the victim. Then they take property from inside the residence and drive away. Officers respond and locate the suspects as they are driving away. The suspects are identified and arrested.

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Hayward open house to share vision for city’s future

By rparr
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 9:50 pm in Development, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Real Estate, Religion, Transportation

HAYWARD — People’s eyes often glaze over when hearing the words “general plan,” but if you ask them what they want their city to look like in 25 years, most have suggestions.

Over the past 18 months, Hayward has been asking its residents the vision thing, and on Saturday, March 8, the staff will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon to share the results.

The general plan often has been called a blueprint for future growth and development, though some question how people now can anticipate what the future may bring. Still, the overall direction helps the city make day-to-day decisions.

To get to the draft 2040 General Plan (named for the year it will expire?), city staffers held public workshops and Planning Commission and City Council study sessions. The liveliest discussion has been at the online community forum, www.Hayward2040.org, though it appears city planners may have tried to make the site dull while at the same time not checking their spelling. From the site: “What are your comments related to the enviornmental analysis for the draft General Plan?”

Now, you may be asking why you should get up early on Saturday and make yourself presentable. Seriously, this is something that affects all Hayward residents. At the open house, you’ll find a series of stations for the topics covered in the plan and that oh-so-popular EIR (that’s government-speak for environmental impact report, which is a boring way of saying that if a project could harm the environment, you’d better spell out what you’re going to do to make sure that doesn’t happen).

City staff members and consultants who worked on the general plan will be at the open house to answer questions. Overview presentations are planned every 45 minutes. It’s a drop-in event, so feel free to wander over from the Saturday farmers market any time during the three-hour event.

For those who don’t know, Hayward City Hall is at 777 B St.

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 24-March 1

By rparr
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 8:46 pm in Crime, Hayward

02/24 12:35 AM
A citizen informant observes a group of males behind a business on the 14000 block of West Jackson St. The citizen observes one of the subjects go behind the business and then hears three gun shots. Officers arrive and detain all of the suspects. A subsequent probation search of one of the suspect’s nearby residence produces a firearm.

02/24 08:05 AM
Officers locate a stolen vehicle parked in a parking lot of a business in the area of Turner Ct and Calaroga Ave. As officers are observing the vehicle they see a male exit a nearby parked vehicle. When officers attempt to contact the male he flees. He is eventually stopped and it is discovered the vehicle he was sitting in was an unreported stolen vehicle from another jurisdiction.

02/24 03:46 PM
Officers respond to a business regarding a stolen computer tablet. The victim business is able to provide suspect information, which lead officers to a nearby address. Officers attempt to contact the suspect who runs into the address. When the suspect comes, out he is detained and officers write a search warrant for the address. Officers enter with the warrant and recover the stolen property.

02/26 09:00 PM
Police officers received information that a burglary parolee at large was hiding out at a home on B St. Officers respond and surround the residence. When officers attempt contact, the parolee jumps out of a window in an attempt to flee and is captured.

02/27 05:15 PM
A robbery occurred outside of City Hall in downtown Hayward. A group of males approached the victim and surrounded him. The victim was assaulted and his wallet and cell phone were taken. The suspects fled in the direction of Mission Blvd. The incident is being turned over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau for further investigation.

02/27 11:27 PM
Police dispatch received multiple calls of males shooting guns into the air from different vehicles. This took place during a memorial service for s subject killed in a motorcycle accident the year before. A search of the scene turned up a discarded handgun and expended rounds.

02/28 01:46 AM
Officer respond to a shooting which occurred on the 1700 block of B St. Officer locate the shooting scene with expended casings. A local hospital calls a short time later when the victim with gunshot wounds shows up for treatment. The Criminal Investigations Bureau is handling the investigation of the incident.

03/01 08:05 PM
Officers were called to a report of male juveniles throwing rocks onto cars driving under the railroad tracks at Harder Rd and Huntwood Rd and at Jackson St and Huntwood Rd. Officers locate the suspects and detain them on West Winton Ave. The suspects are identified as having been part of a series of similar vandalisms that occurred the previous night. Suspects were arrested and transported to juvenile hall.

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Meeting to focus on phones for people with disabilities

By rparr
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 12:52 pm in Castro Valley, Health

CASTRO VALLEY — Information will be shared Thursday, March 6, about special telephones for disabled and deaf people that make it easier to hear, dial and call.

A representative of the California Telephone Access Program will talk about the state program at the Quest Low Vision Support Group meeting. The representative will demonstrate the types of phones available, such as ones for people with hearing loss, low vision, memory problems or limited mobility.
The phones are free, but there are eligibility requirements.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. at Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St.

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