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Archive for February, 2014

Hayward police blotter through Feb. 23

02/10 11:30 AM
An unknown suspect(s) used lighter fluid to set fire to an AT&T junction box in the area of Huntwood Ave and West Tennyson Rd. This shuts down phone service and causing significant damage to the phone box.

02/17 10:00 AM
The Hayward Police ABC/Vice Unit conducted a special tobacco enforcement operation visiting several licensed establishments in Hayward. Several were found to be in violation of related state and municipal codes and were issued citations; one simulated gambling device was seized from an establishment.

02/18 03:54 AM
A subject was seen exposing himself to employees in the shopping center at the corner of West Tennyson Rd and Hesperian Rd. The suspect was identified using the registration of his vehicle. The suspect was reported to have done this several times in the past several days at around the same time each day. On 02/19 Police officers set up a stakeout for the suspect and arrest him when he returns to the scene to commit the crime again.

02/20 02:11 AM
An officer observes a vehicle committing a traffic violation in front of him. When the officer tries to stop the vehicle, the driver crashes the vehicle. The vehicle is found to be stolen from another jurisdiction and the driver is arrested. Narcotics and a loaded firearm are also recovered from inside the vehicle.

02/21 02:20 PM
Officers are called to a local hospital for a male suffering from head injuries. The victim states he was struck by an unknown suspect while drinking at the railroad tracks on Industrial Blvd and Hwy 92.

02/21 03:43 PM
Officers respond to a report of shots fired in the 25000 block of Industrial Blvd. When Officers arrive they locate several spend shell casings but no victims. Witnesses indicate there had been a disturbance between several subjects but all had left prior to police arrival.

02/22 06:18 AM
Officers respond to a report of a burglary in the 28000 block of Hesperian Blvd. Upon arrival they locate a witness with video of the incident. Officers view the video and see footage showing the suspect. Officers begin a search for the suspect in the area, and a matching suspect is contacted on the 2200 block of Industrial Pkwy West. A search of a nearby property controlled by the suspect locates some of the stolen merchandise from the victim businesses. The suspect is arrested for burglary.

02/23 10:40 AM
Officers respond to a report of a burglary to a residence in the 500 block of Cottage Park where property is taken from a garage. Officer had responded to the area for two suspicious suspects on bicycles earlier in the day. Officers canvass the area and locate two bicycles with matching descriptions in front of a nearby residence. They contact the resident and learn of a possible suspect on probation that lives at the address. A search of the location turns up some of the stolen property from the burglary. The suspect has been identified but is not in custody at this time.

02/23 03:14 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred at the South Bart Station. The victim met the suspect in order to sell some property. During the transaction the suspect battered the victim and took his property. The suspect then got on a BART train and left the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Silent auction of longtime artist Eva Best’s work March 2

CASTRO VALLEY — The art legacy of Eva Best will be displayed at a silent auction on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm at the Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley.

Best, a San Leandro teacher and artist, died Dec. 26. Over the years, she received many awards for her art, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Alameda County Fair, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, the East Bay Watercolor Society, The Oakland Art Association and the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley.

The exhibit and silent auction is a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, collages and drawings. More than 50 watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings will be on display.

Proceeds from this event will help support art programs, classes and demonstrations at the Adobe Art Center. Best was an avid artist who explored a variety of mediums well into her 90s. She also was a member of A.R.T., Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes the visual arts.

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Hayward burglars pose as contractors

A notice from Hayward police:

This is to advise the community that there was a residential burglary on Cottonwood Drive. An elderly woman who was home alone was contacted by a male suspect who came to her front door claiming to be a fencing contractor for the neighbor to the rear of her home.

The suspect stated the neighbor was going to put in a new fence, and there was a discrepancy with the property line on the plans and asked if he could enter the backyard to take some measurements of the rear fence line. The homeowner complied and escorted the suspect into the rear yard. The suspect insisted that the homeowner stay outside with him at all times for liability reasons since he was on her property.

The homeowner noted that the suspect was carrying a walkie-talkie radio, and periodically used it to speak to another male voice. The suspect asked a lot of questions to the homeowner to keep her occupied, and appeared to be taking measurements using his own footsteps and pace. The homeowner became more suspicious as she continued to speak with him.

After 15 to 20 minutes in the back yard area, the suspect advised the homeowner that he had to return to his truck for some tools and a business card. The homeowner went back inside her residence and noticed that her purse had been moved, and money missing from her wallet, as well as jewelry missing from the bedroom.

Suspect #1 is a Hispanic male, 5’8” – 5’10”, mid 30’s, medium build, dark hair.
Suspect #2 is unknown, at large.
Vehicle is unknown.

If you have any information on the suspects, please contact District Command Office at (510) 293-7151.

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Hill and Valley Club fundraiser March 8

HAYWARD — The Hill and Valley Club is hosting a “Louisiana Shrimp A-Peel” fundraiser on March 8, with proceeds going toward Canine Companions for Independence and EDGE. Cost is $20, which includes shrimp, spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 28; Call 510-785-2053.

The Hill and Valley Club is at 1808 B St., Hayward.

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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Hayward police blotter Feb. 10-15

02/10 11:30 AM
Arson occurred in the area of Huntwood Ave and West Tennyson Road. Someone forced open a locked utility box and set fire to the contents, causing damage that shut down phone service in the area.

02/11 08:47 AM
Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person at a residence. When officers contacted the subject, the subject fled. After a short pursuit the subject was stopped and found to be in possession of stolen property from a recent auto burglary and was arrested.

02/11 07:02 PM
An officer assigned to downtown patrol observed a suspicious vehicle which he has stopped by other officers in the area of Grove Way and Locust St. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed a handgun in plain view inside. The driver and passengers are removed and a search of the vehicle recovers a large quantity of narcotics and currency.

02/12 01:59 PM
Officers responded to a disturbance at the 1200 block of A St. Upon arrival they contacted a mentally disturbed female in a business that began behaving erratically. When the female grabbed for a weapon on a counter she was stopped by officers and arrested for being under the influence.

02/12 05:28 PM
Officers were called to a school board meeting regarding a suspicious person with a weapon. When officers arrived they contacted to male juveniles with replica firearms. Both males were arrested.

02/13 10:44 AM
A vehicle was reported driving recklessly in the area of Tennyson Rd and Calaroga Ave. An officer located the vehicle near Miami St and Decatur Ave and observed a male and female struggling inside. As the officer walked up to the vehicle, the female inside suddenly jumped out, and the vehicle fled from the scene. The female passenger told the officer that she had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend in Oakland and driven to Hayward. A search for the vehicle was unsuccessful. The female victim was driven to Oakland Police Department where investigators took over the case.

02/13 11:29 AM
A burglary to an occupied residence took place in the 27000 block of Le May Way. The suspect kicked in the front door and began ransacking the residence. The burglar fled when confronted by the victim.

02/14 08:30 PM
During a traffic stop in the area of Rousseau St and Mission Blvd, a vehicle was impounded. An officer searching the vehicle recovered narcotics and a stolen firearm. Driver and passengers were arrested.

02/15 10:30 AM
An officer observes a suspicious vehicle in the area of Tampa Ave and Cheryl Ann Ct. The vehicle comes back as stolen, and when the officer contacts the driver, he flees from the vehicle. The officer chases and captures the driver a short distance away. Stolen property from an auto burglary is recovered inside the stolen vehicle.

Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Sea level rise forum Saturday in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — Climate change and rising sea levels can be scary topics, but a community forum is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, to help people prepare

“What?! Sharks in My Backyard?” will explore what is happening with climate change and what residents can do. It takes place at the Castro Valley Library.

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center naturalists will lead a community discussion, and representatives of the Adapting to Rising Tides Project will talk about local effects.

Also taking part in the forum are Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church, Hayward; Hayward Area Recreation and Parks Department, MoveOn.org, 350Bay Area.org, the American Association of University Women, Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency Citizens Advisory Committee and the American Association of University Women and others.

The forum starts at 2 p.m. at the library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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Hayward challenge grant to aid homeless

HAYWARD — A $3,000 challenge grant to help the homeless has been issued in honor of community activist Jim Forsyth, who died last year.

Proceeds will go to the South Hayward Parish Joe White Movement, named for a homeless man who died while sleeping outside on a cold night in December.

Every dollar donated through the end of February will be matched; donations are tax-deductible.

The parish has been providing drop-in services to connect people to housing, employment, training and support through the Community Action Network (CAN) for the past four years. Its site is small, making it difficult to provide services.

Funds from the grant will help CAN get a larger place to help move people into housing.

To donate, send a check to South Hayward Parish, 27287 Patrick Ave., Hayward, CA 94544, with The Joe White Movement in the memo line. Details: 510-432-7703 or southhaywardparish@gmail.com

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014
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San Lorenzo Library expansion groundbreaking on Feb. 19

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan will lead a groundbreaking Feb. 19 for expansion of the San Lorenzo Library.

The project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years, according to a press release. When the $9.4 million work is finished, the library will be almost 20,000 square feet, twice its current size. It also will be the first certified green building in San Lorenzo, according to the release.

The San Lorenzo Library expansion will be the first project under Alameda County’s Project Stabilization Agreement, which promotes training and hiring of target populations, such as veterans and low-income residents.

The groundbreaking will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

During construction, a temporary library has been set up around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Hayward police blotter Feb. 4-9

02/04 11:35 AM
A robbery occurred at the Food Source on Mission Blvd. The heavily intoxicated suspect stole two bottles of alcohol. The suspect fought with employees but was detained until police officers arrived and arrested him.

02/05 06:13 PM
A female pedestrian was struck while crossing Hesperian Blvd at Tahoe St. The vehicle was located and suspects were contacted at a residence near where the car was recovered. The HPD Traffic Bureau is investigating.

02/05 08:00 PM
A female victim reported that two masked suspects forced their way into her home and demanded money. The suspects fled the scene taking the victim’s cell phone and cash.

02/07 10:40 PM
During an unexpected power outage caused by a traffic collision, unknown suspects broke into a series of auto parts stores and took merchandise. Officer were unable to respond due to the need for traffic control for the traffic accident.

02/08 11:55 PM
A male driver crashed his vehicle into a parked car near Sorensdale Park. When officers arrived, they had to chase the driver and passengers of the vehicle. The responding officers were able to detain two of the subjects.

02/09 02:50 AM
A single vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Mission Blvd and Gresel St. The driver and other occupants of the vehicle all sustained injuries from the collision. Two passengers were transported to nearby trauma centers. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the collision.

02/09 06:49 AM
A male suspect breaks the display window of a business in the 1000 block of B St and tries to take property. The suspect is confronted by the store owner and proceeds to fight with him. The owner’s son assists him in fighting off the suspect who is arrested when officers arrive. The suspect is later identified as being responsible for several downtown burglaries to businesses.

02/09 08:47 AM
A robbery occurred at the Phoenix Lodge on A St. The victim is battered by two suspects who try and take property from him. When officers arrive, they check for witnesses nearby. Officers contact a subject they know nearby but during questioning he flees. A picture of the subject who fled is shown to the victim and is identified as being one of the suspects in the robbery. The suspect returns to the scene later and is seen by witnesses who call the police. The suspect is detained by officers and arrested.

02/09 01:00 PM
Neighbors call regarding subjects arguing. Upon arrival, officers locate a stolen vehicle. While speaking to neighbors, a suspect who was last seen in the stolen vehicle by neighbors is contacted and arrested. Other involved suspects, including the last driver of the vehicle, are located nearby and arrested.

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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Castro Valley forum to consider Delta tunnels

CASTRO VALLEY — Representatives of both for and against arguments about a plan to dig two massive tunnels under the Delta to carry water from the Sacramento River to federal and state pumps in Tracy will talk about the plan at a forum here Feb. 20.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has proposed building two tunnels, each 40 feet in diameter, running 35 miles under the Delta, and restoring 147,000 acres of wetlands and other habitat.

Supporters say the tunnels would make it easier to move water south without grinding up salmon, smelt and other fish in giant pumps at Tracy, which has caused federal officials in recent years to limit pumping. Environmentalists and Delta politicians say it could result in even more water being taken from the Delta.

Speaking in favor of the tunnels will be Paul Helliker, deputy director of the state Department of Water Resources, Delta and Statewide Water Management, and Jill Duerig, general manager of Livermore/Amador Valley Zone 7 Water Agency.

Arguing against the tunnels will be Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, and Nick Di Croce of the Environmental Water Caucus.

Brown’s administration has been describing his plan to build the tunnels through the Delta as a $25 billion project. That would rank it as one of the largest public works plans in California history. But when factoring in long-term financing costs, the price tag actually ranges from $51 billion to $67 billion, according to the Mercury News, a sister newspaper of this publication.

The forum is not a debate, emphasizes the League of Women Voters Eden Area, sponsors of the event along with the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Water Committee, the Sierra Club Southern Alameda County Group, and the Castro Valley Library.

The free discussion will be at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Advance registration is recommended because seating is limited. To register, go to http://bit.ly/LTw59e

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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