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Senior Scam Stopper planned for June 21

CASTRO VALLEY -- Seniors are often targeted in scams. To help them become more aware of current frauds, Assemblyman Bill Quirk and the Contractors State License Board are holding a free Senior Scam Stopper event Friday, June 21.

Those attending will get information on frauds in home repair, auto repair, telecommunications, identify theft, Medicare and other topics. Seniors are not the only ones who should be aware of potential scams; the free session is open to all.

It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Call 520-583-8818 for reservation.

 

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Uncovering local history

HAYWARD — Cal State East Bay graduate students will share some of what they’ve learned about the area’s colorful history on Thursday, May 16.

The presentations include:

– Michael Burton, “Port Costa: Sustaining an Unlikely Coastal California Boomtown, 1879-1909;”

– Edwin Contreras, “Mexican Land Grants: The Case of Don Castro’s Rancho San Lorenzo;”

– Olga Kachina, “How Global History Became Local: The Memory of the 1918 Izhevsk-Votkinsk Anti-Bolshevik Uprising as It Is Preserved in California;”

– Andrew Levin, “BART: The Backbone for Who?”

– Bria Reiniger, “Salt of the Hayward Shoreline: The Oliver Salt Company;”

– Carlotta Falzone Robinson, “Designing a Unified City: The Aesthetic Ideals of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.”

The free talks begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B St. The event is a collaboration of the Hayward Area Historical Society, the History Department at Cal State East Bay and the Pancho Villa Event Center.

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Art exhibit in South Hayward

HAYWARD — Sorry this is last-minute, but there’s a free art exhibit at Westminster Hills Outreach Center on Friday, May 3. It runs until 9 p.m.

The exhibit, called PLAY, is composed of repurposed and refreshed children’s toys and games, designed to reminder viewers of their own playful days.

There will be a reception for the artists from 5 to 9 p.m. at the center, 27287 Patrick Ave.

The exhibit is free, but items from the Homeless Angels’ on-site art and gift store will be available for purchase. Prices range from $5 to $25. The Homeless Angels project works to eliminate obstacles to self-sufficiency.

For more information, go to www.southhaywardparish.org/hcan.

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Southgate Swim Club pool to reopen

HAYWARD — The Southgate Swim Club will dedicate its refurbished pool at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

Rebuilding of the pool, which started leaking last year, was dealt two setbacks. The original contractor left with the project only half completed. Club members decided to rebuild the pool themselves, under the guidance of John Sydow, owner of Sydow Pool Service and Repair. Sydow only asked that club members pay the favor forward.

Then in October, thieves broke into the club, stealing members’ tools that were being used to rebuild the pool, plus the sound system for swim meets and pop-up tents.

But pool is now finished, along with new plumbing and a new electrical system.

The community is invited to join Saturday’s celebration at the club, 24900 Magnolia St., which is a little south of Southland Mall. Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney is expected to present a commendation to Sydow.

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Hayward police blotter April 15-23, 2013

Hayward Police blotter for April 15, 2013 through April 21, 2013

April 15, 2013
5:25 AM
A man called HPD asking them to respond to the 700 block of Memorial Way because his girlfriend was making threats of suicide. According to the distraught man, his girlfriend locked herself inside their apartment and was refusing to come out. When officers arrived, they received no answer at the door. Feeling the girlfriend’s life may be in jeopardy, the officers forced the front door open only to find there was no one inside. The man eventually admitted that he had locked himself out of his apartment and just needed to get the door opened.

April 16, 2013
2:33 PM
Officers responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Florida St regarding an assault with a motor vehicle. When officers arrived they learned that the suspect and victim are neighbors and have a long standing feud. The suspect saw the victim on the street and challenged the neighbor to fight. He then began punching the victim when he refused to fight the suspect. The victim tried to run from the suspect but the suspect got into a car and chased the victim down the street. The suspect then tried to run the victim over after yelling that he was going to kill the victim. A passerby picked the victim up in his vehicle only to have the suspect chase after them and start ramming the Good Samaritan’s vehicle. HPD located the suspect shortly after arriving and arrested him for attempted homicide with a vehicle.

6:13 PM
HPD units responded to the area of 28000 Huntwood Ave regarding two subjects seen passing a handgun back and forth. When police arrived, the subjects split up and walked in different directions. Both were quickly detained and one subject was identified as the one who brought the gun. The firearm was found loaded and discarded in a bush. The suspect was arrested and the firearm was recovered.

April 18, 2013
2:11 PM
Patrol officers received a broadcast of a disturbance occurring to the rear of All Saints Church and possibly involving gang members. School Resource Officers responded and detained 6 juveniles at the church. A loaded 45 cal. handgun was located in a bush near the detained subjects. One of the juveniles, a known gang member, admitted to possessing the gun.

***Crime Prevention Note*** Notifying the police of suspicious activity can result in a crime being thwarted and possibly, as in this case, of a firearm being taken out of the hands of criminal gang members.

3:37 PM
Two subjects, one in a car and the other walking on the sidewalk, exchanged hostile words as they passed each other. It was later determined that the two suspects belonged to rival gangs. The situation escalated with both suspects exchanging gunfire. One suspect was seen going into an apartment in the 700 block of Shepherd Ave. Arriving officers surrounded the residence but no one would come out. A juvenile fled from the residence but was caught by officers. It was determined that he was not the same subject seen entering the residence although he was on probation and did go to jail. An area check where the fleeing suspect was detained revealed a loaded firearm that he had discarded. He was subsequently charged with the gun crime as well.

April 19, 2013
9:50 AM
Units were called to the 200 block of Virginia St regarding an 89 year old female who had wandered away from home. It was further reported that she suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Officers flooded the area and sent fliers of the missing woman to our neighboring law enforcement partners. An alert Community Officer saw the lady in front of K-Mart. She was returned home in good health.

10:30
A police unit was requested to the Citibank at 225 Second St regarding a suspect who was attempting to steal $35,000 through an Identity Theft scam. When the officer arrived, the suspect was still on the scene and was taken into custody. It turned out the suspect was also wanted in a HPD case where he had 45 counts of forgery and ID theft pending. He was also wanted by several local agencies and the US Postal Service for fraud related offenses.

***Crime Prevention Note***
Please visit the Identity Theft information page at http://user.govoutreach.com/hayward/faq.php?cid=11973
Or the Identity Theft Council page at

http://www.identitytheftcouncil.org/hayward

Here you can find information on prevention and remedies if you have been a victim of ID Theft.

April 20. 2013
7:41 AM
Citizens called HPD to report that there was a large man yelling “KILL KILL” at passing motorists and pedestrians as he swung a metal pipe near Weekes Park. When officers arrived they found a man weighing over 400 lbs. and still swinging the pipe. They attempted to negotiate with the man, who approached the officers with the pipe. One officer was injured in the ensuing scuffle but the suspect was ultimately taken into custody. It isn’t known what drove the man to his actions but he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

10:30 PM
The police went to the area of the 25000 block of Franklin St regarding a shooting. When they arrived they found that one man had been shot by another over money issues. The men were apparently playing dice when the argument broke out and one shot the other. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect is wanted for murder. The suspect has been identified.

April 21, 2013
Residents of a home in the 300 block of Bridgecreek Way called HPD through 911 to report that they were watching 2-3 suspects through remote closed circuit TV. The suspects were in the victim’s home and were in the process of burglarizing it. Hayward PD unit surrounded the house. When the suspects came out, one was quickly taken into custody but the other two fled on foot. Officers quickly caught the other two in nearby yards. A stolen and loaded handgun was located in a vehicle deemed to belong to one of the suspects.
All suspect were charged with burglary and other related offenses.

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Hayward animal shelter seeks volunteers

HAYWARD – An orientation session is planned Saturday, April 27, for anyone interested in volunteering at the city’s animal shelter.

Volunteers are involved in a variety of tasks, including community outreach, animal “pet pals,” social media, office assistant, kennel assistant, groomer, housekeeper, photographer, humane educator, adoption specialist and helping at special adoption events.

The one-hour orientation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the shelter, 16 Barnes Court. Please RSVP to 510-881-7927.

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Crosswalks to be reinstalled on Hayward downtown loop

HAYWARD — Two crosswalks on A Street that were removed as part of changing Foothill Boulevard, A Street and Mission Boulevard to one way are going back in.

Merchants, Councilman Francisco Zermeno and several residents had objected to the removal of the crosswalks, and pedestrians have been jaywalking at the two intersections since the loop began.

The crosswalk at A and Mission was on the south side of the intersection by Starbucks and the block of A with Buon Appetito. The crosswalk at A and Foothill is on the west side between the consignment shop and CVS pharmacy.

With the removal of the crosswalks, it can take pedestrians more than six minutes to get from one side of the street to the other because they have to make three crossings.

Hayward’s traffic consultants determined the crosswalks can be reinstated “with minimal impact to traffic flow at those intersections,” according to a report from the city manager. The report didn’t say when the crosswalks would be put in, just “as quickly as possible after the redesign is complete and the required equipment, such as additional pedestrian push buttons and signal heads, are purchased.”

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Volunteers sought for Hayward citywide cleanup

HAYWARD — Volunteers are needed for a citywide cleanup on April 20.

Those taking part will meet at Weekes Park at 8 a.m. and then spread out over the city to pick up trash. All cleanup supplies will be provided.

At the end of the event, all volunteers will be treated to a barbecue lunch and thank-you gift.
Last year, 200 signed up, and the city is hoping to attract at least that many. To register, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/cleanupdaysform.

For more details, call Hayward maintenance department at 510-583-4343 or email cleanupday@hayward-ca.gov.

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Mountain climber to give talk in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — A Castro Valley High graduate who became a mountaineer will share some of his adventures March 15.

Marty Schmidt, who now lives in New Zealand, is a certified mountain climber and guide. He has ascended some of hte world’s highest peaks without bottled oxygen.

He will be showing some photographs and talk about his climbs on Mount Everest, Makalu, Gasherbrum 1 and 2, and other peaks.

Schmidt’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.