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Marina fundraisers for worthy causes

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.

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Hayward police blotter March 11-16

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.

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Hayward carries out SMASH operation on Tyrrell

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.

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Hayward police blotter March 5-9, 2014

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.

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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Hayward open house to share vision for city’s future

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.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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Hayward police blotter Feb. 24-March 1

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.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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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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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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