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‘Telling Tales’ March 23 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD –Storytellers will share tales of spring fever Monday, March 23, at Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Using no scripts, the storytellers will tell personal, true stories of spring and new possibilities.

Audience members will be invited to share their stories during open mike at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $5, with open seating. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Douglas Morrisson Theatre,  22311 N. Third St. Details at 510-881-6777.

This is the theater’s fourth “Telling Tales” this season.

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Supposed Internal Revenue Service phone calls are a scam

A warning from Hayward police about supposed calls from Internal Revenue Service claiming money owed. A simple thing to remember: the IRS ONLY CONTACTS BY MAIL  But those phone messages are scary; I received one and it was intimidating.

From Hayward police:

This is a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Treasury Department in an effort to collect money from you.

The Hayward Police Department received numerous calls from concerned citizens claiming they have received calls with pre-recorded messages, such as, “This message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by U.S. Treasury/IRS.” Callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. They would leave the return contact name of “Steve Martin” or other IRS personnel.

According to the IRS, they contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS/U.S. Treasury asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

To report a scam: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

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Hayward to honor women

HAYWARD — Four women of different ages, backgrounds and professions will explore gender equality issues in a panel discussion March 26.

The conversation will take place at the city’s third Hayward Honors Women.

The panelists are Gail Steele, former Hayward councilwoman and Alameda County supervisor; Cecily Joseph, a vice president at Symantec; Farima Pour-Khorshid, a doctoral student and part-time bilingual kindergarten teacher; and Ana Rangel, a UC Berkeley graduate who earlier took part in Puente and Upward Bound. All four are from Hayward.

Janet Reilly will moderate the panel discussion. Reilly is host of “The Mix,” a news magazine show on NBC Bay Area.

Hayward Honors Women was started as a teach-in by former Hayward City Councilman Mark Salinas.

“We’ve assembled a truly remarkable group of Hayward women for this year’s event,” Mayor Barbara Halliday said in a statement.

“They reflect the city’s unparalleled diversity, and each one of them brings a completely different, incredibly valuable voice to the discussion. This should be an interesting and engaging event,” she said.

The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

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Hayward police blotter March 6-11

FRI, 3/6/15 at 4:08 PM, a KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT occurred on the 24000 block of Whitman Street. A White or Hispanic male in his 20s, grabbed a 14-year-old female and tried to force her into his vehicle. The victim fought off the attack and was able to escape and call for help. The suspect was driving a newer white Honda 4-door or similar model. A media notification and possible sketch of the suspect were released.

FRI, 3/6/15 at 10:43 PM, a PAROLE VIOLATION occurred on Dixon Street and Tennyson Road. A patrol officer attempted a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver started to pull over, but then accelerated away. The officer broadcast the vehicle information and its direction of travel. Another officer who was in the area noticed two males running from a vehicle similar to the one that fled from traffic stop. The officer was able to detain one of the men, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for a parole violation and delaying a police investigation.

SAT, 3/7/15 at 6:51 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON incident occurred on the 28000 block of Huntwood Avenue. A transient male was dropped off at a hospital in Oakland for a stab wound to his neck. The victim was at a park when he began to argue with three males. The three males beat the victim and one male stabbed the victim in the neck with an unknown object. The victim had a puncture wound in the left side of his neck. The victim was uncooperative during his interview with officers. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

SUN, 3/8/15 at 6:37 AM, BURGLARY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY from an incident that occurred on the 28000 block of Bailey Ranch Road. On 3/7/15, HPD responded to a possible cat burglary in progress. After officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect. The next day, an officer followed up on the case and obtained identification of the suspect from some local surveillance video. The officer located the suspect and arrested him for the burglary.

MON, 3/9/15 at 6:46 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 29000 block of Mission Boulevard. The suspect entered the gas station, pointed his handgun at the clerk and robbed the business of cash. The suspect fled on foot towards Garin Avenue. The suspect is described as a Black male adult, 25yrs, 5’10”, 200lbs. He wore a black jacket, white beanie and white pants.

MON, 3/9/15 at 12:00 PM, a SEX REGISTRANT/PAROLEE was arrested. Hayward’s Special Duties Investigations Unit along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers joined together to locate a Westbay Norteno gang member. The suspect violated several conditions of his parole by going to five Hayward schools.

MON, 3/9/15 at 1:05 PM, a STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 21000 block of Bedford Drive. The suspect yanked a necklace off of the victim’s neck and left in a light green Dodge Caravan toward Foothill Boulevard. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, short height, slender build, with short black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

TUE, 3/10/15 at 8:43 PM, BRANDISHING A WEAPON-KNIFE, occurred at Fielding Drive and Chaucer Way. Multiple residents called HPD to report a man walking around the neighborhood with a large knife. The subject was waving it at people who were near him. As officers arrived on scene, the subject hid in some bushes but was located and taken into custody without incident.

WED, 3/11/15 at 4:06 PM, a PSYCHIATRIC DETENTION occurred on the 200 block of Jackson Street. Police were called out for a subject who was acting irrational and threatening to get a knife. When officers contacted the subject, he tried to walk away saying he was getting a knife. The officers were able to detain the subject and placed him on a mandatory psychiatric hold.

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Castro Valley schools want to hear from community on superintendent search

CASTRO VALLEY — Residents are being asked what qualities they would like to see in their next school superintendent.

Current Castro Valley Unified Superintendent Jim Negri is retiring at the end of the school year, and the board is starting its search for his replacement.

The board wants to hear what traits, skills, abilities and experience the community feels are important for the new superintendent.

 

Consultants assisting the board in its search will hold two community forums: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. Both meetings will be in the district office board room.

Residents also can fill out a survey questionnaire available at the schools, district office and the district website, www.cv.k12.ca.us. The surveys can be returned to Rick Brewer care of Aimee Cayere, Castro Valley Unified, 4400 Alma Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, call 510-537­-3000 ext. 1211.

 

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These shoes were made for donating

HAYWARD — If you have any gently used shoes that you no longer need, you can donate them for a good cause while clearing space in your closet.

The Hayward-South Alameda County NAACP Youth Council is accepting the shoes to raise money for its activities, including a planned trip to Washington, D.C.

Shoes may be dropped off at the NAACP office, 1218 B St., from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Pickup is available; call 510-581-4111 or email hsacnaacp@gmail.com to make an appointment.  The council is accepting all sizes of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes.

 

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Chabot College scholarships for veterans

HAYWARD — Chabot College is offering three scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to student veterans.

Deadline to apply is March 27.

The Marylou Cisneros Memorial Veterans Scholarship is $500. The Student Veteran Scholarship is $1,000. This is the first year Chabot has offered the Peter Sategna Veterans Scholarship of $5,000.

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 27 at the Student Center (Building 2300), Room 2355, at the Student Life office. For more information, email life@chabotcollege.edu or call 510-723-2685.

 

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Hayward workshop on starting your own food business

HAYWARD — A free workshop March 11 will give some of the nuts and bolts of starting your own food company.

The workshop will include tips on how to define a concept, understanding food costs, financial planning, operations, marketing and cottage food industry laws.

The workshop will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. It is being sponsored by the city of Hayward, the Small Business Development Center and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. To register, go to http://acsbdc.org/events2 or call 510-208-0411.

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Douglas Morrisson to stage ‘Bare Bones’ reading March 30

HAYWARD — The Douglas Morrisson Theatre will stage a “Bare Bones” reading  of “The How and The Why” on March 30.

The play by Sarah Treem will have one performance only.

“The How and The Why” premiered January 2011 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.

According to the theater, the play explores science, family and survival of the fittest. On the eve of the prestigious National Organization of Research Biologists conference, two scientists meet for the first time —  Zelda, an established leader in the field, and Rachel, an up-and-comer with a radical new theory that will rattle cages in the male-dominated field of evolutionary biology. Treem explores generational divides and the choices women face, both in their personal and professional lives

The reading will be 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the theater, 22311 N. Third St. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.

The reading will be directed by Katja Rivera, an actor and director with local credits at Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Boxcar Theatre and CustomMade Theatre. She is an artistic associate with Shotgun Players and Playground and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Treem’s plays include “A Feminine Ending,” “Empty Sky,” “Against the Wall,” “Orphan Island,” “Human Voices” and “Mirror Mirror. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Repertory and been in residence at The Sundance Institute and The Ojai Playwriting Conference, among others. Her television credits include writing/producing HBO’s “In Treatment,” “How to Make It in America” and “House of Cards.”

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 19-25

THUR, 2/19/15 at 10:38 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 30 block of W. Tennyson Road. The victim was walking through the parking lot when suspect #1 exited a parked vehicle and brandished a handgun at the victim, demanding his backpack. The victim refused and Suspect #1 “pistol whipped” the victim in the head. Suspect #1 took the backpack and fled in a vehicle occupied by suspect #2. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male adult, 19 years, 5’8”, thin build, mustache and acne on face. He was wearing all dark clothing and had a silver semi-auto handgun in his right hand. Suspect #2 is described as a Filipino male adult, 19 years, heavy set, wearing a burgundy “Stanford” college sweatshirt.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 1:42 AM, an IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE occurred at Middle Lane and Clawiter Road. After receiving a suspicious person call from neighbors in the area, an officer noticed the possible suspect sleeping inside a vehicle. The officer conducted a DMV check on the vehicle and found it to be stolen out of Hayward. The suspect was detained without incident and arrested for the vehicle theft.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 7:17 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY WITH HANDGUN occurred on the 1100 block of W. Tennyson Road. A Hispanic male adult brandished a handgun at the store clerk and robbed the business of cash. The suspect fled on foot towards Pompano Avenue. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, early 20’s, 5’2 to 5’3, 130-140lbs., black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue baggy jeans. The suspect had a black semi-automatic handgun.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 3:08 PM, an ATTEMPT KIDNAPPING occurred on the 26000 block of Joshua Court. A 14-year-old female Tennyson High School student reported that a Hispanic male adult in a white 4-door vehicle tried to grab her and pull her into his car. She was able to escape and run to a nearby neighbor’s home. Hayward PD’s Criminal Investigations Bureau was notified and is investigating the case.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 5:00 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred at the intersection of Meek Avenue and Myrtle Street. The victim (who is a gang associate) was walking on Meek Ave when two Hispanic males exited their silver Ford Mustang and punched him in the face. The victim defended himself and overtook suspect #1. Suspect #2 armed (himself) with a tire iron and hit the victim once in the arm. Both suspects then fled the scene in the silver Mustang. All of the parties were later detained and the suspects were arrested. Both suspects are also known gang members.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 6:50 PM, A STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred near 50 W. Tennyson Road. The victim was walking toward the South Hayward BART station when the suspects approached him and threw him against a concrete wall. The suspects forcibly took the victim’s backpack which contained his ID and cash. Victim’s cell phone not taken and he was able to call Hayward PD relatively quickly. A nearby officer located suspect #1 on the BART platform and subsequently arrested him. Suspect #2,is described as a Black male adult, 25-30 years old, 6’2, 250 lbs, goatee, last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He boarded a BART train and was able to elude capture. The victim’s property was located on the ground (near) where suspect #1 was contacted.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 11:19 PM, an IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND OBSTRUCTION TO AN INVESTIGATION occurred on the 2500 block of W. Winton Avenue. During a suspicious vehicle investigation, the officer stopped three members of a motorcycle gang. One subject fled and was detained by a nearby sergeant. The second subject was carrying a concealed handgun in his waistband. Both of these subjects were arrested and taken to jail. The third subject was cooperative and released.

SAT, 2/21/15 at 6:00 PM, a DUI CHECKPOINT was conducted by Hayward PD’s Traffic Bureau at Foothill Boulevard and City Center Drive. 15 Officers, 2 Supervisors and 1 Community Service Officer; and 6 CHP-Hayward Officers were in attendance. 897 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint resulting in 10 Field Sobriety Tests, 2 DUI arrests, 23 citations for unlicensed/suspended drivers, and 18 vehicles impounded.

SUN, 2/22/15 at 9:19 AM, SUSPICIOUS DEATH occurred on the 25000 block of Regal Avenue. A 40-year-old male was arguing with his wife the night before and had gone out for a walk. The man came back with an injury on his head (unknown cause). He went to sleep on the floor, and his wife found him deceased the following morning.

SUN, 2/22 at 4:13 PM, FIREARM RECOVERY/GANG ACTIVITY occurred on the 600 block of Memorial Way. A female called Hayward PD reporting that a male was at her door threatening to shoot her husband. Officers arrive quickly and detained the suspect. The suspect is a known gang member and was in possession of two unloaded firearms and ammunition. The suspect was arrested without incident.

MON, 2/23/15 at 10:53 PM, an IN CUSTODY ARREST FOR VEHICLE THEFT occurred on Sparrow Road and Osage Avenue. The victim saw his vehicle being driven by the suspect, called Hayward PD, and followed him. The suspect parked the vehicle at the corner of Sparrow Road and Swift Court and fled on foot while the victim gave chase. Officers arrived and located the suspect hiding on a porch on Lilac Ave. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and possibly linked to (another) vehicle theft and a burglary on Sparrow Road.

MON, 2/23/15 at 10:56 PM, ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF FIREARM occurred on the 28000 block of Sparrow Avenue. The victim, who was intoxicated, heard commotion outside of his home and went to investigate it. He noticed the victim (from the above stolen vehicle case) yelling at the suspect on the corner of Sparrow and Lilac Avenue. The victim decided that he was going to protect his home by grabbing his handgun and walking outside. The victim racked a round into the chamber and accidentally shot himself in his right hamstring. His wife secured the gun prior to police arrival and it was later retrieved for evidence. The victim was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 2:05 AM, AN IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR BURGLARY occurred on the 900 block of Palisade. The reporting person called HPD and stated that an unknown male was attempting to break into the YMCA (on the Palisade side of the school.) A perimeter was quickly set up and the attempt burglary was confirmed. As officers start to walk into school, the suspect fled on foot and jumped over fences towards Mission Blvd. Officers gave chase but lost the suspect in a tall grassy hillside. A K-9 search was requested and during the search the suspect self-surrendered without incident.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 8:04 AM, an AUTO VERSUS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT occurred on B Street and Watkins Street. A City of Hayward employee was crossing on Watkins Street (in the crosswalk) when she was struck by a vehicle. The employee suffered a hip injury and was transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle stopped and called 9-1-1.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 4:42 PM, a PROBATION/PAROLE SEARCH was conducted on the 27000 block of Sleepy Hollow Avenue. Hayward PD officers conducted a follow-up investigation to a burglary that occurred the previous day. No one was home when entry was made; and no property from the burglary was located. However, the officers did find evidence that the Probation/ Parolee suspect is involved in identity theft.

WED, 2/25/15 at 10:00 AM, a SMASH Operation occurred on the 900 block of Douglas Street. Officers from various divisions conducted the operation and located the suspect who was attempting to flee. The officers attempted to stop the suspect away from his residence but he evaded them and drove to his home where he was detained in his driveway. A probation search was conducted and a stolen semi-auto handgun was located. The suspect was arrested for reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and possession of stolen property.