Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

A resident on the 4400 block of Hansen Avenue let her no-good cousin crash at her place. But when the cousin started making trouble at the apartment complex, she told her cousin to scram. The cousin left — but took his host’s car with him.Officers expect both the cousin and the car to show up in Oakland.

Two men crashed a stolen BMW at Paseo Padre Parkway and Warwick Road. They fled, but police found the one of the sweaty crooks in the passenger seat of another car.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy for stealing a pair of $16 shorts from Marshalls. The teen’s mother refused to pick him up, and the teen was so fearful of returning home that he began confessing to lots of crimes hoping the cops would take him to Juvenile Hall. When he confessed to helping beat beat a male with spray cans while trying to take the victim’s wallet, police decided he did belong in Juvenile Hall.

Two women began hiking Mission Peak at 6 p.m. without flashlights. They got lost when the sun went down, and cops had to rescue them.

From the wire:
Obscure website with complicated crime algorithm says Fremont’s fourth safest city with more than 200,000 They also say it’s boring and undesirable


Fremont Toyota sued by EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit today charging Fremont Toyota with singling out Afghan-American employees for harrassment.

According to an EEOC press release (lawsuit hasn’t posted online) the company’s general manager singled out four Afghan salesmen during a sales meeting, calling them “terrorists,” and asserting that he was the dealership’s dictator just like the dictator that rules Afghanistan.

The complaint also charges that an Afghan manager was fired after he spoke in defense of the salesmen, according to the EEOC.


R.I.P Fremont Argus

Our parent company announced today that it  is rebranding its East Bay newspapers. The upshot is that starting in November, The Argus will be folded into the new East Bay Tribune, along with the Oakland Tribune, West County Times and other publications. Read the company’s news release here.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

A guest at the Goodnight Inn wouldn’t leave the motel lobby last night, except to go to McDonald’s. Officers found him walking back to the hotel from the fast food chain loaded up on a stimulant far more powerful than a vanilla milkshake. The guest scuffled with the cops, so the cops Tasered the guest.

Two armed men dressed in black robbed Max Gas at 39925 Mission Boulevard.

Burglars at the 4300 block of Lenoso Court were spotted and fled. Officers responding stopped a juvenile, searched him and arrested him for possessing quite a lot of marijuana.

No one stopped burglars on Terra Cotta Terrace. They grabbed jewelry and an Amazon Kindle.

From the wire:
Washington Hospital’s Nancy Farber is hardly the only Hospital CEO making more than a million per year.

Fremont woman benefits from new medical technology.


Fremont News of the day

From the cops:

Security officers  at Target in the Hub report shady people leaving the store Sunday. Police find them outside the Ross store with stolen goods from Safeway.

From the wire:

New boss for California School for the Deaf and California School for the Blind.

Interesting interview with Fremont writer and lawyer. Unfortunately followed by bigoted Facebook comments.

Fremont resident and one-time politician leaves Obama administration to take law job.

Solyndra founder leaves company.


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

A 24-year-old man was “sexually battered” police say while removing items from his car on the 39400 block of Parkhurst Drive. Police described the suspect as a man in his 60s, with a beard and wearing a turban.

Police arrested a 26-year-old woman, who they say punched her wife 20 times in the face, breaking her nose and confining her to a bedroom when she tried to call 911.

Police are investigating two robberies last night at the Waterston Apartments. Both victims were confronted by two men, who relieved them of their wallets.

From the wire:

Story about Fremont dentist’s mentoring program


Fremont News of the Day

From the cops:

A 16-year-old being treated at Washington Hospital told officers his injuries occurred when robbers approached him last night at Oliveira Elementary School and whacked him over the head with a baton.

Gang graffiti was sprayed on the garage of a residence on the 2600 block of Parkside Drive and a nearby utility pole.

Two vehicles were burglarized in the Costco parking lot. Cops say suspects left in a convertible yellow Volkswagen Jetta, but couldn’t locate them.

Cops informed that a man inside a blue Honda was holding a pistol. Cops found the car, the man, and as is often the case in these matters, they found an AirSoft pistol.

From the wire:

Fremont crook gets 10 years
Felony charges for Newark pot club operators


Diamond Palace is closed

Fremont appears to have a sudden shortage of banquet halls. The latest loss is the Diamond Palace on Peralta, which apparently has filed for bankruptcy. It’s been closed this week.

Last year, the Golden Peacock — also on Peralta, but north of Fremont Boulevard — closed shop and moved to Hayward. Someone there told me that they are getting business from people left in a lurch by the Diamond Palace’s closing.

The Niles Banquet Hall isn’t allowed do big events with booze anymore since two wedding got violent in 2008.

The owner of the Center Theater wanted a permit to hold banquet events, but the City Council rejected it last month.

A proposed banquet hall at The Globe — much like The Globe itself — never materialized.

There’s still the Century House in beautiful Centerville, the Elks Lodge, and several churches, but not much else for indoor events.


Bay Street loses a grocery store







When Fremont spent millions beautifying Bay Street in Irvington last year, the goal was for the current crop of shop owners to abandon ship and sell to developers, who would build much bigger structures with apartments atop retail stores.

For better or worse, that vision moved a bit closer to reality recently with the closure of the Mid East Grocery and Deli. The couple that owned the deli will still be open for catering, but will no long be selling 8-pound containers of tahini (I bought one) or hommeade falafels, of which I bought many.



Fremont chamber lowers festival attendance figures

Either the recent Fremont Festival of the Arts was the most poorly attended in years or the Fremont Chamber of Commerce has decided to adjust its attendance figures after they were called into question.

No more talk of 385,000 or “nearly 400,000 attendees. The latest estimate? More than 300,000.

From the Chamber’s newsletter:
Fremont Festival of the Arts draws large crowds: Organizers said the Fremont Festival of the Arts had another great run, as more than 300,000 people from all over the Bay Area turned out for the event last weekend. (8/12/2011)