Fremont Crime News – Thursday, Sept. 20

In short, there was a bar brawl, a junior high on lockdown, four home burglaries and — my personal favorite — a man under the euphoric influence of Ecstasy who merely hallucinated his home was being burglarized.

Source:  Fremont Police Department — Thursday, Sept. 20

#005 – Officers were summoned by a subject at 35200 Ratto Pl because he thought he saw the male that he says has been stalking him inside his home. Turns out the subject was suffering from a suspected “ecstasy” induced euphoria, and there was nobody inside his home but him. He was arrested by Ofc. Luevano for being under the influence.

#006 – SRO Foote called for assistance at Walters Jr. HS as someone reported seeing two males at the edge of the campus and one had a pistol. FUSD put the school on lockdown and multiple officers responded, clearing the entire area and never locating the alleged suspects. School re-opened within 30 minutes safely.

#032: Warrant arrest by Ofc. Haugh during a ped stop at Delaware/Charleston. A 59 year old male was arrested for his outstanding $20K warrant for meth pipe possession.

#30: Meth influence arrest by Ofc. Francisco during an investigative contact in the 34000 block of Sterne Ct. A 28 yr old male is arrested and booked.

#29: Public Drunkeness arrest by Ofc. Madsen and FTO Sasser who found a 51 yr old male drunk and disorderly at Mowry/Farwell.

#027 Warrant arrest by Ofc. Smith and Haugh when they performed a warrant service on a male at his house on Carmen Street. The male went to jail for his warrants.

#002, Assault w deadly weapon at Mojo’s Bar. PD called regarding disturbance/fight at closing time, with a patron being struck by a vehicle fleeing the area. Ofcrs ultimately locate the suspect vehicle in Union City where a 43 year old male is taken into custody for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The victim is treated and released from the hospital.

(4) apartment complex burglaries:

#040, 459 residential at 38700 Tyson. No forced entry. Loss was a laptop & jewelry. CSO Codey investigating.

#041, 459 residential at 39059 Guardino. Ofcr Leopardi investigating.

#042, 459 residential at 39939 Stevenson. Ofcr Torrico investigating.

#001. 459 residential at 4555 Thornton. Ofcr Rodriguez investigating.

Traffic Investigations:

#011 11-79 Driver turning from Grimmer onto Paseo Padre Parkway hits bicyclist who was riding in the crosswalk, on the wrong side of the road. Minor lacerations. Investigated by OFC Flynn.

#042 11-79 Unlicensed driver driving eastbound on Thornton Ave, makes a right turn onto Post St, hitting a bicyclist. Minor injuries. Investigated by OFC Snow.


Newark Crime News of the Week

Newark Police Department — Monday – Wednesday

September 17, 2012

0840 hours: Officer investigated a burglary that occurred overnight at Evergreen Oil. The loss was steel piping, copper cable and a flange.

1102 hours: Officer arrested San Francisco man, 27, on his East Bay Regional Parks warrant near Newark Memorial HS at the end of Balentine Dr. The man was cited and released at the scene with a new court date

1606 hours: Officer arrested Fremont man, 20, at the old Cinedome near NewPark Mall on warrants and 11357(a) H&S- possession of marijuana. Ramos was booked at Fremont Jail.

1955 Hours: Officer handled a citizen’s arrest/shoplifting case at the Home Depot. Union City man, 42, was cited at the scene for petty theft.

2330 Hours: Officer responded to a report of a suspicious subject ringing random doorbells on Wintergreen Ave. A parolee, 50,  was contacted and arrested for possession of Methamphetamine and a Parole violation. He was booked at FPD Jail.

0025 Hours: During a traffic stop, Officer arrested Newark suspect, 19, for a Misdemeanor warrant. The suspect was booked at FPD Jail.

September 18, 2012

0741 Hours – Officer arrested Newark woman, 33, for 12500(a)/40302(b) CVC- no driver license and no identification and booked her at Fremont Jail.

1441 Hours – Officer investigated a strong arm robbery that occurred outside of Macy’s at NewPark Mall. A Hispanic male approached the female victim, pulled a gold chain from her neck, and then fled in a heavily oxidized burgundy Toyota Camry. The female was not injured.

1618 Hours – Officer recognized a vehicle associated with an extra patrol request as being stolen during a residential burglary that Officer had investigated earlier in the day. The vehicle was occupied with four male juveniles who were subsequently detained. Officer continued the investigation, conducting three probation searches and identifying another juvenile suspect also responsible for the burglary and the stolen vehicle. Three juveniles were ultimately booked into Juvenile Hall and a fourth was issued a citation and released to parents, the fifth juvenile was released after it was determined that he had no idea of the crimes his friends had committed.

1843 Hours: Officer investigated an injury collision at the intersection of Edgewater Dr. and Darvon St. Four people including two juveniles suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment and observation. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

2102 Hours: Officer was dispatched to a family disturbance in the 36900 block of Mulberry St. After speaking to the involved family members Officer Hoppe arrested Newark man, 26, for 11550 H&S- under the influence of drugs. He was transported to Fremont Jail where he was booked without incident for 11550 H&S.

2334 Hours: Officer contacted San Francisco man, 33, near 5795 Mowry Ave on a warrant. He was issued a new court date and cited out on the warrant.

0105 Hours: Officer  arrested transient man, 43, on a no bail misdemeanor warrant (415(2) PC- disturbance). He was booked him at the Santa Rita Jail.

September 19, 2012

1312 Hrs. Officer investigated an identity theft that occurred out of our jurisdiction reported to him at NPD.

1334 Hrs. Officers responded to 35420 Newark Blvd. (Community Center Park) regarding a welfare check on a male subject stumbling. Officer contacted Newark man, 43, and found him displaying objective symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested for 11550 (a) H&S and transported to Fremont Jail for booking.

1452 Hrs. Officer investigated an attempt burglary of a vehicle that occurred in the 35400 block of Newark Blvd. that occurred over the weekend. The reporting party had video showing an attempted burglary of her vehicle.

1703 Hrs. Officer arrested Fremont man, 26, for 11364.1 (a) H&S during a traffic stop based upon his probation terms. He had dropped a methamphetamine smoking pipe on the floorboard of his vehicle during the stop. He was cited and released for the traffic violation and 11364.1 (a) H&S possession of drug paraphernalia.

2318 Hrs: Officer contacted Fremont man, 28,  at the entrance to EZ8 Motel. During a pat search for weapons, a glass smoking pipe was located. He was released on a citation for 11364(a) H&S- possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 20, 2012

1325 Hrs. All officers responded to the 5600 block of Souza Ave for a burglary that had just occurred. A neighbor witnessed the suspects exiting the front door and the descriptions are as follows;

Suspect 1: Hispanic or Black male adult, 18-20 years old, with red plaid pajama pants and a black hooded sweatshirt.
Suspect 2: 18-20 years old with a Black hooded sweatshirt
Suspect 3: 18-20 years old, Heavy/large build, with a black hooded sweatshirt

Several people matching the descriptions were detained in the general area but no arrests have been made. The residence was ransacked and the loss is unknown at this time.

1354 Hrs. Officer investigated an identity theft reported at NPD.

1534 Hrs. Officer investigated vandalism to a residence on the 6200 block of Montcalm Ave. Unknown subject(s) threw a large marble through a second story window of the residence shattering it. This residence has been a victim to previous vandalisms.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.


Attempted kidnap suspect arrested after evading Fremont police

From Geneva Bosques, spokeswoman for Fremont police:

On Tuesday evening at approximately 10:08 p.m., a Fremont Police Officer was flagged down by two young adult men, ages 19 and 20 years old, on Civic Center Drive near Walnut Ave. The two young men stated that a Hispanic adult male, later identified as Robert Abeyata (a 30 year old Sacramento resident), had been aggressively following them from a nearby shopping center and was attempting to kidnap them.

The victims stated that they had run away, but the suspect had followed their friend behind the Archstone Apartments, also located on Civic Center Drive. While giving Officers a description of the suspect, they noticed the vehicle exiting the far south driveway of the apartment complex and pointed Officers in that direction. Officers attempted to stop the truck, but it took off towards Walnut Ave at a high rate of speed. Unknown if the suspect had successfully captured the third victim, Officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended when Officers conducted a pit maneuver disabling the vehicle near the intersection of Decoto Rd. and 3rd Street in Union City. The suspect fled the vehicle on foot and Officers gave chase. A K-9 was deployed and the suspect was finally taken into custody after being bit, TASED and fighting with Officers. Two Officers were treated and released from a local hospital for non-critical injuries and the suspect was also treated and released from a local hospital for injuries sustained while fighting with Officers.

While interviewing the suspect, Officers learned that he was looking for companionship with one or more of the victims. The suspect has been booked at Santa Rita Jail and is facing current charges of attempt kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, driving on the wrong side of traffic during a pursuit and resisting arrest with injuries to an Officer.

Our story by colleague Daniel Jimenez is here.


Newark Days festival set to run from Thursday through Sunday

One of the Tri-City area’s most beloved traditions returns Thursday evening.

It’s Newark Days, a four-day festival held each September to celebrate the 57-year-old city. This year’s celebration, featuring the theme “Country Jamboree,” will offer a wide variety of family entertainment options, including:

  • A stage with musical performers, such as The Fog, a classic rock group, and Joni Morris & the After Midnight Band, who pay tribute to Patsy Cline and other legendary female country music singers.
  • A carnival area with traditional rides, including bumper cars, a seven-story Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round.
  • Beer, wine and food pavilions.
  • Arts-and-crafts booths, a petting zoo, a car-and-truck show and more.

This year’s celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newark Community Park. It continues Friday and Saturday, and concludes at 9 p.m. Sunday.

It also features the 28th annual Newark Mile footrace. Registration is slated from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the race begins at 9 a.m. Advance race registration is $15, while same-day registration is $20.

The Newark Days Parade is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade is free. Newark Community Park is at 35501 Cedar Blvd., near Newark Boulevard.

For more information, go online at www.newarkdays.org.


WTHC District board president/Fremont Bank official under investigation

In a story first reported by The Bay Citizen, Michael Wallace — the Fremont Bank board chairman AND president of the Washington Township Heath Care District board of directors — is being investigated for a possible violation of state conflict-of-interest laws. 

Greg Winuk, the chief of enforcement for the California Fair Political Practices Commission, confirmed to me today that the state agency opened an investigation of Wallace in August. Winuk declined to comment further, citing the open investigation. As you’ll read here (or in The Argus’ print edition tomorrow), Wallace did not respond to calls for comment.

Gisela Hernandez, a Washington Hospital Healthcare System spokeswoman, denied that Wallace or the district committed any wrongdoing. Hernandez said more, which you can read in the actual article. Until then, here’s a quote from a written statement from WHHS.

“Michael Wallace has not violated the state’s conflict-of-interest laws,” Hernandez wrote. “And the district’s process for selection of a depository bank followed the requirements of the law.”


Another Fremont solar company meltdown

Hot off the presses, here’s  Bay Area News Group story by staff writer George Avalos about the the problems experienced by GreenVolts, a Fremont solar company (cough, Solyndra, cough) …

FREMONT — GreenVolts has suspended all manufacturing, marketing and sales operations, effective immediately, dealing a fresh blow to the Bay Area solar industry.

Roughly three-quarters of the solar company’s staff — 60 out of 80 employees — has been dismissed in the shutdown. The startup had been developing photo voltaic systems using a new kind of technology to concentrate sunlight onto solar cells.

“A sudden, and unexpected, change in direction from a major strategic investor has affected GreenVolts’s access to funding,” the company said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Fremont-based GreenVolts said the turn of events was “surprising” especially given recent positive comments and support from customers and partners of GreenVolts.

“The impact was at the last minute and so severe that GreenVolts cannot continue normal operation,” the company said.

The employees that are left are providing customer support and are seeking to find buyers of the company’s system.

Last year, Fremont-based Solyndra abruptly ceased operations and went bankrupt in a high-profile implosion that idled 1,100 workers.


Fremont road closures from Sept. 14-20

The City of Fremont’s contractor, Sanco Pipelines, will be doing utility work that requires the closure of Walnut Avenue westbound from Liberty Street to California Street in the City’s Central Downtown area, from Friday 9/14 through Thursday 9/20 from 9 am to 4 pm each day (except the weekend).

California Street will also be closed to through traffic during the times noted above.

Detours will be signed for Walnut Avenue westbound traffic to turn north or south on Liberty Street; thence continuing to Beacon and Sundale westbound to arrive at Fremont Boulevard. The eastbound direction of Walnut Avenue will remain open.


Newark police offering home security checks for vacationers

The Newark Police Department has announced that it will provide home security checks for people who are away on vacation or other reason that takes you away from your home for an extended absence. To request this service, pick up a form from Newark Police Department Records Unit front counter, at Newark City Hall at 37101 Newark Blvd. It is open to serve the public Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The R.A.V.E.N. (Ready Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark) volunteers will check on your home and immediately contact the Police Department if anything criminal or suspicious is noted.

To learn more about the R.A.V.E.N. program visit: http://www.newark.org/departments/police/community-engagement/r-a-v-e-n/



Union City Business Appreciation Awards scheduled Thursday

Some great comeback stories can be told once the local economy completely rebounds, and Union City officials know which local business heroes should be featured. Many of those entrepreneurs will be feted Thursday at the 3rd annual Union City Business Appreciation Awards ceremony.

“We’re appreciative of all of our businesses,” said Christine Friday, Union City’s economic development manager. “But most importantly, we appreciate those that give back and help Union City’s profile.”

The public event, offering free admission and lunch, is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the William M. Cann Memorial Civic Center. The ceremony, copresented by the city and the Union City Chamber of Commerce, will honor eight businesses in six categories.

  • The Ambassador Award — Abaxis.
  • The Environmental Award — Finelite
  • The Innovation — Synterys
  • The New Business Award — Gexpro
  • The Small Business Award — ChiroSports USA
  • The Community Steward Award  — Three winners: a) Masonic Homes of California, b) Walmart, c) Southern Wine & Spirits

For more on this event, read The Argus story here.



Fremont Crime News of the Day

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

#008 Narcotics Violations — Officer stopped a bicyclist at Hansen/Dusterberry (Centerville Area) and arrested an adult male for narcotics violations.

#015 Probation Search — Officer assembled a team of zone 3 officers and conducted a probation search at a residence on Borgia Rd (Blacow/Grimmer area).

#31 Petty Theft — Citizen called about two male adults stealing FedEx boxes off of porches in the area of Winslow Tr/Vane Co (Ardenwood neighborhood). The two suspects had fled on bicycles. Officer located one suspect fleeing the area on his bike. A 39 year old adult male and current probationer had some loss on his person. A victim was located and the loss was determined to be from his FedEx delivery. The subject was arrested and booked.

#048 Brandishing A Weapon — A small disagreement between neighbors on Hyde Co.(Irvington area) escalated into one neighbor brandishing a baseball bat at his neighbor. A 40 year old adult male was arrested for brandishing a weapon and booked at FPD jail.

#003 Stolen Vehicle Recovery — A citizen reported a silver Nissan abandoned at Page & Milmont (Warm Springs area) with car parts strewn about in the roadway. The vehicle had been stolen in Newark. 

#004 Stolen Vehicle — A green Honda Civic (Lic. 3TIP648) was stolen from the Cedar Apts (Centerville area) during the night.