That awkward moment when …

… people object to you bringing a gun to a funeral.

Fremont Police Blotter — Wednesday, November 28, 2012

#020 Six Arrested on Various Firearm, Drug and Probation/Parole Violations
A funeral service for a gang member who was murdered in San Francisco was held at Chapel of the Angels on Fremont Bl/Chapel Way. There was a large group of individuals dressed in gang attire in the parking lot and Fremont PD was called. The reporting party stated that a handgun was seen. Several officers responded and approximately 20 subjects in the parking lot were detained. Two adult males were arrested for various firearms violations after the handgun (.22 revolver) was recovered. One was on federal probation for a Trigger-Lock conviction. During a pat-search, a .25 caliber semi-auto was recovered from a jacket pocket of a female. The female was arrested for possession of a firearm. Additionally, an adult male parolee was arrested for a parole violation and adult male probationer was arrested after he was found to be in possession of ecstasy and marijuana. Lastly, a fifth adult male was arrested for a probation violation due to his gang conditions after he was found to be dressed in gang attire. Service reductions were implemented for approximately one hour during this incident and a total of 6 (5 males and 1 female) were arrested.

#044 Armed Robbery
Three males wearing hoodies approached a female and took her purse at gun point at the Oak Pointe Apartments (Irvington Avenue side). The weapon was some type of long gun, possibly with two barrels. Loss was a purse with credit cards.

#001 Suspicious Circumstances
Several people called about an explosion in the area of the Camden Quick Stop. Officers responded and found a small remote control car that appeared to have had an M80 or bigger taped to it. Evidence was collected. ACSO Bomb Squad was notified but not requested.

#028 Restraining Order Violation
Officer arrested an adult male for violating a protective order after he was located during a family disturbance on Lincoln Court, in violation of a restraining order.


Fremont’s California School for the Deaf named national champion among deaf high schools

Doing a story on the California School for the Deaf this month has been really inspiring. The Fremont school is a huge, but often overlooked, part of the Tri-City-area community.

This week, the varsity football team got some good news and some bad news.

Tuesday, the Fremont high school finished second in the voting for a Sports Illustrated contest, losing out on the chance to receive a $25,000 grant and a trip to Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year ceremony in New York City. The contest’s winner is Ishpeming High School in Michigan, whose place-kicker, Eric Dompierre, has Down syndrome.

The pair of schools were among 10 teams nationwide vying for that honor. As mentioned in a longer Argus story on CSD earlier this week, Sports Illustrated this season featured the Fremont school  in “Underdogs,” an online video series that focused on high school football teams battling major challenges.

The good news is that the Eagles on Tuesday were named National Deaf Prep Football Champion by the second organization in as many weeks, head coach Warren Keller said.

The National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association, comprised of athletic directors at deaf schools nationwide, awarded them the honor about a week after writers from Deaf Digest Sports did.

The Eagles just concluded their best season ever, setting a single-season record for wins after notching a 10-2 record and winning a North Central II/Bay League title.

“Some might call us disabled, but that can be extra motivation for us. Some of us might feel hurt or angry, but when it comes time to play the game, we prove them wrong and we earn their respect.” — Carlos Lopez, CSD Eagles quarterback/defensive back

“We don’t do anything different than any other program. We haven’t faced one opponent where we’re at a disadvantage.”  — Warren Keller,  CSD Eagles head coach

“Anytime the School for the Deaf takes the field, it proves to the world that being deaf is not a disability, it’s just a speed bump. It proves no matter how high or wide the obstacle is, it’s not one that somebody can’t overcome.”  — Ryan Lentz, CSD Eagles assistant coach


Fremont Makes “Top 10 Best-Run Cities” List

Fremont has made the Top 10 on a list of “Best-Run Cities,” according to 24/7 Wall Street, an investment news website. It’s yet another time Fremont has made another positive “Top 10 City” list.

According to a story by the International Business Times, Fremont was ranked 4th in the nation — sandwiched between Madison, Wis. (3rd), and Lincoln, Neb. (5th). The criteria included having a local government that encourages businesses to prosper and create job, high rates of high school graduates, along with low crime and poverty rates. The list’s No. 1 city is Virginia Beach, Va., and the only “big city” to make the list is Seattle, which ranked 7th.

It’s easy to be cynical about these lists — when I do a story like this,  I frequently hear, “Yeah, but what does it really mean?” In addition, people with axes to grind with current leaders might argue, “Yeah, but think where we’d rank if we maximized all of our opportunties.”

I think these lists, as easy as they are to mock and as inaccurate as they sometimes are, are vital in the PR war, especially among similar Bay cities clustered together, jostling for attention and businesses. The more kudos you get, the stronger your arsenal for business recruitment.

I grew up in Healdsburg back when the tiny country town was a forgotten backwater. In those days, nobody went to Healdsburg, unless they got lost on the way to Santa Rosa. But in 1989, Newsweek magazine did a national feature on California and included a sidebar on Healdsburg, calling it (I’m paraphrasing) a wine-country oasis. Within a decade or so of that gushing national exposure, Healdsburg became an international tourist destination.  I’m sure other factors played a role in that development, but there’s no question that the Newsweek blurb was a demarcation point.

I know some will disagree with the “Best Run” tag the city received. Either way, with the economy showing signs of life — finally — I’m sure Fremont’s leaders will be excited to tout this latest kudo.


Fremont Crime News — Weekend Edition

Fremont Police Departmnt

Friday, November 16, 2012

#009 Possession of Burglary Tool Arrest
Officer Hartman conducts a ped stop at Bill Ball Plaza and arrests 24 year old adult male for possession of burglary tools.

#013 Warrant Arrest
Officer Soper arrests a 43 year old adult female for an outstanding warrant at 39300 block of Civic Center Dr.

#026 Drug Related Warrant Arrest
Officer Stone makes a traffic stop and arrests a 25 year old adult male for drug related warrants.

#018 Residential Burglary
5100 block of Curtis. The reporting party left the kitchen window open while they were away. The suspect cut the screen to gain entry. Loss was jewelry and electronics. Investigated by CSO Anders.

#004 DUI Arrest
B. Johnson arrested a 27 year old adult male for DUI, providing false identification to a police officer & his warrant.

IH #1017 Warrant Arrest
Officerr Austin obtained a Ramey Warrant for a suspect in an auto burglary that occurred the previous night. A probation search & warrant service at the Marabaya Apts resulted in his arrest.

#044 Injury Collision
Three vehicles involved in an injury accident at Fremont & Mowry, handled by Officerr. R. Smith.

#002 Under the Influence Arrest
Drunk subject at Domino’s Pizza (by WHS). A 47 year old parolee who also has a meth pipe gets arrested by Officer Butcher.

#005 Non-injury Collision/DUI Arrest
Four vehicles were involved in a property damage accident involving a drunk driver at Fremont & Decoto. A 20 year old adult male gets arrested for DUI by Officer Layfield.

#006 Interrupted Commercial Burglary
An employee arrives at Central Chevy and observes a white male adult or Hispanic male adult trying to bust the lock with a hammer. Suspect flees in a white Chevy Suburban with tinted windows.

#007 Major Injury Collision
At approximately 2:45 a.m., a single vehicle major injury accident involving five juveniles occurred at Paseo Padre Pkwy & Covington Dr. A Traffic Unit call out made. Sgt. Delema, Officer Flynn & Officer Shannon responded to handle the case. The driver lost control of the vehicle hitting the center median, a street sign and a tree. Four juveniles were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and one juvenile was transported to a trauma center for major injuries (non-life threatening). The driver, a 17 year old juvenile, was arrested for felony DUI.

#025 Hit and Run Property Damage
Dusterberry/Peralta investigated by Officer Zambonin

#037 Hit and Run Property Damage
Blacow/Central Officer Decker

#041 Hit and Run Property Damage
Fremont/Peralta Officer Francisco

#044 Injury Collision
Fremont/Mowry Officer B. Smith

Saturday, November 17, 2012

#011 Auto Burglary
Victim sees a male in his vehicle which is parked on Lexington St. The victim yells at the male and the suspect takes of running south towards Mowry Ave. Numerous patrol units flood the area and the suspect is eventually seen running across Mowry Ave. into the Big 5 parking lot. CSI Foster arrives, cutting off the suspect’s south bound flight and the adult male is taken into custody after the victim positively identifies him as the auto burglar.

#012 Felony Stolen Vehicle Warrant Arrest
Officer Mahboobi responds to a suspicious circumstance at 44200 Christy St. after the reporting party thinks two males are attempting to hotwire vehicles. Officer. Mahboobi contacts the two adult males. One is arrested for his felony stolen vehicle warrant out of Modesto.

#010 Commercial Burglary
McIvir’s Hardware store was burglarized during the night. Entry made through a broken front window.

#025 Suspended License Arrest
Driving on a suspended license case by Officer. Zargham during a traffic stop at Warm Springs/Warren. A 41 year old adult male was driving on a suspended license. He was cited and the car towed.

#026 Unlicensed Driving and Providing False Info to Peace Officer Arrest
During a traffic stop at Fremont/Blacow Officer Chahouati arrested a 26 year old adult male lied about his name and was unlicensed, so he went to jail.

#028 Robbery
CVS security at the Fremont Hub, tried to stop an alcohol thief who fought with security and fled on foot south on Fremont Blv. Suspect is described as a black male adult, late 20’s, 5’3”, wearing dark jacket with white shirt and dark pants. Loss was recovered.

#034, 035 & 036 Battery Arrest and Public Intoxication
Officers are dispatched to Saddle Rack. Three subjects were arrested for fighting with security and public intoxication.

IH #1229 Rock Slide
Niles Canyon was closed for approximately 1 hour due to rock slides causing a traffic hazard. Caltrans responded to clear the road and open up the roadway.

#017 Injury Collision
Paseo Padre and Durham. Investigated by Officer Kennedy.

#005 Injury Collision
Decoto and Fremont, investigated by Officer Leopardi.

#013 Hit and Run Property Damage Collision
Mission and Warm Springs, investigated by Officer Gourley.

#033 Hit and Run Property Damage Collision
Fremont and Washington, investigated by Officer Lambert.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

#002 Warrant Arrest
Officer Chan made an arrested a 21 year old adult male for an outstanding warrant at Motel 6.

#006 Warrant Arrest
Officer Ceniceros made a pedestrian stop and arrested a 57 year old adult male for an outstanding warrant.

#011 Commercial Burglary Arrest
Officer Gourley responded to a citizen’s arrest at Costco and accepted Loss Prevention’s arrest of a 46 year old adult male for commercial burglary after he left the store without paying for some items. He also had a theft warrant in the system for his arrest.

#024 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arrest
Officer Lambert conducted a traffic stop at Fremont Blvd. and Sundale Dr. During the stop Officer Lambert arrested an adult male for possession of drug paraphernalia.

#026 Possession of a Deadly Weapon
Officer N. Johnson was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the area of Nuttman and Harrisburg. Officer N. Johnson arrived and arrested an adult male for possession of a deadly weapon.

#015 Commercial Burglary
Officer Hollifield is investigating a commercial burglary that occurred on the 48000 block of Warm Springs Blvd.

#016 Trespassing Arrest
Officer Tarango was dispatched to the KWIK and Convenient Mart on Walnut to a report of trespassing. The reporting party advised a male that battered him yesterday is back in front of the store threatening customers. Officer Tarango located the adult male and arrested him for trespassing, drunk in public, and battery.

#017 Theft Arrest
Officer Huiskens was dispatched to Dale Hardware to investigate a theft. Dale Hardware employees were holding a non-cooperative suspect for theft. Officer Huiskens arrived and arrested the adult male for theft.

#019 Theft Arrest
Officer Lobue was dispatched to a theft report at Lucky’s in Charter Square. Officer Lobue arrested the suspect for the theft and outstanding warrants.

#003 Possession of Marijuana
Officer Wilson conducts a pedestrian stop on a 32 year old adult male. During a subsequent search, Officer Wilson locates 46.3 grams of marijuana. The adult male is cited for possession of Marijuana.

IH # 12091475 Warrant Arrest
Officer Blass is dispatched to a disturbance call and arrests an 18 year old adult female for warrants.


Fremont Crime News of the Day

Fremont Police Department

Monday, November 19, 2012

#026 Suicide Attempt
Officer Tarango was dispatched to the area of Pico Road and Vargas Road in an attempt to locate a missing person. Family members tracked his phone to that area. The male has a history of depression. Officer Tarango arrived to find the missing male unconscious inside his locked vehicle. The male had a self inflicted stab wound to his abdomen and was bleeding. Officer Tarango and Layfield breached the vehicle window to gain access into the vehicle. There was a large knife on the floor near the male who was awakened by the glass breaking. After a short struggle the male was controlled and medical aid was rendered. The 50+ year old male was transported to a local trauma center for treatment and placed on a mental evaluation hold. Nice work by Officers Tarango and Layfield to save this man’s life.

#033 Possession of a Controlled Substance Arrest
Offficer conducted a traffic stop at Paseo Padre/Sailway and arrested a 21 year old adult male for possession of a controlled substance.

#034 Warrant Arrest
Officer conducted a traffic Stop at Decoto/Canal and arrested an adult male on a $10,000 vehicle code related warrant.

#009 Warrant Arrest
Officers conducted a pedestrian stop and arrested a 19 year old adult male for two outstanding warrants.

#016 DUI Collision/Arrest
Traffic units arrived at corner of Sundale and Boone to confirm the driver involved in this non-injury collision was intoxicated. The female driver tried to drive over the raised cement median. A traffic officer arrested the driver, an 59 year old adult female, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

#025 Theft Arrest
Office responded to Luckys on Mowry to a reported theft. Store security had a suspect in custody for theft. Officer arrested the suspect, a 46 year old adult female for theft with a prior and for trespassing.

#027 Residential Burglary
CSO is investigating a residential burglary that occurred at the Camden Village Apartments.


Mayor-elect Harrison expected to be sworn in Dec. 4 (Cho concedes)

After a time-consuming ballot count maintained Bill Harrison’s lead over four opponents, second-place finisher Steve Cho on Monday conceded the Fremont mayoral race.

“I would like to congratulate Bill for winning the election,” Cho announced, 13 days after Election Day. “The voters in Fremont have spoken and made their choice.”

Pending the county registrar’s certification of the results — expected by next week, at the latest — officials say Harrison will be sworn in at a City Council meeting scheduled Dec. 4.

For more of the story, click here.



Natarajan to remain Fremont’s vice mayor

Councilwoman Anu Natarajan, who finished third in the mayoral election, will remain Fremont’s vice mayor. Mayor-elect Bill Harrison is slated to replace Mayor Gus Morrison officially at a Dec. 4 council meeting.

Friday, we caught up with Natarajan by phone and she said she is unsure if she will run for re-election in 2014, when her council term expires.

“I am now the most senior member of the City Council and, in that role, I’d like to bring all the council members together as a team,” she said. “The reason I ran for mayor was that Fremont is in this great place where we have wonderful things happening. I’d like to get the community excited about where Fremont is.”

As for future political office?

“I just gave everything I had in running a campaign for mayor,” she said. “I haven’t even thought about the next two years.”

For the rest of the Citywise article that this item appeared in, please click here.


Tri-City-area police offering home checks while residents on vacation

Fremont police’s Vacation Home Security Check Program is a service in which Fremont residents can request police to check on their home while they’re out of town.

Those interested can go to www.fremontpolice.org and fill out a request form at least 72 hours before they go on vacation, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said. The form gives police pertinent information, such as the residents’ vacation dates and descriptions of their vehicles so that authorities have a blueprint of what they should expect to find outside the residence. The form also asks for the names and visitation dates of gardeners, house cleaners and family members who may be at the house so that police will not mistake them for a burglar.

Newark offers a similar program. (To a lesser extent, so does Union City.)

For more of the story, click here.




Forum on the Affordable Care Act slated Monday in Fremont

A forum on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform legislation that became federal law in 2010, has been scheduled Monday evening at the Fremont Main Library.

Alex Briscoe, director of Alameda County Health Care Services, will deliver a presentation on how the law will affect Americans and their families. Briscoe also will provide an update on the development of school health centers throughout Alameda County.

The free forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the library at 2400 Stevenson Blvd. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.


League of Volunteers asking for donations for annual Thanksgiving dinner

The League of Volunteers fed nearly 5,500 people in need during its annual Thanksgiving dinner last year.

Shirley Sisk, the Newark-based nonprofit group’s executive director, said it will need help from the public this year to match that act of charity.

The League of Volunteers, also known as LOV, is asking people to donate food, including turkeys, hams and other traditional holiday dishes, Sisk said. The nonprofit also needs donated cooking supplies, such as hundreds of oval aluminum roasting pans.

Monetary donations, which are tax-deductible, also are welcome, Sisk said.

In what has become a Tri-City-area tradition, LOV last year fed thousands of people in a free Thanksgiving supper served at Newark Pavilion at 6430 Thornton Ave. Volunteers also delivered free meals that same day to homebound people in the Tri-City and greater Hayward areas.

To donate or volunteer, call 510-793-5683 or email lov@lov.org. For more information, go online at www.lov.org.