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Swat action in Union City NOT related to ‘local’ homicide

If you happened to hear about the raid on a Union City home this morning you’re probably wondering what it’s all about. Well, Union City police, the ones who busted into the home on Galaxy Way about 6 a.m., told me that it was related to a homicide case in Hayward and then referred me to a different agency for more information.  We’ve got a reporter at The Daily Review working on the details, but it appears that at least a half-dozen suspected gang members were arrested related to a killing in Hayward last month. Check The Review for information later. We should have the full story in our paper tomorrow.

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If these walls could talk

As I sit here at the Hayward Hall of Justice waiting for the jury to return a verdict in the murder trial of Jose Beteta, the man charged with killing a Union City man during an attempted robbery in December 2004, I’ve had the good fortune to hear some very interesting conversations. Some of them were supposed to be private, but when your speaking loudly in the crowded halls of a courthouse, the privacy argument goes right out the window. But this got me thinking about some of the more amusing and obnoxious things I heard and experienced while covering court cases over the last few years.
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