Alameda News

DNA tests have helped positively identify three Army airmen who perished aboard a Martin B-26 Marauder over Belgium in 1944. Two men who called Alameda home are among them.

First Lt. William "Billy" Parker Cook and fellow pilots of the 397th Bomb Group, called the "Bridge Busters," took off about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, 1944, from Péronne France. They had their orders: take out the Eller railroad bridge, a vital link in the German military supply line across the Moselle River.

rom personal experience, I can say visitors from as far away as Baldwin, Md. and the Santa Clarita Valley (my parents and cousins) made a special point to drop by Alameda’s Classic Car Show this year. Each year, the classic cars draw a crowd of all ages to ooh and ahh over the shiny chrome fins, GTO Row, or the giant Radio Flyer wagon that appears annually at the show. From Spiders to Mustangs to Firebirds, Park Street drew an amazing collection of more than 400 impeccably maintained vehicles this year. Below, officer Tysen Siebert talks with a young car aficianado about the D.A.R.E.

Harbor seals have been coming to Alameda Point to find food and a suitable breeding habitat and resting area in recent years, taking up residence at a site adjacent to Enterprise Park and the Bay Trail. Rather than encouraging their homestead, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) wants to kick them out. It will be a permanent loss for the seals and a lost asset for the community and visitors to enjoy.

A string of fires sent Alameda firefighters and police officers reeling in the early morning hours last Sunday. Before the sun was up the Alameda Police Department (APD) had arrested Stephen Michael Petersen, 27, of Alameda and Andrew Resto Gutierrez, 22 a transient.

Both men are in Santa Rita Jail. They were arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Department 112 at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, charged with willful and malicious arson. The court set Gutierrez’ bail at $1 million. Petersen is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

A firefighter stands on the roof of the apartment building at 2020 Santa Clara Ave. as a fire engulfs an apartment below him.

A pair of kitchen fires that started in apartment buildings within two and one-half hours of each other kept Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters busy last Sunday evening.

According to AFD reports, the first alarm sounded at 4:07 p.m., the second at 6:35 p.m.