Alameda News

Alameda celebrated Earth Day in its usual fashion last Saturday, with hundreds of participants learning about sustainable living and careful stewardship of our home planet in a festival at Washington Park. The event featured a special appearance from “The Purple One” — the late rocker Prince who died April 21 — performing “Let’s Go Crazy.” Entertainers Lori and RJ wanted to “provide a tribute to catch people’s attention and remember a great musician,” said Lori.

Suspect in ARCO shooting arrested in traffic stop

An Alameda native who is suspected of shooting two gas station employees was charged with four felony counts, including two for attempted murder, on Monday, April 25, according to authorities.  

Edward Bessonov, 29, is also being charged with two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. His plea hearing is scheduled for May 3.

Crewmembers from the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescued a distressed kite surfer in the waters off Shore Line Drive last Saturday. A crew in an East Bay Regional Parks District helicopter assisted in the rescue.  

AFD dispatch received a report of the distressed kite surfer at 5:23 pm. When they arrived on scene, AFD firefighters located the surfer about one-half mile from the shore. They deployed Rescue Boat No. 1, and one of the department’s rescue swimmers reached the kite surfer and helped her to shore. There were no injuries in the rescue.


Two employees shot last Saturday

Alameda Police Department (APD) announced that its officers arrested Valente Blanco-Garcia, 20, shortly after a double shooting last Saturday at the ARCO gas station, 1260 Park St. On Monday, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office charged Blanco-Garcia with two counts of attempted murder.

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced two East Bay firms have been pegged to design and construct an operation and maintenance facility at Alameda Point. Overaa Construction of Richmond and Power Engineering Construction of Alameda will be tasked with building the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility.