News Briefs

Gas Leak Evacuates High School

Alameda Police Department (APD) reported that shortly before 9 a.m., Tuesday, its officers and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) paramedics responded to the report of a gas leak in a science classroom at Encinal High School. Leaking gas led to the evacuation of 12 students. APD stated that AFD paramedics transported three of the students to a local hospital for observation. School authorities sent five of the students home to their parents.

Spike of Burglaries Felt

Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating five commercial burglaries that APD believes may have been committed by the same person, an APD spokesman said.

The break-ins took place Sunday, Jan. 26 at La Penca Azul, 1440 Park St.; Papa Murphy’s and the Island Cafe, which share a location at 1929 Broadway; and Alameda Entertainment Associates, 2301 Central Ave. Similar burglaries were reported Jan. 22 at the Sidestreet Pho restaurant, 2304 Encinal Ave., and the Parrot AT&T store at 2601 Blanding Ave.

Chan Addresses Poverty

The City of Alameda Democratic Club will host a talk by Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan at Alameda Hospital, Conference Room A, 2070 Clinton Ave.

Chan will discuss the county’s "New War on Poverty," and cover the effect the latest recession on state and federal budgets has had on the community. The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8; it is free and open to the public.

Mastick Presents
‘Interview Drill’

Chief’s Daughter May Be Next American Idol
The dulcet tones of Rachel Rolleri, 17, daughter of Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, can be heard nationwide tonight, as the American Idol XIII auditions in San Francisco will air as part of tonight’s show at 8 p.m. on Fox channel 2. 
The Danville resident, whose father protects and serves the Alameda public, sings and plays acoustic guitar before the show’s three judges, performing a rendition of “Stay” by Sugarland. 

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