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The Coast Guard arrested 19-year-old Michigan native Coast Guard Seaman Ethan Tucker at Coast Guard Island on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Tucker stands charged with the Jan. 26 murder of his shipmate Seaman Ethan Kelch. Both were serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro near Dutch Harbor, Ak., when the alleged murder occurred. The pair were on liberty.

According to the Coast Guard, Tucker strangled and struck his victim on the head with enough force to cause severe injury. Tucker then placed the incapacitated Kelch in the water and left him to die.  

On Thursday, Aug. 29, the United States Attorney’s office and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, announced that a federal grand jury handed down a felony indictment charging Alameda resident Kenneth Morris with five counts of bank fraud and three counts of theft of union assets.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council considered adding a “prosecution unit” to City Attorney Yibin Shen’s office. Council’s approval would allow Shen to hire an assistant city attorney to work as city prosecutor and a paralegal to act as an 
investigator. 

The new prosecutor would have the authority to “prosecute all violations of city ordinances.” In addition Council’s approval would upgrade an administrative services coordinator position to management analyst to help sort through the complexities of this new unit.

The City of Alameda, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and Alameda Point Partners have announced that the groundbreaking of the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal at Alameda Point will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., next Thursday, Sept. 12. The partners will break ground on the shores of the lagoon at West Oriskany Avenue and Ferry Point. 

Property owners in Alameda have already received a letter from the city inviting them to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Renters in the Island City may not consider this meeting very “public,” however. The city has not included them in the discussions. The city is bypassing the renters by charging the property owners a fee, rather than a tax. 

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