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More than $181 million in cocaine largest haul in history

On July 18 the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, whose home port is Coast Guard Island, seized a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine — 275 bales worth more than $181 million wholesale. The crew also apprehended four suspected smugglers. A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft detected the 40-foot vessel in the Pacific Ocean more than 200-miles south of Mexico.

Members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescued a man who was stranded in a distressed vessel on the Oakland Estuary for two days last Thursday, Aug. 6.

AFD crews were notified by Alameda County dispatch that Michael England, 50, was stranded in a 25-foot boat along the Pier 3 section of the estuary and was in need of assistance, according to AFD public information officer Juan Medrano. AFD did not know who exactly called the report into the dispatch center, but Medrano said often times boaters call dispatch to report emergency situations on the estuary.

Latest incident on record involved sexual assault, police said Monday

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is actively investigating six hot-prowl burglaries — break-ins that occur with the victims present. This string of burglaries happened during the late night or early morning hours between June 16 and Aug 9 on the West End. The latest break-in allegedly involved a sexual assault. 

Above, the horn section for the Bob Claire Orchestra performs at a prior Crab Cove Concert. Alameda’s own Soulstice performing its unique brand of reggae music will headline the last free family-friendly outdoor concert of the year set for Friday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Local Alameda family band The Barefoot Quales, pictured at right, comprised of (left to right) Teo, 9; Miles, 11; Maria; Niko, 6; and Christopher, will play during the concert’s intermission.

Several local bands will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at McGee’s Bar & Grill this Saturday, Aug. 8, in an effort to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Team in Training.

The East Bay Rocks fundraiser will feature: The Saloons, Nate Jones & the Sloe Slippers, The Jilters, Rust & Whiskey and more.

The event will also feature a raffle, food and drink and other fun at the bar known for its rotating menu at 1645 Park St. Sponsors include Sparkle Athletic and the Oakland Zoo.