Reassignment causes hiatus for community policing program
The Alameda Police Department (APD) recently announced that the department would shut down its Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) unit effective Jan. 1, 2016. APD blamed the closure on “recent retirements” and stated that the department was reassigning Officer Frank Peterson, who ran COPPS, to patrol duty.
Donna Eyestone (right) and her 11-year-old daughter, Emma, have created the seventh in a series of Alameda gingerbread replicas. This year’s creation is the Crab Cove Visitors Center on McKay Avenue.
In past years, Donna and Emma created gingerbread versions of the Park Street Bridge, the Croll’s building on Webster Street, Park Street, Alameda City Hall, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex; and the Alameda Main Library.
On Friday, Falcon’s Court, a non-profit educational organization that presents living history programs at schools throughout California, brought the Renaissance to Wood Middle School to show the seventh graders what life was like in Western Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Students spent the morning meeting falconers, a minstrel, a country dance fiddler and a master swordsman.
A man died after drowning in the Oakland Estuary just after 7 a.m., last Saturday morning when the vehicle he was driving plunged into the waters off the Bridgeside Shopping Center. The victim reportedly drove his SUV through the shopping center parking lot at Blanding Avenue and Broadway, past Nob Hill Foods and through a metal railing before sinking into the estuary waters.
Witnesses later said that the driver did not brake and ended up in the estuary.