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The mother of a man shot and killed by an off-duty Alameda County deputy while allegedly robbing a convenient store in Alameda filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county last Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Alberta Williams wrote in her suit, filed with the Alameda County Superior Court, her son Laroy Brown, who was 42 at the time of his death, "did not deserve to be killed based on the circumstances."

Williams is seeking $500,000 in damages from the county and sheriff’s department, according the suit, although Williams wrote in court papers that her "pain can’t be itemized."

Alameda’s premier event featuring tours of the city’s finest Colonial-Revival style homes provided by the homeowners and the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society took place this past weekend. Tour-goers could be found perusing their guidebooks from the Gold Coast to west of Webster this year.

The Berkeley Juggling Club showcased its skills at the renowned Everything Alameda event last Saturday, Sept. 27 at Lower Washington Park.

The community event had local food vendors, live youth entertainment and local bands, many local youth groups and associations, jumpers for the little children, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine garden and a chance to enjoy a beautiful day in the park.

City Council, School Board candidates

Council Candidates

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen — one incumbent and one former — are vying for two open City Council seats this fall.

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A string of fires sent Alameda firefighters and police officers reeling in the early morning hours last Sunday. Before the sun was up the Alameda Police Department (APD) had arrested Stephen Michael Petersen, 27, of Alameda and Andrew Resto Gutierrez, 22 a transient.

Both men are in Santa Rita Jail. They were arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Department 112 at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, charged with willful and malicious arson. The court set Gutierrez’ bail at $1 million. Petersen is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.