News in Brief

City of Alameda -- Segments of the Waterfront Trail will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists from Aug. 15 to Sept. 8. Marked detours are in place.
City of Alameda -- Segments of the Waterfront Trail will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists from Aug. 15 to Sept. 8. Marked detours are in place.

News in Brief

Waterfront Trail Closed for Repairs
Starting Tuesday, Aug. 15, two segments of the waterfront trail (aka Shoreline Park) leading up to the Bay Farm Island bike bridge will be closed back-to-back while the city widens and repaves the trail, eliminating hazardous conditions and creating a smooth walking and riding surface. Many young people use these trails as they travel to and from school.

Phase one of the trail closure, beginning adjacent to Sheffield Road to along Packet Landing Road, is expected to be closed from Aug. 15 to 25. Phase two, beginning adjacent to Packet Landing to near Veterans Court, is expected to be closed from Aug. 25 to Sept. 8. Both segments could be reopened earlier than the expected date.

Marked detours are in place, see map, above right. The phase one detour will take travelers from Sheffield to Puddingstone Road to Robert Davey Jr. Drive to Packet Landing or Island Drive/Veterans Court. The phase two detour will take travelers from Packet Landing to Robert Davey Jr. to Island Drive/Veterans Court.

During both phases, avoid using the sidewalk on the north side of Robert Davey Jr., from Puddingstone to Packet Landing, since the EBMUD project at the Packet Landing corner has closed this crosswalk.

“We are working hard to finish the work quickly and will open the improved trail sooner, if possible,” the city wrote in a statement.

After the project is complete, the city will begin repairing other trail segments on Bay Farm. For more city alert information, visit

Death Ruled Homicide
The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has ruled the death of the person discovered near Bay Farm Island Bridge a homicide.

Alameda Police Department (APD) announced the coroner’s ruling on Facebook. On July 20, APD located human remains along the shoreline near the Bay Farm Island Bridge. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s Coroner’s Bureau initiated an investigation into the cause of death. Based on the coroner’s initial findings, the death is being investigated as a homicide.

The coroner’s autopsy determined the remains belong to that of a female between the age of 25 to 40. The woman’s identity is still unknown. It was not revealed what factors led to the coroner deeming the death a homicide.

Anyone with information that may help determine the woman’s identity, call APD at 510-337-8340.

Two Women Arrested
On June 25 at 3:15 p.m., APD dispatchers received a call that initially stated a driver struck a woman with a car in the 900 block of Broadway. Officers responded to the scene and located the victim and several witnesses.

During the initial investigation, officers learned the victim was sitting in their car when a person approached and stole personal items from the vehicle . As the suspect ran back to their vehicle, the victim attempted to chase after the suspect. While trying to recover their items, the victim was dragged by the suspect’s car and sustained injuries.

Officers canvassed the area but were initially unable to locate the involved parties. The case was referred to detectives who conducted a follow-up investigation.

On Aug. 8, a 30-year-old woman and a 28-year-old woman were taken into custody and booked into Santa Rita Jail. The names of the suspects were not released. APD also did not state what role the two suspects played in the robbery.