News in Brief

AMP Warns of Scam

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) warns customers that someone impersonating a utility representative may be going door to door collecting on electric bills. 

AMP employees never collect payments door to door, nor do they demand immediate payment on an AMP account. Employees always carry identification cards with the AMP logo. Vehicles are also marked with the AMP name. If you are approached and asked for payment, do not give out any information and call AMP customer service at 748-3900.

If you are victim of this scam, immediately call the Alameda Police Department to file a report at 337-8340.

Coast Guard Member Court-Martialed Here

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse P. Wilson was sentenced to nine years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, and reduction to the rank of E-1 during the general court-martial held at Coast Guard Base Alameda Tuesday, July 7.

The Coast Guard member was sentenced to nine years confinement after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child, sexual abuse of a child, and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

According to statement from the United States Coast Guard, Wilson committed sexual acts with the victim near Honolulu in December 2014. During the course of the investigation, agents from the Coast Guard Investigative Service found an explicit image of the child victim on his phone.

He also pleaded guilty to two specifications of assault consummated by a battery, false official statement and failing to properly register firearms. Wilson also pleaded guilty to extortion after he threatened to post nude images of an adult victim on the internet in November 2014.

Agents also discovered Wilson had physically assaulted two victims in separate incidents while stationed at Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center, N.C., in 2011 and 2013, resulting in two specifications of assault consummated by a battery, the statement said.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service led the investigation. Attorneys from Coast Guard Pacific Area Command in Alameda prosecuted the case.

Wilson will serve his sentence at U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, California.

Help the Welfare Council Help Everyone Else

The Alameda Welfare Council will host its 87th Annual Faire from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the Albert H. DeWitt Club ("O" Club) at 641 West Red Line Ave.

Donation tickets cost $60 each and include a noontime buffet luncheon catered by Asena Restaurant. There are fewer than 40 tickets left. Proceeds benefit non-profits that serve the residents of Alameda such as Alameda Meals on Wheels, Boys & Girls Club and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Arrive early to shop at the Home and Garden Boutique, the Country Kitchen and jewelry booths. A silent auction will also be held. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or five for $20.

For tickets and reservations call Roxanne LeBlanc at 769-9749.