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Two teens lose their lives; speeding likely played a role  

A motor-vehicle accident on Park Street at Lincoln Avenue has taken the lives two teenagers. A truck with seven people aboard collided with a minivan just after 8 a.m. on Memorial Day. According to witnesses, the truck was speeding southbound on Park Street when it clipped the front of the minivan at Lincoln Avenue. One witness recalled the truck going so fast the it went airborne as it crossed the Park Street Bridge. 


Suspect in three robberies found

A man alleged to have committed three armed robberies in Alameda on Sunday, June 12, is now in police custody, according to the Alameda Police Department (APD).

The suspect, identified as Richard J. Lachaux, 27, was arrested by the San Francisco police officers in San Francisco on unrelated charges, Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. 

APD has been working with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to obtain the suspect. Once he is in APD’s custody he will be booked on several charges including armed robbery.


The Alameda Police Department (APD) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the two men pictured here. They are suspected of grand theft (auto). 

The driver is a white or Hispanic male, 27 or 28 years old. He stands about six feet tall with a medium build with a thin mustache. He was wearing a black Oakland A’s baseball cap, a white shirt, dark pants and black gloves. The passenger, a 32-year-old Hispanic male with short, dark goatee, was wearing a dark T-shirt.

He shot, killed his wife in 2014

On Jan. 14, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes sentenced Jerry Canfield, 73, to three years in prison for fatally shooting his wife, Joann, 72, on Oct. 6, 2014. (“Local Man Confesses to Wife’s Killing,” Oct. 20, 2014). 

Alameda High School (AHS) was under a shelter-in-place order by Alameda Police Department (APD) Monday, Feb. 3, while Oakland police officers were searching for suspects near the school.

Around 2:40 p.m. Oakland Police Department (OPD) was conducting an investigation in Alameda when two suspects fled, according to APD reports. As a precautionary measure, APD issued the shelter-in-place alert for AHS and for the Alameda Adult School. The Alameda Unified School District posted a message on its Facebook page alerting parents that students were safe, and to not come the school.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) will join five other Alameda County police departments to launch a joint task force in an effort to reduce property crimes and auto burglaries. 

APD will join Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont and San Leandro police departments in lending personnel and resources to stamp out property crime offenses throughout Alameda County.  

Alameda police officers used the help of two witnesses to arrest four people for allegedly stealing from a TJ Maxx store Sunday, Dec. 15. Bruce Davis, 60; Tiffany Thurman, 40, Elton Hankins, 56; and Shirley Johnson, 32; were all charged with felony grand theft and second-degree burglary. 

The Alameda Police Department (APD) has released the image of a man who is alleged to have committed a home invasion last week. 

APD said a man walked into a home on Lafayette Street while the homeowner was inside Saturday, Sept. 21 (“APD Warns of Home Invasions” Sept. 26). The homeowner, a woman, talked to the suspect for a while to calm him down. After he refused to leave, she ran out of the house and screamed for help. A neighbor came and chased the intruder away before police arrived. 

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is searching for two suspects involved in an alleged burglary at the Safeway at South Shore Center Thursday, July 11.

The theft occurred around 12:23 p.m. The two suspects, a Caucasian man and woman, stole merchandise from supermarket after creating a diversion with an explosive device. The male suspect threw a firecracker in the refrigerated beer section of the store. 

The subsequent tiny explosion created enough of a diversion for the female suspect to flee the store with a shopping cart full of groceries.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) was given the honor of carrying the Flame of Hope torch to mark the upcoming Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Summer Games. The 50th anniversary of the games will take place June 21 to 23 in Davis, Calif.