An Alameda woman was sentenced to 16 years in a California state prison Friday, Aug. 4, for the 2015 fatal shooting of her then-boyfriend three weeks before Christmas.
Donna Marie Qualls, 55, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter on July 7, for the killing of Emmanuel Emmett Christy, Sr. She was initially charged with murder. Christy was 73 years old at the time of his death on Dec. 3, 2015.
A loud explosion startled many West Enders on Monday afternoon. According to the Alameda Police Department (APD), about 2 p.m. dispatch received a report that the crew working on the Cross Alameda Trail at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park discovered an apparent explosive device.
Reports of a man with a gun on Pearl Street and a carjacker on the loose on Webster precipitated a pair of shelters-in-place last week. Alameda Police Department (APD) received a call about an armed man entering a home on the 900 block of Pearl Street last Friday around 11:45 p.m. Police issued a shelter in place for several blocks of Pearl Street and Otis Drive near the incident.
Alameda Police Department (APD) investigators are still searching for information on what led to a shooting last Wednesday, June 21, on the 300 block of Cypress Street that resulted in a victim with a gunshot wound.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Cypress and Third streets at 3:57 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found evidence that a shooting took place, but all parties had already fled the scene.
In a time of political unrest and sanctuary uncertainty, the City hosted a Know Your Rights workshop on May 31 at Ruby Bridges Elementary School. The gathering served as an informative, albeit brief, respite for anxious immigrant families and concerned neighbors who showed up to get some answers.
Jim Franz, the Community Development and Resiliency Coordinator, organized the workshop. Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer addressed the audience. As a Latina, Spencer said that she stands in solidarity with the Hispanic community and those in fear of deportation.
The City of Alameda announced a one-day change to the Alameda Police Department’s non-emergency phone number will be taking place today. The change is due to a phone system migration in city government buildings.
Staff will be migrating the city’s aging phone system platform to a new system during the month of May. During this migration, phone service to city departments will experience a temporary service outage for up to 24 hours.
The 911 emergency line will not be affected during this migration.
The remains of two different people were retrieved from different bodies of water in and near Alameda last weekend.
The first retrieval occurred the morning of Friday, April 28, on the 1700 block of Embarcadero. Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers received a report at 8:25 a.m. that a man’s body was floating in the Oakland Estuary just off The Embarcadero.
In 1981, Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office decided it was time to celebrate and thank police dispatchers. From Anderson’s idea grew National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, a celebration that runs from April 9 to 15 this year.
The festivities began early for many dispatchers who attended the 32nd Annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Banquet last Saturday, April 8. While this was a special night for some, other dispatchers stayed behind at their respective agencies and held down the fort.