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.
The Alameda Free Library, in collaboration with Alameda Fire Department, Alameda Police Department, Alameda Public Works Department and Alameda Municipal Power, invites families to spend an afternoon exploring some of the city’s big trucks. The Big Truck Bonanza is slated for Saturday, April 8, from noon to 3 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot, located on Oak Street, between Santa Clara and Lincoln avenues.
According to a recent press release from the Alameda Police Department (APD), 70 out of 78 sworn officers (90 percent of the force) completed an eight-hour training course recently. The officers acquired skills that can help them build trust and improve public and officer safety. The training focused on procedural justice, police legitimacy and implicit bias.
An Alameda resident fatally shot a teenager after the teen broke into his home last Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. on Buena Vista Avenue. Authorities identified the deceased as 19-year-old Marquez Warren of Vallejo. Alameda Police Department (APD) Lt. Hoshmand Durani said Warren broke a rear glass door to enter the home. He then forced his way into one of the bedrooms. There he was confronted by the owner of the residence, Vedder Li, an off-duty Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy.
Alameda resident Donna Marie Qualls will stand trial on murder and elder abuse charges in 2017. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman ordered Qualls, 55, to return to court for arraignment on Jan. 5, when her trial date will be set.
Qualls is accused of allegedly murdering her boyfriend Emmanuel Lewis Christy, 73, on Dec. 3, 2015, (“Local Murder Case Looms” Dec. 10). Qualls pled not guilty to the charges at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 7, 2015.
According to the Alameda Police Department, just before 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, an 85-year-old man came into the Crown Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 508 Westline Drive, and shot a relative, an 85-year-old woman.
Police said that the man shot the woman to ease her pain and suffering, and then turned the gun on himself. Both the victim and the perpetrator survived.