On Thursday, Aug. 29, the United States Attorney’s office and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, announced that a federal grand jury handed down a felony indictment charging Alameda resident Kenneth Morris with five counts of bank fraud and three counts of theft of union assets.

Tuesday, July 30
Requests to assist invalids 5:07 a.m. Pacific Avenue and 5:15 a.m. Fitchburg Avenue. 
No incident found at dispatch address: 7:32 a.m. 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
False alarm: 10:04 p.m. 1300 block of Harbor Bay Parkway, smoke detector malfunction. 

As any dedicated recycler knows, even Alamedans are still learning to sift their refuse correctly. Dirty diapers and plastic bags in the green container; broken strollers in the blue; Styrofoam peanuts in the gray — at least it’s off the street, and the bags of half-consumed fast food tossed fashionably from cars provide a free lunch for the corvids. 

Property owners in Alameda have already received a letter from the city inviting them to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Renters in the Island City may not consider this meeting very “public,” however. The city has not included them in the discussions. The city is bypassing the renters by charging the property owners a fee, rather than a tax. 

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) ran its eighth annual school supply drive, Equipped 4 Success, this summer. The school supply drive helped deliver 750 filled backpacks to AEF partner agencies for distribution to their students. 

With help from Alameda residents, AEF was also able to provide teachers and schools with $8,750 in additional backpacks and supplies for their classrooms and students. In all, the organization generated $46,150 in cash and in-kind donations this year to support low-income students and Alameda public schools.

An Alameda woman pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter for her involvement in the 2017 murder of a Hayward man on Friday, Aug. 23. Valeria Boden’s plea is the result of her role in the murder of Daniel Deltoro (“Local Woman Arrested for Murder in Hayward” Aug. 24, 2017). Boden said she drove her ex-boyfriend Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza to the location where they shot and killed Deltoro in Hayward on July 19. 

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 20, Alameda Police Department (APD)Property Crimes Unit investigators culminated a long arson investigation with the arrest of a suspect in the July 13 playground structure fire at Woodstock Park.

With the help of a school resource officer, the investigators arrested a juvenile male for starting the fire. This investigation began during the pre-dawn hours when patrol officers responded to the park and found the playground structure engulfed in flames. 

Local business owners have a unique opportunity to receive funding from the City of Alameda if they apply now. The city will accept applications for the Facade Grant, a popular economic development program that helps local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of local retail districts. 

Before a plan becomes reality it faces multiple reviews before the public

A true miracle of thespianism, a creation beyond the reach of ordinary actors, “The Lord of A Ring in A Suitcase” brought magnificence, drama and madcap hilarity to Franklin Park last Saturday. The Peripatetic Players, an ensemble of five actors, played every part of the broad dramatis personae of the J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Fellowship of the Ring.