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.

Alameda Police Department (APD) officers were called to San Leandro Bay near Driftwood Lane after a call that a dead body was floating in the water Saturday, Oct. 26. A few residents congregated behind Small Size Big Minds Preschool near Driftwood Lane while APD was investigating the situation.

“I first saw a women talking to an officer,” said Alameda resident  Joshua Linville. “When I looked down, I saw another officer near the water next to a floating body face down.” 

APD reported four home break-ins last week with all burglars entering the residences through unlocked doors. 

Denis Cruz, a 23-year-old homeless man, broke into a home on Crolls Garden Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Cruz, according to reports, took a shower in the home while the homeowner was sleeping. The homeowner’s roommate noticed the shower was running for more than an hour. After becoming suspicious, he entered the bathroom to discover Cruz. The roommate called the police. Cruz was arrested and charged with felony residential burglary. 

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. 

Monday, Aug. 19
Grand theft (auto) reported at 10:10 p.m. on the 800 block of West Tower Avenue.
Two cases of burglary (from vehicles) reported: at 9:29 p.m. on the 2600 block of Fifth Street and at 10:25 p.m. on the 2700 block of Fifth.
Stolen vehicle located at 12:34 a.m. on the 200 block of Pacific Avenue.
Firearm turned over at 12:52 p.m. on Liberty Avenue.
Property recovered at 5:35 p.m. at the intersection of Grand Street and Otis Drive.
Vandalism reported at 12:14 p.m. on the 1500 block of Oak Street.


Over the weekend of March 5 and 6, teams of Alameda Police Department (APD) patrol sergeants and officers conducted operations in the Downtown Alameda and Webster Street business districts.  Officers issued 159 citations to drivers of double-parked vehicles, as well as to bicyclists and scooter riders and smokers violating city ordinances. APD also responded to calls for service on both Webster and Park streets that resulted two arrests: one for theft and the second for being drunk in public.


On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Superior Court Judge James Cramer sentenced Richard Joseph Lachaux, 27, to 18 years in prison for his involvement in a robbery spree on June 12, 2016, in Alameda. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DA) had charged Lachaux, with 13 felonies related to his escapade: two counts of first-degree ATM robbery; four counts of second-degree robbery and four counts of attempted second-degree robbery. The DA added one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and evading a police officer to the list.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) will be participating in the Pink Patch Project, a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

During the month of October, APD officers and employees will wear pink shoulder patches and lapel pins. The department hopes to start a dialogue within the community about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.