An Alameda man was one of three alleged suspects arrested for the fatal shooting of a man on the 3000 block of 16th Street in San Francisco on March 16. 

The Health Officer of Alameda County has put in place a shelter-in-place order, effective last Tuesday, March 17, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

For more information on the details of this public health order, see www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/press-release.aspx and click on the link next to the date labeled March 16. Within the press release there is a link for the list of “essential activities.” 

Cellular users within Alameda city limits now have the ability to text emergencies to Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Communication Center. Texting is an option when it is unsafe to use one’s voice to make a 911 call, if unable to speak due to an emergency or for the hearing or speech impaired.

A member of Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Marine Patrol helps a distressed swimmer board the department’s rescue boat. Marine Patrol answered a call regarding three individuals left stranded in the waters of San Francisco Bay during Sunday’s high wind. APD rescued the three uninjured, but exhausted men and brought them safely to shore.

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.