Crime

Visitors to a crowded corner of Park Street said they got a scare Saturday when police drew their weapons on a man they said they believed to be armed with a gun, sending some scrambling for cover.

Police are urging East End residents to be vigilant and to lock their doors and windows due to a rash of thefts from cars and also, a series of burglaries that occurred while residents were at home.

Alamedans reported roughly the same number of crimes in 2013 that they did the year before, newly released data show, after two years of seeing crime numbers decline.

Police received 2,079 reports of violent and property crime in 2013, compared with 2,069 in 2012, uniform crime reporting data released by the Alameda Police Department show. In 2010, Alameda police received 2,147 reports of violent and property crime.

Last week the Alameda Police Department initiated a field test of an automated license plate recognition system. Within 60 minutes, the officer using it reclaimed a stolen car.

Photo courtesy of Cendrine McNeil.

Police are continuing to investigate a man who they said crashed his Dodge Ram truck into cars along Fernside Boulevard and Windsor Drive on Monday evening. The man's actions damaged 10 cars, including his own, but no one was injured.

"The good part of it was, nobody was in any of those cars. Nobody got hurt," Alameda Police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said.

An In-N-Out Burger in San Leandro. Photo by Michele Ellson.

Plans to build a new In-N-Out Burger at the foot of the Webster Tube have sparked concerns that the hamburger restaurant will attract crime, with hundreds of residents voicing their opposition to the planned restaurant over crime, traffic and other concerns. Even District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has weighed in, asking the Planning Board on July 23 to consider the crime she thinks the restaurant could bring.

Alameda police are trying to find the person whose threatening phone call to Alameda High School office staff led to a nearly two-hour lockdown of the campus Monday afternoon.

Larry Valiska of the Alameda Police Department's crime scene investigations unit.

Larry Valiska likes fingerprints because they form before you are born and remain the same for the rest of your life. After three and a half decades with the Alameda Police Department he’s become an expert at finding and capturing them at crime scenes, and he can pinpoint more than a dozen identifying characteristics in one in a matter of seconds.

Updated at 8:42 p.m. Monday, April 2

A former nursing student accused of killing seven people at a Christian university in Oakland on Monday commandeered a car and drove to Alameda before turning himself in to police, authorities said tonight. But Oakland police still do not know why One L. Goh, 43, of Oakland opened fire in a classroom at Oikos University on Edgewater Drive in Oakland on Monday morning.

Goh turned himself in to Alameda police after entering the Safeway store at Alameda South Shore Center and telling security guards that he had shot people and needed to be arrested, according to published reports.

A domestic violence task force made up of Alameda city and nonprofit social service leaders started up again this month, after a nearly seven-year hiatus. The aim of the task force is to better coordinate prevention and intervention services for domestic violence victims as funding for such services dwindles, the city staffer managing the task force said.