Here’s a round up of the top three stories in Fremont, Newark and Union City this past week.
Fremont will soon be hiring more police officers as a result of a vote made by four city councilmembers Tuesday night. City staff can now hire four more police officers for the , which will increase the number of sworn officers in Fremont to 185, according to The Fremont Argus.
Man Robbed at Gunpoint in DMV Parking Lot
A man was robbed of his cell phone and cash while sitting in his car at the Tuesday afternoon, police said. According to the Fremont Police Department, the robbery occurred at 3:07 p.m. The victim was counting cash when four male suspects accosted him. One of the suspects put a gun through the car window and demanded his belongings, police said. The suspects fled on foot eastbound on Central Avenue and then northbound on Maple Street, according to police. The victim was not harmed.
A Fremont couple down on their luck is reeling after realizing they were the winners of a $52 million lottery draw, California lottery officials said Friday. Bladimir and Marita Agnite had yet to claim their Mega Millions winnings from July 27, when Bladimir Agnite's in-laws told him this week he was on the lottery's website. The Fremont resident had purchased the ticket from the Kwik Stop on Walnut Avenue and this week a snapshot image from the store's surveillance video was posted online and given to the media in an effort to identify the potential multi-millionaire, lottery officials said.
, located along Newark Boulevard near Cedar Boulevard, will be closing its doors in the next two weeks, said owner Paul Sangha. The closure comes nearly a decade after Sangha and his father took over the small liquor store, which also sells tobacco, food and other convenience story items. Because of the closure, Sangha said everything in the store is on sale. From posters hanging on the walls to food on the shelves, all goods must go, he said. Only cash is accepted but discounts can be bargained up to 50 percent, Sangha said. The tentative closing date is September 19, he added.
An Oakland man wanted on suspicion of child abuse and domestic violence was arrested Friday, Aug. 31 after trying to raise money for abused children and women, police said. According to a Newark police statement, the manager noted that the solicitor was disturbing customers and that the solicitor began “lecturing officers about his rights” but was eventually arrested for his outstanding warrants related to child abuse and domestic violence and booked into Santa Rita Jail.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating Luis Guillermoa Amezcua, a 29-year-old man sought by Newark police. The Alameda County Crime Stoppers announced this week that Amezcua is wanted for an outstanding felony warrant that was issued for suspicion of domestic violence. Anyone who may know about his whereabouts can receive an award of up to $1,000 and can contact the Crime Stoppers at 510-293-7197.
Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Davis Lockyer’ faces a felony drug possession charge and three misdemeanor charges after being arrested in Orange County last week, prosecutors said today. Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami said police on Aug. 28 went to a home in the city of Orange where Lockyer and her 9-year-old son were living with a relative after they received a tip that Lockyer might have drugs there. Emami said officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia -- tubular aluminum foil with a burned end. Officers also believed that Lockyer showed objective signs of being under the influence of a drug, Emami said.
Closed since , the Taco Bell located at 34525 Alvarado-Niles Road at Decoto Road will soon be renovated, according to city staff. City Council approved a resolution for site repairs last Tuesday. The fast food restaurant will undergo renovations this fall with work expected to be completed by the holiday season, said Union City Communications Manager Rhea Serran.
A six-year veteran of the Union City police force resigned Friday, two weeks after being convicted of one count of misdemeanor lewd conduct in public, according to media reports. The conviction stemmed from a Feb. 11 incident when two women accused 37-year-old officer Sean Mace of exposing himself inside of a Fremont home, according to the Fremont Argus. Mace, a Solano County resident who also worked as a fitness consultant, was invited to the home to discuss fitness with two women, ages 41 and 52. At some point during the meeting, Mace exposed his genitals, the Argus reports. He was asked to leave and the women later reported the incident to Fremont police.