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Week in Review: Slain Transgender Teen Remembered; Logan Receives $60,000 Donation

Top stories from the Tri-Cities during the week of Sept. 30

FREMONT

Aniki’s Sushi Brings Creative Concoctions to Fremont

A local business owner and a Newark native have partnered to open Aniki’s Sushi and Sake Bar. Located at 3810 Mowry Ave. in the Fremont Plaza, the new establishment offers an awe-inspiring menu filled with unique creations that redefine the sushi experience. Read more about the grand opening and see what the menu has to offer by clicking here.

Robbers Target Women Wearing Necklaces

Women were robbed of their gold necklaces in numerous areas throughout the city of Fremont. In one case, a woman’s gold necklace was ripped off her neck at the Fremont Hub and when her 9-year-old son tried to intervene, the boy was pushed to the ground. Four were arrested in that case, but there are outstanding suspects in similar robberies that occurred in the WalMart parking lot and on Lake Mead Drive. Click here for more information.

Former Apple Factory's Historical Significance Under Consideration

City councilmembers heard a presentation this week about the history of a factory in Fremont that once manufactured the original Macintosh computer. Located at 48233 Warm Springs Blvd, the former manufacturing center includes three buildings that sits on 20 acres, according to the city documents. It opened in January 1984 and continued to manufacture Macintosh computers for approximately two years until its operations relocated, but the facility continued to produce Apple products until it closed in September 1992, according to the Fremont City Council Oct. 2 agenda packet. See more about the factory here

NEWARK

Remembering Slain Transgender Teen Gwen Araujo

Wednesday marked 10 years since Sylvia Guerrero last saw her second oldest child alive. Gwen Araujo – born Edward “Eddie” Araujo – was a pre-operative transgender teenager who was born as a boy and lived life as a girl since the age of 14. In the early hours of Oct. 4, 2002, Gwen was brutally killed by a group of men in Newark then buried in a makeshift grave in the Sierra after they learned she was biologically male. Ten years later, her Guerrero opens up about the pain she still endures as a result of her daughter’s death and a friend calls the slain teenager the most loving person you’d ever meet. Read more here.

Man Arrested After Stabbing on Birkdale Drive

A man was arrested Saturday night after stabbing another man in Newark, according to police. Police received reports of a stabbing around 11:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of Birkdale Drive. Officers arriving on the scene located the victim, a 37-year-old man, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition this morning, and shortly after, police found the suspect, who is a 35-year-old man, and arrested him. The full report can be found here.

Cherry Logistics Center to be Redeveloped into Distribution Facility

Newark’s Cherry Logistics Center will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art LEEDs distribution facility, according to a press release. The proposal to redevelop the 29-acre center into a 575,000 square-feet distribution facility is a result of a partnership between American Realty Advisors and McShane Development Co., a press release from Chicago-based McShane Real Estate states. Officials say they anticipate the center will be open for occupancy during the fourth quarter of 2013. Click here for more details.

UNION CITY

An anonymous act of kindness will help reopen the James Logan High School library, which has been closed since the start of the school year. According to a New Haven Unified School District press release, an anonymous donor recently gave $60,000 to the school after reading about the school’s financial plight in local media reports. Due to budget cuts, the district was forced to cut library hours at Logan and the district’s two middle schools to one period a day, staff said. For more information, click here

Trial of Union City Woman Charged with Michelle Le’s Murder Begins

The trial of murder defendant Giselle Esteban began Monday. Esteban, a Union City resident, is charged with the murder of Michelle Le, a nursing student who went missing from Hayward in May 2011 and was not found until September 2011. During opening statements, prosecutors alleged that Esteban planned Le’s murder and killed her out of jealousy because she believed Le had a romantic relationship with her baby’s father. The defense argued that Esteban acted in “heat of passion.”  The first testimony heard in court was that of Scott Marisigan, the father of Esteban’s baby. During his testimony, Marisigan denied ever having a sexual relationship with Le and described his rocky relationship with Le.

Four Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested

One adult and three minors were arrested after a police officer was flagged down by Watkins and Smith streets by a victim of an armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Paddy’s Coffee House. The police officer was able to locate the suspects and during a search, authorities found a bb gun. For more crime reports from Union City this past week, click here.

 - Bay City News contributed to this report

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