Reflecting on Alameda stories written over past 52 weeks

Part 1

Many people in Alameda know that I was born and raised here. I attended local schools and my parents have been active members in this community for more than 50 years. In April, I will begin my 26th year as a member of the Alameda Police Department (APD). It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be the Chief of Police in the city where I was born. I am committed to doing everything I can to make Alameda, my hometown, as safe as possible.


Folks living in the Fernside District packed Edison Elementary School’s gymnasium last Friday to vent their frustrations about a major uptick in crime on the city’s East End. Some 120 neighbors joined every member of the City Council at the confab. Captain Lance Leibniz and Lieutenant Wayland Gee represented the Alameda Police Department (APD). 

Fire, Police departments provide ongoing mutual aid

Support for fellow Bay Area residents who lost loved ones and property in what is being called the worst firestorm in California history began pouring out of Alameda last week. The social media group Alameda Peeps filled a rented truck with donations for fire victims last Friday. 


Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri speaks with Melinda Ornburg and Jeff Cambra at “Coffee with a Cop” at Starbucks Coffee Shop on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The coffee klatsch offered residents of Alameda the opportunity to speak with their police officers, ask them questions about the department and voice their concerns about crime in the city. There was no agenda or speeches, just a chance to get to meet the men and women who do their best to protect and serve the City of Alameda. 



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.


The Alameda Police Department (APD) is holding its second annual Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday, March 21. 

The event will take place at Peet’s Coffee, 1365 Park St., from 8 to 10 a.m. The Coffee with a Cop event is designed to create a causal platform where residents can get to know their local law enforcement personnel and engage in conversation about their community. 

The Alameda Police Department (APD) reported that its officers seized weapons, magazines and ammunition from a resident following a disturbance on Monday, March 5, on the 700 block of Central Avenue. Officers responded to a call about an individual suffering an “episode.” They were already familiar with the individual.