An Alameda man who teaches third grade at a Union City elementary school was arrested May 1 after at least nine female students reported he had interacted inappropriately with them, police said.
Michael Howey, 47, was arrested on 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and 23 counts of annoying and molesting a child, according to Union City police.
Police began investigating Howey, who teaches at Alvarado Elementary School, on April 12 after an adult witness submitted a report alleging Howey was acting inappropriately with one of his female students. School officials put Howey on paid administrative leave immediately after the allegations were reported, police said.
During the investigation, police interviewed a number of students and their families and learned the reported case was not an isolated incident and that eight other students had experienced similar treatment, police said. Howey, who had no criminal history before his arrest, worked for the district for a total of 14 years, having taken a couple of years off since his 1997 hire date, according to the New Haven Unified School District. He also had no disciplinary incidents on his record before the investigation was launched in April.
THURSDAY, MAY 2 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 7:25 a.m. in the 1800 block of Poggi Street. Police also recovered a vehicle reported stolen in Oakland about 1:55 p.m. in the 1900 block of Franciscan Way.
FRIDAY MAY 3 IDENTITY THEFT -- Identity theft was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Otis Drive, where someone used the victim's personal information to obtain cable television.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- A traffic stop just before 3 a.m. at Webster Street and Willie Stargell Avenue led to the arrest of a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving. Another motorist was arrested on suspicion of the same offense about 8:10 p.m. after a traffic collision at Eighth Street and Haight Avenue. BURGLARY -- Antiques were reported stolen about 8:40 a.m. from a storage shed on Singleton Avenue in what police have classified as a burglary. DRUG POSSESSION -- A woman whom patrol officers contacted while investigating a disturbance at Central Avenue and Benton Street was arrested after methamphetamine was discovered in her purse, police said. Officers found the substance after learning the woman, who was arrested at 3:25 p.m., could be searched as a condition of her probation. Paraphernalia was also found in her purse, police said. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY -- Money and jewelry were reported stolen about 5:35 p.m. during a burglary in the 600 block of Rock Isle.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop just before 2 a.m. in the 1500 block of Broadway. RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- A vehicle reported stolen in Oakland was recovered at 6:05 p.m. in the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A security guard at Nob Hill on Blanding Avenue placed a man under citizen's arrest after he allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the store, The man, who has prior theft convictions, was booked on suspicion of burglary because police say he carried out a theft inside a building. He was also accused of violating his probation. A burglary was also reported about 10:25 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, where someone stole coins from a dryer. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY -- A burglar carried out a messy search inside a residence in the 1200 block of Caroline Street after entering through a window, police said. The burglary was reported at 10 p.m. Another burglary was reported at 11:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Otis Drive, where a thief stole jewelry and other items after forcing open the front door of a residence.
MONDAY, MAY 6 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving about 12:40 a.m. after a traffic collision in the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue. Another driver was arrested on suspicion of the same offense at 5:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Central Avenue. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:40 a.m. in the 3100 block of Lincoln Avenue.