Alameda police will host a free children's car seat inspection on Saturday in the parking lot between City Hall and the police station.

The event in the 1400 block of Oak Street will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. No appointment is necessary.

California law requires all children be properly restrained in a safety seat until the child is 6 years old or weighs 60 pounds.

On Saturday, the inspections will be carried out by Bob Rollins, a 30-year police veteran from the city of Berkeley who now volunteers with the Alameda police.

Up to 80 percent of car seats are not installed correctly, police said.

When installing a seat, people should remember that a newborn infant should be in a rear-facing safety seat until at least age 2, while a toddler should be in a forward facing safety seat until the child exceeds the seat's height and weight limits.

Police also said a child who is too big for a forward facing safety seat should ride in a booster seat, and that children usually need a booster until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

A child seat should never be installed in front of a frontal airbag, police said.

THURSDAY, MAY 9

  • RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- A vehicle reported stolen in Oakland was recovered about 9:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Chapin Street.


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  • DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man just before 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Park Street, where he was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine. He was also accused of possessing drug paraphernalia and violating his probation.

    FRIDAY, MAY 10

  • BURGLARY -- Someone stole items from storage unit on Singleton Avenue in what police have classified as a burglary. It was reported about 9:50 a.m. A residential burglary was reported just before 6 p.m. in the 1500 block of Sixth Street, where a firearm, jewelry and a laptop were stolen. Police also said a burglary was reported about 10:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Alameda Avenue, where someone entered a residence through an open window and stole cash and the victim's keys and then made off with the victim's vehicle.

  • OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- A motorist who a patrol officer pulled over for driving a vehicle with a tinted front windshield was arrested after a records check revealed he was wanted on an outstanding warrant stemming from an earlier DUI arrest. The man, who was taken into custody about 7:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of Eagle Avenue, was also driving on a suspended license, police said.

    SATURDAY, MAY 11

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunken driving following a traffic stop about 3:25 a.m. in the 2100 block of Encinal Avenue.

  • DRUG POSSESSION -- A man who patrol officers contacted at the scene of a disturbance in the 1200 block of Fernside Boulevard was arrested after he was found in possession of methamphetamine and a glass pipe for smoking the substance, police said. The man also appeared high and failed field sobriety tests, police said. The arrest occurred about 10:20 a.m.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- A resident of the 500 block of Pacific Avenue told police at 11:10 a.m. that someone used their debit and credit information to make purchases in other states. Identity theft was also reported at 4:35 p.m. in the 2400 block of Blanding Avenue.

  • BURGLARY -- Someone entered a residence in the 1100 block of Willow Street through an unlocked side door and stole items from inside, police said. The burglary was reported about 6:40 p.m.

    SUNDAY, MAY 12

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just after 5 a.m. in the 300 block of Grand Street. Vehicles were also reported stolen about 10:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Eagle Avenue and about an hour later in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

    MONDAY, MAY 13

    The police blotter from May 13 was not available.

    TUESDAY, MAY 14

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen at 8:20 a.m. in the 1100 block of Rosewood Way.

  • COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A commercial burglary was reported about 9:15 a.m. in the 1300 block of Harbor Bay Parkway.

  • RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY -- Someone attempted to enter an apartment in the 2600 block of Encinal Avenue by removing the screen of a partially open window, police said. The incident was reported at 5:40 p.m.