The Alameda Police Department has used a multiagency effort that was launched to clean up the Oakland-Alameda Estuary as a way to deal with a derelict vessel that sank near the High Street Bridge.
Officers with the department's Marine Patrol initially identified the vessel during routine patrols in April and began an abatement effort. But before the boat could be removed, it sank and settled on the Oakland side of the bridge, police said.
Investigators identified the registered owner and forwarded an environmental crime report to the Alameda County's District Attorney's Office. As a result, the owner worked with Cal-Recycle and the Land Commission and agreed to release all interests in the boat in order to expedite the cleanup.
Neither Oakland nor Alameda will incur costs from having the vessel removed since it falls under the multiagency estuary cleanup, which received $1.3 million from the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, and $3 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"The Police Department will do everything it can to enforce all laws on the waterways," Alameda police Chief Paul Rolleri said July 10. "We will continue to work with our partners to prevent environmental incidents. We will not tolerate people using the estuary as a dumping ground."
TUESDAY, JULY 8 VEHICLE THEFT -- Vehicles were reported stolen just after 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of St. Charles Street and about 5:25 a.m. in the 1500 block of Santa Clara Avenue.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 DRUG POSSESSION -- A man, 25, whom officers initially contacted because he was too drunk to care for his own safety faces a drug possession charge after they discovered he was allegedly carrying suspected methamphetamine. The arrest occurred just after midnight in the 1800 block of Webster Street. BURGLARY TOOLS -- A 38-year-old man whom an officer recognized as someone on probation and questioned in the 1600 block of Park Street was arrested just before 11 p.m. after he was found in possession of shaved vehicle keys and other suspected burglary tools, police said. His companion, 42, also on probation, was arrested after he was found carrying heroin, as well as for violating a court order to stay away from the 1600 block of Park Street, according to police. Another man, 45, was arrested during a bicycle stop on the same block about 45 minutes later when an officer found him in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
THURSDAY, JULY 10 RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- Police recovered a vehicle reported stolen in San Leandro about 1:10 p.m. while investigating the 1200 block of Peach Street. Police also said a vehicle theft was reported at 10:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of Poggi Street. DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a 29-year-old man about 11:50 p.m. at Blanding Avenue and Fernside Boulevard on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine. An officer initially detained him because he was walking through a residential area at night and was a known probationer, police said.
FRIDAY, JULY 11 MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- A traffic stop about 4:10 a.m. at Mosley Avenue and Cimarron Court led to the arrest of the driver, 27, after he was found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, police said. The man, who was cited and released at the scene, was also driving with a suspended license. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of Pearl Street. BURGLARY -- Someone boarded a boat in the 2400 block of Mariner Square Drive and stole items in what police have classified as a burglary. It was reported just before 9 a.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 12 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist, 51, on suspicion of drunken driving in the 2200 block of Austin Street after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run collision. CAPSIZED BOAT -- Police took a report after a boat was found capsized and creating a hazard at the Grand Street boat ramp about 1:35 p.m. MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man, 27, on suspicion of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana about 3:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue, where he was initially spotted allegedly smoking the substance. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A 33-year-old man who used to tools to break into a business in the 1700 block of North Loop Road was arrested just before 6 p.m. on suspicion of burglary, police said. The man was also accused of carrying out the theft as his juvenile daughter waited outside in his vehicle. DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- A 51-year-old man was arrested about 8:55 a.m., in the 2500 block of Clement Avenue after he was found in possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 9:35 p.m. at Regent Street and San Jose Avenue.
SUNDAY, JULY 13 VEHICLE THEFT -- Vehicles were reported stolen about 9:10 a.m. in the 3500 block of McSherry Way and about 3:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Melrose Avenue. ROBBERY -- A purse snatching was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue. RESISTING POLICE -- A 28-year-old man faces a charge of resisting police after he allegedly struggled as an officer tried to handcuff him while he was being arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, as well as a switchblade knife. The arrest occurred about 9:10 p.m. at Shoreline Drive and Willow Street, where officers initially contacted the man after someone reported him as suspicious.