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Week in Review: Burglar Steals Packages from Porch; Oikos Shooting Suspect Has Paranoid Schizophrenia

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FREMONT

Surveillance Captures Burglar Stealing Packages from Porch

Fremont police are searching for a woman who was caught stealing from a resident’s front porch on video surveillance. Police said the woman walked onto the porch of a Meyer Park Circle home shortly before 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 and took a UPS package delivery and a bag of canned goods. The video was released to the public in hopes that community members can help police identify the suspect. Click here for the full report.

New Buddhist Temple Rising Near Niles

Construction of the Purple Lotus Society’s grand temple near the Niles district is currently under way. Plans for the project were approved several years ago, but the building of the structure just recently begun. The facility will include the temple and a school on a 5.5 acre lot close to Quarry Lakes. Learn more about the project by clicking here.

Police are working on returning a photo album full of wedding photographs that was found Tuesday evening. Authorities said the photo album was found on the site of Kindercare Child Care Center just before 5:45 p.m. Police announced Wednesday that two residents have contacted the department and that officers are working to return the property to its owners. It is believed that the album was taken from a storage unit that was recently broken into, according to Fremont police.

NEWARK

Newark Man Fatally Shot in Menlo Park

A Newark man was fatally shot in Menlo Park  last weekend. The man was identified as Carey Cudlip, 42, of Newark. Police said Cudlip was inside of his vehicle that was parked on the 300 block of Ivy Drive when gunshots were fired around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

League of Volunteers Hosts 24th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Hundreds of volunteers took time to give back this Thanksgiving by feeding guests of the 24th Annual League of Volunteers Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Thousands of meals were served throughout the four-hour event, which feeds hundreds of Southern Alameda County residents. Hosted by the Newark-based, nonprofit organization that is also known as LOV, the Thanksgiving-themed feast aims to feed individuals in need, whether the attendees can't afford to make a meal, are without a family or are homeless. Find out more here.

New Art Studio Provides Space for Aspiring Artists

Young at Art Studio is the newest tenant that occupies one third of Newark's former Blockbuster building – bringing art programs to both youth and adults of the community. Newark’s studio is the company’s second art school. Its first location has been serving the community of Cupertino since 1976. Young at Art’s objective is to provide art programs for artists of all ages. The youngest are 4-year-olds and the studio offers youth after school programs. For more information, click here. 

UNION CITY 

Teen Robbed of Cell Phone at Gunpoint

A teenaged boy was robbed at gunpoint around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 10. Police said a suspect confronted the teenager near San Andreas and Santa Maria drives, pointed a handgun at the boy and demanded he hand over his cell phone. The man took the cell phone and fled on foot, police said. Click here for more reports from this week’s police log. 

Local Businesses Host Toy and Clothing Drives

The season of giving is underway in Union City, and several businesses are doing their part to give back to the community. From now through Dec. 16, Sleep Train Mattress Center will hold their annual toy drive for foster kids. Similar to the popular Toys 4 Tots campaign, Sleep Train’s toy drive invites community members to donate new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children. Also, Paddy’s Coffee House is accepting donations of food, clothes, toys and cash. All items left at the base of the tree will be donated to Centro de Servicios, a Decoto-based non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to low-income Union City residents, including a food pantry and thrift shop.

Attorney Says Oikos Shooting Suspect is Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

A psychiatrist’s report has indicated that the man charged with murder for the shooting deaths of seven people, including a Union City woman and a Logan High School alumna, is incompetent to stand trial. Officials said that the report shows that One Goh, 43, has paranoid schizophrenia. Goh is accused of killing the seven individuals in a mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland this April.

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