Week in Review: Elderly Driver Narrowly Avoids Train Crash; New Driving Laws Now in Effect

The top stories in the Tri-Cities this past week.


Elderly Driver Narrowly Avoids Train Crash

An 83-year-old woman who drove her car onto railroad tracks and got stuck avoided being hit by an approaching train. The elderly woman called police around 7 a.m. and said that she was stuck on the tracks at Stevenson and Mission boulevards. Arriving officers her a quarter-mile down on the tracks. The woman became disoriented when Stevenson Boulevard ended and continued to drive along the tracks until her car broke down. She noticed a train approaching and began flashing the headlights. The train noticed the lights and was able to stop in time.

Career Fair Set for Early February

The City of Fremont is partnering with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to host a free Career and Community Resource Fair in early February. The fair will have a myriad of resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs, including workshops on training opportunities, strategies for intensive job searches, professional resume review, and a job fair. The career fair will be held Friday, Feb. 1. For more information, click here.

Crime Log: Armed Robbery at Walmart; SWAT Team Responds to Armed Suicidal Man

This week’s latest police activity report includes an armed robbery at the Walmart on Albrae Street, an armed man threatening to kill himself on Apache Court, and a wanted carjacker being arrested at the Mission Peak Lodge, among other incidents.


Two Minors Injured in Accident in Decoto

Two juveniles were airlifted to a nearby hospital after an accident in the Decoto neighborhood. According to police, both of the juveniles were riding a single “pocket bike” miniature motorcycle when they collided with a car near the intersection of 13th and F streets. The ages and extent of injuries was not released, however, police said after the accident that both juveniles were expected to survive.

New California Driving Laws Now in Effect

The new year always brings with it a new set of laws. This year, there are a number of new driving laws that took effect on Jan. 1, from giving drivers the right to show proof of insurance on a smart phone to holding bus and limo drivers responsible for telling all underage passengers that drinking alcohol is illegal. See some of the new driving laws here.

Paw Prints Keeps Pets Looking So Fresh and So Clean

We took a look inside Paw Prints Salon to say hello to their friendly staff and furry clients. The shop is one of Union City’s hidden gem. Though it’s tucked away in Old Alvarado, there’s no shortage of customers — owner Leslie Curry and her team groom up to 150 dogs each week! Learn more about Paw Prints here.


County-Wide Plastic Bag Ban Begins

Alameda County has joined San Francisco, San Mateo County, San Jose and 49 other California cities and counties in no longer providing single-use plastic bags at checkout — making reusable bags a must-have for any Bay Area resident. All stores selling packaged food must charge a minimum of 10 cents for each paper bag.

Local Gas Stations Named in Environmental Violations Lawsuit

Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against gas giants ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 for alleged environmental violations. The complaint claims that the companies, which operate 76 gas stations, failed to properly inspect and maintain underground gasoline storage tanks at more than 560 gas stations throughout the state, including several in the East Bay. See the list of area gas stations named in the lawsuit here.

Crime Log: Woman Bites Security Officer While Avoiding Arrest; Man Attacks Police Officer

The latest Newark crime log includes reports of a woman biting a security officer, a pedestrian robbed of his wallet at gunpoint and a wanted felon found sleeping in a car, among other incidents. See the full log here.

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Lisa January 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Those "pocket bikes" are so dangerous yet I see many of them on the road. I've nearly hit a few young men while they drive recklessly down the streets. Keep them OFF the road!! I hope those two juveniles will be okay and park that bike.


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