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Week in Review: Longtime Newark Memorial Coach Rich Swift Passes Away; Fremont Hooters to Close

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

FREMONT

Fremont Hooters To Close Feb. 24

The Hooters in Fremont will close on Feb. 24 as the owners look for a new site with better highway access, one of the restaurant's owner's told Patch. "That location was underperforming," said John Trani, one of the owners of Hooters Bay Area. Sunday, Feb. 24, will be the last day for the Hooters at 3340 Mowry Ave. The restaurant will hold a going away party from 2 to 5 p.m. that day to thank the community for nearly 10 years of patronage.

NFL Pro From Irvington High Shows His Fremont Spirit

Robert Turbin was on the track, basketball and football teams before he graduated Irvington High in 2007. From there his sports career has taken him to the National Football League where he just finished his rookie year as a tailback for the Seattle Seahawks. Last Wednesday night Turbin returned to his alma mater as guest of honor during the half time ceremony at a varsity basketball game. His "Number 6" Irvington football jersey was framed and will be hung in the gym as a remembrance of his athletic roots.

Man Found Severely Injured at Fremont BART Station

Authorities are trying to piece together what happened after a 52-year-old man was found severely injured at the Fremont BART station early Wednesday morning. According to BART police, a BART employee found the victim suffering from major, life-threatening head trauma at 3:20 a.m. outside of the paid area on the west side of the station. The victim, whose last known residence is Hayward, was transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to a trauma center.

UNION CITY

Logan Football Star Makes All-State Team

Six-foot, 200-pound James Logan High School athlete Warren Miles-Long was recently named to CalHiSports.com’s all-state football team. The list represents a best-of-the-best with 30 high school football stars from throughout the state. Miles-Long helped carry the Colts to the North Coast Section Division I championship against De La Salle in December. Though the national powerhouse crushed the Colts, Miles-Long rushed 122 yards during the game and scored a 38-yard touchdown — the team’s sole touchdown. According to CalHiSports.com, Miles-Long is the only running back to rush more than 100 yards against De La Salle.

Prom Dress Drive Underway at James Logan High School

The Princess Club at James Logan High School is asking community members to donate usable prom dresses and accessories that are still in good condition so that low-income students at Logan and Conley Caraballo aren’t left out. Donations are being accepted at Logan’s main office during school hours. Dresses can also be dropped off at Weddings and Dreams, located at 40528 Albrae St. in Fremont. Anyone who drops off a used dress at Weddings and Dreams will receive a coupon of up to $25 toward a prom dress purchase or tuxedo rental.

Police Log: Burglars Steal 800-Pound Safe; Teachers’ Cars Keyed at Kitayama Elementary

This week’s crime long from the Union City Police Department includes reports of an 800-pound safe being stolen during a home burglary and multiple teachers’ cars being vandalized at Kitayama Elementary School, among other incidents. This week’s log also includes a crime tip and other notes from the police department.

NEWARK

Longtime Newark Memorial Coach Rich Swift Passes Away

Longtime football coach and Newark Memorial icon Rich Swift has passed away, according to sources close to Swift. Friends of Swift began spreading word of Swift’s death Wednesday afternoon. Stacy Kelly, an athletic booster and close friend who has kept the community updated, posted on her Facebook page at around 4 p.m. that Swift had succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor while sleeping. He was 60 years old.

News of the beloved coach’s passing stirred emotions in many in the community. We compiled some reactions from around the web in a separate article. Read the fond memories about Swift here.

Two Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested After EZ 8 Motel Standoff

Two men suspected of robbing a Fremont bank Monday afternoon were arrested after an hours-long standoff at Newark's EZ 8 Motel on Cedar Boulevard near Interstate 880. Jeremiah Martin, a 37-year-old San Francisco resident was arrested for robbery, receiving known stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Michael Luckert, a 43-year-old San Francisco resident was arrested for robbery, receiving known stolen property and violation of probation. Read the full report here.

Dad Says AC Transit Stranded His Daughter At Newark Junior High

Victor De La Cruz thinks AC Transit is screwing up a special route designed to take students to and from Newark public schools. One day last year this bus failed to show up on the homeward run, stranding his daughter outside Newark Junior High. So far this year the same bus has missed two pickups, he told Patch. And he isn’t alone. A number of readers have shared similar stories. Click on the link above to see the full story and join the discussion.

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