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Sixth-Grade Teacher Arrested For Alleged Lewd Contact With A Child

A sixth-grade teacher was arrested Wednesday morning in Albany on

suspicion of performing a lewd act with a child under 14, police said.

    Police arrested James Izumizaki, 28, at his Albany home shortly
after 7 a.m.

    The arrest warrant was the result of an investigation into reports
that Izumizaki, who has been employed as a teacher and coach at Albany Middle
School for several years, had an inappropriate relationship with a former
student, according to police.

    Izumizaki was booked into Alameda County Jail and was being held
on $100,000 bail.

    Albany Unified School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson
said at a media briefing this morning that Izumizaki began working for the
district in 2007 as a long-term substitute teacher.

    He was hired as a sixth-grade teacher in 2008. Stephenson said
Izumizaki was very involved in the school, participating in a student
government program and coaching seventh-grade volleyball and eighth-grade
boys' basketball.

    Izumizaki's Facebook page lists several current Albany Middle
School students as among his social networking contacts.

    Stephenson said she learned of the alleged misconduct on Monday,
and that the school district contacted Child Protective Services and Albany
police.

    "At that point in time, I felt that there was enough information
to put that teacher on leave," she said.

    Izumizaki was placed on leave that afternoon.

    When she learned Wednesday that Izumizaki had been arrested,
Stephenson said she went to the middle school, where she met with staff and
they "talked about the importance of maintaining the physical and emotional
safety of our students."

    She said counselors are available at all of the district's
campuses.

    "We're really cognizant of wanting to protect all of our
students," she said.

    A meeting will be held at Albany Middle School at 5 p.m. today for
the parents of Izumizaki's students, Stephenson said.

    "Parents are going to want to be assured their kids are safe, and
they want to make sure there is educational continuity for their child," she
said.

    The superintendent said she will attempt to answer parents'
questions about Izumizaki's arrest and plans to incorporate his students into
the school's other sixth-grade classes.

    The case remains under investigation, and police encourage anyone
with information about Izumizaki or about any other inappropriate conduct
that may have occurred to contact police at (510) 528-5783.

     Police Arrest Suspect After Morning Manhunt

    A search of a West Oakland neighborhood this morning for a suspect
considered armed and dangerous ended with the suspect being taken into
custody, an Oakland police spokeswoman said.

    An officer on patrol in West Oakland saw a male who was wanted on
a warrant around 8 a.m., Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said.

    Police tried to stop the suspect, who sped off, prompting a brief
car chase that ended when the suspect crashed near 14th and Adeline streets,
Watson said. No bystanders were injured in the crash.

    The suspect then fled on foot into nearby yards.

    Police set up a perimeter and began to search an area between
Adeline and Linden streets and 12th and 14th streets, Watson said.

    As a precaution, nearby schools were placed on lockdown, according
to Watson.

    Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said Martin
Luther King Jr. Elementary School at 960 10th St. and West Oakland Middle
School at 991 14th St. were locked down around 8:45 a.m.

    Police found the suspect, who has a history of carrying firearms,
in a yard in the 1200 block of Adeline Street shortly after 10 a.m. and he
was taken into custody and placed in the back of a police car, Watson said.

    Watson said a K-9 unit from the Emeryville Police Department
helped track down the suspect. The suspect suffered minor cuts to his hands
but there were no major injuries, she said.

    Police have not yet released the suspect's name or the details of
the warrant.

    Downtown Residents Plan March To Protest Rising Prostitution

    Residents of downtown San Jose are planning to march down South
First Street this evening to raise awareness about what they say is an
increase in prostitution and drug dealing in their neighborhood.

    "First Street is open for business -- but not the good kind," said
Omar Torres, executive director of Santa Maria Urban Ministry.

    Torres' ministry has partnered with the Guadalupe Washington
Neighborhood Organization to organize the event.

    The march is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the
Biblioteca Latinoamericana at 921 S. First St. and last about an hour.

    Torres said he expects about 100 community members to attend.

    Since the Police Department's vice unit, which dealt specifically
with prostitution, gambling and other issues, was disbanded last year because
of budget cuts, Torres said people in his neighborhood began seeing more
prostitution on First Street.

    He said the situation is especially troubling because the illicit
activity happens right in the path of the community's youth -- near
Washington Elementary School, the library branch, and the Washington United
Youth Center, all of which are on or near South First Street.

    San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo, whose district includes the
neighborhood, said in a statement today that he plans to join the march.

    "Our offices and the San Jose Police Department field multiple
calls every week from community members who tell us they can't let their kids
walk to the library or the bus stop for fear of being harassed by pimps or
prostitutes," Liccardo said.

    Torres said prostitution occurs day and night, though he said the
activity increases after 6 p.m.

    "You blatantly see women standing on the corner in high heels
pretending to talk on cellphones with practically nothing on ... cars slowing
down for them, asking them how much they are," Torres said.

    Torres said he hopes the march will be one way for the community
to fight back, "to let everyone know that we're fed up with what's been going
on on South First Street and we're not going to let it happen anymore."

  Richmond Police Officer Arrested on Suspicion Of Domistic Violence

    A Richmond police officer was arrested this week on suspicion of
domestic violence, authorities said.

    Officer Thomas Hauschild, a 6-year veteran of the Richmond Police
Department, was arrested Tuesday morning in Alameda County for an alleged
domestic violence offense, Richmond police Lt. Bisa French said.

    Dirk Manoukian, Hauschild's attorney, said today that the officer
surrendered early Tuesday morning after learning that authorities were
looking for him.

    He was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and released later Tuesday on $60,000 bail.

    Manoukian said the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is
awaiting the findings of a sheriff's investigation before determining whether
to file charges.

    Hauschild is cooperating with that investigation, the attorney
said.

    Meanwhile, the officer has been placed on administrative leave
from the Richmond Police Department, which is planning an internal
investigation into his conduct, French said.

    A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office was not
immediately available to comment on the case this morning.

High School Students To Reveal Money-Saving Opportunities

    Livermore High School students this afternoon will be showing off
newly acquired energy auditing skills that they built through a PG&E pilot
program at their school.

    The Green Engineering Academy at Livermore High is a program
coordinated by the Alameda County Office of Education with PG&E funding that
has taught a batch of students how to monitor and reduce energy usage.

    According to PG&E, students identified $118,000 in energy saving
potential that the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District could put
into use.

    The details are still being worked out on how to implement the
savings strategies developed by the students, according to the Alameda County
Office of Education.

    At an event this afternoon, students will lead a tour showing
energy-saving opportunities that can be employed countywide.

    The Livermore program is part of a countywide effort to save
energy at public schools while training students in green jobs.

Mechanical Problems Slow Northbound Caltrain

    Northbound Caltrain service was delayed this morning after a San
Francisco-bound train experienced a mechanical problem, a spokeswoman said.

    Train No. 323 was delayed at San Jose Diridon Station starting at
about 7:45 a.m. as crews dealt with the mechanical problem, Caltrain
spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

    Subsequent northbound trains were affected by the delay, and were
running behind schedule by up to 30 minutes, Dunn said.

    Southbound trains are running on schedule.

    Occupy Encampment Leads To Arrests

    Police made a number of arrests while clearing illegal Occupy
encampments in downtown San Francisco late Wednesday night, a police
spokesman said.

    Occupy protesters camping out on the sidewalk in front of the
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco building at 101 Market St. were
arrested for illegal lodging at about 11:30 p.m., police spokesman Officer
Albie Esparza said.

    Esparza said that police had been distributing leaflets to those
camping in the area in recent weeks warning them that the encampments were
not allowed and would be removed.

    The encampment was completely cleared by 2:15 a.m. Officers have
been instructed to remain in the area today to ensure that campers do not
return, Esparza said.

Suspect In Wednesday Shooting Arrested

    A 19-year-old San Bruno man has been arrested on suspicion of
shooting at a vehicle on El Camino Real on Wednesday afternoon, a police
spokesman said.

    Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of
El Camino Real at about 1:50 p.m., San Bruno police Lt. Geoff Caldwell said.

    Investigators believe Alexandro Francisco Marqez was in the
passenger seat of a vehicle traveling south when he fired a single shot at
another southbound car, Caldwell said.

    No one was injured in the shooting.

    Investigators identified Marquez as the suspected shooter, and he
was arrested for attempted murder later Wednesday.

    Police were still trying to track down the vehicle Marquez was
riding in, which witnesses said was driven by a female, Caldwell said.

    The vehicle was described as a green four-door sedan, possibly a
Mitsubishi.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact San
Bruno police at (650) 877-8965.

    Police Searching for Suspect In Burglary  

    Police are searching for a suspect in a residential burglary
attempt that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Hillsborough.

    An intruder entered a home in the 900 block of Tournament Drive at
12:02 p.m. by forcing open a door in the rear of the residence, according to
Hillsborough police.

    Police said the home's alarm system was triggered, causing the
suspect to flee.

    Any witnesses or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the
area around the time of the crime are encouraged to notify Hillsborough
police at (650) 375-7470.

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