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District Attorney’s Office Releases Limited Prosecution Documents in Arson Case

Businesses along 1600 Park Street gutted by fire, September 28, 2014. (File photo.)

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has released limited documents in response to an Action Alameda News public records request for discovery documents in the criminal case regarding the September 28th arson fires in Alameda.


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City Refuses to Release Names of Personnel that Identified Petersen

The City of Alameda has refused a public records request for the names of public safety personnel that identified Stephen Petersen as an arson suspect. (File photo)

The City of Alameda has refused a public records request from Action Alameda News for the name of the police officer and firefighter that identified Stephen Petersen […]

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Charges Dropped Against One Arson Suspect

Businesses along 1600 Park Street gutted by fire. (File photo.)

Alameda police Lt. Jill Ottaviano confirmed for Action Alameda News this morning what had been reported in other outlets on Friday and over the weekend – charges of arson against Stephen Michael Petersen, 27, for suspected arson fires in Alameda on September 28th, have […]

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Community Turns Out to Help Fire Victims

Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will go to the American Red Cross to support victims of fire in Alameda.

Members of the community and city officials turned out in force this morning at the Elks Lodge on Santa Clara Avenue for a pancake breakfast intended to raise funds for Alameda residents displaced by fire.


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Elks Lodge Hosting Fire Victim Fundraiser

The Alameda Elks Lodge is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser this Sunday to raise money for victims of last month’s arson fires. (Courtesy photo)

Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015 is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser this Sunday, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross to support the victims of last month’s arson […]

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Poll: Did Alameda police get the right guy?

Stephen Petersen’s supporters are certain that their friend did not start the three arson fires he is accused of setting in the wee hours of September 28th. Even people not connected to Petersen have questioned on social media, and other forums, whether or not police arrested the right person. Yet, the authorities must have some […]

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Alameda Police Silent on Arson Evidence

Friends and supporters of Stephen Petersen mill outside the courtroom before the hearing, September 30th, 2014. (File photo, Action Alameda News)

Alameda police are declining to disclose any of the evidence they have against Stephen Petersen in connection with his arrest for arson related to three of eight fires that burned early Sunday morning […]

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Arson Suspects Arraigned in Court Today

Stephen Peterson’s girlfriend, Shayna Butler, silhouetted in the courthouse window. (Action Alameda News)

The two suspects in a series of alleged arson files early Sunday morning were arraigned in a downtown Oakland courthouse today.


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