Son Who Shot Father Was Attacked With Bat Covered in Nails
A 27-year-old man who shot and killed his father in a Fremont home last week has not been charged with a crime after telling investigators that his father was attacking him and his younger brother with a bat. The son, whose name has not been released, shot his 48-year-old father, identified as David Weatherton, in the chest at the brothers' home in the 39500 block of Pardee Court on Jan. 10. The shooting came after Weatherton came over to the house around 5 p.m. and began attacking one of his sons. The 27-year-old then got involved. When Weatherton went after him with the bat, the 27-year-old son shot him in the chest once.
Poll: Do You Agree with Fremont's Smoking Regulations?
After 20 years, the City of Fremont has amended its smoking ordinance — an effort to decrease secondhand smoke and better the public's health. Smoking is now allowed 25 feet away from building entrances, windows, and air intakes; tobacco product vending machines are banned; and landlords of multi-unit residential rental buildings must disclose smoking units, smoking areas, and smoking complaint policies to all tenants.
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Fremont Named Fifth Best Run City in America
National financial news website 24/7 Wall St. has ranked Fremont No. 5 in its annual “Best Run Cities in America” report. The study ranks the 100 largest cities in the country based on factors such as poverty, education, crime, unemployment, credit rating and regional gross domestic product. According to the report, Fremont was selected because, “It has one of the most educated and high-earning populations in America, with over 51 percent of residents age 25 and older holding a college degree in 2011.”
Union City Man Jumps Into 100-Foot Mineshaft to 'Appease the Gods'
A Union City man was rescued last Friday after jumping into a 100-foot mineshaft in Arizona. After the eight-hour rescue mission at Arizona’s Meteor Crater, 28-year-old Parminder Singh told rescuers that he had jumped in feet first in order to “appease the gods.” Find out more here.
Man Arrested After Threatening to Shoot Security Guards Inside Hospital
A Union City man was arrested Tuesday night after threatening to shoot security guards inside of Washington Hospital. According to the Fremont Police Department, Najibullah Noory, 39, went to visit a family member at the hospital at around 6:50 p.m. After being told visiting hours had ended, he got upset and threatened to shoot the security guards with a handgun. Police officers responded and searched Noory at gunpoint but were unable to locate any weapons. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats.
East Bay Politicians Praise President's Gun Control Plans
East Bay political leaders praised President Obama's announcement Wednesday that he was taking executive action to enact gun control legislation. The president issued 23 executive orders, including ones to enhance background checks and expand the options for mental health professionals to report threats of violence. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents Union City and Fremont, announced his support for the president's directives saying, “The president has put together a bold plan to reduce gun violence and Congress needs to enact the legislation called for, like the ban on assault weapons, without delay. We cannot just sit on the sidelines and wait for another tragedy to happen.”
Longtime lovebirds Elizabeth Jardine and Patrick Pereira recently won a big bank wedding valued at over $15,000 in the Elite Vendor Group’s “Vow to Love” Wedding Contest. The two have been engaged since 1996 but have never had the financial means to hold a proper wedding due to putting their children first. Their wedding will be held Jan. 31 at Fremont’s Palmdale Estates.
See Why We Pay For Bags Or Bring Our Own
Alameda County grocery stores no longer provide plastic bags thanks to a new law meant to curb litter. Why was the plastic bag ban put into effect? Well, there's a saying: one picture is worth a thousand words — and more than 75 comments. Patch posted a photo of a fence at the Waste Management landfill in Livermore, which is meant to keep plastic bags from blowing from the landfill toward communities to the east. The photo caused quite a stir in our comments section. Join the discussion here.
Most Expensive and Least Expensive Homes in Newark
On Friday, we launched a new real estate feature where we scour online databases for homes on the market. Through our search, we found that the most expensive home currently on sale is going for just under $650,000. Find out more about the home here.