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It Wasn't Another Shooting

Newark Patch readers wanted to know why officers blocked off Cherry Street, by Dairy Avenue, on Monday.

Conversation buzzed over a police street closure at Cherry Street as I joined more than a dozen Newark Memorial moms Monday night for one of the last planning meetings ahead of the 22nd Annual Crab and Pasta Feed on Saturday.

Newark moms wanted to know why yellow police tape blocked off Cherry Street by Dairy Avenue several hours before. That block was also the site of Newark’s fourth shooting of 2011 that left a 14-year-old boy suffering from gun shot wounds Thursday.

Newark Patch checked in with about the incident.

According to Commander Bob Douglas, officers established a perimeter on Cherry Street as they searched for a 23-year-old man accused of throwing a rock at an AC Transit bus window.

The police activity log shows the man got into a fight with his girlfriend at Thornton Avenue, by Ash Street, after 2 p.m. Officers say the man threw a rock at the bus window when his girlfriend stepped onto the vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

The man ran away from the bus and he was later located in front of Marv’s House of Liquors on Newark Boulevard.

Officers say AC Transit police personnel, with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, arrested the man on suspicion of felony vandalism.

The crab feed meeting conversation eventually turned to food, prizes and other planning needs. Newark Patch will post a preview about the annual party hosted by the Newark Memorial High Athletic Booster Club tomorrow.

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