Daily Archives: January 31, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 01.31.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Shoes on Solano: expanding
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NEW JEWELS Brothers John and Moshe Quillinan, just 22 and 24-years-old respectively, have opened Q & Q Estate Jewelry at 1751 Solano Avenue. The brothers, who have been in the estate jewelry and antiques business for over 15 years combined, specialize in fine jewelry, objets d’art, antiques, silverware, precious metals, precious gemstones, pearls, coral, jade, ivory carvings, and fine art. The store is open 12:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment by calling 510-846 1521. Q & Q Jewelry will be holding a Grand Opening event, with refreshments and 15% off selected items, on Saturday, February 4th, 6:00-10:00 pm. [Hat-tip: Nancy Rubin]

BIGGER SHOES Shoes on Solano, at 1774 Solano Avenue, will be expanding into 1770, the space being vacated by Ideologie, a reincarnation of the former Ideas for Elements, which was on Solano for 22 years. The shoe store will add children’s shoes and more stock overall. (Hat-tip: TONA.) … Continue reading »

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$17,000 reward for information about Warren murder

Kenneth Warren, a father of five, was killed on January 26th
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The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder on Jan. 26 of Kenneth Warren.

Warren, 35, of Hercules was gunned down in a barrage of bullets on Emerson Street at Shattuck at around 6:50 p.m. last Thursday, after leaving his job at Don’s Headquarters barbershop. He was knocking on the door of friends who live close by when suspects opened fire.

Warren’s family and friends, as well as neighbors, reacted with shock to the killing. “He was a great kid,” said his uncle, Don Warren, who has operated Don’s Headquarters for 41 years. “He was hardworking. He had two jobs. He tried to do the right thing.” Warren had cut hair at the barbershop for seven years. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley files suit against owner of blighted Telegraph lot

Ken Sarachan, who owns multiple properties on Telegraph Avenue, bought 2501 Haste St. in 1994. The Berkeley Inn sat there until a fire destroyed it. Photo:Frances Dinkelspiel
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The city of Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against Ken Sarachan, telling him they intend to seize his lot at the intersection of Telegraph and Haste to pay off the $640,000 he owes in liens and interest.

Berkeley filed the suit against the businessman in Alameda County Superior Court on January 28th and served Sarachan’s place of business, Rasputin Records, on Monday, according to Zach Cowan, the city attorney.

“The city is alleging that Mr. Sarachan has not lived up to his agreement to pursue development of the site in a diligent and timely manner,” said Cowan. “As a result, we want to recover the liens we offered to waive if he did so.”

Mr. Sarachan could not be reached for comment. The suit also names Laurie Brown, his wife, as a co-defendant since California is a community property state. … Continue reading »

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Teenage skateboarder seriously injured by car

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Update, 10:30 am: Berkeley police report that the injured skateboarder is an 18-year old man who is in “grave condition.” Since he is an adult, he is not required to wear a helmet while skateboarding. Berkeley police are still investigating to determine who is at fault in the accident, the driver or the skateboarder, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. The victim’s name will not be released for privacy reasons.

Update, 5:01 pm The driver of the car was a … Continue reading »

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