Daily Archives: April 13, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.13.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to its current advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Amoeba Music, Aurora TheatreBerkeley LabBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & Installation, Cal Day 2012Carolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyDowntown Berkeley AssociationFantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal Point, GovHubThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateJewish Music FestivalLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratoryPsychotherapy InstituteSutter … Continue reading »

Family of murder victim criticizes police response

The entrance to the house where Peter Cukor was attacked and killed. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Peter Cukor used his cell phone and what he had been told was an emergency number when he called Berkeley police to report that a strange man was lurking around his property, his family said at a press conference Friday.

Just about a week before Cukor was allegedly attacked and killed by 23-year old Daniel DeWitt, he received an email from a neighborhood group informing him to program 510-981-5911 into his cell phone to use during emergencies, according to R. Lewis Van Blois, an Oakland attorney representing the family. Cukor used that number at 8:45 pm on Feb. 18 to convey that he needed a police officer to help immediately, said Van Blois.

Berkeley police did not respond immediately to Cukor’s request for help because the dispatcher did not think there was a crime in progress or any threat to life. Cukor called on a non-emergency line and spoke in a calm voice, Berkeley police have repeatedly said. … Continue reading »

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Group circulates ballot measure to preserve ice rink

A rendering of Iceland from the environmental report on remodeling it into a Sports Basement
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A group that worked to place Berkeley Iceland on a city list of historic places is circulating a ballot measure that calls for the city to consider including a recreation space in any future development.

Members of Save Berkeley Iceland started collecting signatures on the measure on March 31 and hope to gather 3,000 signatures by May 10. If they are successful, the measure would go on the November ballot.

The measure would set city policy so that when any plans for the property come before the City Council or any commission, policy makers would have to consider the need for community recreation in their decisions, said Tom Killilea, the president of Save Berkeley Iceland. … Continue reading »

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Lightning strikes Bay Bridge in midst of dramatic storm

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Last night’s impressive thunderstorm has created rivers of rainwater flowing down many Berkeley streets and flooded backyards. The lightning that accompanied the deluge also made for some stunning photographs. The image above is one of several shot by ABC Bay Area News. Phil McGrew also captured the moment the bridge was struck in a photo circulating on Twitter.

Over on SFist, a photo gallery includes a remarkable one of the Golden Gate Bridge being struck.

Some airplanes coming into Bay Area airports took their time landing in the storm last night, and a United Airlines flight which took off at 7:40pm headed for London was forced to dump fuel and make an emergency return to SFO after the plane was struck by lightning.

There were no reports of power disruptions in Berkeley, although some areas, including Concord, did see outages after lines came down. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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April 5:

Armed Robbery, 2600 Block of Fulton Street, #12-16735
On Thursday, April 5, 2012, at approximately 8:38 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on the 2600 block of Fulton between Parker and Carleton Streets. The 24 year old male victim, UC affiliated, was walking on Fulton when he was approached by the suspect.  The suspect had a gun and robbed the victim of his backpack.  BPD searched the area but was unable to locate the suspect.  The victim was not injured during the encounter. The suspect is described as: A Black male, approximately 20 years old, 5’9” in height, with a thin build, wearing all dark clothing. … Continue reading »

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