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A personal thank you to the Berkeley Fire Department

The remnants of Kay Trimberger's office after the fire. Photo: Kay Trimberger
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By E. Kay Trimberger

E. Kay Trimberger was eating breakfast at home on Dec. 12 when she heard a smoke alarm go off. She soon realized that a fire had broken out in her study, the place that held her computer with all her writing for her current book project. Trimberger called 911 and the Berkeley Fire Department responded within minutes. In this essay, Trimberger describes their particularly Berkeley response to the fire, and thanks them for saving her house.

We looked like a picture from a child’s book — a line of people in various stages of undress, starring up at the smoke rolling out of the top floor of my house as firemen swarmed in. I was in my exercise clothes and slippers, fortunate to have grabbed a jacket and gloves, while my neighbor, Alice, donned her long apricot down robe. Stephen, my tenant from the cottage behind my house, was barefoot.

Three fire trucks with at least ten men and one woman showed up quickly, soon joined by a fourth truck.  The fire report says I called the fire in at 9:19 a.m., that the firefighters left the station at 9:22 and arrived at my house at 9:26.  All I know is that everything happened very fast. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 17-23

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 17-23, there were 12 burglary reports29 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 14 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two felony sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included two burglaries and two vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, July 17

A robbery was reported at 4 a.m. at University Avenue and Bonar Street.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 4:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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With big soccer game approaching, UC Berkeley addresses impacts from Memorial Stadium

Cal's Memorial Stadium has a a capacity of over 60,000 and regularly draws large crowds to the area. Photo: John Morgan
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Representatives from the city of Berkeley and Cal invited residents near Memorial Stadium to discuss the impact of upcoming events — including the July 26 International Champions Cup soccer game — on the neigborhood. Fire safety, public intoxication, illegal parking and what to do in case of a significant disaster were among concerns raised by attendees.

Christine Shaff, communications director for facilities services, moderated the meeting Wednesday night, which featured members of the Berkeley Police Department, UC Berkeley Police Department, Berkeley Fire Department, Cal Athletics and the city manager’s office. Councilman Gordon Wozniak was also in attendance. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Arrest made in recent Berkeley shooting

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Police have arrested a Berkeley man in connection with a shooting June 26 that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

The Berkeley Police Department arrested 50-year-old Arthur Palmer on July 14.

Palmer is being held without bail on suspicion of attempted homicide and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday at 2 p.m.

Police said Palmer is responsible for a shooting in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue that took place just before 10 p.m. Police were called to the scene for a 38-year-old man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 6/26-7/2

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From June 26 to July 2, there were four burglary reports20 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 11 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberiesnine assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and three sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included one DUI offense, several incidents of vandalism and a weapons violation. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, June 26

A misdemeanor sexual assault was reported at 2 p.m. in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Friday, June 27

Three robberies were reported: at 12:05 a.m. at Delaware and Curtis streets; at 12:30 a.m. at Franklin and Virginia streets; and at 5:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck. … Continue reading »

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Shooting in Berkeley sends 38-year-old man to hospital

The shooting occurred on the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue near the intersection with Ashby. Image: Google Images
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Update, June 27, 1 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department has identified the victim from Thursday night’s shooting as a 38-year-old man, and classified his injuries as “serious.”

Police said, in a statement released shortly before 1 a.m., they believe the suspect from the shooting may have fled to the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue, about a block east of the attack, which took place at San Pablo Avenue and Ashby.

Officers “conducted an extensive search” but did not find the shooter, authorities said. … Continue reading »

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21-year-old arrested in felony hit-and-run car wreck

A mangled Corvette involved in an early morning accident on Tunnel Road in Berkeley. Photo:   Jacquelyn McCormick		7:08 AM (3 minutes ago)
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Update: 4:22 p.m. The driver of the smashed Corvette is Anthony Edward Torpey, 21, of Dublin, Castro Valley, according to Officer Jenn Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. He was arrested at 3:52 a.m. and was taken to Berkeley Jail, where he is being held on $91,200 bail, according to police records. In addition to being held on a DUI charge and a felony hit-and-run charge, he was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.

The 24-year-old passenger is in critical condition, said Coats.

Torpey was previously arrested in December 2012 after a crash in Dublin, according to police records.

According to Torpey’s Facebook page, the Corvette appears to be his. In a photo of the car posted on June 11, he wrote “hard work pays off” as well as “My Main Girl.”

Update, 11:37 a.m.: Tunnel Road is now open in all directions, according to Berkeley Police. The investigation into the crash continues.

Update: 7:45 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department arrested the driver of the Corvette, a 21-year-old man, on suspicion of felony hit and run, driving under the influence and other charges, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman.

The driver, whose name has not been released, fled the scene of the 2:22 a.m. accident on Tunnel, leaving his seriously injured passenger, a 24-year-old male, behind in the car, according to Coats, Berkeley police later found and arrested the driver.

The passenger “sustained significant injuries” during the collision. … Continue reading »

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7-year-old cyclist in serious condition after traffic accident on Bancroft Way in Berkeley

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Update, June 25: According to the Berkeley Police Department, the young cyclist has been released from hospital and is home recovering.

Update, June 17: Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the boy remains in the hospital. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Original story, June 16: A 7-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after being involved in a traffic accident on Bancroft Way at Acton Street in West Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Authorities investigate possible meth lab on Oregon Street

The house at 1615 Oregon St. which was raided by authorities around 7:30 a.m. on Friday June 6, 2014. Photo: David Cohn
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Update, June 11: Reports subsequent to Berkeleyside’s original story and conversation with Sgt. J.D. Nelson, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, suggest suspicions about a methamphetamine lab at 1615 Oregon St. proved unfounded. Sgt. Steve Lemthe of the sheriff’s office told Bay City News that, while searching the home, deputies found an unknown substance they thought might be hazardous, but that a hazmat team concluded the substance was not toxic. Psychedelic drugs were found in the home, and authorities arrested three residents, Lemthe said. Nelson told Berkeleyside on the day of the raid, June 6, that a meth lab had been uncovered. Numerous attempts to reach him since then have proved unsuccessful.

Original story, June 6: A house on Oregon Street in South Berkeley was raided Friday morning at around 7:30 a.m. and authorities say they found a meth lab there.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said after the meth lab was revealed, a hazardous materials unit was called in. The substances had been removed by around 10 a.m., and authorities were “packing up,” he said

Nelson said he believed arrests had been made, but was uncertain of how many.

Two buildings, next to 1615 Oregon and behind it, were evacuated, according to David Cohn, who lives across the street from 1615 Oregon, just west of California, where the raid occurred. Oregon Street was partially blocked to traffic for several hours. It was open again by around 10 a.m.

Cohn said he and his wife were woken up around 7:25 a.m. by yelling and banging. Several police officers, both a sheriff and U.S. postal inspectors, were outside the house at 1615 Oregon.

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East Bay at high risk of wildfires: Preventive measures key

Angel Island wildfire. Photo: Chris Wage
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Allen Benitez, Chief of Protective Services at Berkeley Lab admits he’s nervous.

“With the drought this summer, there is an extraordinarily high risk of fire in the hills,” he said.

The Lab’s location in the Berkeley foothills, surrounded by trees and vegetation, makes the task of keeping that risk as low as possible daunting. The fact that there are 5,000 to 7,000 people on the campus at any one time, and that an evacuation would entail moving all of them off a fenced property through just one gate, puts the lab – as Benitez terms it — in “a tough spot.”

Benitez will be one of several fire experts speaking at a Fire Forum for the community on Monday June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley’s Northbrae Church. He will be joined by, among others, Berkeley Fire Department Chief Gil Dong; Robert Chew, Cal Fire’s assistant chief of East Bay operations; Sal Genito, associate director of Grounds and Environmental Services at UC Berkeley; and Brad Gallup from the East Bay Regional Parks District. … Continue reading »

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Police rescue 2 men from I-80 overpass fire in Berkeley

Two people were rescued by Berkeley police from the fire that erupted
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Berkeley Police officers rescued two people from the fire that erupted under the University Avenue Interstate 80 overpass Wednesday. The quick actions of three officers who were first on the scene may have saved the lives of two men trapped in the burning storage enclosure, according to the Berkeley Police Association.

At around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver “noticed the fire” and called for emergency back-up, the association reported. His calls for help were immediately answered by two Berkeley Police Special Victims Unit detectives who were conducting an interview nearby.

They went to the scene of the fire that was raging in a Caltrans storage area containing around 100 Ecology Center recycling cans leased by the city of Berkeley, according to authorities.

“I could hear a man screaming and he was locked inside a chain link fence where the fire was roaring out of control,” said Detective Melissa Kelly, one of the officers who hurried to the scene, assisted by Detective Ana Baber. “We couldn’t get the gate open and had to reach under the fence to rescue the man and get him away from the burning fire.” … Continue reading »

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New fence hems in Strawberry Walk stores on University

The owner of the building housing Saver's erected a fence last week to make passageway from the Strawberry stores into the parking lot more difficult. Photo: Julia Scheeres
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In the latest salvo in a long-running fight over the rights to a parking lot, the owner of a building at 1414 University Ave. has installed a fence between the Savers Thrift parking lot and a string of businesses known as Strawberry Walk.

Palo Alto’s Berkeley Bazaar Partnerships (BBP), owner of the building that houses Savers Thrift Store, installed the fence on May 1. BBP’s first attempt to install a fence on April 15 was thwarted when Cecile Isaacs, the owner of the Strawberry Walk complex, asked the contractor to produce a city work permit. The contractor did not have one, and left. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 24-30

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From April 24-30, there were 11 burglary reports23 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 19 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comNine robberies and 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, April 24

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 4:35 a.m. in the 2400 block of Carleton Street, and at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Parker Street.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue, and at 8 p.m. in the 200 block of Marina Boulevard. … Continue reading »

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