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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 »
Update, 10:24pm: The Downtown Berkeley station was reopened at 10:10pm Tuesday. A BART spokesperson said service was running normally on the Richmond line although there would be “residual delays.” To recap: BART received a report at 6:47pm of a person under a train. At 7pm BART confirmed that was the case. At around 7:15pm BART confirmed the person was deceased. The station was closed from 7pm to 10:10pm while the case was investigated.
Update, 9:40pm: Downtown Berkeley BART station remains closed due to a person who went under a train shortly before 7pm tonight and was pronounced dead. Trains are running through the station but not stopping. BART says to expect 15-20 minute delays. Embarcadero station in SF is also closed due a person under a train. … Continue reading »
This is an overview of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.
From Nov. 6-12, there were reports of 15 burglaries, 13 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles, six stolen vehicles and nine disturbances, according to CrimeMapping.com. Ten robberies, 14 assaults or batteries, three weapon-related calls and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included two robberies, two sex crimes and a burglary. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links above for the latest numbers.
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Thursday, Nov. 6
Authorities searched a South Berkeley home in the early morning hours in connection with a fatal shooting at the Seabreeze market in October. Read more on Berkeleyside.
There was a robbery at 2:25 p.m. at Virginia Street and Stannage Avenue. … Continue reading »
A 20-year-old man was found dead Sunday afternoon at the Zeta Psi fraternity in Berkeley, at 2728 Bancroft Ave., the day after the frat threw a large party that drew hundreds of attendees.
Police responded to a call about an unresponsive male just before 12:10 p.m., and found a man face down in a room in the fraternity, according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police Department.
The Berkeley Fire Department also responded, and confirmed that the man had died. No time of death has been provided, but the man was described as “cold to the touch” over the police scanner. … Continue reading »
Update: Man taken to hospital with moderate injuries after incident at North Berkeley BART; station has re-opened
BART has closed its North Berkeley station after a report at 4:26 p.m. Saturday of a person under a train.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for updates.
According to a statement from BART, the victim was reported under a train traveling from Richmond to Fremont.
BART is attempting to get a bus bridge in place between the North Berkeley and Del Norte stations, but currently the North Berkeley station is closed and there is no service.
According to unconfirmed scanner traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside, Berkeley firefighters were dispatched to platform 2 at the North Berkeley BART station just after 4:30 p.m. after someone reportedly jumped in front of a BART train. … Continue reading »
The lowdown: Berkeley council on disaster prep, longterm parking in South Berkeley, ambulance issues, more
Scroll down to learn about the highlights of this week’s Berkeley City Council agenda.
The special session: Disaster preparedness
At 5:30 p.m., Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong will give an overview to council about the city’s approach to disaster preparedness and emergency management. (It’s good timing, as the city just held its annual community-wide disaster preparedness training day Saturday.) The report from Dong also serves as training for council about the role it must play during a disaster. The packet includes a 30-page report called “Resilience in Berkeley: Highlights from 25 years of community support.” Read the report. … Continue reading »
A 48-year-old Richmond man died after a collision with a pick-up truck in Berkeley last week, authorities reported Thursday evening.
Friday, Sept. 12, Berkeley Police officers responded to an injury collision at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and University Avenue just after 8:30 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, in a prepared statement.
The motorcyclist was identified as Gregory Allen Scoggin of Richmond. … Continue reading »
A woman who jumped out of an apartment building to escape a fire Saturday morning suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local trauma center, according to officials.
The Berkeley Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 3144 King Street, between Woolsey and Fairview streets at 9:01 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb. The fire erupted in a hallway outside a bedroom on the third floor and created a lot of black smoke, he said.
Two women were inside the bedroom when the fire started, said Webb. One apparently tried to escape by jumping from the window to a tree, but the branch sje landed on broke and she fell three stories to the ground, said Webb. The other woman was rescued by firefighters. … Continue reading »
A violent assault in a senior living complex in downtown Berkeley on Friday morning left a man in critical condition, according to authorities. Berkeleyside broke the story, then updated it as we gathered new information.
Update, Sept. 9, 4:15 p.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said, as far as she knows, the 72-year-old man who was beaten remains in the hospital. Coats also confirmed that 69-year-old Lawrence Landis was arrested in connection with the assault. He was charged with attempted murder with enhancements for causing great bodily injury on the elderly and the use of a weapon during the commission of a felony.
Update, Aug. 30, 4:15 p.m. The man who was assaulted in Berkeley early Friday morning is still alive and has emerged from a coma, said Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel.
Update, 10:20 a.m. Scanner audio recordings from Friday morning reveal that shortly before 1 a.m., Berkeley police were called to 2020 Durant Ave., near Milvia Street, after receiving multiple reports that a man was “yelling and screaming,” according to the recordings. … Continue reading »
Update, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. Authorities have identified the man who died after having health complications at the Ashby BART station Tuesday as 54-year-old Keith Golson of Berkeley.
Original story, Aug. 14, 1 p.m. A man died this week after passing out at the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley, authorities reported Wednesday.
The incident took place just before 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to BART.
Tuesday night, the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the west lot of the Ashby BART station for a report of a sick man who had passed out. … Continue reading »
A man facing arrest on Telegraph Avenue smashed out the rear window of a police cruiser with his head after first breaking the glass door of a nearby business, authorities said.
According to police, 40-year-old Richard Warner of Oakland was reportedly inside a business in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue on Aug. 6 when he was asked to leave shortly before 10:40 a.m.
“He was loud and creating a disturbance,” said Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, via email. “As he left the business he stopped and punched the glass to the front door, breaking it.” … Continue reading »
The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 24-30, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 18 burglaries, 15 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and six stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.com. Five robberies, 21 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included two burglaries. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Thursday, July 24
Three home burglaries were reported: at 4 a.m. in the 2600 block of Russell Street; at noon in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way; and at 4 p.m. in the 2700 block of Haste Street.
Two robberies were reported, at 9:20 a.m. at Durant Avenue and Ellsworth Street, and at 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of Sacramento Street. … Continue reading »
One person in South Berkeley was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg Sunday night, according to unconfirmed police scanner recordings.
According to scanner traffic, several callers reported the sound of numerous gunshots near Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
A caller told police one person, with a gunshot wound to the leg, was located at a house in the 3200 block of Sacramento, between Harmon Street and Alcatraz. … Continue reading »