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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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Berkeley police officers revive unresponsive 4-month-old

Berkeley Police station. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Two Berkeley police officers helped save the life of an infant who stopped breathing earlier this month, and the boy is now in stable condition at a local hospital, authorities said this week.

On July 8, police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Fifth Street for a child in distress, a 4-month-old boy who was unresponsive, said Sgt. Andrew Frankel, Berkeley Police spokesman.

When officers got to the home, no one would answer the front door, which was locked. So Officer Ken Tu jumped the back fence to get into the house through the rear, Frankel said.

Officers found the child’s grandmother and she led them to the boy’s bedside. They sent her to unlock the front door so the Berkeley Fire Department could get inside once they arrived.

The baby wasn’t breathing, so Tu began to perform CPR.

A short time later, to relieve Tu, Officer Chris Flores took over chest compressions, and the baby began taking short, inconsistent breaths but was still unresponsive. Flores then started rescue breathing — administering breaths in between chest compressions. … Continue reading »

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Fire calls: Blaze at Berkeley dry cleaner causes $100K in damage; man rescued from water at marina

Authorities responded to a fire at Martinizing Dry Cleaning early Tuesday. Photo: Ky Le
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A burglar alarm at a dry cleaner in Berkeley brought authorities to investigate what turned out to be a fire inside the University Avenue shop earlier this week.

The fire, at Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 1319 University, caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the Berkeley Fire Department.

Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken said police were dispatched at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday for a motion sensor that had been triggered on the burglar alarm.

When police arrived, they found a fire burning inside the business, which is about three blocks east of San Pablo Avenue. The call was upgraded to a fire incident at 12:27 a.m. BFD was dispatched at 12:29 a.m. … Continue reading »

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Man stabbed in neck at People’s Park

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An unidentified woman stabbed a 57-year-old man in the neck Monday around 5 p.m. at People’s Park, according to the University of California Police Department.

The Berkeley Fire Department took the man to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

No arrests have been made.

Police believe the suspect and the victim knew one another based on a statement the victim made to an uninvolved individual.

The victim has refused to cooperate with police.

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Berkeley crime log: Sex offender arrested after stalking, homeless man charged in baseball bat assault, more

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. (Click "show crime report" to see the list.) See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Share photos, videos and tips by emailing crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook and TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We rely on readers to help us stay informed.

SNAPSHOT From June 30 to July 6, there were reports of nine robberiesfive burglaries10 assaults or batteriesthree weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 13 stolen vehicles15 disturbances and 25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A sex crime, a vehicle theft and a vandalism, among other crimes, were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD); we’ve filled out the blotter with tidbits from the UCPD crime log. Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find the June 30 to July 6 round-up below.

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ANOTHER STOLEN CATALYTIC CONVERTER A thief stole a catalytic converter from a 2008 Honda Element parked at the North Berkeley BART station between 7:15 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, the BART PD reports. It may be the first time since February this type of theft has been reported at a Berkeley station. (Berkeleyside broke the news at that time of a series of similar thefts impacting people who were parking at East Bay BART stations.) The BART PD arrested two people in March it believed was responsible for multiple incidents of catalytic converter theft. Catalytic converters are a target for thieves because they contain precious metals — including platinum, palladium and rhodium. In addition, their location makes them relatively easy to steal.

DISTURBANCE ARREST AT ASHBY BART A man detained by the BART Police on suspicion of creating a disturbance at the Ashby station July 9 shortly before 5 p.m. was found to have two outstanding misdemeanor vandalism warrants. The arrest warrants, out of San Francisco, totaled $17,000 in bail. The man was placed under arrest and booked into the county jail. His name was not immediately available. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley crime log: Probation search nets loaded gun, ID and fraud arrests, animal shelter burglary, more

Police said they found this loaded gun during a probation search earlier this week. Photo: BPD
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Share photos, videos and tips by emailing crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook and TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We rely on readers to help us stay informed.

SNAPSHOT From June 23-29, there were reports of six robberiesseven burglaries24 assaults or batteriesone weapon-involved call and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 14 stolen vehicles14 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Two robberies, two vehicle thefts and an assault, among other crimes, were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD); we’ve filled out the blotter with tidbits from the UCPD crime log. Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find the June 23-29 round-up below.

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PROBATION SEARCH NETS LOADED PISTOL Berkeley police arrested an Oakland man earlier this week after they stopped him for a vehicle code violation and found a loaded pistol under his seat, authorities report. The car stop took place Wednesday, July 13, at 11:25 p.m. in the 2100 block of Kittredge, said Lt. Kevin Schofield, a Berkeley Police spokesman, in response to a Berkeleyside query. The driver, Aaron Davis, had no valid driver’s license and was on probation, said Schofield. Police searched the vehicle and found the loaded gun. Davis was taken to Berkeley Jail and booked on suspicion of several firearm-related felonies and probation violation. He is scheduled for a hearing to revoke his probation Monday, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s office. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $105,000. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley crime log: Man threatens to shoot BART agent, 2 stabbed near farmers market, tragic drowning of teen

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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Share photos, videos and tips by emailing crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook and TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We rely on readers to help us stay informed.

SNAPSHOT From June 16-22, there were reports of six robberies14 burglaries16 assaults or batteriesfour weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 14 stolen vehicles16 disturbances and 39 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A vandalism and a weapons call, among other crimes, were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD); we’ve filled out the blotter with tidbits from the UCPD crime log. Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find the June 16-22 round-up below.

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CRIMINAL THREATS, PSYCH EVAL AT BART A man who threatened to shoot a station agent at the downtown Berkeley BART station was arrested last week, July 6, and taken for a psychiatric evaluation. The agent told the BART Police the man, after fare evading, had threatened to shoot him at about 10:25 p.m.: “As the officer prepared to transport him to jail, however, the suspect physically resisted and refused to be placed in a patrol car. The officer, joined by an assisting officer, used physical force/control holds to restrain the suspect, who also made verbal threats to harm himself. Paramedics responded and eventually transported the suspect to a local hospital, along with a police hold, for a psychiatric evaluation; he was also issued a prohibition order.” No injuries were sustained by anyone involved with the arrest, the BART Police reported. (No further information was available because the case number did not appear linked to any active case with the district attorney’s office, according to available online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s office.) 

DNA LINKS MAN TO 2008 SEXUAL ASSAULT SERIES The Berkeley Police Department has linked a series of sexual assaults and prowling cases from 2008 to a Berkeley man who would have been 16 at the time of the attacks, authorities report. Police announced the arrest last week of 24-year-old Johnny Dunbar. After collecting his fingerprints for the first time when he was stopped in connection with a traffic violation in March, investigators discovered that his prints matched a palm print left at a 2008 rape scene, police said. Further testing, of Dunbar’s DNA, also tied him to multiple sexual assaults, according to authorities. Police said Dunbar would break into his victims’ homes and threaten them with a knife or gun before sexually assaulting them. Dunbar is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail. He is scheduled to enter a plea Monday, July 18, according to sheriff’s office records. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley crime log: Aquatic Park search, man sentenced after stabbing, bike thefts at BART, Explorer open house

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SNAPSHOT From June 9-15, there were reports of five robberies23 burglaries17 assaults or batteriesone weapon-involved call and three sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles14 disturbances and 34 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A vehicle theft and two vandalism incidents, among other crimes, were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD); we’ve filled out the blotter with tidbits from the UCPD crime log. Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find the June 9-15 round-up below several more recent items.

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STOLEN CAR IN AQUATIC PARK The Berkeley Police Department put out a Nixle alert at about 2:20 p.m. Friday after an officer saw an occupied stolen Acura near North Aquatic Park, Lt. Kevin Schofield of BPD reports. The driver and passenger fled from the car.  Police searched for them around Bancroft Way and Aquatic Park, but were unable to find the duo. During the search, police asked the public to stay out of the area. Police spent about 10 minutes looking before calling off the search around 2:30 p.m., according to a second Nixle alert released at that time.

SMOKING ON BART, RESISTING ARREST Police responded to the downtown Berkeley station Friday, July 1, for a woman who was “smoking on a train and creating a disturbance” at about 10:35 p.m., the BART PD reported. When the BART officer arrived, the woman refused to get off the train and physically resisted the officer, authorities said. The officer used force to get the woman off the train and take her to Santa Rita Jail. BART said that, during the booking process, the woman “kicked a female OPD Officer who was assisting in searching her. A charge of assaulting an Officer was added. The suspect was also transported for a psychological exam.” She remains in custody and is scheduled for arraignment today, July 6, on the misdemeanor violations.

BIKES STOLEN AT NORTH BERKELEY BART The BART Police got three reports of stolen bikes at the North Berkeley BART station last Thursday and Friday. All of the bikes were locked. A Trek Hybrid bike valued at $500 was stolen between 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. It had been locked to the bike racks with a Kryptonite lock. A Cannondale hybrid also locked to the bike racks, worth $430, was stolen between 10 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. It had been secured with a Kryptonite U-lock. A brown Lemond 12-speed road bike, locked with a cable lock at 6:30 p.m. Thursday was no longer there Friday at 9 p.m. The lock was gone, too. … Continue reading »

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BFD responds to vegetation fire in the hills

"Lots of fire trucks and helicopters above Strawberry Canyon, and a big smoke plume." Photo: Guillaume Pierre
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The Berkeley Fire Department and several other agencies are responding to a vegetation fire in the hills above Claremont Avenue and Fish Ranch Road, authorities have reported.

Deputy Berkeley Fire Chief Donna McCracken said firefighters were dispatched at 4:43 p.m. to help fight the blaze.

Scroll to the bottom of this story for an update.

Initially the call came into the Berkeley Communications Center, which transferred the call to Oakland.

It turned out that the fire is in the Moraga-Orinda jurisdiction, and is “running uphill” north of the Claremont Avenue and Fish Ranch Road intersection, McCracken said. … Continue reading »

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Fire at former Sliderbar in downtown Berkeley

BFD responded to a fire at the former Sliderbar location 2124 Center St. Photo: Paul Kealoha-Blake
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The Berkeley Fire Department has responded to a fire on Center Street in downtown Berkeley that caused the evacuation of several buildings and is backing up traffic in the area.

The fire, reported at about 3:30 p.m., took place at 2124 Center St. between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

Donna McCracken, deputy fire chief, said the fire broke out in a wall at ground level in the commercial building.

Firefighters had been able to knock down the fire by putting water on it, but were having difficulty accessing its source due to the tight quarters.

Traffic was jammed up on Center between Shattuck and Oxford, McCracken said.

Firefighters remained on scene as of about 4:15 p.m. to make sure the fire had been extinguished. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley crime log: Car crash follows Senior Streak, confiscated swords, water rescue drill, stolen golf carts

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SNAPSHOT From June 2-8, there were reports of two robberies15 burglaries13 assaults or batteriesthree weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 14 stolen vehicles15 disturbances and 29 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Two sex crimes and one weapons call, among other crimes, were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find the June 2-8 round-up below several more recent items.

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BAG GRAB ON COLLEGE A local resident told Berkeleyside on Twitter about a “grab, run & chase” on Woolsey Street between College and Benvenue avenues Thursday, June 16, at about 10 p.m. The victim — who lives in the neighborhood — was “shaken but appears OK,” said Peter Sussman, who was nearby after the crime took place. The man was on his way home from work when robbers struck; he clung to his bag, which held his computer, and chased after the bandits when the strap broke. There were two other robberies in Berkeley that day, according to CrimeMapping.com. Tune into Berkeleyside’s next crime blotter for details.

SENIOR STREAK AT BHS PRECEDES CAR CRASH INVOLVING STUDENTS Earlier this month, June 9, the annual “Senior Streak” tradition at Berkeley High took place just before a car crash involving students that sent one of them to the hospital.

According to an email from BHS Principal Sam Pasarow, “a Berkeley High student was driving on Bancroft and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The student lost control of the car, and it struck several parked cars on the eastern side of MLK Jr. Way. In one of the parked cars was another student, who was taken to the hospital with possible injuries. Berkeley Police Officers responded to the scene immediately and the Berkeley High School Health Center provided medical care for the student who was in the parked car at the time of the collisions.”  … Continue reading »

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2 stabbed, 1 sought after dispute at Berkeley park

A police officer responding to the stabbing at the park crashed into a vehicle at University and Acton, police said. Photo: Daniel McPartlan
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Scroll to the bottom of this story for a July 12 clarification from BPD about how the crash pictured above came to pass. 

Two people were sent to the hospital Saturday after a stabbing at a Berkeley park next to the popular downtown farmers market.

One man was stabbed in the chest, and received injuries that appeared potentially life threatening, and another had a cut to the arm.

One local resident asked Berkeleyside to find out what had taken place after she saw “multiple police cars, yellow crime scene tape everywhere and … someone loaded into an ambulance” at the park. Others noted the increased police presence and wanted to know more.Continue reading »

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BFD responds to machinery fire in West Berkeley

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Many locals spotted the significant plume of smoke caused by a fire in a West Berkeley paint booth Monday morning. Continue reading »

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