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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 »
The city of Berkeley has brought back its popular “free dumpster” program to turn a neighborhood desire for free garbage hauling into a passion for disaster preparedness activities.
To increase community participation in disaster planning and public safety, neighborhoods that regularly collaborate with the city’s emergency planning programs will be eligible to reserve a 16-cubic-yard dumpster without a fee. … Continue reading »
The San Jose-based construction company that employed a man killed during a work-related accident last August in Berkeley has been fined more than $20,000 for two related safety violations authorities said led to the man’s death.
The state Division of Occupational Safety & Health, OSHA, concluded its five-month investigation into the man’s death Jan. 30, Berkeleyside learned Wednesday.
OSHA issued two citations totaling $23,200 to the Robert A. Bothman Construction in connection with the alleged safety violations, which include not keeping under “positive control” the three-axle dump truck that crushed 62-year-old Oscar Marquez of Livermore on Aug. 27 while he was working on the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School track renovation project. … Continue reading »
The life of Anthony Frank Nunes, 54, a Berkeley firefighter who died in an off-duty accident on Feb. 23, will be celebrated on Sunday March 9.
Nunes, who would have celebrated his 28th year with the Berkeley Fire Department last month, was killed on Sunday Feb. 23 after the tractor he was driving on his family property in Martinez overturned and rolled down a steep hill.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong described Nunes as having a personality that would always light up a … Continue reading »
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Feb. 13-19, there were four burglary reports, 27 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and seven stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Six 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.
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Thursday, Feb. 13
Someone reportedly brandished a weapon in the 2100 block of Cedar Street at 7:40 a.m.
A home burglary was reported at 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Vincente Avenue. … Continue reading »
[See details of the memorial service for Tony Nunes at the foot of this story.]
Berkeley firefighters are mourning the loss of their colleague, 54-year-old Tony Nunes, who died over the weekend in an accident on his family property in Martinez.
Nunes, who would have celebrated his 28th year with the department today, was killed on Sunday Feb. 23 after the tractor he was driving overturned and rolled down a steep hill at about 6:40 p.m. He died at the scene, according to California Highway Patrol who are investigating the accident.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said Berkeley firefighters were informed of the details of his passing today and the department is focused on helping to support the needs of Nunes’ family which has a legacy of public service.
“It’s going to be a tough week for the fire department,” Chief Dong said Monday. “As we grieve we encourage people to take a moment and think about Tony’s family.”
Dong described Nunes as having a personality that would always light up a room. He always had a smile on his face, he said. … Continue reading »
Authorities responded to significant flooding in the area of California and Parker streets in Berkeley on Friday afternoon after what has been reported to be a water main breakage.
Crews from EBMUD and the Berkeley Fire Department were on scene from around 5 p.m. working to turn off the water supply in the area. Communications between authorities heard on the scanner suggested Public Works was asked to bring sandbags. … Continue reading »
A two-alarm fire over the weekend in the Milvia Street building occupied by a popular Berkeley spa caused up to $100,000 in damage, temporarily closed the operation and displaced six residents, authorities said Monday.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, just after noon, the Berkeley Fire Department responded to a report of “black smoke coming out of the windows” at 1947 Milvia St., a two-story building just north of University Avenue with apartments over commercial spaces, said Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb via email.
Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building. A working fire was declared, and the incident was upgraded to a two-alarm assignment, said Webb. It took approximately 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. … Continue reading »
UPDATE, Feb. 18, 3:55 p.m.: Berkeley Police say the young man who committed suicide on the Berkeley High campus was 21-year-old Michael B. Hamilton. There is nothing to suggest that the death wasn’t a suicide, said BPD Officer Jennifer Coats. Hamilton does not appear to be have connection to BHS, she added. Hamilton’s family, who are in Oregon, have been notified of the death. Hamilton’s last address was in Placerville.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man was found dead on the Berkeley High School campus on Monday, Feb. 17, when the school was closed for Presidents Day holiday.
Berkeley police said they responded to a report of a possible suicide at Berkeley High at approximately 2:14 p.m. on Monday.
BPD and the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the scene. A male, who appeared to be in his early 20s was discovered and it appeared he had hanged himself, according to a statement released by BPD at around 8:30 p.m. Monday. … Continue reading »
[Editor's Note: Scroll to the bottom of this story for updates.]
Berkeley Police are responding to the 1800 block of Fourth Street after receiving reports of a man who is possibly high on drugs and breaking out windows from the second story of a building.
Berkeleyside has requested information from the Police Department.
According to unconfirmed scanner traffic, police were called to Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street shopping district for a report of two people who seemed suspicious and were checking the locks of a business near 1820 Fourth at 8:31 p.m. … Continue reading »
In recent months, Berkeleyside has heard from multiple residents who still believe they can listen to what’s happening with local police calls on their phones or online.
Said one, in response to an email alert that went out to a neighborhood group in January, which listed a previously active online channel as a good resource: “I have … been tuned into the internet scanner feed given out in the email. I have not heard one thing. Perhaps I have not tuned in and listened long enough to hear any calls come over the airways.”
Other readers have said they use a cell phone app to tune in, or suggested various web links, in response to crime stories Berkeleyside has posted. Wrote one on Facebook last year: “Anyone can listen in to the BPD and BFD radio feeds,” which was followed by a link to a site that hosts scanner chatter.
But, in fact, Berkeley frequencies are now part of a regional “trunked” system, which means members of the public can no longer hear them via the means that may be easiest. (Very limited Berkeley Fire Department broadcasts are still available online, but do not represent all the department’s traffic.)
In December, Berkeleyside made the $400+ investment to purchase a scanner to monitor local frequencies to help track important public safety incidents for our readers. It’s already led to exclusive reports on several local crime stories. … Continue reading »
A Berkeley man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting another man with pepper spray during a fight over parking, authorities said Monday.
Thursday, Jan. 23, shortly before 7 p.m., the two men got into a verbal altercation over parking on Delaware Street near Walnut Street, said officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman, in response to an inquiry from Berkeleyside.
“As the victim was seated in his vehicle, the suspect sprayed a substance in the victim’s face,” said Coats, via email. Police believe the substance was pepper spray. … Continue reading »
A man was found dead in Codornices Park on Sunday after being discovered by a person walking through the North Berkeley park.
Berkeley Police say they received a call at around 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 19 of a “possible deceased subject” in Codornices Park. The caller reported finding a man who appeared to be sleeping, according to BPD spokesperson Officer Jennifer Coats. The caller attempted to check on him, but he was unresponsive. … Continue reading »