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Police report 2 robberies with guns near UC campus

According to CrimeMapping.com, there were 12 reported robberies in Berkeley from March 21-27. Click the map for a list of locations and times.
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Robbers with guns struck twice near campus this week, and the University of California Police Department released information on both incidents. Twelve other incidents have been reported in recent days; click the map above for details.

On Monday, at about 7:40 p.m., a 19-year-old man was walking near Warring Street and Dwight Way when two males approached him. One of them, who had a gun, demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied and the suspects fled in a dark blue minivan. Police looked for the suspects but were unable to find them.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police investigate gunshot at Ed Roberts Campus

Gunshot at Ed Roberts Campus, Nov. 29, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The Ed Roberts Campus near the Ashby BART station has been locked and closed for the day following a report of a gunshot inside one of the building’s public restrooms.

A sign on the doors as of about 3:15 p.m. informed people that the campus, at 3075 Adeline St., will re-open tomorrow. Those inside will be able to leave but people not on campus have been emailed not to come to the site. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police nab 3 after robbery south of Cal campus

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A traffic stop by Berkeley Police officers early Sunday morning led to the arrest of three young men police say are responsible for an armed robbery south of campus late last week.

Friday at 12:37 a.m., police received a call about a robbery at Carleton and Dana streets, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, on Wednesday.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police: Gunshots on Harmon and more

Police arrested this man April 5 in connection with a robbery south of campus. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Earlier this year, the Berkeley Police Department relaunched its monthly newsletter to let community members know about notable arrests and incidents, as well as crime prevention tips and safety resources. Along with beat maps and police contacts for each neighborhood, the newsletter highlights arrests and open cases in Berkeley from the prior month. The fifth edition of the newsletter came out in May. Scroll down for highlights. … Continue reading »

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School committee finalizes report in wake of guns

A Berkeley High safety officer stands by a gate before the start of classess, part of a series of measures to reduce the number of guns on campus. PHoto: Frances Dinkelspiel
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In a small conference room on the second floor of old City Hall, a group of school administrators, parents, students, police and safety officers have met regularly over the past nine weeks to debate how to tackle the issue of guns at Berkeley High.

They have talked about the colors gang members wear – and whether gangs pose an issue at the school. They have argued about whether to close the campus, and how a cafeteria equipped to hold 500 would serve 3,200 students a day. They have talked about making school security officers more identifiable, how to encourage students to wear ID badges, and how teaching students about the dangers of guns might be critical to stopping the presence of weapons on campus. They have agreed that metal detectors just won’t work. … Continue reading »

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A 17-year-old Berkeley High student who was involved in an incident in which a gun was fired in a men’s bathroom on campus on March 22 was spotted on school grounds Monday, despite him having been expelled. BUSD spokesperson Mark Coplan said the student was seen at around midday by Berkeley High security staff who called the police to have him removed. By the time Berkeley police officers arrived on the scene, the student had disappeared.

The BUSD Board will be considering proposals to tackle guns on campus at its Wednesday night meeting at 7:30pm in the school board chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

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Berkeley releases safety plan to reduce guns at schools

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The Berkeley Unified School District released a plan on Tuesday to improve security at the high school, but didn’t address one of the major recommendations made by the police – to put security officers in uniform.

The district will pay to have a police officer on campus five days a week instead of four; accelerate training for security officers; hire an independent agency to examine the district’s security procedures; create an ad hoc committee to examine whether to partially close the campus and require students to display identification badges; and install internal locks on classroom doors, among other changes. The measures will cost the district $89,000, according to the report.

But the long list of changes do not address concerns raised by the Berkeley Police Department in a letter sent to Superintendent Bill Huyett on March 31. In the correspondence, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said his “top recommendation” for the security program is to put safety officers in uniform. … Continue reading »

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Gunshot fired at Berkeley High School, no injuries

The bullet hole that was made in the wall of a portable classroom at BHS this morning.
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A gun was fired on campus at Berkeley High School this morning at around 8:45 a.m. A bullet went through the wall of a portable classroom from where the round was fired.

Two suspects, at least one of whom was a BHS student, were detained by the Berkeley Police Department and the school’s security staff at around 10:18 a.m., following a pursuit. The weapon has not been found, according to BPD spokesperson Sgt Mary Kusmiss.

At 8:45 a.m., a BUSD-employed … Continue reading »

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Berkeley schools implement $2M safety plan

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When gun violence in the school’s neighborhood forced LeConte Elementary School to go on lockdown earlier this month, second grade teacher Pamela Diebel and her colleagues weren’t able to lock their own classrooms, and students in bathrooms and hallways missed the announcement on the loudspeaker. But the next campus in the district to go on lockdown may not face the same challenges.

The Berkeley Unified School District will immediately begin to implement a nearly $2 million school safety improvement plan approved by the school board to install new PA systems, increase the use of surveillance cameras, conduct armed intruder training for staff — and replace classroom locks so that the doors can be bolted from the inside.

“All of those improvements were ones we desired,” said Diebel. “I would’ve liked to be able to lock my door from inside.” … Continue reading »

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Student voices are missing from gun safety report

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Some significant voices are missing in the 11-page report the Ad Hoc Safety Committee prepared on how to reduce guns in Berkeley high schools: that of the students.

While two Berkeley High students sat on the committee — at least until the end of the academic year — efforts to find out and understand why students brought guns into school did not go far.

Susan Craig, the director of student services for the Berkeley Unified School District, interviewed almost all of the six Berkeley students who were caught with guns and asked them why they brought weapons on campus. None of them were particularly forthcoming about their reasons, she told the safety committee.

The district also enlisted the aid of Pastor Michael McBride of BOCA, a faith-based  action committee, to hold focus groups with students to discuss guns on campus. While those conversations happened, McBride did not provide a summary of those discussions to the committee, despite repeated phone calls asking for the information by Craig and Superintendent Bill Huyett.

McBride was not paid for his efforts, but in late May the school district approved a  $15,0000 contract with Lifelines to Healing, an anti-violence mentoring program promoted by BOCA. (Note 7/1/11: McBride said BOCA will not benefit financially from this contract and is in fact, donating $10,000 to the overall project.)

A survey conducted by the safety consultant Al Bahn of Edu-Safe Associates only garnered one student response. … Continue reading »

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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts



Berkeley boy is “getting real” in the Whole Foods parking lot Berkeley High alum David Wittman (class of ’92) pokes fun at a familiar experience for many Berkeleyans, and his music video, above, goes viral (1.2 million views on YouTube and counting)
Five restaurant’s Executive Chef Banks White: “Berkeley keeps me on my toes” Banks White turned down a job as line cook at Chez Panisse (“I didn’t realize there was a long line for jobs at Chez”) and is now cooking up a storm at downtown’s fashionable Five.
Berkeley street style: Geeky good spectacles Berkeleyside launches a style column (really) with Dana Smith scouting the streets for fashionable folk. First up: trendy eyewear.
Over poached eggs and Acme toast, First Lady seeks campaign support Berkeleyside was at the fundraising breakfast at the Claremont Hotel Tuesday where Michelle Obama told the crowd her daughter Malia refers to her dad’s job as “this President thing”. [See our first Storify story too.]
School committee finalizes report in wake of guns At the end of the academic year, we report on where the school district has got to in addressing the issue of guns on campus and safety at Berkeley High.
The artist who gives Shotgun Players its visual punch You may not know his name, but you’ll probably know his work — R. Black is the man behind the art on the walls of Ashby Stage, and much more.

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This is just a small selection of the stories Berkeleyside has published in the past week. We have literally dozens of stories on our to-do list every week — stories on education, crime, development and culture that directly impact all of us who live in Berkeley.

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BUSD moves ahead on tackling weapons at Berkeley High

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The BUSD Board last night approved expenditure of $89,000 to boost security and staff training at Berkeley High following the recent spate of guns on campus. It also heard from Director of Student Services, Susan Craig, and Principal, Pasquale Scuderi, on what measures had been taken so far, and those that were planned in response to the incidents.

In presenting its “Response to Weapons on Campus” report, Scuderi said the school was “mapping out the smartest way to deploy … Continue reading »

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Is Berkeley High safe? Parents debate the question

Community theater at Berkeley High School
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In the middle of a meeting called to discuss guns and safety at Berkeley High School, the deputy district attorney in charge of Alameda County’s juvenile division stood up and announced that the community is not being realistic about how dangerous a place it is.

“I have seen the police report of every single person arrested at Berkeley High School this year,” Matthew Golde, the senior deputy district attorney for Alameda County’s juvenile justice center told a crowd of about 400 people at the Berkeley High School Community Theater. “Let me tell you the reality of the danger.”

Golde went on to say that in addition to the four gun-related arrests made last week, armed robbery is rampant at the school.  Students routinely bring weapons and use them to strong-arm people on campus, at the park across the street, and on Shattuck Avenue. And groups of BHS kids regularly burglarize houses. … Continue reading »

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