From triumph to tragedy and back again, we present the 10 biggest stories published by Berkeleyside this year.
Update, 8:40 p.m.: BFD and BPD issued a Nixle alert around 7 p.m. saying that the incident at Bayer was over. “All ammonia readings back to zero,” it states. “No release to atmosphere. Property back under Bayer control. Incident terminated at approximately 6:30 p.m. No report on cause at this time.”
Berkeley may be a city known more for its brown-shingle and craftsman homes, but it also has its share of mega-mansions, many of them built at the turn of the 20th century by developers converting empty subdivisions into elegant, tree-lined neighborhoods.
Berkeley Police issued a Nixle alert Wednesday asking for the community’s help to find Berkeley resident Olya Segal, 51, who was last seen on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 24.
UC Berkeley held a vigil Thursday at noon to honor the memory of five people with university ties who lost their lives in Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire last week.
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Berkeley Police are investigating evidence of gunfire in the middle of the afternoon Tuesday in the area of Seventh Street and Channing Way.
A train struck and killed a man in Berkeley on Saturday at 3:15 p.m., according to Berkeley police. Traffic in the area was delayed as a result.
The city cleared out a homeless encampment that had set up just north of City Hall Friday at around 5:15 a.m. The move came the day after the city said feces were spread, over a period of 24 hours, at various places on or near City Hall. The city also reported problematic behavior from campers including public masturbation and offensive chalk messages on the sidewalks.
A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Berkeley’s Old City Hall Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to watch Jesse Arreguín and three new council members — Cheryl Davila (District 2), Ben Bartlett (District 3) and Sophie Hahn (District 5) — be sworn in to office.
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