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3 teens charged after robbery via gun in Berkeley

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Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the robbery of a Cal student at gunpoint south of People’s Park in Berkeley last week.

According to the University of California Police Department, the robbery took place Thursday, Aug. 7, in the 2600 block of Parker Street (near Hillegass Avenue) just after midnight.

According to a UCPD statement, the 20-year-old UC Berkeley student was walking in the area when two young men approached him.

One pointed a gun at the student, who turned over his cell phone and backpack, which held his laptop.

Berkeley Police responded to the area and stopped a vehicle whose passengers matched the description from the robbery.

Inside the car, police recovered a firearm and the student’s property. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 7/31-8/6

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list 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 July 31 to Aug. 6, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 19 burglaries26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and three stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies21 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included one arson, one sex crime and a weapons call. The BART Police also reported a robbery at gunpoint at Ashby BART, which took place Friday, Aug. 8. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, July 31

The University of California Police Department reported an incident of arson at 12:10 a.m. on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Berkeley Police arrested 24-year-old Anthony Pirini at 10 a.m. on suspicion of burglary. He remains in custody and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 12. According to the sheriff’s department, Pirini was also arrested in Emeryville in January on suspicion of second-degree robbery, battery and theft. … Continue reading »

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Update: Berkeley standoff over; man surrenders

Emergency personnel responded in significant numbers to an incident on Sixt Street and Virginia in West Berkeley today. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Aug. 11, 4 p.m. Berkeleyside has received some additional information from the Berkeley Police Department about how this call came in. Police said initial reports indicated that the man who refused to come out of the West Berkeley storage facility last week may have been armed with a “long gun,” which Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said generally means some type of rifle.

“We also had reports that the suspect made threats to burn the facility down. After he was detained, he was found in possession of several replica firearms, with the orange safety tip removed, making them appear like real guns,” Coats said via email. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Coats said no arrests have been made, and that the man who was detained may still be in the hospital.

Update, Aug. 6, 6 p.m. Via the Berkeley Police Department: The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Whether or not criminal charges will be filed remains to be determined, as investigators are still working on the case, said department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. … Continue reading »

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Animal rights activists smash Star Grocery windows

The window that was vandalized at Star Grocery on Claremont Avenue. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Two FBI agents visited Star Grocery on Claremont Avenue on Monday to investigate a broken window the government believes was smashed by animal rights activists.

The large plate glass window of the market, which has been run by the Pappas family since 1922, was smashed around 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, according to Nick Pappas, the store’s owner. He wasn’t aware of the animal rights connection until the FBI contacted him a few days later, he said. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 24-30

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list 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 July 24-30, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 18 burglaries15 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and six stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comFive robberies21 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.

We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; please let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous.

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 »

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Driver charged in vehicular manslaughter of Berkeley man is ‘legally blind’

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Update, Aug. 7: The Alameda County district attorney’s office has increased the vehicular manslaughter charge against Robert Gilchrist to a felony, according to court papers dated Aug. 7. See the complaint here. Authorities say Gilchrist struck and killed a 98-year-old pedestrian while driving in Berkeley in April.

Original story, Aug. 4: The driver charged with killing a 98-year-old former psychology professor on his daily walk in Berkeley in April had no license and told police he is “legally blind,” according to court papers that became available last week.

Robert Jack Gilchrist, 56, was charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office July 31 with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license, also a misdemeanor.

Vehicular manslaughter involves driving “in an unlawful manner, but without gross negligence,” according to court papers.

Authorities say Gilchrist, of Oakland, hit the 98-year-old Berkeley man as he walked in a crosswalk on Sacramento Street at Bancroft Way on April 4. … Continue reading »

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Update: Shooting sends Berkeley man to hospital

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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 »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 17-23

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 17-23, there were 12 burglary reports29 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 14 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two felony sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included two burglaries and two vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, July 17

A robbery was reported at 4 a.m. at University Avenue and Bonar Street.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 4:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 10-16

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 10-16, there were 16 burglary reports28 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 12 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comFour robberies15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one felony sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included three robberies, two burglaries and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, July 10

A robbery was reported at 12:06 a.m. at Grant and Delaware streets.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 8:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Eighth Street, and at 10:14 p.m. in the 1700 block of 10th Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley pair faces felony identity theft charges

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A Berkeley couple facing seven felony counts related to identity theft allegations is set to appear in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

Berkeley police arrested Albert Thomas and Juanita Roles at their southwest Berkeley apartment in the 1200 block of Haskell Street earlier this month after a search warrant turned up identity theft materials, illegal drugs, more than $2,000 in cash and more.

According to court papers, police served the search warrant July 2 at the couple’s home.

The search turned up fake credit cards and checks, at least one stolen check, a card embosser and card encoder, blank card stock and blank check stock, according to court papers.

Police also found crack cocaine packaged for sale, packaging materials, a digital scale and $2,575 in cash. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Arrest made in recent Berkeley shooting

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Police have arrested a Berkeley man in connection with a shooting June 26 that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

The Berkeley Police Department arrested 50-year-old Arthur Palmer on July 14.

Palmer is being held without bail on suspicion of attempted homicide and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday at 2 p.m.

Police said Palmer is responsible for a shooting in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue that took place just before 10 p.m. Police were called to the scene for a 38-year-old man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. … Continue reading »

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Driver to enter plea after woman hurt in hit-and-run near Berkeley’s People’s Park

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A Berkeley driver on probation for robbery — who reportedly fled in his car after knocking down a woman in the street, causing minor injuries, and hitting another vehicle as he tried to escape — is set to enter a plea in Alameda County Superior Court this week.

Authorities say James Jamell Watson-Dixon, 28, was driving on Dwight Way west of Hillegass Avenue on June 25 at 5:35 p.m. when he ran into a woman with his vehicle and knocked her to the ground, causing visible injuries and pain to her leg, according to court papers.

Before driving off, he stopped briefly and, as he did, a witness reached through his window and seized his wallet, which held Watson-Dixon’s driver’s license, among other documents. The witness later gave this to police. … Continue reading »

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Felons face drug, weapons charges after Berkeley arrest

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A Berkeley man is facing five felony counts after a probation search by Berkeley Police detectives turned up illegal drugs and four shotguns at his South Berkeley home, according to court papers.

And a man identified by police as an upstairs neighbor of his is also facing a weapons charge in connection with the case. Both men, Naeem Perry and Kahn Williams, are set for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Both men are convicted felons and no longer in custody, according to authorities. … Continue reading »

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