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Concord man captured, after CHP chase into Berkeley, has history of erratic driving, high-profile arrests

Police officers on Hearst Avenue get a police dog ready to search for the driver of a stolen vehicle, in Berkeley, early Monday, May 18, 2015. Police began chasing the vehicle in Concord, late Sunday, at times going the wrong way on the freeway and city streets. Photo: David Yee
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A Concord man who drove the wrong way on the freeway, and fled from authorities after causing a traffic collision in Berkeley on May 18, was arrested early Wednesday morning.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Jerome Wingert, 32, at around 3:10 a.m. at a Berkeley hotel. The arrest was made by CHP officers with assistance from Berkeley police, according to CHP spokesman Officer Clayton Nett. The exact location of the arrest was not available.

Wingert was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest in a reckless manner, auto theft and driving the wrong way on a freeway, along with a warrant for violating parole.

Wingert has been involved in at least two other high-profile pursuits with Bay Area law enforcement agencies over the past seven years, according to media reports.

The recent chase began on Sunday, May 17, in Concord when police there spotted Wingert in a stolen Honda Accord at 11:30 p.m., according to Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, a CHP spokesman. The driver evaded officers, traveling in the wrong direction on the freeway for about 30 miles, before he crashed in North Berkeley, injuring Zaya Yaro, 45, from Santa Clara, the occupant of a vehicle he caused to overturn on Hearst Avenue. … Continue reading »

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After home invasion, Berkeley resident says: Lock up

Berkeley Police cruiser. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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A Berkeley resident surprised at home by several intruders Friday afternoon reminds the community to lock up over the holiday weekend.

The woman was home in the 100 block of Hillcrest Road in the Claremont neighborhood when the burglars came inside. She shared the news with neighbors over a local Yahoo email list.

“Our house was broken into around 3:10 this afternoon while I was home,” she wrote. “The intruders got spooked when our dogs barked and they realized I was there.” … Continue reading »

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Man charged with ‘rape by use of drugs’ in Berkeley

There have been 30 sex crimes reported to the Berkeley Police Department this year. Source: CrimeMapping.com
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A Vallejo man has been charged with rape by use of drugs after a coworker said he had sex with her when she blacked out after celebrating her birthday in Berkeley earlier this month.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Paris Kapree Anderson, 28, on Monday with rape by use of drugs in connection with the incident May 10.

According to court papers, Anderson admitted during a phone call to having sex with the woman on the side of the road in the back of his car after the birthday celebration.

The incident was listed as having taken place at 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue, between Carleton and Parker streets.

Police wrote that Anderson described the woman, during the phone call, as “so drunk that he had to carry her out of the bar.” He also said during the call, according to police, “that she was too drunk to move from the back seat into the front seat after having sex.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, May 7-13

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for 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. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern.

From May 7-13, there were reports of six robberies18 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also seven stolen vehicles10 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were no significant reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, May 7

There were three disturbance calls: at 1:57 a.m. at Grant Street and Allston Way; at 6:20 a.m. at Milvia Street and Bancroft Way; and at 12:37 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.

There were two commercial burglaries, at 3:54 a.m. in the 1100 block of Virginia Street, and at 4 p.m. in the 2400 block of Webster Street.

There was a robbery at 5:30 a.m. at Acton and Delaware streets.

There was a home burglary at 8 a.m. at an unlisted location.

A community member was walking her dog in the 700 block of Spruce Street at 12:30 p.m. when a female deer became aggressive and charged her, ultimately kicking her and knocking her to the ground, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. The woman reported minor injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

A vehicle was stolen at 3 p.m. in the 1700 block of Virginia.

A woman told the BART Police her $320 Big Shot bicycle was stolen while secured with a U-lock at the bicycle racks at Ashby Station between 6:15 a.m. and about 6 p.m.
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Hunt in Berkeley after man in stolen car drives wrong way on freeway for 30 miles, crashes, flees

CHP officers pursued a stolen vehicle into Berkeley early Monday. Photo: David Davenport
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Update: 11:20 a.m. The California Highway Patrol is still looking for the suspect in this case. CHP Oakland spokesman Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said the agency has some leads which it is pursuing. Wilkenfeld also confirmed that the victim involved in the vehicle collision on Hearst Avenue was Zaya Yaro, 45, from Santa Clara.

Update, 4:30 a.m. A stolen vehicle pursuit that began near Concord, with the driver traveling the wrong direction on the freeway for about 30 miles, ended with a crash in Berkeley around midnight, but authorities are still trying to find the driver. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 4/30-5/6

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for 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. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern.

From April 30 to May 6, there were reports of 17 robberies20 burglaries14 assaults or batteries, three weapon-involved calls and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles11 disturbances and 33 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were no significant reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD). These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, April 30

There was a commercial burglary at 3:27 a.m. in the 3000 block of Adeline Street.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of Campus Drive, and at 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue.

There were two disturbance calls, at 11:12 a.m. in the 2900 block of Garber Street, and at 8:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue.

There were two robberies, at 11:47 a.m. at Virginia and Acton streets, and at 9:55 p.m. at Dwight Way and Milvia Street.

There was a home burglary at 11:48 a.m. in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. … Continue reading »

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Robbers caught after police chase through Berkeley

Police recovered this vehicle after a robbery and chase Friday. Photo: Citizen reporter
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Update, May 13: Police have released the names of the three people arrested in this incident. A male suspect is still at-large. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats identified the three as Kenneth De Arman, 18, of Oakland, Kameron Caine, 18, of Berkeley and a 17-year-old girl from Oakland. They were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and being an accessory to a felony. De Arman also was arrested on suspicion of robbery and hit and run.

Original story, May 11: Police detained three people, but are still looking for a fourth, after a robbery near Berkeley High School on Friday afternoon.

According to Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, police responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery near Bancroft Way and McKinley Street on Friday just after 3:45 p.m.

The suspects left the scene in a red sedan, but an officer spotted the car leaving, and followed it.

The occupants led police on a chase through town, but ultimately stopped on Acton Street north of Carleton Street in South Berkeley, then fled on foot.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 23-29

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for 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. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern.

From April 23-29, there were reports of three robberies20 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also eight stolen vehicles16 disturbances and 37 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a burglary and a sex crime. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

Thursday, April 23

There were two commercial burglaries, at 12:27 a.m. in the 800 block of Bolivar Drive, and at 3:12 a.m. in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 8 a.m. in the 2800 block of Forest Avenue, and at 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Arcade Avenue.

There was a home burglary at 8:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Channing Way.

There were two disturbance calls, at 8:40 a.m. at Ninth and Page streets, and at 6:52 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue.

UCPD detained a 35-year-old man at about 1:30 p.m. in University Village in Albany, at Red Oak Avenue and Sixth Street, on suspicion of indecent exposure. He was ordered to stay away from university property for seven days.

Police arrested Trina Christopher, 49, on suspicion of possession of a firearm. She is no longer in custody but is scheduled to return to court May 12 to enter a plea.

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Berkeley neighbors take on ‘noisy and drunken parties’

A student is taken care of by BFD. Image: ABC 7’s I-Team
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Dozens of concerned neighbors met Monday night at the Berkeley Police Department to strategize about how to cut down on “noisy and drunken disturbances,” particularly in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood.

The city of Berkeley is working on an ordinance to try to curtail problematic behavior, which has at times taxed the city’s emergency services and overwhelmed its main emergency room. The ordinance has been scheduled twice to come before the Berkeley City Council in recent weeks, but has now been delayed for consideration until the fall to allow stakeholders in the university community to weigh in.

In the interim, the Berkeley Safe Neighborhoods Committee — which hosted Monday night’s meeting — is bringing local residents into the discussion. At the end of the meeting, attendees agreed to form a working group to try to ensure that their views and input are part of the city process.

Jim Hynes, assistant to Berkeley’s city manager, told the group of about 30 that the city decided to consider expanding existing laws about mini-dorms to all group living accommodations following media attention to the issue, as well as concerns expressed by the Alta Bates emergency room.

“There were weekends where 50-75% of their emergency beds were filled with drunk students,” he said, forcing the hospital to divert other incoming patients to Highland and Summit hospitals in Oakland. “There were times when they couldn’t divert, and had to set up, essentially, disaster triage areas for drunk students.” … Continue reading »

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Panhandlers arrested after double stabbing on Telegraph

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Two panhandlers were arrested early Saturday morning after police say they stabbed two bar patrons on Telegraph Avenue.

According to a statement released by the University of California Police Department, officers responded to a call at about 1:40 a.m. about an assault with a knife that had just taken place on Telegraph.

Two men were leaving a bar near Telegraph and Channing Way when two panhandlers approached them.

“An altercation ensued and the panhandlers stabbed the two bar patrons,” according to UCPD.

Both men were taken to Highland Hospital to be treated for their injuries. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley neighbors help catch 4 teens in dramatic effort after strong-arm robbery

Brookside Avenue. Photo: Google StreetView
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Alert residents worked together Sunday afternoon to help catch four Oakland teens police say robbed an 18-year-old woman on Brookside Avenue in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood.

The dramatic incident occurred May 3 at around 12:30 p.m. and resulted in the arrest of four girls: three 16-year-olds and one 14-year-old, according to the Berkeley Police Department.

It began when a driver on Brookside witnessed a young woman being accosted by two teens on the corner of Brookside and Claremont avenues.

The 18-year-old was approached from behind by two people who grabbed her phone and started to open her backpack, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. The woman struggled over the phone with one of the robbers, then another of them struck her, Coats said. During the struggle, one of the teens grabbed a necklace from the woman, and another took her wallet from her backpack. The group fled to a waiting vehicle.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 16-22

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for 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. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern.

From April 16-22, there were reports of seven robberies16 burglariesseven assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and four sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also eight stolen vehicleseight disturbances and 39 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one call involving a weapon. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate.

Thursday, April 16

There were two home burglaries, at 1:50 p.m. in the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at 9:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Spruce Street.

There was a robbery at 2:45 p.m. at Grant Street and Channing Way.

There was a report of an injury collision at Telegraph and Ashby avenues at 3:18 p.m. that possibly involved a semi-truck and pedestrian. According to the preliminary investigation, a driver in a Volvo station wagon heading north on Telegraph was turning right onto Ashby when he struck a female pedestrian. The pedestrian’s injuries were classified as serious, but she was expected to survive, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

There was a misdemeanor sexual assault at 5 p.m. in the 2600 block of Shattuck Avenue.

A vehicle was stolen at 10 p.m. at Le Roy Avenue and Cedar Street. … Continue reading »

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5 charged after Telegraph Avenue fight leaves 3 victims

An officer keeps watch outside Pappy's on Telegraph in 2013 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Five men were charged this week after a dispute that began over a spurned dance invitation inside Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, police said.

According to court papers, the men “had possibly ‘thrown up’ gang signs and yelled that they were affiliated with a gang” before the attack. The victims told police they had no gang affiliation and had not met their assailants before that night.

Police responded Sunday at about 1:50 a.m. to reports of a large fight on the corner of Telegraph and Durant Avenue, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.

Coats said one group of people had been inside Pappy’s, at 2367 Telegraph, when members of another group approached and asked some women to dance. The women refused. According to court papers, the first group had been celebrating a birthday.

“The suspects left and there were no other issues inside the business,” Coats said.

The birthday group left and was standing on the corner when violence struck. … Continue reading »

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