Category Archives: Police
A woman who went missing from the North Berkeley Senior Center on Friday, whose whereabouts were unknown for approximately seven hours, was reunited with her family Friday night after being spotted by an observant passer-by who was on her way home from work, authorities said.
Seventy-year-old Frances Green, who has Stage 4 Alzheimer’s, walked out of the senior center, at 1901 Hearst Ave., and disappeared just before 1 p.m. Friday.
Authorities were alerted to her absence and began keeping watch for her around Berkeley. Police printed fliers with information about Green and distributed them to nearby agencies, and informed community members in the area what to watch out for.
When Green remained missing despite initial efforts, the Berkeley Police Department also sent out an alert via the California Highway Patrol’s “Silver” network — similar to the Amber alert system but for seniors — and activated an alert network connected to the medical response system.
Some residents in the area were also notified by phone via the city’s emergency notification network, BENS. Several tips about possible sightings of Green came in to dispatchers, as well as calls from residents who were annoyed or confused about what the notification meant, and whether it was authentic.
In addition to those efforts, police called in four search dogs from the volunteer Alameda County Search and Rescue team to help try to find Green. Many of her family members responded to the area too, walking nearby Berkeley streets to try to find Green throughout the evening. … Continue reading »
Original story, 7:20 p.m. Police are asking for the community’s help to find an at-risk woman missing out of Berkeley since early afternoon Friday.
Frances Green, 70, has stage 4 Alzheimer’s and has been missing since about 12:55 p.m. when she walked out of the North Berkeley Senior Center.
Green is described as a light-complexioned Hispanic woman with a medium build, short gray cropped hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing a camel-colored fleece jacket, black pants and navy blue shoes. She was not wearing her glasses, according to police. … Continue reading »
Berkeley residents who participate in community crime prevention efforts met with police this week to share concerns and learn about recent crime trends.
Block captains and members of the Berkeley Safe Neighborhoods Committee shared updates on everything from break-ins and vehicle thefts to thoughts about a recent homicide.
Aggressive door knockers, a new approach underway by police to deal with residential alarms, recurring auto burglaries and tips about surveillance cameras were among the issues discussed by neighbors Monday night. … 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 family of the young man who died of an apparent suicide at Berkeley High School on Monday told Berkeleyside this week they were not sure how he had ended up there, and said he had been struggling in recent years with drug addiction.
Authorities identified the 21-year-old as Michael B. Hamilton, whose last known address was in Placerville. Police said Hamilton’s family is based in Oregon.
Hamilton’s mother, Erma, shared a photograph of her son with Berkeleyside on Thursday.
She said his family in Oregon is struggling with his death, and isn’t sure why he chose Berkeley High as the place to end his life.
She said he had been dealing with drug addiction over the past few years, adding, “He had an extremely hard hand of life. He was my shining star filled with some darkness!” … 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 »
Berkeley police used excessive force when attempting to arrest Kayla Moore and declined to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when she stopped breathing because they considered her transgender status as something objectionable, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday.
At least one Berkeley Police officer who responded to reports of a disturbance at Moore’s apartment at the Gaia Building on Allston Way on Feb. 13, 2013, referred to Moore as “it,” according to the lawsuit. … Continue reading »
One year after Kayla Moore died during a police investigation into a disturbance at her downtown Berkeley home, family members and supporters are still fighting for what they say are needed changes in how local authorities handle mental health crises throughout the city.
A rally and vigil for Moore are planned Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Gaia Apartments, at 2116 Allston Way, where Moore had lived in the months preceding her death. That event will be followed at 7 p.m. by a “speakout” before the city’s Police Review Commission at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.
Next week, a two-day commission hearing on the circumstances surrounding Moore’s death is expected to conclude with a vote, or votes, related to what happened after police responded to Moore’s home just before midnight Feb. 12, 2013, when a friend of Moore’s, concerned about her mental and physical state, called police for help. Neither the hearing nor its outcome is open to the public because it’s considered a personnel matter, which is protected by confidentiality laws. … 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 »
South Berkeley residents near King and Prince streets reported a heavy law enforcement presence Friday night, along with the sound of helicopters in the area of the Ashby BART station around 7:45 p.m.
Residents in the area reported a helicopter and “lots of police” in South Berkeley.
One resident said the activity was centered around the 3100 block of King Street, where a car had been abandoned near Malcolm X Elementary School.
Residents who reached the Berkeley Police Department were told that the CHP was involved in a pursuit in the area. … Continue reading »
Officers are looking for a driver reported to have struck a pedestrian in South Berkeley on Sunday night, leaving him with major leg injuries, before fleeing the area in a red vintage car, authorities said.
Just before 8:20 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department Communications Center received a call reporting a man down in the roadway at the intersection of Sacramento and Russell streets, said Berkeley Police Lt. David Frankel, via email.
Officers responded and arrived on scene within minutes. They found a man injured in the street.
Officers learned the victim had been struck by a car as he walked eastbound across Sacramento in the crosswalk. … Continue reading »