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Berkeley kicks off Adeline corridor improvements push

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Coming up later this year, the city of Berkeley has pledged to focus some of its resources on the Adeline Street corridor in South Berkeley to address chronic problems and try to capitalize on the momentum of improvements already underway.

Last weekend, city staff and officials held a public meeting at the South Berkeley Senior Center to begin to brainstorm with local residents and merchants what some of the local priorities are.

Mayor Tom Bates, Councilman Max Anderson and city manager Christine Daniel were in attendance, along with nearly 10 other city staffers, and more than 30 members of the public, said Charles Burress from the mayor’s office. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 2 after man brandishes gun in laundromat

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Police arrested two people Sunday after responding to a report of a man with a gun at the Washingtown Coin Wash laundromat at 3215 Adeline St. (at Fairview) in South Berkeley.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said the call came in at 1:49 p.m. and many police officers responded. It is estimated there were as many as 15 cruisers on the scene at one point. … Continue reading »

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Alleged Berkeley wedding ring robber arrested, charged

Over the past six months, there have been at least six reported robberies at Woolsey and Tremont streets in Berkeley, and six others in the immediate vicinity. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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Authorities have charged an Oakland man — reported to have taken a wedding ring off a man’s finger while holding a gun on him during a robbery in South Berkeley in mid-January — with three felony counts, according to court records.

Damien Scipio, 21, has been charged with second-degree robbery and grand theft, two counts, by the Alameda County district attorney’s office. (He also was identified in court papers as Damienantonio Nickalai Scipio.) Berkeley Police picked up Scipio at his West Oakland home on a warrant Jan. 23, which stemmed from their investigation into a robbery near the Ashby BART station the prior week.

In that case, the victim told Berkeleyside he had been walking home into North Oakland when three men robbed him near Woolsey and Tremont streets in South Berkeley shortly after 8 p.m. on Jan. 14. One man, later identified as Scipio, held a gun on him, while the other men held his arms and took his property. After taking his phone and his bag, the men walked away and told him to walk in the other direction. But then the man with the gun came back and took the victim’s wedding ring off his finger, at the urging of his accomplices. … Continue reading »

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Violent threats, man with knife reports scare neighbors

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Twice in just four days this month, Berkeley Police officers received reports of suspicious men in the Halcyon neighborhood in a small cul-de-sac near Ashby and Telegraph avenues.

In one of the incidents, a man was arrested after threatening to kill a woman who was returning home with her dog to the 3000 block of Halcyon Court. No one was arrested in the other case, which had happened several days prior, and police do not know whether the same man was involved in both incidents, said officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. … Continue reading »

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South Berkeley robberies on the rise near Ashby BART

There have been at least 14 reported robberies around the Ashby BART station in the past 60 days, with several others also in the vicinity. At least seven of the robberies near the BART station involved firearms. Image: CrimeMapping
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Armed robbers have been targeting the South Berkeley neighborhood east of the Ashby BART station in recent months, with a spike in robbery reports since mid-November.

Over the past 60 days, there have been at least 28 robberies reported in the area between Adeline Street and Telegraph Avenue — between Ashby and Alcatraz avenues — in South Berkeley and North Oakland. (That number includes several reports just outside those borders.)

From mid-July to mid-September, there were six reports in that area, according to crime statistics posted online by local police agencies. During the next two months there were seven robberies reported in the vicinity. Most of those incidents, from both periods, took place in Berkeley. Then, from mid-November through mid-January, there were 15 reports, split nearly equally between Berkeley and Oakland. At least eight of those involved firearms. (One of those incidents happened Tuesday and does not yet appear as part of the available data set.)  … Continue reading »

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Police join forces on Berkeley-Oakland robbery series

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Berkeley Police Department has started a joint patrol with BART Police and is collaborating with the Oakland Police Department to investigate a rash of armed robberies involving stolen cars that have been concentrated within a few blocks of each other on the North Oakland-South Berkeley border near Ashby BART station.

Berkeley Police believe three robberies that happened in Berkeley may be related, based on the similar descriptions of the suspects, the modus operandi and the location of the crimes, and they are working with OPD to determine if any of several North Oakland robberies connect to the Berkeley ones. “We are sharing information to determine any possible connections and are following leads as they develop,” said BPD spokesperson Officer Jennifer Coats.

Because of the proximity of the crimes to Ashby BART station, BPD has started to partner with a BART officer focusing on crime prevention in the area, “similar to its program with UCPD regarding robbery suppression patrol,” they said. … Continue reading »

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Pregnant woman robbed at gunpoint in South Berkeley

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A pregnant woman was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning a block east of Ashby BART station in Berkeley. Police believe the suspects who mugged her may have committed several similar robberies in the area in quick succession that morning. And they come in the wake of a rash of robberies and car jackings over the past two weeks in this South Berkeley-North Oakland border area.

On Monday morning, Jen Boynton was walking from her home in Oakland to the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley, as she does most days to catch the train to work.

Boynton, who is seven months’ pregnant, was walking west on Woolsey Street and was crossing Tremont Street at about 9:30 a.m. when she noticed a car parked south of the intersection. A man got out of the car, crossed the intersection, and approached her. He pulled out a “serious-looking” gun and demanded she give him her backpack. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man shot Sunday night at Ashby Flea Market

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A 21-year-old Berkeley man was shot and injured Sunday night at the Ashby Flea Market and Ashby BART shut down for the evening.

BART police received multiple reports of gunfire at 5:54 p.m., according to BART Lt. Paul Qwan. When BART and Berkeley police arrived on the scene, however, no victim could be found, he said. The victim later took himself to an area hospital. He is in stable condition and was conscious and could talk when police arrived, according to BART Detective Sgt. Tom Smith. His injuries did not appear life-threatening. … 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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[This story was updated after publication. Scroll down for details.]

Police have arrested one of two suspects in the case of an attempted armed robbery and severe pistol whipping of 50-year-old Berkeley resident David Thornton on Feb. 10 this year.

Berkeleyside reported on the attack and reaction from the community in the South Berkeley neighborhood where the attack occurred in March. Thornton was heading to his home from Ashby BART, after spending the evening in San Francisco, when he was ambushed by two men. He was so badly beaten with a gun on his chest and face that he sustained multiple facial fractures. The assailants fled without stealing anything. Thornton was left to crawl home bleeding profusely.

Thornton’s attack was one of six robberies that took place in South Berkeley in a three-week period between January 22 and February 11.

The city of Berkeley Police Department confirmed to Berkeleyside that it had made an arrest in the case, but could not at this point provide further details.

Update, 10:20 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department released the following information to Berkeleyside:

“On May 5, 2011, members of the City of Berkeley Robbery Detail served a search warrant in the 1600 block of Russell Street during which they arrested Terryl Lynn Rucker, a 23 year old male of Berkeley. He was positively identified as the suspect in the February 10, 2011 attempted armed robbery and pistol whipping of a 50 year old Berkeley man. The crime happened in the 3100 block of Ellis Street at about 11:29 p.m. during which the victim suffered significant facial injuries at the hands of the suspect.

“The Alameda County District Attorney (DA) charged Rucker with the Ellis Street robbery and another attempted robbery of a couple that occurred just moments later at Prince and Harper Streets. In addition, he was charged with a February 25, 2011 robbery. In that robbery in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street, a man was walking at about 7:05 p.m. when he was confronted by two suspects and was robbed of a laptop and an iPhone. The victim in that case sustained some minor injuries to his face and complaint of pain. He declined medical assessment and treatment at the scene.

“During the search warrant on Russell Street, detectives found cocaine base and marijuana, both quantities consistent for sales of both. (violations of H&S11351.5 and H&S11359) The second suspect in the cases has not been identified and/or arrested.

“BPD is always concerned about the possibility of compromise of any other related investigations, in the City of Berkeley and/or neighboring communities, thus at times we do not share suspect arrests right away.”

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