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Berkeley student suspended after stabbing other student

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A Berkeley High School student was suspended after stabbing a fellow student in the back Thursday. The incident happened off campus during the lunch period. The BHS senior who was injured sustained a non-life-threatening knife wound, and was in stable condition with his family Thursday afternoon, according to an email put out by BHS Principal Kristin Glenchur at around 5 p.m.

Glenchur issued the first of two emails to the Berkeley High community just before 3 p.m. She said the incident happened near Milvia Street and University Avenue. Initially it was thought the perpetrator was not affiliated with Berkeley High but, in her second email, around two hours later, Glenchur said authorities had identified a BHS student “as the person who had the knife.”

“The altercation appears to have been personal and not random,” she wrote. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police arrest man wanted after brutal attack on his mother

Randy Francis. Photo: Stockton Police
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Police officers arrested a man found in a stolen truck at the Berkeley marina who authorities say tried to kill his 86-year-old mother in Stockton earlier this month in a brutal assault.

Police have been looking for the man since the March 14 attack, which left the woman unresponsive. Doctors said initially she was not expected to survive, according to media reports.

According to a statement released Thursday by Officer Joseph Silva, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, Berkeley officers found Randy Francis in a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup Thursday morning. Police said he stole that truck when he fled the scene of the Stockton attack.

Thursday morning, Berkeley officers impounded the truck and took 55-year-old Francis into custody without incident.

According to Silva, Francis had been wanted by police in connection with the March 14 attempted homicide of his mother, which occurred at her home in the 7300 block of North Pacific Avenue in Stockton. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police detain man after reported hammer attack

Berkeley Police on scene at Oregon Street where they detained a man who was allegedly involved in a hammer attack. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Berkeley police detained a man after he was allegedly involved in an assault using a hammer Tuesday afternoon at around 4 p.m. in Central Berkeley.

Because the suspect fled from the original scene, officers set up a perimeter that stretched from Telegraph Avenue between Stuart and Oregon streets to Regent Street, according to BPD spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

Willard Middle School on Stuart Street was put on lockdown for a short time during the incident. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 5-11

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 tips@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 March 5-11, there were reports of four robberies23 burglaries12 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also seven stolen vehicles13 disturbances and 30 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one sex crime and one weapons call. 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, March 5

There were four home burglaries: at 5 a.m. in the 2700 block of Ellsworth Street; at 10 a.m. in the 1800 block of Stuart Street; at 1 p.m. in the 2100 block of Stuart; and at 1:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Mathews Street.

Police made at least three arrests at undisclosed locations around Berkeley beginning around 5:20 a.m. Those operations were reportedly part of a broader sweep by the Oakland Police Department to crack down on gang activities tied to East Oakland. Read more on Berkeleyside.

There was a disturbance at 8:59 a.m. at Jones and Second streets.

The BART Police reported the arrest of a man detained on suspicion of fare evasion at 11 a.m. at the downtown Berkeley BART station after he was found with a $20,000 warrant for threatening an officer. He was booked into Berkeley City Jail for the warrant.

There was a robbery at 8:30 p.m. at Adeline Street and Ashby Avenue.

A vehicle was stolen at 8:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Hearst Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 2/26-3/4

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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 tips@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 Feb. 26 to March 4, there were reports of five robberies28 burglaries13 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 16 stolen vehicles11 disturbances and 28 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a motor vehicle theft and one 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. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley set to require surveillance video at liquor stores

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Two young men were shot and killed near Bing’s Liquors store on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley in 2013. The homicides contributed to a recommendation this week that liquor stores in certain commercial areas of the city install or upgrade their surveillance systems within the next six months.

In the report that was given a first approval by the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday, police identified the areas of concern as downtown, University Avenue, Telegraph Avenue, San Pablo Avenue, north Shattuck Avenue, and Shattuck and Adeline.

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, who submitted the recommendation, said many liquor stores in the city already have video surveillance cameras. However they are not always maintained and there are inconsistencies in the type of systems used. He said a typical case might see the son at a family-owned business being the only one who knows how to operate the camera.

The new ordinance would see police officers help all the relevant liquor stores get compatible digital equipment that is in working order, he said, speaking at a special session in which the police presented their 2014 Crime Report.  … Continue reading »

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BART Police tower in North Berkeley prompts questions

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When a slightly wonky-looking tower with a look-out cab on the top recently appeared in the parking lot of the North Berkeley BART station, local residents started asking questions. What was it for? How did anyone get into that cab anyway? Was it about to fall over?

It all began when Heidi Sachs sent us the above photo which we posted on Berkeleyside’s Facebook page. It prompted some enlightening comments.

We also checked in with BART who gave us the lowdown: the tower is called a SkyWatch trailer. … Continue reading »

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Violent crime dropped 25% in Berkeley in 2014

Berkeley's annual crime report is coming up Tuesday night. Image: Berkeley Police Department
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Police officials will give the Berkeley City Council a broad overview of 2014 crime trends Tuesday night, showing significant reductions in the city’s most serious incidents.

Last year saw a 25% reduction in violent crimes, and a 5% reduction in property crimes. The annual crime report draws largely on data submitted to the FBI. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports program tracks homicide, robbery, rape, burglary, larceny, auto theft and aggravated assault across 17,000 law enforcement agencies, which represent 90% of these agencies nationwide.

The city saw increases in aggravated assaults (8%) and commercial burglaries (28%). Arson reports were flat. Police said the assaults “frequently involved alcohol or drug abuse by victim and/or suspect, and frequently involved acquaintances.”  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police defuse disturbance on Woolsey

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Police have detained one man after he reportedly challenged officers to a confrontation in South Berkeley on Friday morning.

Berkeley Police Officer Ethell Wilson, a department spokesman, said a man dialed 911 at 8:50 a.m. asking for police to come to his location in the 1600 block of Woolsey Street.

“The caller asked the BPD Dispatcher to send the police and bring their guns, and made statements that nothing was going to stop him,” said Wilson by email. “A distraught female’s voice could be heard in the background crying asking him to stop.”

Dispatchers also heard what sounded like it may have been a struggle between the individuals, as well as yelling.

Officers immediately responded to Woolsey, between California and King streets, and secured the area, given what Wilson described as “the potential hostage situation.” … Continue reading »

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After Corvette crash in Berkeley, man headed to trial

A mangled Corvette that was involved in an early morning accident on Tunnel Road in Berkeley. Photo: Jacquelyn McCormick
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An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday afternoon that a young man from Tracy will face the charges against him after authorities say he crashed a Corvette on Tunnel Road in Berkeley last summer and put his friend in a coma.

Anthony Edward Torpey, 22, was charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with driving under the influence and causing a crash that resulted in injuries; driving with a .08% blood alcohol causing injury; leaving the scene of an accident; and attempting to dissuade a witness.

According to police, Torpey was identified as the driver of a vehicle that crashed June 20, 2014, into a concrete pillar, a tree and then a concrete wall on Tunnel Road, near Alvarado and The Uplands, “causing major head trauma” to his passenger. The passenger, identified in court papers as a friend of Torpey’s, was taken to Highland Hospital where he was found to be in a coma. … Continue reading »

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Police serve search warrants, make arrests in Berkeley

Police activity at Sixth and Cedar streets on Thursday. Photo: Citizen reporter
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Scroll to the bottom of this story for a statement from the Oakland Police Department about Thursday’s investigation.

Local police officers made at least three arrests at undisclosed locations around Berkeley on Thursday morning. Those operations were reportedly part of a broader sweep by the Oakland Police Department to crack down on gang activities tied to East Oakland.

Police have not released the names of the people who were arrested, where the arrests took place, or the potential charges faced by those taken into custody.

But, beginning in the early morning hours Thursday, residents around the city took to Twitter to ask Berkeleyside to find out about police actions that included what appeared to be SWAT teams, officers who looked to be heavily armed and hovering helicopters. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Feb. 19-25

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 tips@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 Feb. 19-25, there were reports of four robberies23 burglaries18 assaults or batteries, two weapon-involved calls and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 21 stolen vehicles11 disturbances and 22 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one 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, Feb. 19

Three vehicles were stolen: at midnight in the 1300 block of Second Street; at 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Ninth Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Hearst Avenue.

There were seven home burglaries: at 7 a.m. in the 2200 block of Blake Street; at 8 a.m. in the 1800 block of 62nd Street; at 8:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Ashby Avenue; at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street; at noon in the 600 block of Santa Rosa Avenue; and at 2:05 p.m. in the 3300 block of California Street.

There were four commercial burglaries: at 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Harrison Street; at 7:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Stuart Street; and two at 9:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 5:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of University Avenue.

According to Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats: Just before 7:30 p.m., the occupants of a vehicle yelled profanities at someone in the crosswalk outside Trader Joe’s, at 1885 University: “It appears they felt the victim wasn’t walking fast enough.” Coats said by email that “The victim engaged one of the occupants of the vehicle, by striking them.” The driver stopped and the occupants got out of the vehicle and assaulted the victim, who fell to the ground, and was struck several more times, causing minor injuries. The suspects got back into the vehicle and fled the area. One witness told Berkeleyside by email that “The first assailant got out, confronted the victim and hit him. Within seconds, if not milliseconds, the victim was fleeing west and three other males poured out of the car and grabbed him, taking him down on the west side of the pallet where they beat him.” The witness said several people were “scribbling down the license plate at which point the boys jumped into the car and sped away with difficulty and lots of honking to get into the flow of traffic. The victim tried to stand up and then collapsed.” The witness said the assailants all appeared to be under 30 years old.

There was a robbery at 11:50 p.m. at Acton and Virginia streets. … Continue reading »

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Felon to face 2012 Berkeley robbery, carjacking charges

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A 37-year-old Concord man is set to face charges after a 2012 robbery series in Berkeley that targeted the Magic Fingers massage parlor on University Avenue, which has since closed.

Samay Pomsouvanh was charged in the case in 2012, but he was not tried in the matter because he was sent to prison in connection with an armed robbery at the home of a prostitute in San Mateo.

Pomsouvanh was released from prison into the custody of the Alameda County sheriff’s department in early February to face the pending charges against him for the 2012 incidents in Berkeley.

According to court documents, Pomsouvanh and four associates — Quoc Bui, Eddie Chiwei Cheung, Aaron Boungnarith and Whitney Sullivan — were tied to robberies in 2012 at Magic Fingers, at 2047 University Ave. (west of Shattuck Avenue), on June 18, June 23, July 1 and July 6, along with another incident of robbery and carjacking June 27. The suspects reportedly posed as law enforcement officials, and tied up their victims with zip ties or duct tape during the robberies. … Continue reading »

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