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Defendant in 2015 Berkeley murder case headed to trial

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After hearing sometimes chilling testimony from three witnesses at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Trina Thompson ordered Anthony Durant to stand trial in the October 2015 killing of Christian Sheppard, Berkeley’s only recorded homicide last year.

Sheppard, 24, the father of two young daughters, was fatally shot on the night of Oct. 6 behind the apartment complex at 1611 Russell St. in South Berkeley. He had been playing dice with Durant, then 24, who was charged with murder and unlawful firearm activity after emptying 16 rounds from a semiautomatic handgun into Sheppard’s body. Durant then fled the crime scene and dumped the gun in a nearby yard, according to police. He was arrested Oct. 7 and remains in custody on a no-bail hold.

Read more about 2015’s only Berkeley homicide and about the man who was killed.

Both Sheppard and Durant attended Berkeley schools, had known each other since childhood and grew up in the same South Berkeley neighborhood. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 17-23

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 share photos, videos and 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 anonymity. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Dec. 17-23, there were reports of six robberies23 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehiclesseven disturbances and 29 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Two stolen vehicles and two burglaries were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, Dec. 17

There were two home burglaries, at 12:11 a.m. in the 2100 block of California Street, and at 10:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Hearst Avenue.

There were four disturbance calls: at 12:48 a.m. at San Pablo Avenue and Camelia Street; at 5:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Hopkins Street; at 9 a.m. in the 600 block of Vincente Avenue; and at 9:02 a.m. at Eastshore Highway and Gilman Street.

There was a robbery at 9:27 p.m. in the 1600 block of Ward Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 10-16

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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and 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 anonymity. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Dec. 10-16, there were reports of seven robberies19 burglaries14 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 16 stolen vehiclesnine disturbances and 27 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A stolen vehicle and one sex crime were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, Dec. 10

There were five home burglaries: at 2:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of Benvenue Avenue; at 11:25 a.m. in the 2400 block of Piedmont Avenue; at 3 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue; at 9 p.m. in the 1900 block of El Dorado Avenue; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Milvia Street.

There were two disturbance calls, at 6:36 a.m. in the 300 block of Hillcrest Road, and at 11:13 a.m. in the 1600 block of Berkeley Way.

A vehicle was stolen at 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of Sixth Street.

A light-blue-and-black-colored Felt Breed single-speed cycle cross bike valued at $500 was stolen from the Ashby BART station between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., reported the BART Police. The bike had been secured with a U-lock, which was also missing when the theft was discovered.

There was a commercial burglary at 8:50 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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2015: The year in Berkeley crime, public safety

A memorial has been growing for Christian Sheppard near the site of his fatal shooting earlier this week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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In 2015, crime looked to be on the upswing in Berkeley compared to the prior year’s significant reductions. If you missed any of Berkeleyside’s most-read and notable crime stories, we sum them up for you here.

A series of attempted child abductions had the community on alert in the fall. No arrests have been made, but authorities did bring in a license plate reader to try to help in the investigation.

Many local residents mourned the death of 24-year-old Christian Sheppard, who was fatally shot in South Berkeley in October. It was the year’s only homicide, but there were several other deaths investigated by police. In December, 22-year-old Jeffrey Engler, a former UC Berkeley student, was found dead in a Cal fraternity house. Alcohol and a fall from what authorities described as a significant height appear to have contributed to his death. The body of a Berkeley woman was found floating near a Richmond park, and authorities described her death as suspicious. And a former Berkeley High School student was fatally shot in Oakland while painting a community mural.

Read more Berkeleyside crime coverage.

There were about a dozen shootings in Berkeley in 2015, though not all of them resulted in injuries. See a map and list of most of the incidents. In November, a teenager was seriously injured during a beating, and police made a number of arrests, but charges have not been filed. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man sent to prison after 2014 shooting

A Berkeley man is going to prison after a shooting outside this liquor store in 2014. Image: Google Maps
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A Berkeley man was sentenced to prison last week after shooting another man twice outside a San Pablo Avenue liquor store last year.

Arthur Palmer, 51, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution in connection with the shooting.

Authorities initially charged Palmer with attempted murder and assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge held Palmer to answer on those charges in August 2014 and ordered him to face trial. … Continue reading »

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Police seek 2 ‘of middle school age’ with gun after robbery

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Authorities are looking for two males described as “middle school-aged” who used a gun to rob another individual Friday in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood near the UC Berkeley campus.

The robbery took place on the north side of the Unit 2 residential complex at 2650 Haste St., between Bowditch Street and College Avenue shortly before 8:30 p.m.

According to the University of California Police Department, which released a notification Sunday about the robbery, the two males approached another individual and took his or her cell phone. One of the males had a handgun.

UCPD said the males, who were described as “of ‘middle school’ age,” were last seen running northbound on Bowditch. Police searched the area but were unable to find them. … Continue reading »

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DNA on red belt loop helps police make robbery arrest

A woman walking with her grandchildren was robbed near Carleton and Acton earlier this year. Image: Google Maps
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An Oakland man has been charged with four felonies after police say he assaulted then robbed a grandmother and one of her grandchildren on a walk in West Berkeley earlier this year.

And a red belt loop that fell off the man’s pants during the robbery ultimately led to his capture, authorities said Friday.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals Service picked up Kac Miller Jr., 19, earlier this week after Berkeley investigators put out the word that they were looking for him. According to court papers, when confronted by Berkeley investigators with the belt loop, Miller confessed to the crime.

The robbery took place back in late March, when a woman police described as elderly was walking with her three grandchildren, ages 2, 10 and 12, around Carleton and Acton streets at about 2 p.m.

A man came up to them and slammed the heads of the woman and her 12-year-old granddaughter together, according to court documents, then kicked them both while they were on the ground. He took the woman’s purse and the granddaughter’s bag, then fled. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police seek package thief caught on video

Police are seeking this man they say stole a package Tuesday morning. Photo: BPD
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The Berkeley Police Department is looking for a man caught on video taking a package from a home early Tuesday morning.

According to Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, the theft took place at about 5:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of Berkeley Way, between California Street and McGee Avenue.

The man is seen walking up to a home, picking up a parcel, and walking away. White posted a video of the incident on Facebook, asking “Anyone know who this is?”

A video of the theft appears below. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Dec. 3-9

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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and 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 anonymity. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Dec. 3-9, there were reports of five robberies16 burglaries10 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also nine stolen vehicles15 disturbances and 43 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A stolen vehicle was reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). 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 unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, Dec. 3

There were two disturbance calls, at 7:55 a.m. in the 1400 block of Hawthorne Terrace, and at 8 a.m. in the 1900 block of Allston Way.

There was a home burglary at 8:25 a.m. in the 1300 block of Santa Fe Avenue.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 11 a.m. at Hearst Avenue and Oxford Street, and at 8 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue.

Police responded to a stabbing at the Old City Hall homeless protest camp and arrested a man shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Jerry Ziegler, 53, remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $80,000. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Dec. 17.

A motorist reported to the BART Police the theft of a gold-colored 1997 Honda Accord from the North Berkeley BART station between 8:30 a.m. and about 5:40 p.m.

car crash downed power lines and caused outages to more than 1,000 people in southwest Berkeley at 8:40 p.m., and police say it appears drugs or alcohol may have been a contributing factor. … Continue reading »

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DA files charges in Berkeley pool groping case

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An Oakland man has been charged with groping eight young girls in a UC Berkeley pool over the summer.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged 38-year-old Ryan Lee McCorvie with eight felony counts alleging lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said Friday that McCorvie pled not guilty to the charges Dec. 2, and is set to return to court Dec. 21 for a procedural hearing. If convicted, he could be sent to state prison and would later be required to register as a sex offender.

Police arrested McCorvie in October on a warrant for committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. Authorities said there were numerous victims but did not specify how many. Drenick said charges were not filed at that time because the case was still under investigation, and police said they were looking for additional victims. … Continue reading »

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Police investigate kidnapping attempt near Berkeley

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Police are investigating a kidnapping attempt that took place late Saturday near the Berkeley border in Albany.

At about 11:10 p.m., police responded to reports of an attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl near Neilson Street and Sonoma Avenue, said Albany Police Lt. Daniel Adams.

Police said a man tried to force the teenager into his parked pickup truck, which was occupied by a second individual, as she walked by.

The girl resisted the attempt, and the man drove away.

Neighbors “were alerted to the situation by the noise of the struggle,” and called police, according to a statement released Sunday by the Albany Police Department.  … Continue reading »

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Man heads to court Thursday in Berkeley rape case

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A Berkeley man is set to go before an Alameda County Superior Court judge Thursday to determine whether a rape charge against him will move ahead to trial.

Nelson Massengale, 20, was arrested by police in September in connection with allegations that he forced an acquaintance of his to have intercourse.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Massengale on Sept. 17 with forcible rape, and he entered a not guilty plea in the case Sept. 29.

According to court papers, Massengale went to the home of a woman he knew in mid-August to watch a movie with her. They kissed, but the woman told him repeatedly she did not want to have sex with him because she “did not think it was a good idea.”

Police say Massengale forcibly touched the woman without permission, and later forced her to have sex. … Continue reading »

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Pit bull fatally shot after biting Berkeley Police officer

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Berkeley police fatally shot a pit bull in West Oakland on Tuesday night after the dog attacked an officer during a search warrant operation, officials have reported.

According to scanner recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside, an officer also received an accidental graze wound from a bullet shot at the dog during the confrontation. Officer Stephanie Polizziani, a department spokeswoman, confirmed after publication Wednesday that the officer who was bitten also received a non-life-threatening gunshot injury, but said she was limited by privacy laws as to what she could say about it.

Tuesday at about 9:25 p.m., Berkeley Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit were executing a search warrant at a home in the 1000 block of 28th Street when two pit bulls at the residence “confronted” them, police said in a statement.

“One of the dogs attacked a BPD officer, biting the officer on the hand,” police said. “The dog was shot and killed.” … Continue reading »

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