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Woman charged after setting toilet paper rolls on fire

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A woman who lit two toilet paper rolls on fire at Berkeley’s City Hall while a man in a wheelchair was using the restroom has been charged with a misdemeanor by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

Dawn Carraway, 25 — who has no listed home address — told police she did it because “after she lights the paper on fire, it smells like honey,” according to court papers.

Berkeley Police Officer David Marble wrote that Carraway entered a women’s bathroom at City Hall, 2180 Milvia St., last Wednesday, April 15, at 9:35 a.m. while another person was using the restroom.

She then lit the toilet paper rolls on fire, according to police. A man in a wheelchair was in the adjacent disabled stall while she did so, according to police. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police catch 2 armed robbery suspects after high-speed chase through Berkeley, Emeryville

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The high-speed chase ended in Emeryville, near Powell Street Plaza, where the two suspects were eventually apprehended, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police Department.

Coats said the armed robbery happened at Arch and Virginia streets one block north of the UC Berkeley campus at 8:42 p.m. Coats said it was most likely a pedestrian robbery, although she wanted to confirm that.

A police officer saw two suspects fleeing in a vehicle and, when the officer tried to pull the car over, the suspects fled and evaded the police, according to Coats.

After several police cars had pursued the suspects for awhile, the suspect’s vehicle became disabled near the I-80 off-ramp near Powell Street, Coats said. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 2-8

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 2-8, there were reports of seven robberies13 burglaries11 assaults or batteries, no weapon-involved calls and five sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 10 stolen vehicles14 disturbances and 37 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Reported incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) did not appear to be complete. 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 2

There was a robbery at 1:41 a.m. at Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.

Police responded to a suspicious package, mid-block on the south side of Harrison between Eighth and Ninth streets, around 8 a.m. The reporting party thought it might be a homemade bomb of some sort, so police cordoned off the area. The item ended up being several batteries taped together, police said.

There was a home burglary at 11 a.m. at 2118 Channing Way.

There was a disturbance at 4:07 p.m. in the 1900 block of Shattuck.

There was a commercial burglary at 5:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Fourth Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police report first pepper spray use of 2015

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A Berkeley Police officer used pepper spray to subdue a naked man covered with blood who wielded a glass shard and charged a firefighter in late March, according to a document posted on the city website Friday.

Police must complete a brief form — which is made public — any time officers use pepper spray, as directed by a Berkeley City Council vote in 1997 (which also prohibited the use of pepper spray as a crowd control technique). The Berkeley Police Department is supposed to inform council and the city’s Police Review Commission about the use of pepper spray within seven days.

Under the department’s regulations governing use of force, “reasonable force” may be used to make an arrest, prevent an escape, overcome resistance or maintain order. Anytime pepper spray is used, officers must complete a form summarizing its use, and pass that form on to the division commander, who ultimately turns it over to the chief of police.

According to the April 15 report, a man pulled a fire alarm March 28 on Haste Street at 11:19 a.m. He also discharged a fire extinguisher, pulled a main water valve, emptied water from the sprinklers and broke out a 4-foot-by-3-foot window on the fourth floor of the building, according to the recent report. The man charged a firefighter responding to the scene, and the firefighter called for back-up. … Continue reading »

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3 men charged after Berkeley beating, stun gun assault

A crowd waiting outside 924 Gilman in 2010 (file photo). Photo: Daniel Gies
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Three men have been charged with battery, and one with assault with a stun gun, after an attack on a former friend outside a West Berkeley music club in March, according to authorities.

According to court papers, Jackson Achorn, Jack Moore and Devin Schorger assaulted their former friend outside 924 Gilman St. on March 14. Police who responded for a report of a fight found a motorcycle in the street, and the victim’s property — including a bicycle — scattered on the ground.

The victim told police that Schorger had punched and choked him, while Moore “helped during the assault.” Achorn, 20, of Berkeley reportedly joined in the assault by using a stun gun on the man’s legs. … Continue reading »

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Shooting on Shattuck at Ashby sends 2 to hospital

Shattuck Avenue was expected to re-open by around 10 a.m., with one block of Ashby to remain closed, from Shattuck west to Newberry. Photo: Citizen reporter
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By Emilie Raguso and Frances Dinkelspiel

Update, 11:44 a.m. Ashby and Shattuck avenues are now open to all traffic, police report. Read our 8:55 a.m. update below to learn more about Monday morning’s shooting.

Update, 10:25 a.m. Police confirmed at 10:24 a.m. that Shattuck Avenue is now open. Ashby Avenue west of Shattuck remains closed. Police advise motorists to use alternate routes.

Update, 9:43 a.m. One neighbor said police told her Shattuck Avenue should be open in the next few minutes, though Ashby Avenue will remain closed between Shattuck and Newbury Street to the west.

Update, 8:55 a.m. A busy South Berkeley intersection remains closed as police investigate an early-morning shooting Monday, authorities said.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, the shooting took place at Shattuck and Ashby avenues just before 1:45 a.m., and may have involved two vehicles firing at each other.

Two men in their 20s in one of the vehicles were seriously injured, Coats said. Paramedics who responded took them to Highland Hospital for treatment.

The other vehicle was gone from the area before police arrived, and its occupants remain at large. No arrests have been made.  … Continue reading »

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5 arrested in Berkeley after 15-20 youth fights downtown

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Update, April 13, 5 p.m. Regarding the students who were arrested Friday, the Berkeley Police Department has provided the following basic information:

  • A 16-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of participating in a riot, as well as battery on a peace officer or other sort of officer or first responder.
  • A 16-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of probation violation.
  • Two 17-year-old males were arrested on suspicion of battery.
  • An 18-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of battery, as well as either fighting in a public place or challenging another person to a fight in public. (Police identified him April 15 as Deantae Williams.)

Four of the students are listed as Berkeley residents. The 18-year-old lives in Richmond, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. Berkeley High Principal Kristen Glenchur identified all five of the youth on Friday as Berkeley Unified students: three Berkeley High students and two Berkeley Technology Academy students. She said the students also would “face additional school discipline.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man charged with rape of sleeping woman

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A woman whose car got locked inside a Berkeley parking garage, and accepted an offer of a place to sleep from a man she knew, woke up in the morning to find him raping her, according to police.

The incident took place Wednesday, April 8, according to court papers requested by Berkeleyside after learning of the man’s arrest.

According to those documents, just after midnight April 8, a woman realized her car had been locked inside a Berkeley parking garage.

A 22-year-old man described as an acquaintance, William Joseph Ryan III, offered to let her sleep at his apartment until the garage opened.

The woman accepted the offer and they went to Ryan’s apartment in the 1900 block of Oxford Street, Berkeley Police Officer Dave Marble wrote in papers related to Ryan’s subsequent arrest. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 3/26-4/1

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 March 26 to April 1, there were reports of seven robberies18 burglariesnine assaults or batteries, five weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 11 stolen vehiclesnine disturbances and 33 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included three incidents of vandalism. 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 26

One vehicle was stolen, at 2 a.m. in the 2100 block of Haste Street.

There were two home burglaries, at 5 a.m. in the 2400 block of Dwight Way, and at 8 a.m. in the 900 block of Page Street. (Read more about the increase this year in home burglaries in a recent Berkeleyside story.)

There were two gun- or other weapon-involved calls, at 7:49 a.m. in the 200 block of University Avenue, and at 7:26 p.m. at Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. In the second incident, police arrested Courtney Porter, 24, of Vallejo and Simone Robinson, 23, of American Canyon after a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of a loaded, unregistered black handgun and suspected cocaine packaged for sale, according to court documents. Porter has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. The pair has been charged with cocaine sales, possession of cocaine while armed with a firearm, and the manufacture or sale of a large-capacity magazine; according to police, the handgun found in the vehicle had an extended magazine, as well as a bullet in the chamber. Robinson is no longer in custody, but Porter remains at Santa Rita Jail without bail. The pair is scheduled for further pre-trial April 16. Porter is not eligible for bail because he is a parolee.

Berkeley 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 in March in a brutal assault. Read more on Berkeleyside. … Continue reading »

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Police seek tips in fatal shooting of Berkeley bystander

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A Berkeley musician was fatally injured by a stray bullet over the weekend, and police are asking for help to track down his killer.

There are also rewards of $20,000 from CrimeStoppers and $5,000 from Pet Food Express for tips that help solve the crime and lead to successful prosecution of the case.

Emiliano “Emilio” Nevarez, a 26-year-old Berkeley man, had just finished playing a show with his band on Sunday, April 5, at 1 a.m. when a stray bullet struck him in Oakland in the 400 block of 14th Street, near Broadway, as he prepared to pack music equipment into a van.

Thursday, the Oakland Police Department released several photographs, obtained from video surveillance footage, of individuals and a vehicle they believe are associated with the shooting. There are two people in the photographs, a man and woman police say were with the shooter the night of the incident, as well as an early 2000s-model Mercedes Benz four-door silver sedan S-series.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police seize guns, pot, pills in felon search

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Berkeley police serving a search warrant at two homes linked to an Oakland felon last week turned up more than a thousand Xanax and Viagra pills packaged for sale, along with both marijuana and methamphetamine, and several firearms.

Police ultimately arrested 32-year-old Kaechan Saechao after discovering those items during the April 1 searches.

According to court papers, a Berkeley Police detective served search warrants April 1 at two East Oakland apartments linked to Saechao.

During those searches, in the 2900 block of Nicol Avenue and 2200 block of East 17th Street, police said they found 349 Xanax pills and nearly 1,200 Viagra pills packaged for sale, as well as 156 grams of methamphetamine and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.

According to court papers, police recovered one loaded handgun and three unloaded revolvers, as well as $2,500 in cash, digital scales and more packaging materials. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley home burglaries spike in 2015 over prior year

Police have reported sharp increases in home burglaries around Berkeley. (Click the map to view it larger.) Image: BPD
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Berkeley police are reporting huge increases in home burglaries in early 2015 compared to preliminary statistics recorded last year.

Police received 70 home burglary calls for service in January 2015, compared to 46 the prior year. In February, the gap was even starker: There were 80 home burglary calls, compared to 25 the prior year. That’s a 220% increase.

In late March, those increases prompted the police department to put out a community alert to inform local residents about the issue.

The most noticeable pattern of burglaries is occurring in three neighborhoods, police said: north of Ohlone Park, south of the UC Berkeley campus and in the Elmwood district, as pictured in the “heat map” above.

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 19-25

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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 March 19-25, there were reports of six robberies21 burglaries17 assaults or batteries, two weapon-involved calls and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also six stolen vehicles12 disturbances and 43 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one sex crime from earlier in the month. 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 19

There were two vehicles stolen, at 5:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and at 4 p.m. in the 2200 block of Eunice Street.

There were two home burglaries, at 11:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Grant Street, and at 10 p.m. in the 1100 block of Shattuck Avenue.

UCPD arrested Danielle Bonnington, 33, in connection with a robbery in the Bowles parking lot the prior week. Two 18-year-old students were robbed of a backpack, an iPhone and a wallet containing $200. She remains in custody without bail at Santa Rita Jail. Read more in last week’s blotter.

UCPD reported a sex crime in the Foothill housing complex at 2700 Hearst Ave., but that was in connection with an incident reported March 10.

There was a felony assault or battery at 7:17 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck.

There was a disturbance at 11:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Police are investigating after a man working as a Downtown Berkeley Association “ambassador” punched a homeless man multiple times in the alley behind CVS, at Shattuck Avenue and Bancroft Way. Police initially arrested the homeless man and an associate in response to a report which now appears to have been false. Berkeleyside will continue to follow the story. See past coverage. … Continue reading »

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