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Berkeley neighbors express concerns after homicide

The man police believe was Berkeley's first homicide victim of 2014 lived in this building on Addison Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Five days after police found the body of a man they say was Berkeley’s first homicide of 2014, authorities have not released many basic facts about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

Some residents of the man’s West Berkeley neighborhood said Tuesday the lack of information has left them feeling unsettled and unsafe. The two-block stretch of Addison Street has struggled to overcome a slew of past problems, from homeless squatters to prostitution and drug dealing, though improved conditions have come about in recent years, they said.

Police have not released the identity of the man found dead in his apartment in the 1100 block of Addison, just east of San Pablo Avenue, on Friday, nor have they said how they determined his death to have been a homicide, how he appears to have been killed, or when he actually died. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police investigating homicide on Addison Street

The homicide on Feb. 28 happened in the 1100 block of Addison Street, which runs between San Pablo Avenue and Curtis Street. Image: Google Maps
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Berkeley Police officers are investigating what they say was the homicide of a man in his 50s in the 1100 block of Addison Street, near San Pablo Avenue, in West Berkeley.

On Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:46 a.m. police received a call for a welfare check at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Addison, authorities said in a statement released Saturday at 9:49 a.m. The 1100 block of Addison runs for two blocks, between San Pablo Avenue and Curtis Street.

Officers arrived at the home and found a man in his 50s who was dead. … Continue reading »

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Dispute over woman led to Berkeley man’s murder

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Two cousins are slated to face murder charges in the shooting death in West Berkeley last year of Zontee Jones after an Alameda County Superior Court judge’s ruling this week.

After a short hearing, which included testimony from two witnesses Wednesday morning, Judge Trina Thompson said the district attorney’s office had presented enough evidence for the murder case against 22-year-old Maurice Thomas Jr. to move forward to trial.

Authorities allege that Thomas shot Jones, 34, on Feb. 4, 2013, at Delaware Street west of San Pablo Avenue after an argument between Jones and Jevon Calland, a mutual acquaintance and the first cousin of Thomas. Calland, 21, has also been charged with murder, and was ordered last July to face those charges. He entered a “not guilty” plea a short time later. He had been arrested in Antioch several weeks prior.

Thomas was arrested by police in San Diego in connection with two drug-related violations July 4, and has been in custody since then. He had been picked up near the crime scene and held by police for several days immediately after the Jones murder, but ultimately was released, according to court records. Both men are being held without bail in different areas at Santa Rita Jail, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

According to testimony this week by Calland’s sister, Jewaya Calland, who is also Thomas’ first cousin, Calland and Jones had been involved in an on-going dispute about Calland’s girlfriend. That woman had dated Jones approximately five years prior, according to court testimony last year. … Continue reading »

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On murdered Berkeley woman’s birthday, alleged killer ordered to face charges

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A Berkeley man accused of a brutal stabbing in late 2012, which killed a local Laney College student and hairstylist, has been ordered to face the murder charges brought against him by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

Jamaal Prince, 35, is charged with killing 26-year-old Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter in East Oakland in the early morning hours of Dec. 28, 2012, just hours after they had met for the first time.

Kingeter would have turned 28 on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

According to testimony during Prince’s preliminary hearing, which took place Tuesday and Wednesday, a friend the two had in common — 24-year-old Julius Johnson — introduced Kingeter and Prince that night. All three ended up at an apartment that was being used by Prince. After Prince started acting “psycho,” pulling a knife on Johnson, threatening him and trying to stab him, Johnson fled, leaving a terrified Kingeter alone with the man who would later be charged with her murder. … Continue reading »

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1 held to answer in Berkeley murder of ‘Lil Tone’

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court over the past week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Jan. 17: Berkeleyside has been informed by a relative of murder victim Anthony Medearis Jr. that the Alameda County district attorney’s office plans to seek the death penalty in the case against Darnell Williams Jr.

Original story, Jan. 13: The man authorities say gunned down a former friend he suspected of snitching to police has been ordered by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to stand trial.

After approximately three days of testimony, Darnell Williams Jr. was ordered to face 12 felony counts related to the murder of 22-year-old Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. of Berkeley last September, and the murder of an 8-year-old girl in Oakland last July.

“I’m happy as hell,” said Medearis’ aunt, Jackie Winters, after Judge C. Don Clay made his decision. “Justice,” she added. … Continue reading »

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‘Snitch’ rumor leads to Berkeley dad’s murder

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A Berkeley man who was shot to death after a dice game in West Berkeley last fall was targeted because he was rumored to have been cooperating with police, according to testimony Wednesday in a hearing related to his murder.

Laquana Nuño took the stand in the preliminary hearing against Darnell Williams Jr., after which an Alameda County superior court judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence for Williams to face a trial.

Nuño was also charged with the killing of Anthony “Tone” Medearis Jr. on Sept. 8, 2013. Authorities said she provided a ride to Williams after the Medearis shooting, and tried to help him escape police. She said Wednesday she’d picked him up, but had thought Williams had only robbed Medearis, which she’d try to discourage him from doing in the first place. … Continue reading »

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2 testify in Berkeley murder hearing against Oakland man

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court this week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The 7-year-old nephew of a man charged with killing Berkeley father Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. in September reluctantly took the stand in a hearing Tuesday to determine whether a trial against Medearis’ accused killer can proceed.

Twenty-two-year-old Darnell Williams Jr. of Oakland is facing murder charges for Medearis’ killing, which authorities said took place after the two men got into a fight after a dice game in West Berkeley on Sept. 8 near Eighth and Camelia streets.

Williams and his friend Laquana Nuno, 28, have been charged with murder in the Medearis case. Their cases are not being tried together at this time, however. (Nuno is alleged only to have given Williams a ride after the shooting of 22-year-old Medearis. She is in custody on murder charges, nonetheless, and scheduled to testify Wednesday.) … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Police announce arrest in Berkeley homicide

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Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for the shooting death last July of 26-year-old Jermaine “Third” Davis of Berkeley.

In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police said they have arrested Antiown Ramon York, 25, of Pittsburg on suspicion of murder in the Davis case.

The announcement took place as court proceedings against two other men charged with killing an 8-year-old girl to avenge Davis’ death began in Alameda County Superior Court. Berkeleyside will provide continuing coverage of that case throughout the week. … Continue reading »

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Cukor family settles lawsuit against Berkeley police

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The family of Peter Cukor, who was allegedly killed by a mentally disturbed man in February 2012 while he waited for police to come to his house, has dropped its lawsuit against Berkeley in exchange for promises to change the questions dispatchers ask those calling during an emergency.

Berkeley has not admitted any fault in connection with the tragedy, said R. Lewis Van Blois, who represents Cukor’s widow, Andrea, and her adult sons Alexander and Christopher.

“The changes will result in better communication between the Communication Center and the emergency caller regarding police response to calls,” said Van Blois. … Continue reading »

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Robbery attempt led to Medearis killing; 2 charged

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A robbery gone awry after a dice game in West Berkeley left one man dead and a child with a bullet wound to the face in early September, according to court documents released Tuesday afternoon by authorities.

Police have charged an Oakland man with the Sept. 8 murder of Anthony Medearis Jr., and say the man was also responsible for the shooting that killed 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine at a slumber party in Oakland on July 17.

Authorities say the Carradine killing was retribution for the homicide in South Berkeley earlier that same day of Jermaine Davis, who has been tied to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that two Oakland men, 27-year-old Joseph Carroll Jr. and 22-year-old Darnell Williams Jr., are believed to be responsible for Carradine’s death. Carroll, said police, is the cousin of Jermaine Davis. (His brother, 23-year-old Coleon Carroll, is currently in jail facing charges along with a second defendant for the shooting death of Gary Ferguson Jr. in Berkeley in 2010. The Carroll brothers have been reported by authorities to be ringleaders in the West Berkeley-based Waterfront gang.) … Continue reading »

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‘Ceasefire Walk Against Violence’ comes to West Berkeley

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year. 

Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.

Three of the city’s four homicides this year have taken place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Then, in September, 22-year-old Anthony Medearis Jr. died in a shooting near Eighth and Camelia streets.

“Our West Berkeley residents are deeply shaken,” wrote Maio in a statement about the walk planned for Thursday, Oct. 3. “I think of this as a broad expression of concern and reclaiming our streets for safety.” … Continue reading »

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Witnesses, texts link San Leandro man to Berkeley killing

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The man charged with killing 24-year-old Dustin Bynum in Berkeley in August was seen near the crime scene before and after the shooting, according to court documents, though no one actually saw the attack.

Police wrote that Krishna Ferreira, 23, was the only person seen fleeing the scene.

“Although nobody eye-witnessed the shooting, several witnesses saw the victim and the suspected shooter seconds before and saw the same suspect flee on foot eastbound on Delaware St; nobody else was in the immediate area,” according to a court document related to Ferreira’s arrest.

Police used eyewitness accounts as well as video surveillance footage to identify the shooter. According to the report, multiple Berkeley police officers identified Ferreira in the footage.

On Aug. 1, Bynum was shot multiple times outside Bing’s Liquors, at San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. Passers-by told Berkeleyside he was shot several times at close range. Paramedics took Bynum to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police make arrest in August murder

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Berkeley Police detectives have arrested a San Leandro man in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Bynum in August, authorities said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police arrested 23-year-old Krishna Ferreira on suspicion of murder, according to a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department on Wednesday evening.

Bynum was killed Aug. 1 outside Bing’s Liquors on San Pablo Avenue. Police said patrol officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a man down in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Officers who arrived found Bynum, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department, but eventually was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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