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Op-ed: Let’s not forget Kayla Moore

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It’s been three years since Kayla Moore was killed in her home by Berkeley police. What did she do you ask? Was she threatening, was she suicidal, was she a danger to society? No Kayla was mentally ill, black and transgender. Those three criteria alone made her a target, as African Americans, transgender women, and the mentally ill are killed at an alarming rate due to police encounters. It truly is a national crisis.

The reality is the mentally … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 21-27

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. Share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Jan. 21-27, there were reports of six robberies20 burglaries18 assaults or batteriesfour weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 19 stolen vehicles21 disturbances and 46 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A sex crime, and a burglary were reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). The following items represent a sampling of calls; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period. Arrested individuals listed in this blotter are presumed innocent.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Two vehicles were stolen, at midnight in the 1900 block of Haste Street, and at 9 a.m. in the 2200 block of Blake Street.

Police responded to a business in the 3000 block of Adeline Street at about 3:20 p.m. after getting a call about someone “chasing two males with a machete,” said Officer Jennifer Coats, BPD spokeswoman, in response to a question from Berkeleyside. Officers determined that the males had tried to steal something from the store. “When the store owner demanded his property back, the two aggressively approached the owner. He grabbed the machete in order to protect himself and chased the two suspects out of the store.”

There was a home burglary at 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hawthorne Terrace.

Police were able to disarm a 19-year-old Berkeley man with a knife after responding to a report of a disturbance near Addison and 10th streets at about 5:05 p.m. Said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, the initial call indicated a vehicle may have been shot. Witnesses directed officers to a man who may have been involved, and he was seen walking behind a home in the 1000 block of Allston Way: “As the officers attempted to locate the subject, they saw him walking towards them holding a knife in his hand, with the blade displayed. Officers gave him orders to drop the knife, he refused several times, saying he wasn’t going back to jail. The officers continued to talk with the subject and eventually convinced him to put down the knife.” Coats said officers saw that the teen appeared to be having a medical problem and were able to get him to the ground and call for help from the Berkeley Fire Department. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. … Continue reading »

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Update: Man dies after being struck by train in Berkeley

Authorities are responding to West Berkeley for a report of a person who was hit by a train. Image: Google Maps
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Update, Feb. 9, 1:50 p.m. A representative from the Alameda County coroner’s office confirmed that the man who died has been identified, but next of kin has not been notified, so the name is not yet available for public release.

Update, Feb. 8, 3:30 p.m. An Amtrak representative said there were no injuries to the train’s 101 passengers or crew.

Update, 1:50 p.m. Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo confirmed that the train struck a man near Bancroft and Fourth Street shortly before noon. Castillo described the pedestrian as “an adult male trespasser” who was trying to cross the tracks when he was hit. The train was going approximately 20-30 mph. The incident is under investigation.

“The safety message here is that pedestrians, bicycles and cars need to be very aware of the hazards associated with trains and should never be on the train tracks or attempt to cross one without following the proper signs,” Castillo said by email. He said Amtrak might have additional information.

Update, 1:05 p.m. According to the Berkeley Fire Department, a man has died after being hit by a southbound Amtrak train near Bancroft Way and Second Street in West Berkeley. He was declared dead at the scene by fire personnel, said Donna McCracken, Berkeley’s interim deputy fire chief. The incident is now under investigation by railroad authorities.

Original 12:54 p.m. Authorities are responding to West Berkeley following a report that a person was struck by a Union Pacific train between Allston Way and Bancroft Way. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley train crossing closed after car tires punctured

Train crossroad at Gilman closed on Feb. 7 after protruding metal was puncturing car tires. Photo: Nick Fylstra
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The train crossing at Gilman in Berkeley was closed Sunday night after a number of cars passing over the tracks ended up with punctured tires, according to authorities. It remained closed to cars Monday morning.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Lt. Alyson Hart said that at around 8 p.m. Sunday the police received a call that there was something on the railroad tracks at Gilman that was puncturing tires. The police responded and found two large pieces of metal that were sticking up between the tracks.

“They looked like support bars that run perpendicular between the tracks,” she said. The pieces of metal punctured the tires of several vehicles. “We shut down the intersection to avoid further damage,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 14-20

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. Share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Jan. 14-20, there were reports of seven robberies18 burglaries17 assaults or batteriesseven weapon-involved calls and two sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 12 stolen vehicles10 disturbances and 26 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Three burglaries and a stolen vehicle were reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). The following items represent a sampling of calls; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period. Arrested individuals listed in this blotter are presumed innocent.

Thursday, Jan. 14

A vehicle was stolen at 6 p.m. from Curtis Street and University Avenue.

There was a felony assault or battery at 6 p.m. in the 3300 block of King Street.

There was a robbery at 8:47 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue.

There was a commercial burglary at 10:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Sacramento Street. … Continue reading »

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Hope, gratitude after near-deadly collision in Berkeley

Meg Schwarzman
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The Berkeley scientist and mother who was struck by a motorist and trapped beneath his car while cycling near campus earlier this week is expected to pull through, family members said Thursday.

“She’s critical but stable,” said Mike Wilson of his wife, Megan Schwarzman. “Every indication is that she will be coming home. But it’s going to be a long, difficult recovery.”

Schwarzman, 42, is a research scientist at the Berkeley School of Public Health, as well as a physician and an associate director at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry on the Cal campus. The group is one of the leading academic organizations in the nation focused on chemicals policy, Wilson said.

“She somehow is able to be both a brilliant thinker and the most compassionate, spirited person I know,” he said. Added Schwarzman’s sister, Caitlin, who lives in Alameda: “She loves being a part of the community. Her friends and family are always the center for her.”

She wrote on her sister’s Facebook page earlier this week that “the surgeons are optimistic about her long term prognosis.… We expect a stay of many weeks in the hospital. We are hurting for our Meg, feeling proud of her strength, and looking forward hopefully.” … Continue reading »

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Truck used for ‘smash and grab’ at Berkeley liquor store

Pic-n-Pac. Photo: Aureliano Buendia
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Suspects drove a truck into the Pic-n-Pac Liquor store at 1296 San Pablo Ave., at Gilman Street, early Thursday morning and stole the lion’s share of the store’s inventory, according to authorities.

UPDATE: Scroll down to see dramatic videos from the burglary.

“It appears that the suspects backed a truck into the front of the business before 4:11 a.m.,” Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told Berkeleyside. “Two suspects entered the business and attempted to steal the ATM machine.”

The suspects were unable to get the ATM machine and fled the area before the police arrived, Coats said. The suspects caused significant damage to the business and the owners lost most of their inventory. … Continue reading »

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Update: Driver arrested, cyclist critical after crash

Emergency personnel work the scene of a collision involving a motorist and a bicyclist on Fulton Street and Bancroft Way. Photo: David Yee
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Update, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. Read Berkeleyside’s update on Meg Schwarzman, the cyclist who was struck. The Berkeley physician and mother is expected to survive, though the road to recovery looks to be long.

Update, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. BPD says there have been no updates to report as far as the cyclist’s condition.

Update, 10:15 p.m. Berkeley police have arrested the driver involved in the crash, 47-year-old Berwick Haynes of Sunnyvale, on suspicion of driving under the influence. In a statement released just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, BPD said it was continuing to investigate the injury collision. The bicyclist, a 42-year-old Berkeley woman, is in critical condition at a local hospital. At 10 p.m. police were still at the scene of the accident taking measurements, and the intersection remained closed.

Update, 6:28 p.m. Police have asked motorists to avoid Fulton and Bancroft due to the earlier crash. Southbound Fulton between Bancroft and Kittredge Street is closed. … Continue reading »

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4 teens arrested with 2 guns after Berkeley robbery

There have been at least 25 robberies in Berkeley so far this month. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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Police recovered two guns and arrested four teenage boys, including a 14-year-old, after a robbery in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood Saturday night.

Lt. Alyson Hart said police received a call at 9:20 p.m. about an armed robbery that had just taken place at College Avenue and Parker Street.

Responding officers tried to stop a vehicle they believed was linked to the crime, but “it took off and shortly after crashed into a fence at Derby and Warring.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley School Board rejects school officer grant

Berkeley High police cruiser. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The Berkeley School Board said a resounding “no” to a proposal to add a second police officer to its campus roster during a discussion earlier this month about ways to address safety and racial tension on campus.

The proposal, from Superintendent Donald Evans, was among a group of ideas collected from the community in December following several race-related incidents at Berkeley High in recent years, including the hanging of a noose on campus, disparaging statements that were slipped into the school yearbook last spring, and racial threats posted on a school computer in the fall.

Scroll down to see what’s on tonight’s School Board agenda.

The Berkeley Police Department had won a Department of Justice grant for $125,000 over a three-year period to help fund an additional school resource officer position. There is just one school resource officer in the district, stationed at Berkeley High on weekdays.

Berkeley Technology Academy Principal Sheila Quintana has lobbied in recent years for an officer who could also be present on her campus, the district’s lone continuation school. The grant would have helped provide funding for that position, said Capt. Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department.  … Continue reading »

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Partying at UC Berkeley may have just gotten harder

A large crowd of Halloween revelers gathered on Channing Way, near Piedmont Avenue, in Berkeley, late Saturday. Photo: David Yee
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Citing a riot on Halloween and three alcohol-related deaths near the UC Berkeley campus in recent years, Berkeley officials approved new rules Tuesday night to address rowdy parties and other problems associated with group housing widely used by students.

About 15 Cal students, including representatives from governance group the Associated Students of the University of California, asked the Berkeley City Council to amend or vote down the proposal. They said it unfairly targets students, could lead to more evictions, and was unnecessary because they can regulate themselves.

Read past Berkeleyside coverage about drinking at Cal.

Miranda Hernandez, director of Greek affairs for an ASUC senator, told council the new rules would inappropriately micromanage students in their bedrooms, and would put students “at greater risk” because they would no longer want to call police and fire services for help, for “fear that they will be labeled a public nuisance.” She said there could be fewer reports and more deaths “because we will be afraid to call.”

About as many older Southside neighbors — some of whom described themselves as “year-round residents” — pleaded with council to adopt the new rules, citing frequent issues with noise, trash, loud music and the heavy use of the city’s first responders who are called to address those problems.

“Our community pays the price night after night, week after week, endangering our citizens and using precious public safety resources,” longtime resident Phil Bokovoy told council. “There is no will for the university to solve the problem.” … Continue reading »

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The lowdown: Berkeley council on noisy Southside parties, Black Lives Matter protests, the smoking age, more

2020 Vision Symposium, Oct. 11, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, CA. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Noisy parties around UC Berkeley, an analysis of the police response to the December 2014 Black Lives Matter protests, and a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21: It’s all up for discussion at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting.

Scroll down to see what else is on the agenda, how to follow the action, and how to chime in on Twitter. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 7-13

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. Share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We want to know about issues of concern and rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From Jan. 7-13, there were reports of three robberies17 burglariessix assaults or batteriestwo weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 12 stolen vehiclesseven disturbances and 10 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. An assault, a burglary and a stolen vehicle were reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). The following items represent a sampling of calls; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period. Arrested individuals listed in this blotter are presumed innocent.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Someone broke into Haas Pavilion and stole clothing and food worth $620 between Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

There were two home burglaries, at 1:20 a.m. in the 1700 block of Walnut Street, and at 10:25 a.m. in the 2700 block of College Avenue. Police arrested Colby Dudley, 26, and 24-year-old Matthew Henderson in connection with the incident on Walnut. Dudley remains in custody with a bail of $40,000 at Santa Rita Jail, while Henderson is being held with a bail of $35,000. They are scheduled for a pretrial hearing Feb. 2.

The California Highway Patrol chased a stolen tow truck in Berkeley, but ended the pursuit when the driver reached freeway speeds on city streets, authorities said. Oakland CHP spokesman Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said the CHP got a call before 4 a.m. about a stolen tow truck on Gilman Street west of I-80. The driver fled before a roadblock was established. The driver fled east on Gilman, said Wilkenfeld, but “due to the suspect’s excessive speed on city streets and reckless driving behavior we terminated the pursuit.” The tow truck was recovered later in the morning after it was abandoned in Oakland. Wilkenfeld said officers terminated the chase due to public safety, and noted that sirens were used “so that any pedestrians or vehicles in the area are aware of the danger and so that the suspect cannot later claim that they did not know we were behind them.” (This item first appeared on an earlier blotter for timeliness.)

A woman with a gun shot herself outside Berkeley’s Old City Hall. She later died. She was identified as 63-year-old Shelley Bergum of Berkeley.

A vehicle was stolen at 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Woolsey Street.

There was a felony assault or battery at 10:35 p.m. in the 2000 block of Allston Way.  … Continue reading »

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