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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 12-18

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From June 12-18, there were 19 burglary reports22 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comEight robberies16 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included one robbery, four burglaries and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, June 12

Three home burglaries were reported: at 4:50 a.m. in the 2200 block of Haste Street; at 7:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of 66th Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 2300 block of Durant Avenue.

A parolee who led police on a short foot chase Thursday was linked to a stolen car full of burglary tools. Just before 1 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a call about a man in South Berkeley who was slumped over in a car that reportedly had been running for three hours, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood, in the 2900 block of Adeline Street. Police responded and found a 41-year-old man who was later identified as Roberto Pasillas of Berkeley. He was arrested after running from police. Pasillas remains in custody and is scheduled for a hearing to revoke his parole on June 27, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. (Read more on Berkeleyside.)

The Berkeley Police Department arrested a man alleged to have tried to shoot and kill his wife in West Berkeley. According to Berkeley Police, the incident occurred in the 800 block of Bancroft Way between Fifth and Sixth streets at 10 p.m. The 68-year-old man, Harold Owen Covington was at home when he got into a verbal dispute with his wife. According to court papers, the woman came home after visiting a friend to find all the doors locked. When she tried to go inside, police said Covington told her, “If you come in, I’ll blow your head off.” Police said he then opened the door slightly, pointed his shotgun at her head and chest, and said again he would kill her. She asked him to put down the gun, and he refused, according to court papers, telling her that she had disrespected him. She grabbed the shotgun and pushed it away from her. They struggled briefly and the gun went off, striking the top of their door. Afterward, the woman was able to talk Covington into putting down the weapon and letting her inside. The woman called police Saturday, June 14, shortly after 5 a.m. to report what had happened. Officers responded to the home and arrested Covington on suspicion of attempted homicide. He is being held on several related charges with a $115,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June 25 at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. (Berkeleyside broke the news about this incident June 16.)Continue reading »

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21-year-old arrested in felony hit-and-run car wreck

A mangled Corvette involved in an early morning accident on Tunnel Road in Berkeley. Photo:   Jacquelyn McCormick		7:08 AM (3 minutes ago)
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Update: 4:22 p.m. The driver of the smashed Corvette is Anthony Edward Torpey, 21, of Dublin, Castro Valley, according to Officer Jenn Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. He was arrested at 3:52 a.m. and was taken to Berkeley Jail, where he is being held on $91,200 bail, according to police records. In addition to being held on a DUI charge and a felony hit-and-run charge, he was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.

The 24-year-old passenger is in critical condition, said Coats.

Torpey was previously arrested in December 2012 after a crash in Dublin, according to police records.

According to Torpey’s Facebook page, the Corvette appears to be his. In a photo of the car posted on June 11, he wrote “hard work pays off” as well as “My Main Girl.”

Update, 11:37 a.m.: Tunnel Road is now open in all directions, according to Berkeley Police. The investigation into the crash continues.

Update: 7:45 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department arrested the driver of the Corvette, a 21-year-old man, on suspicion of felony hit and run, driving under the influence and other charges, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman.

The driver, whose name has not been released, fled the scene of the 2:22 a.m. accident on Tunnel, leaving his seriously injured passenger, a 24-year-old male, behind in the car, according to Coats, Berkeley police later found and arrested the driver.

The passenger “sustained significant injuries” during the collision. … Continue reading »

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7-year-old cyclist in serious condition after traffic accident on Bancroft Way in Berkeley

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Update, June 25: According to the Berkeley Police Department, the young cyclist has been released from hospital and is home recovering.

Update, June 17: Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the boy remains in the hospital. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Original story, June 16: A 7-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after being involved in a traffic accident on Bancroft Way at Acton Street in West Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Wanted man causes major injury wreck on I-80

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A man wanted for weapons violations and kidnapping was arrested in Berkeley on Saturday night after crashing into several vehicles on the highway and sending two people to the hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency received a call shortly before 7 p.m. about a “reckless driver in a small red vehicle” on Interstate 80 near Gilman Street in Berkeley.  … Continue reading »

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1 sent to hospital after broadside crash in Berkeley

Car crash at Ashby and Telegraph, April 23, 2014. Photo: Dominick Palamenti
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One driver was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after broadsiding another vehicle at Ashby and Telegraph avenues, authorities said.

Police got a report of an overturned vehicle in the South Berkeley intersection shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman, via email.

Coats said one driver had been westbound on Ashby turning left onto southbound Telegraph when another driver struck him. … Continue reading »

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Car strikes and kills 98-year-old pedestrian in Berkeley

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A 98-year-old man was struck by a car Friday afternoon while crossing the intersection of Bancroft Way and Sacramento Street. He later died of his injuries.

Berkeley police said the man was struck around 12:23 p.m.

He was conscious and talking when police arrived, but he died at the hospital around 6 p.m., according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

The Alameda County coroner’s office identified him as Joseph Luft of Berkeley.

The driver is cooperating with police, Coats said in a press release. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision, she said.

Luft, a psychologist, was the creator of the Johari Window, a technique he and Harry Ingrahm invented in 1955 to help people better understand their relationship with others. He taught at San Francisco State University for more than 20 years.

The Luft family released a statement Saturday stating that Joseph Luft was a World War II veteran, “a proud father of four and beloved local figure,” who had taken a daily walk for more than 50 years. … Continue reading »

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Man arrested after DUI car crash, hit and run in Berkeley

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A driver who crashed into several parked vehicles in North Berkeley, then fled the scene as his car burned, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run just after 9:30 Saturday morning, authorities said.

Authorities identified the driver as Geoffrey Cronin, 42, of Berkeley. Cronin was arrested last year in connection with a knife assault and police chase in Berkeley in August.

Saturday, March 29, at 8:16 a.m., Berkeley officers responded to Walnut and Cedar streets after a caller reported an injury accident involving the driver and a parked vehicle, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, via email. … Continue reading »

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Update: Bus fire slows I-80 traffic in Berkeley, no injuries

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Update, 6:45 p.m. Berkeley Fire Department spokesman Deputy Chief Avery Webb said the bus that caught fire Friday morning was a Storer Coachways tourist bus with 21 passengers. Webb said Berkeley firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 11:16 a.m. for a fire that affected the engine compartment of the bus. Smoke from the fire made its way into the passenger compartment, but the fire itself did not spread beyond the engine area. All the passengers on the bus had gotten off by the time firefighters arrived, and Storer quickly sent another bus to pick them up. No injuries were reported. Berkeley firefighters extinguished the fire when they arrived to the scene, on Interstate 80 between Ashby and University avenues. Webb said there were multiple helicopters in the area as emergency crews responded.

Update, 1:45 p.m. 511.org reports that there are “residual delays” on eastbound I-80 near University Avenue in Berkeley after Friday’s bus fire, but that all lanes are open as of 1:45 p.m.

Update, 1:34 p.m. Via 511.org: “On Friday, March 28th at 1:20pm, the Severe Traffic Alert remains in effect on Eastbound I-80 before University Ave. in Berkeley. The right lane is closed due to a bus fire. Motorists are advised to expect delays and avoid the area. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.”

Original story, 12:17 p.m. A tour bus caught fire on Interstate 80 near University Avenue in Berkeley on Friday morning, and a traffic advisory has been issued due to closed lanes on the highway, authorities said. … Continue reading »

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Man left with major leg injuries after hit-and-run crash

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Officers are looking for a driver reported to have struck a pedestrian in South Berkeley on Sunday night, leaving him with major leg injuries, before fleeing the area in a red vintage car, authorities said.

Just before 8:20 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department Communications Center received a call reporting a man down in the roadway at the intersection of Sacramento and Russell streets, said Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel, via email.

Officers responded and arrived on scene within minutes. They found a man injured in the street.

Officers learned the victim had been struck by a car as he walked eastbound across Sacramento in the crosswalk. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man strikes many cars, arrested for DUI

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Police arrested a 62-year-old Berkeley man last week after he drove his car while drunk and struck and damaged many parked cars on 10th Street in West Berkeley, authorities said.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, police received a report of a hit-and-run collision in the area of San Pablo Avenue and Virginia Street, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. The driver struck a parked car and fled the scene, then continued driving and struck several more parked cars on 10th Street. … Continue reading »

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3 women taken to hospitals after Berkeley crash

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Berkeley Police are on the scene after an injury collision between a driver and two parked cars in South Berkeley shortly before 1 a.m., authorities said.

Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

Coats said police received a call at 12:53 a.m. about an injury collision in the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Driver strikes 3 blind pedestrians in Berkeley, flees

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested an Oakland woman Thursday in connection with several violations, including felony driving under the influence, after they say she struck and injured three blind people walking downtown.

Just before 4 p.m., police responded to a reported hit-and-run collision with injuries at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street, said Berkeley Police Capt. Erik Upson.

Upon arrival, officers found three visually impaired people who had been struck and injured.  … Continue reading »

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Pedestrian hospitalized after car crash in Berkeley

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A man was hospitalized after walking into the roadway and being struck by a car in West Berkeley last week, authorities reported this week.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said police believe the man, a 54-year-old Berkeley resident, was likely at fault for the collision because he had “entered into the roadway in an area not designated for pedestrians when he was struck.” Police said alcohol may have been a factor on the pedestrian’s part. … Continue reading »

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