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The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged two Richmond men with robbery after they allegedly stole marijuana from a third man during an attempted drug deal near the Berkeley Pier, according to court documents.
The robbery took place Oct. 4 when the three met up for the deal, which had been arranged in advance by phone, according to authorities. During the deal, one of the buyers, later identified as Jamon Baptiste Ward, grabbed the marijuana from the seller while the other buyer, identified as Cortez Barber, “simulated a gun underneath his shirt,” police said.
The seller backed away and the duo fled in a vehicle from University Avenue and Seawall Drive, where the meeting had taken place. Police said the seller took a photo of their license plate as they drove off at 5 p.m.
Police said Ward’s cell phone number matched the one used to arrange the deal, and that the vehicle used in the getaway was registered to Ward’s mother. … Continue reading »
A man fingered in a photo line-up as responsible for a robbery in Berkeley in late August has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with four felonies and a misdemeanor, according to court papers.
In a document related to the arrest of Keith Deon Golson on Oct. 3, police said Golson was identified as the man responsible for an Aug. 30 robbery in Berkeley of a pedestrian with a cell phone.
Police later obtained a search warrant for Golson’s home, in the 1800 block of Woolsey Street, and said they located the jacket he allegedly wore the night of the robbery. Police found 13 individually-wrapped pieces of suspected cocaine base for sale in the living room, along with a used razor blade and unused packaging material, as well as a cell phone and $105 in mixed bills. … Continue reading »
Earlier this month, Berkeley Police detectives arrested two felons in Oakland and confiscated drugs, packaging materials and loaded handguns, according to court documents obtained by Berkeleyside this week.
On Oct. 1, police served a search warrant at the home of Cynthia Simmons and Kevin Franklin in the 1100 block of 34th Street in West Oakland.
Police said they recovered suspected heroin packaged for sale, two loaded handguns — a Colt .32 revolver and a Glock pistol — and packaging materials at the residence. … Continue reading »
A man arrested in South Berkeley earlier this month — who police say had cash, a digital scale, marijuana and a loaded handgun — is scheduled to enter a plea in an Alameda County courtroom next week.
Melvin Lugene Holman, 20, of Fresno, was driving through Berkeley, in the 1500 block of Oregon Street, in a white Mercedes on May 23 when a Berkeley Police officer stopped him shortly before 7 p.m. in connection with “vehicle code violations,” according to court documents.
The officer, Kevin Kleppe, wrote in one of the documents that he smelled marijuana coming from the Mercedes during the traffic stop, which led to a search. Kleppe said he found a glass jar holding 6.81 grams of marijuana, as well as “two I-phone cell phones (containing text messages indicating that Holman was selling marijuana), a digital scale with marijuana residue on it, packaging materials, and a loaded SIG Sauer semi-automatic handgun.” … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police officers have arrested an Oakland man with three prior convictions after finding him with dozens of ecstasy pills, a loaded stolen handgun, marijuana packaged for sale and six altered credit cards, according to court documents.
Police arrested Jamar McClain, 31, on Feb. 1 after executing a search warrant and probation search at McClain’s home in Oakland.
A Berkeley Police captain declined to comment on exactly what led the agency to arrest McClain, but said criminal investigations in Berkeley often lead investigators outside the city limits.
“I’d like to make it really clear that Berkeley crimes drive our investigations, regardless of where we end up,” said police Capt. Andrew Greenwood, via email. … Continue reading »