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Driver charged in vehicular manslaughter of Berkeley man is ‘legally blind’

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Update, Aug. 7: The Alameda County district attorney’s office has increased the vehicular manslaughter charge against Robert Gilchrist to a felony, according to court papers dated Aug. 7. See the complaint here. Authorities say Gilchrist struck and killed a 98-year-old pedestrian while driving in Berkeley in April.

Original story, Aug. 4: The driver charged with killing a 98-year-old former psychology professor on his daily walk in Berkeley in April had no license and told police he is “legally blind,” according to court papers that became available last week.

Robert Jack Gilchrist, 56, was charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office July 31 with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license, also a misdemeanor.

Vehicular manslaughter involves driving “in an unlawful manner, but without gross negligence,” according to court papers.

Authorities say Gilchrist, of Oakland, hit the 98-year-old Berkeley man as he walked in a crosswalk on Sacramento Street at Bancroft Way on April 4. … Continue reading »

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Update: Shooting sends Berkeley man to hospital

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One person in South Berkeley was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg Sunday night, according to unconfirmed police scanner recordings.

According to scanner traffic, several callers reported the sound of numerous gunshots near Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

A caller told police one person, with a gunshot wound to the leg, was located at a house in the 3200 block of Sacramento, between Harmon Street and Alcatraz. … Continue reading »

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Alleged repeat violent offender arrested again in Berkeley

Kaidi Clutchette has been arrested in Berkeley at least three times after reports of violent incidents since last September. Image: Google Maps
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An Oakland man has been charged with battery and other crimes after Berkeley police say he punched and threw a glass bottle at a man, then tried to stab him with a knife.

Kaidi Clutchette, 35, was arrested, most recently, June 24 at 9:50 p.m. two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus on Telegraph Avenue. But he was also arrested two other times in Berkeley since last fall after reports of violent acts against women, according to police.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, Clutchette and another man had been standing on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue, near Channing Way, when the man “asked Clutchette to move away.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police seek info, suspect after sexual assault

There have been 58 sexual assaults reported in Berkeley since January 1. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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The Berkeley Police Department is looking for a man reported to have sexually assaulted a woman in her 30s early Sunday morning not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

According to a notice released by the department Wednesday evening, the assault took place just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police she had been walking alone on a side street west of the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue, just south of the University of California at Berkeley campus, when she was attacked from behind by an unknown man. … 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, Aug. 12: Authorities have ruled that the accident was due to a right-of-way violation caused by the cyclist. Said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, the boy rode his bicycle off the sidewalk and into traffic in the roadway, where he was struck immediately by an oncoming vehicle.

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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Trio in South Berkeley robs teen of shoes

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A 16-year-old boy was hit, held down and robbed over the weekend of his hat and shoes, police said this week.

The teenager was walking just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Woolsey and Ellis streets when three males attacked him, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.

The assailants, all three of whom appeared to be 16 to 17 years old, approached the victim, struck him several times and wrestled him to the ground, said Coats. … Continue reading »

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Radio problems hamper Berkeley shooting investigation

Police investigate a shooting at La Quinta on June 7. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, June 10: The Berkeley Police Department said it was aware of the radio problems Saturday and “immediately contacted the City’s Radio Shop personnel in the Public Works Department to try to identify the cause of the problem and resolve it.”

The city determined that the problems were related to the larger regional network, the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, of which Berkeley is a part.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats: “We have learned that the system was impacted by an outside signal, which caused parts of the system to experience radio interference. We have been advised that Alameda County is investigating the situation, which appears to have corrected itself at this time.”

(Berkeley scanner feeds, which are provided by a local resident, are available to the public online.)

Original story, June 9, 10 a.m.: A radio malfunction that garbled communication attempts between Berkeley officers and dispatchers Saturday night made a complex shooting investigation even more challenging, officers said. … Continue reading »

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2 teens shot at West Berkeley hotel party

Police responded to a shooting at La Quinta on Saturday, June 7. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, June 8, 1 a.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed that two teenage juvenile boys were shot at La Quinta on Saturday night.

She said she could not comment on their injuries due to medical privacy laws, but said the wounds did not appear to be life threatening. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police have not located a third gunshot victim, though one initially had been reported. Authorities have asked area hospitals to alert the Berkeley Police Department if they become aware of one. … Continue reading »

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Barricaded man with knife arrested near Cal campus

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A barricaded man who was making threats, brandishing a knife and hurling bottles at police shut down a block south of campus Monday night before ultimately being arrested by police after a short stand-off.

Monday at about 7:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 2200 block of Dwight Way, near Fulton Street, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.

When they arrived, they saw a man walk out of the building, then rush back inside into a second-floor apartment. … Continue reading »

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Police: West Berkeley fire caused by hashish operation

One man was taken to the hospital for treatment after a fire in West Berkeley on Tuesday night. Photo: Jef Poskanzer
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A small fire at a West Berkeley business on Tuesday evening, which sent one man to a burn center for treatment, appears to have been caused by a hashish production operation, police said Wednesday.

Very little information was available from authorities, but Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, said via email that officers responding to the fire Tuesday discovered an illegal marijuana grow and hashish production operation on-site. … Continue reading »

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Community comes out for NAACP forum on alleged racial profiling by police in Berkeley

The father of Kayla Moore, who died in police custody last year, was one of many community members to attend a forum May 10 about perceived racial profiling by the Berkeley Police Department. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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More than 100 community members turned out to the Berkeley Public Library over the weekend to share or hear stories about what they believe is on-going racial profiling and harassment of minorities in Berkeley by local police officers.

The Berkeley NAACP organized the standing-room-only event, entitled “Berkeley Police – Power & Abuse,” at the south branch of the library Saturday afternoon.

Local residents, and representatives from the Berkeley NAACP and the Berkeley/North East Bay Chapter of the ACLU, took turns describing experiences they have had, or heard about, with the Berkeley Police Department. (Police were not invited to attend the session, Police Chief Michael Meehan said last week.)

A member of Berkeley’s Peace & Justice Commission, George Lippman, also informed attendees about a proposal approved in March by the Police Review Commission under which officers would report demographic data for police stops in a format that would be available for public review. That recommendation would allow the community to assess who is getting stopped and, according to advocates, discourage officers from paying unfair attention to any particular group.  … 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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16-year-old girl found naked, pepper-sprayed in Elmwood

A 16-year old girl was found at Ashby and Piedmont Avenues this morning. She was naked and may have been sexually assaulted. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Update, April 17: The San Francisco Police Department has taken over this case. According to KTVU, “The girl initially told authorities she had been kidnapped and robbed in Oakland and then dropped off in Berkeley. Oakland Police said the case could be related to human sex trafficking. Then they turned the case over the SFPD after the girl changed her story.” SFPD will investigate the case as a kidnapping and robbery, but not a sexual assault.

Update, 7:25 p.m. The Oakland Police Department released the following statement at 4:45 p.m.: “Investigators have learned this incident occurred in another jurisdiction. The victim is a juvenile. This case may be associated with human sex trafficking.” Any instance in which a minor is induced to engage in prostitution or other commercial sex acts is considered sex trafficking; the Alameda County district attorney’s office has made the reduction of these activities a priority.

Original post: A teenage girl who may have been sexually assaulted was found naked and suffering from pepper spray in the Elmwood district early Wednesday morning, according to Berkeley Police scanner traffic, authorities and media reports.

Residents in the 2900 block of Piedmont Avenue, near Ashby Avenue, were awoken shortly after 5 a.m. to the sound of the girl screaming, “Help me,” according to scanner traffic recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside. 

The 16-year-old girl told authorities she had been raped. … Continue reading »

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