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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, 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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Caltrans fence forces homeless to find new camp

The people who used to sleep under the Gilman/I-80 underpass are trying to adjust to their new cramped sleeping situation. Photo: Natalie Orenstein
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Responding to complaints that the homeless people who camped under the Gilman/I-80 underpass were engaged in criminal activity, Caltrans has fenced off the area — pushing the encampment onto a narrow strip nearby.

Caltrans installed the fencing between Feb. 10 and March 6 at the request of the Berkeley Police Department, “in order to help curtail criminal activity in the area,” said Caltrans spokesman Robert Haus via email.

“We have had complaints regarding criminal activity associated with the encampment down there,” said police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats via email. “We have reached out to those camping in the area through members of our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Area Coordinators, and Mobile Crisis workers.” … Continue reading »

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Police activity puts Willard Middle School on lockdown

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Willard Middle School in Berkeley was on temporary lockdown this afternoon due to a police search in the area.

At 1 p.m., Berkeley Police received a call about a suspicious person on a property in the 2700 block of Regent Street, police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said.

She continued: “The initial call was suspicious persons, who appeared to be prowling or casing a residence. An officer arrived in the area and observed an attempted burglary into a residence. The officer attempted to detain them and they fled on foot.

“Officers established a perimeter and conducted a yard to yard search. … Continue reading »

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Think you can hear Berkeley Police online? Think again

For most people, hearing Berkeley Police traffic on the radio has gone out of range. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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In recent months, Berkeleyside has heard from multiple residents who still believe they can listen to what’s happening with local police calls on their phones or online.

Said one, in response to an email alert that went out to a neighborhood group in January, which listed a previously active online channel as a good resource: “I have … been tuned into the internet scanner feed given out in the email. I have not heard one thing. Perhaps I have not tuned in and listened long enough to hear any calls come over the airways.”

Other readers have said they use a cell phone app to tune in, or suggested various web links, in response to crime stories Berkeleyside has posted. Wrote one on Facebook last year: “Anyone can listen in to the BPD and BFD radio feeds,” which was followed by a link to a site that hosts scanner chatter.

But, in fact, Berkeley frequencies are now part of a regional “trunked” system, which means members of the public can no longer hear them via the means that may be easiest. (Very limited Berkeley Fire Department broadcasts are still available online, but do not represent all the department’s traffic.)

In December, Berkeleyside made the $400+ investment to purchase a scanner to monitor local frequencies to help track important public safety incidents for our readers. It’s already led to exclusive reports on several local crime stories. … Continue reading »

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Teen arrested after cell phone robbery in Berkeley

Strawberry Creek Park in Berkeley. Image: Google maps
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Thursday evening, police tracked a teenage boy believed to have robbed a male victim of his cell phone to Strawberry Creek Park in West Berkeley, where they arrested him.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats, the victim flagged down an officer in front of the Public Safety Building, on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, to report the cell phone robbery, which had taken place in Ohlone Park, at 1701 Hearst Ave.

The time of that incident and details about what happened were not available Friday. Berkeleyside has requested additional information.

Coats said via email that police learned that the person responsible for the robbery had gone to Strawberry Creek Park, several blocks southwest of Ohlone Park. Officers organized a team to respond to the park to find him. … 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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Residents fight off burglar during home invasion attempt

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A San Pablo man arrested just before Christmas, after authorities said he tried to break into a Berkeley home while residents were inside, has been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing later this month.

According to police, residents in a home in the 2900 block of Hillegass Avenue fought off a man who tried to break into their home on Dec. 24 just before 7:15 a.m. … Continue reading »

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7 arrests, 3 firearms recovered, during 1 week in Berkeley

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Berkeley Police have arrested seven people and confiscated three firearms in connection with a robbery, two traffic stops and a suspicious person call over the past week, police reported Monday in response to a request from Berkeleyside. All four cases reportedly involved firearms, but a weapon was not recovered in one of the incidents. … Continue reading »

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Police identify body found at Berkeley waterfront

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Friday night, the Berkeley Police Department released the identity of a man found dead earlier this week at the Berkeley waterfront.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the Berkeley Marina for a report of a body discovered in the water, said police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats via email.

Officers arrived on scene and found the remains of a man near the shoreline along West Frontage Road south of University Avenue.

Officers from the East Bay Regional Parks and Berkeley police departments have been conducting an investigation into the discovery of the man’s body, said Coats. … Continue reading »

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Police investigate body found on waterfront in Berkeley

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The East Bay Regional Park police are investigating a male body that was found on the waterfront south of University Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday afternoon.

According to BPD spokeswoman Jennifer Coats, as reported by the Bay Area News Group, the body was found around 3:15 p.m. along West Frontage Road on Oct. 30, 2013. Berkeley police assisted police from East Bay Regional Park — who have jurisdiction over the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park – in the recovery of the body. … Continue reading »

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Shattuck re-opened after suspicious package scare

Authorities used a bomb-detecting robot to determine whether a suspicious item on Telegraph Avenue was safe on Monday afternoon. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Update, 7 p.m. As per a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department at 4:11 p.m., “The Bomb Squad examined the package, rendering it safe and determined it to be harmless.  The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Shattuck Avenue was opened to all traffic and pedestrians.

Just before 4 p.m., the University of California Police Department alerted campus to evacuate Sproul Hall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and the lower Sproul construction site, according to a notice posted on the department’s Twitter feed. The UCPD bomb squad responded. … Continue reading »

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Attempted murder suspect set for arraignment

After a car chase with the Berkeley police in the early hours of Oct. 23,  the attempted murder suspect crashed this 2003 Ford Explorer into a tree on the Alameda, north of Hopkins Street. The vehicle’s right side was sheared open by the impact with the tree. Photo: Berkeley Police
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A man arrested by police in North Berkeley earlier this week after reportedly beating a man with a weapon, then crashing his car into a tree while fleeing authorities, is scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon in downtown Oakland.

Duane Nailor, 54, of Texas was treated after the car crash for non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been booked into custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he remains in custody without bail.

Nailor was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, … Continue reading »

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City leaders weigh in on idea of Tasers in Berkeley

The Berkeley Police Association, the union for the rank and file, has been making the case for officers to have Tasers. Photo: Creative Commons
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Last week the Berkeley Police Assocation put out a public demand for Tasers for local officers, and Berkeleyside followed up with several questions to city leaders about the issue.

Several leaders declined to comment. Others didn’t respond at all. Most of those who did reply said more research would be needed, and an in-depth conversation would need to take place before any action could be considered.

The association said Berkeley is one of just three Bay Area law enforcement agencies — out of 113 — that isn’t already armed with Tasers or considering their use.

The group said a recent suicide attempt could have been avoided if Berkeley police had Tasers, and also cited a recent officer injury that may well have been avoided too. Not having the tool decreases officer and public safety, said the association, and ends up costing the city money in worker’s comp claims and associated costs. … Continue reading »

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