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Update, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats released a bit more information by email about Thursday’s crash. She said, based on the preliminary investigation, the driver was northbound on San Pablo Avenue and, as he turned left onto Allston Way, struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Coats said the pedestrian was still in the hospital when she last checked, but had been able to speak with traffic investigators.
The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the police, Coats said. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.
Coats said the driver was a 26-year-old homeless man. The pedestrian was a 63-year-old Hayward man. … Continue reading »
Several readers asked Berkeleyside to find out why it took seven officers to detain one man in downtown Berkeley earlier this week.
Wondered Stefanie Kalem: “Anybody know what just happened with seven cops and one very agitated man on the corner of Shattuck and Addison?”
The incident drew some attention because it took place in a highly trafficked area at a busy time of day, and involved quite a few officers and police vehicles. Video of the incident appears below.
The scuffle ultimately drew at least 10 officers to Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at about 4:15 p.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said police were initially called for a report of a man who was “ranting, and appeared extremely agitated.”
Officers tried to speak with the man, Coats said, but he “became agitated and took a fighting posture towards the officers.” Officers tried to detain him and he became “physically combative … and resisted their attempts to take him safely into custody.”
Kevin Kunze, who was at the scene, posted the following video on YouTube, asking “How many Berkeley cops does it take to arrest one homeless person?” He wrote to Berkeleyside on Twitter and wanted to know more. … Continue reading »
Update, 3:30 p.m. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said Friday afternoon that the company has identified the cause of Tuesday’s power outage as an equipment failure during testing at an East Bay substation.
Sarkissian said she learned Friday that the outage actually originated at a substation in El Cerrito, not in Berkeley as had previously been reported by PG&E. She was not able to provide the exact location of the station.
Sarkissian said the testing had been planned, but that additional details about the nature of the equipment failure are still under investigation. She stressed that PG&E is focused on ensuring that its system is safe and reliable, and said she will release additional information when it is available.
Original story, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday’s widespread power outage in Berkeley and nearby cities kept first responders busy with one accident that sent a cyclist to the hospital, five elevator rescues and a handful of other calls, authorities said. … Continue reading »
Berkeley residents reported finding two boars’ heads and skin pelts in two separate locations Monday morning.
The boar-skin pelts were found in front of Black & White liquor store on Adeline and Emerson, and in front of Herbivore restaurant on Shattuck and Haste. Police officers arrived at the former location — which is also very close to vegetarian restaurant Flaco’s Tacos at 3031 Adeline — and removed the pelt after receiving a call at 11:06 a.m., according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.
The head recovered by police was taken to Berkeley Animal Care Services on Bolivar Drive in West Berkeley.
Police also received a call about the second sighting of a boar’s pelt at 9:29 a.m., but a downtown Berkeley ambassador removed the pelt from the site before an officer arrived.
The boar heads made rounds on Twitter after Berkeley resident Anna Abramson uploaded her discovery on Adeline Street. Abramson saw it around 11 a.m. as she and her girlfriend were walking to Berkeley Bowl.
“I completely didn’t know what to think,” Abramson said. “We were just kind of standing there.” … Continue reading »
Authorities have identified the man who was shot to death in Berkeley on Monday night as 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton of El Sobrante.
He and a 28-year-old woman were shot Monday at about 9:45 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley.
Police made four arrests in the case in February 2015. See the update.
The woman was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading »
Update, Dec. 30, 9:40 a.m. Berkeley police sent out an alert around 9 a.m. Tuesday to say San Pablo Avenue is open in both directions at University Avenue. They added: “BPD appreciates your patience as we conducted our investigation.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Two people were injured, and one of them has died, after a shooting Monday night in West Berkeley.
According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, a male and female were shot at about 9:45 p.m. Coats said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and that she was unsure about the condition of the female, who was taken to the hospital. Coats said, as of about 10:45 p.m., she was en route to the scene to learn more from investigators.
See the update on this case, which includes the victim’s name and personal videos.
According to unconfirmed scanner traffic, the incident took place near the 99 Cents Only store at 1941 San Pablo Ave., near University Avenue, and may have begun as a robbery of medical marijuana. … Continue reading »
Berkeley High School students are expected to stage a “peaceful walkout” today, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m.
A message about the event went out over the Berkeley High email list just after 1:30 p.m.
According to the note, from Principal Kristin Glenchur, the administration is aware of the demonstration and will not allow students who walk out of class to come back to campus, or to make up work they miss.
“Their plan is to leave class immediately after fifth period and walk out to Civic Center Plaza where they have organized speakers,” she wrote. “They intend to march after school up to the Cal Campus. Given the last several nights of protests, it is possible the gathering could include a large number of non-students.”
Another group plans to meet at the Cal campus at 4 p.m. to watch a live-stream of a Michael Brown-related tribunal in Ferguson, Missouri, and then plans to march.
Two years after the shooting of Pamula Mullins, Berkeley police are still looking for clues to her killing
Cathy White has never forgotten the last phone conversation she had with her younger sister, Pamula Mullins.
It was the evening of Dec. 4, 2012. The two sisters were discussing what each would make for Christmas dinner. Mullins offered to make her “messy” salad – a salad chock full of things other than lettuce – and White was gently trying to talk her out of it. Unbeknownst to Mullins, no-one in the family really liked her salad, but they were too polite to tell her that directly.
After a good laugh — the two sisters were very close — Mullins said she had to get off the phone to go to the store.
That was the last time White talked to her sister. … Continue reading »
A man linked to an armed carjacking in West Berkeley on Sunday, after reportedly ditching another stolen vehicle, has been charged with the Oakland murder of a 78-year-old man the same day.
Bennie Williams, 26, has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with the murder earlier on Sunday of Warner Willis.
Willis was found stabbed to death in his bungalow in the 1400 block of Chestnut Street at approximately 9:15 p.m., according to the Oakland Police Department.
Williams was apprehended by police several hours earlier, though authorities initially did not know about the alleged link to the Oakland crime.
According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, Williams used a gun Sunday just after 4:45 p.m. to steal a 38-year-old woman’s vehicle at the SeaBreeze market in Berkeley near West Frontage and University Avenue. … Continue reading »
A 48-year-old Richmond man died after a collision with a pick-up truck in Berkeley last week, authorities reported Thursday evening.
Friday, Sept. 12, Berkeley Police officers responded to an injury collision at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and University Avenue just after 8:30 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, in a prepared statement.
The motorcyclist was identified as Gregory Allen Scoggin of Richmond. … Continue reading »
Police arrested a man and two teenagers last Friday night after finding a stolen handgun, a second firearm and a large amount of marijuana in their car during a traffic stop south of the UC Berkeley campus.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said officers conducted a vehicle stop shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Haste and Dana streets.
“As they approached the vehicle they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment,” she said via email. “They also observed a bag of marijuana on the floor board in plain view.”
Police searched the driver, 20-year-old Ivan Mendoza of Oakland, and found bullets in his pants pocket, according to Coats. … Continue reading »
Police arrested four males from Berkeley and Richmond last week after linking them to a carjacking and robbery in May.
Authorities said the group lured a 20-year-old Rodeo man into Berkeley with an advertisement for a pair of sneakers.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the victim met up with the group at 8:45 p.m. May 6 in the 1500 block of Harmon Street in South Berkeley.
Three males approached the Rodeo man while he was in his vehicle. One of them asked if he was there to buy shoes, Coats said.
They talked about the price of the shoes for a few minutes. When the Rodeo man went to get the money to pay for the shoes, the group tried to lure him down a driveway, Coats said. … Continue reading »
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 »