Tag Archives: Jennifer Coats
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Sept. 19-15, there were 17 burglary reports, 15 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 17 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Six robberies and six assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Police arrested an Oakland man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 2100 block of Allston Way, according to court documents. Police said the assault took place between 5 and 6 a.m. after the man gave the woman methamphetamine and a pipe to smoke it with. She told the man she did not want sexual contact with him, but he took action anyway, police wrote in a document related to the man’s arrest. Later that day, just after 1 p.m., police located a man matching the description provided by the woman, on Milvia Street near Kittredge Street, and ultimately arrested him. The man was identified as 34-year-old Kaidi Clutchette. The Alameda County district attorney’s office ultimately charged Clutchette with possession of a controlled substance; police said they found him with a glass pipe and that, just prior to his arrest, he discarded a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. Authorities said Clutchette had seven prior convictions and served time in prison related to possession, robbery, sale of a controlled substance and grand theft. He is scheduled for a further pre-trial hearing Oct. 1 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. … Continue reading »
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 »
Berkeley Police are on the scene in the 1600 block of Milvia Street following a 911 call about a loud report at 12:34 p.m., authorities said.
“We have folks out there investigating now,” said Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver shortly before 2 p.m.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said at about 2:05 p.m. that police are investigating the incident on Milvia as a possible suicide. She said there had been one confirmed fatality. … Continue reading »