Tag Archives: Lt. Andrew Rateaver

Broken fire hydrant makes Berkeley geyser

There's a broken fire hydrant at Acton and Addison. Photo: Toph Burns
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A broken fire hydrant in central Berkeley sent water shooting up into the sky Friday morning.

Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the situation, at Acton and Addison streets, at 11 a.m.

Wrote Toph Burns, on Twitter, when he shared this photograph: “Quick everyone, bring buckets and laundry!” … Continue reading »

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2 men shot at women in car on Telegraph Avenue

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New details have emerged about the incident early Sunday in which multiple gunshots were fired on Telegraph Avenue at Channing Way south of the UC Berkeley campus.

According to the University of California Police Department, two men, both described as black, fired guns at a vehicle being driven by a woman who had a female friend as her passenger as they passed through the intersection just after 12:30 a.m.

The women, who said their vehicle was struck several times, drove away … Continue reading »

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Police investigate shooting on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue

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Shots fired in the early hours of Sunday morning on Telegraph Avenue near the intersection with Channing Way may have been related to a big party being held on “frat row” in the 2400 block of Warring Street, according to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. There are no known injuries or suspects at this time.

Early unconfirmed reports from witnesses suggested the gunshots, which left multiple bullet casings on Telegraph Avenue, may have involved people in a car and a pedestrian.

There was no obvious damage to nearby buildings and police did not find any blood spatter, according to Rateaver. … Continue reading »

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Channing, Piedmont blocked due to suspicious device

The bomb squad robot near Channing and Piedmont. Photo: Siciliana Trevino
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Update, June 5, 9 p.m.: Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told the Daily Cal that the device turned out to be “some kind of prop used for a fraternity’s costume party.” The device was spotted by a passer-by in a parking lot next to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and an apartment complex.

Update, 3:25 p.m.: At around 1:30 p.m. Lt. Rateaver told Berkeleyside, “The incident at Channing has been terminated with nothing outstanding. Everything is safe.”

Original story, 12:47 p.m.: Police have been on the scene in Berkeley since 10 a.m. Saturday due to a suspicious device at Channing and Piedmont reported by a passer-by, authorities said.

Traffic is closed at north- and southbound Piedmont Avenue, and east- and west-bound Channing Way, as authorities investigate the situation.

Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department said a passer-by reported seeing the suspicious device and said it might be “explosive-related.” … Continue reading »

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Police recognize retirement, celebrate promotions

Friends, co-workers and family applaud retiree Lt. Diane Delaney, who started with the force in 1985. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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More than 100 people crowded into the Maudelle Shirek building in downtown Berkeley on Thursday morning to celebrate three promotions and recognize the retirement of a longtime officer from the Berkeley Police Department.

Opening these ceremonies to the public is a relatively new move by the department to give the community a chance to learn about how officers approach their work, said Police Chief Michael Meehan.

“It’s something I changed when I got hired,” said Meehan. “We’re proud of who we are and what we’re doing in this city, and we want people to know who their officers are.” … Continue reading »

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Police watch for violence at funeral for 19-year-old

A friend of Ceejay Reed's holds up a laminated memorial to him. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Berkeley police were out in force Thursday for the funeral of Ceejay Reed, 19, at McGee Avenue Baptist Church in South Berkeley.

The police established a visible presence on McGee and Stuart Street around 11 a.m. in an effort to deter a repeat of a shooting Tuesday night in East Oakland during a street vigil for Reed. On that occasion, a car driving by a group of people mourning Reed in the 5000 block of Melrose Avenue fired 20 to 30 bullets, one of which killed a 19-year-old Antioch man. Some of the bullets shattered the window of Oakland Fire Station 18, narrowly missing two firefighters, according to news reports. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police officers honored for distinguished service

Officer Darrin Refferty pins a distinguished service medal on Officer Susan Lee at the Berkeley Police Association Awards ceremony on May 3, 21012. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley Police Association honored seven Berkeley police officers for their outstanding service to the community in an awards ceremony on May 3 at Freight & Salvage.

The officers were honored for a variety of actions, including chasing down and apprehending a murder suspect, providing life-saving CPR and other medical treatment, and spearheading a program to help police officers deal with stress from the difficult demands of the job.

“We honor today those officers whose extraordinary work and heroic actions distinguish them from an already outstanding group of officers,” Said Officer Darrin Rafferty, the secretary of the Berkeley Police Association.

The awards ceremony started 30 years ago, he said. The last time awards were handed out was in 2007. … Continue reading »

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