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Berkeley music collective honors slain rapper ‘AyeGee’

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[Editor’s Note: Berkeleyside freelancer Delency Parham knew Alex Goodwin Jr. This story includes some of Parham’s own reflections, as a young Black man himself, on the loss.]

Berkeley-based music collective Neighborhood Heavy honored slain group member Alex “AyeGee” Goodwin Jr. on Friday with the release of a five-track mixtape titled, “#LongLiveAyeGee.”

The project features five previously unreleased songs from Goodwin, who was shot and killed earlier this month on the front porch of his South Berkeley home. Along with the rest of Neighborhood Heavy, the 22-year-old Berkeley native had been hoping one day to make music his full-time work.

Now, as friends and family mourn his death, members of Neighborhood Heavy say they are hopeful their friend and brother can live on through their music.

Goodwin was born and raised in South Berkeley. A product of all Berkeley schools, parks, and recreation centers, he epitomized what it meant to be from this city.

See the GoFundMe page.

His ability to be there when people needed him most is what allowed him to impact so many lives in such a brief period. Not only was he a son, he was an uncle, an older brother, a grandson and a companion to many. Like most young men, he had a passion for sports; some might even describe him as a Golden State “Warriors fanatic.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley homicide victim ID’d as Alex Goodwin Jr., 22

Alex Goodwin. Photo: Alex Goodwin/Twitter
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Twenty-two-year-old Alex Goodwin Jr. has been identified as the person who was fatally shot by San Pablo Park late Thursday night.

Authorities have not released the name, but friends have identified Goodwin online and the family has been informed, according to those familiar with the neighborhood.

Thursday night’s shooting became the first homicide of the year after Goodwin was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital early Friday morning.

Multiple callers reported the sound of gunfire to police just before midnight. Numerous callers said they heard three shots around Mabel and Burnett streets.

Berkeleyside broke the news of the shooting at about 2:20 a.m.

Goodwin lived in the 2900 block of Mabel according to records online. A woman called police around the time of the gunshots to report that her brother had left their home but not come back in, according to scanner recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside.

BPD has not confirmed whether that call referred to Goodwin.

The young man attended Berkeley Arts Magnet, King Middle School and Berkeley High.

In a chilling post on Twitter less than a week ago, Goodwin wrote, “When I die, turnup for me… On Mabel in front of Grams house like I would want you to.” … Continue reading »

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Update: Man dead after shooting near San Pablo Park

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Berkeley had its first homicide of the year early Friday after a man in his 20s was shot and critically injured near San Pablo Park.

Police called to southwest Berkeley just before midnight following reports of possible gunfire found a young man down in the street who was breathing but unresponsive.

Berkeley Police Sgt. Andrew Frankel said shortly before 4:30 a.m. that the man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“We don’t believe that there is an immediate threat to the community as the shooting does not appear to have been random,” he said. “The suspects are still at large. Homicide detectives are on scene and working the investigation.”

Frankel confirmed that dispatchers got numerous calls just before midnight Friday about loud reports — possible gunfire — near Mabel and Burnett streets. Several callers reported hearing what sounded like three gunshots. The location is south of San Pablo Park and north of Ashby Avenue. It’s one block east of San Pablo Avenue.

One woman also called police to say her brother had stepped out of their home in the 2900 block of Mabel and had not come back inside, according to unconfirmed scanner traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside.

Officers who responded to the scene found a 22-year-old man down in the street at Burnett and Mabel. Initially it was unclear whether he had been hit by gunfire. … Continue reading »

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Car crash causes power outage in southwest Berkeley

The car crash at Ward and San Pablo. Photo: Danielle Madugo
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A car crash downed power lines and caused outages to more than 1,000 people in southwest Berkeley on Thursday night, and police say it appears drugs or alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Reports began coming into Berkeleyside from readers on Twitter at about 8:40 p.m. Readers said the car crashed at Ward Street and San Pablo Avenue.

One local resident said, after the crash, the vehicle’s sole occupant appeared to stumble out of the sedan and collapse in a neighbor’s yard.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dan Montgomery said the man was naked from the waist down when police took him into custody. The man, who looked to be in his early 20s, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Police recovered the man’s pants at the scene.

Police believe the driver may have been intoxicated and are treating the crash as a DUI investigation, Montgomery said. He said the car appeared to have been totaled, but that there was “surprisingly little damage” otherwise.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed just before 9 p.m. that “a vehicle collided with a power pole” causing the outage. The incident is still under investigation.

One reader reported that she received a robocall from PG&E saying that 1,255 people were affected by the outage.  … Continue reading »

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Alameda man charged in West Berkeley shooting

Police responded to West Berkeley for a report of a shooting Saturday. Photo: Tom Price
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An Alameda man has been charged with eight felonies linked to four separate victims from a shooting in West Berkeley near San Pablo Park in August that sent one man to the hospital.

Jamell Tousant, 38, is being held at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $2.37 million, and is scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing next Wednesday.

According to court papers, Tousant drove to Berkeley on Aug. 15, and stopped in the 2800 block of Mabel Street, near Oregon Street, on the border of San Pablo Park at about 6:40 p.m.

He got out and fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle at a group of four men walking along Mabel, and struck one of them in the leg. A passenger from Tousant’s vehicle also fired at the group, according to police. (The man who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment, and later was released.)

Two homes were struck by gunfire, as was a vehicle. A witness told police that a white vehicle fled the scene, and was able to pass on the vehicle’s license plate number to authorities. … Continue reading »

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2 stabbings on Telegraph; gunshots on Mabel

Berkeley Police cruisers on Telegraph, March 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m. Police said they later determined both stabbings on Telegraph were related to the same street fight, as reported Monday by the Daily Cal.

Original story, Oct. 17, 1:44 a.m. Berkeley Police officers had a busy night Friday, including two stabbings on Telegraph Avenue, and a call about gunshots on Mabel Street.

Berkeley Police Lt. Alyson Hart said neither of the stabbing victims appeared to have life-threatening injuries, and neither were cooperating with investigators. The stabbings did not initially appear to be related, but the investigation is ongoing.

At about 11:30 p.m., officers were called to Telegraph and Durant avenues, outside Pappy’s bar, for a report of an adult male stabbing victim. He was taken to the hospital for medical care. … Continue reading »

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Medical helicopter lands in Berkeley’s San Pablo Park

A medical helicopter has landed in San Pablo Park to transport a patient. Photo: hfidek
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A medical helicopter landed at West Berkeley’s San Pablo Park on Thursday afternoon to take a patient to UC Davis, according to unconfirmed scanner reports, for care.

The Berkeley Fire Department picked up the patient from Alta Bates Hospital at about 3:10 p.m., and planned to meet the helicopter at the park, according to scanner traffic.

Carolyn Kemp, spokeswoman for the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, said the hospital and Berkeley Fire Department began working together around 3 p.m. “to ensure a helicopter airlift of a patient with a life-threatening and rare medical condition.”

Kemp could not provide additional information due to medical privacy laws.  … Continue reading »

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Police respond to shooting near San Pablo Park

Police responded to West Berkeley for a report of a shooting Saturday. Photo: Tom Price
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Berkeley police are investigating a shooting in the 2800 block of Mabel Street early Saturday evening, near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park.

At 6:38 p.m. police received several 911 calls for reports of gunshots from the area of San Pablo Park in West Berkeley.

While responding to the location, another caller reported a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1300 block of Russell Street.

The victim has been taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a police statement.

Officers are currently on scene investigating the shooting.  … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley park, free boxing program inspires young men

It started when Manuel Buendía began taking his young sons to San Pablo Park in Berkeley to teach them to box. Soon others wanted to join in, and now Buendía runs an informal, free boxing training program for any young person who shows interest.

Buendía hopes the sessions are helping some of the participants stay out of trouble. As he says in the video above, “Instead of them fighting out on the street, they should bring it here. Here in the park, right? They can take their anger out here, with boxing.”

Luis Flores, a UC Berkeley student who also attended Berkeley High School, shot the video above through Youth Radio, a non-profit based in downtown Oakland. … Continue reading »

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In a Berkeley park, a bluebird displays unusual behavior

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Last year, Rusty Scalf, teacher and trip leader for the Audubon Society, introduced me to a family of western bluebirds living and nesting in Berkeley’s San Pablo Park. This year, Scalf called me back. Apparently, a “mad man” had flown onto the bluebird scene.

“He’s like a Rambo,” Scalf said. “A worm bandit… a total behavioral outlier.”  “He,” the bluebird shown above, was a fledgling, a few weeks old, which undertook intensive hunting forays across the park. He even “mugged” a house sparrow and competed with his parents, beak-to-beak, for insects and worms — food he delivered to his younger brother and two sisters in the nest.

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Martin Luther King celebrated with Day of Service

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The center of Berkeley’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday will be the awards breakfast, now in its second year, but there is a host of other activities focused on the National Day of Service. The Day of Service was started by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for his first inauguration, four years ago. This year, the official day is on Saturday, but many events are being held on Monday as well, which is both a national holiday and the date of Obama’s second inauguration.

Here are some of the main Berkeley Day of Service opportunities. Most of the links lead to signup pages for specific events. If you know of others, please let tell us in the comments below.  … Continue reading »

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Summer weather = more home burglaries in Berkeley

Officer Karen Buckheit addresses neighbors at town hall meeting. Photo: Diana Arbss
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Summer has officially begun, bringing warmer weather and increased crime.

At a town hall meeting last week hosted by Councilman Darryl Moore, an officer from the Berkeley Police Department gave San Pablo Park neighbors tips on how to protect themselves against crime and report suspicious activity. In turn, the neighbors challenged police and city officials to do their part addressing area burglaries and youth nuisance.

Officer Karen Buckheit, Area 4 Coordinator, credited the neighbors for police success in catching repeat youth offenders. She encouraged the neighbors to continue calling in suspicious activity. … Continue reading »

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San Pablo Park marks its 103rd birthday

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Berkeley’s oldest park, San Pablo Park, marks its 103rd birthday this year. Councilmember Darryl Moore marked one of the recent improvements to the park — new signs — with an unveiling ceremony yesterday afternoon.

Eager children from the after-school program at the Frances Albrier Recreation Center in the park tore the wrapping off the sign before Moore, whose District 2 includes San Pablo Park, posed for more formal photos with other officials involved with the park.

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