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Gang violence, drug use, graffiti spark renewed push to clean up West Berkeley park

City maintenance workers have been cutting back and clearing out brush as part of an effort to clean up Strawberry Creek Park. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Stepped up police patrols, trimmed-back bushes and increased efforts to clean up graffiti around Strawberry Creek Park are among a slew of recent steps by the city following two troubling incidents in March, including a drive-by shooting nearby and the violent robbery of a Berkeley middle school student.

Community members around the West Berkeley park have been asking for help from the city to make changes. They cite frequent problems in the area related in part to its use as a hang-out by youth — including many who reportedly have gang ties. Drug sales and the smoking of marijuana at all hours are said to be regular sights. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police on 3 recent shootings: ‘Responding to these incidents is our top priority’

Berkeley Police have responded to three shootings this week. Image: Google Maps
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Three shootings in Berkeley since last weekend have raised safety concerns around town, and police area coordinators have been using their email lists to ask for cooperation and assure residents that the incidents are under investigation.

Two shootings took place on Harmon Street in South Berkeley, on Saturday and Monday, and the third incident took place on Bonar Street in West Berkeley on Tuesday night. Two teenagers were shot in the second Harmon Street incident, but were said to have non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported, and there have been no arrests reported.

South Berkeley area coordinator officer Stephanie Polizziani told community members on her email list Thursday that Berkeley Police “detectives and patrol officers are working night and day following up on any leads that come their way to ensure the community’s safety.” … Continue reading »

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Update: Police respond to shooting in West Berkeley

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Berkeley Police responded to a drive-by shooting in the 2200 block of Bonar Street on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Residents reported hearing 6-12 gunshots in West Berkeley on Bonar at roughly 10:10 p.m.

Police officers in the area also heard the shots, and responded immediately to investigate, said Berkeley Police Lt. Randy Files. Police canvassed the neighborhood and took statements.

There were no reported injuries on site. Police informed local hospitals about the shooting but had not received any reports about potentially related victims as of midnight.

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Update: 2 teens shot on Harmon Street in Berkeley

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Update, March 25, 6:10 p.m. The Berkeley Police report that, contrary to earlier information, one of the shooting victims was not arrested by the Oakland Police Department. “No arrest was made after all, [it was] possibly an old warrant,” said Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats, via email.

Update, March 25, 10:50 a.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats provided a short statement Tuesday morning about the shooting Monday night in South Berkeley.

She confirmed that, at 9:41 p.m., police received numerous 911 calls about possible gunshots on in the 1500 block of Harmon Street. Officers who responded found bullet casings and several damaged vehicles, as well as damage to a home. There were no victims on scene when police arrived. Highland Hospital notified the Berkeley Police Department a short time later that two males, ages 16 and 19, had come in seeking treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Berkeley officers responded to the hospital to speak with them. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police investigate drive-by shooting on Harmon

A vehicle was struck during a drive-by shooting in the 1500 block of Harmon Street over the weekend. Image: Google Maps
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Police responded to a drive-by shooting in South Berkeley over the weekend, authorities said Sunday night.

Saturday at approximately 11:45 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department dispatch center received “numerous 911 calls” reporting that shots had been fired in the 1500 block of Harmon Street, near Sacramento Street, said watch commander Lt. Dave Frankel.

Callers reported shots fired and a car speeding away. … Continue reading »

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3 years after killing, Berkeley family still seeking justice

Tiffieny Dean and Toby Eagle. Photo: Courtesy of Tiffieny Dean
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Every year on the anniversary of her fiancé’s killing, Tiffieny Dean makes a pilgrimage to the Berkeley Police Department to remind investigators that, three years later, the case remains open.

“I make it a point to go down there,” she said. “I want them to know he did have people that loved him and cared about him. Every anniversary, I get up and I go down there so they won’t forget him.”

, “Toby” for short, was killed March 8, 2011. The 30-year-old Berkeley native was shot to death in his backyard in the 1600 block of Blake Street. Police have not yet arrested anyone in the case. Dean said the lack of closure has made it difficult to move forward.

At the time of his death, the couple had been together for 11 years. They have a son together, Julian, who’s now 10 years old and a fifth-grader at Cragmont Elementary School.

“Still, to this day, sometimes I think he’s going to walk through the door,” she said, of Eagle. “You wish or hope he would walk through the door. When they say time heals, I don’t think it does, because you’re stuck with the memories and know you’re never going to see or hear him again.” … Continue reading »

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Victim reports shooting in Berkeley, details scant

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A man said he was shot Monday night in central Berkeley, but few details have been available about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said officers were dispatched to Alta Bates Hospital on Monday just before 9:30 p.m. for a report of a possible shooting victim.

The 26-year-old Richmond man told police he was shot in the 2500 block of McGee Avenue, near Blake Street. … Continue reading »

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Dispute over woman led to Berkeley man’s murder

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Two cousins are slated to face murder charges in the shooting death in West Berkeley last year of Zontee Jones after an Alameda County Superior Court judge’s ruling this week.

After a short hearing, which included testimony from two witnesses Wednesday morning, Judge Trina Thompson said the district attorney’s office had presented enough evidence for the murder case against 22-year-old Maurice Thomas Jr. to move forward to trial.

Authorities allege that Thomas shot Jones, 34, on Feb. 4, 2013, at Delaware Street west of San Pablo Avenue after an argument between Jones and Jevon Calland, a mutual acquaintance and the first cousin of Thomas. Calland, 21, has also been charged with murder, and was ordered last July to face those charges. He entered a “not guilty” plea a short time later. He had been arrested in Antioch several weeks prior.

Thomas was arrested by police in San Diego in connection with two drug-related violations July 4, and has been in custody since then. He had been picked up near the crime scene and held by police for several days immediately after the Jones murder, but ultimately was released, according to court records. Both men are being held without bail in different areas at Santa Rita Jail, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

According to testimony this week by Calland’s sister, Jewaya Calland, who is also Thomas’ first cousin, Calland and Jones had been involved in an on-going dispute about Calland’s girlfriend. That woman had dated Jones approximately five years prior, according to court testimony last year. … Continue reading »

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1 held to answer in Berkeley murder of ‘Lil Tone’

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court over the past week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Jan. 17: Berkeleyside has been informed by a relative of murder victim Anthony Medearis Jr. that the Alameda County district attorney’s office plans to seek the death penalty in the case against Darnell Williams Jr.

Original story, Jan. 13: The man authorities say gunned down a former friend he suspected of snitching to police has been ordered by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to stand trial.

After approximately three days of testimony, Darnell Williams Jr. was ordered to face 12 felony counts related to the murder of 22-year-old Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. of Berkeley last September, and the murder of an 8-year-old girl in Oakland last July.

“I’m happy as hell,” said Medearis’ aunt, Jackie Winters, after Judge C. Don Clay made his decision. “Justice,” she added. … Continue reading »

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‘Snitch’ rumor leads to Berkeley dad’s murder

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A Berkeley man who was shot to death after a dice game in West Berkeley last fall was targeted because he was rumored to have been cooperating with police, according to testimony Wednesday in a hearing related to his murder.

Laquana Nuño took the stand in the preliminary hearing against Darnell Williams Jr., after which an Alameda County superior court judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence for Williams to face a trial.

Nuño was also charged with the killing of Anthony “Tone” Medearis Jr. on Sept. 8, 2013. Authorities said she provided a ride to Williams after the Medearis shooting, and tried to help him escape police. She said Wednesday she’d picked him up, but had thought Williams had only robbed Medearis, which she’d try to discourage him from doing in the first place. … Continue reading »

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2 testify in Berkeley murder hearing against Oakland man

Anthony Medearis' aunt wore a lanyard and memorial photograph of her nephew to court this week. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The 7-year-old nephew of a man charged with killing Berkeley father Anthony “Lil Tone” Medearis Jr. in September reluctantly took the stand in a hearing Tuesday to determine whether a trial against Medearis’ accused killer can proceed.

Twenty-two-year-old Darnell Williams Jr. of Oakland is facing murder charges for Medearis’ killing, which authorities said took place after the two men got into a fight after a dice game in West Berkeley on Sept. 8 near Eighth and Camelia streets.

Williams and his friend Laquana Nuno, 28, have been charged with murder in the Medearis case. Their cases are not being tried together at this time, however. (Nuno is alleged only to have given Williams a ride after the shooting of 22-year-old Medearis. She is in custody on murder charges, nonetheless, and scheduled to testify Wednesday.) … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Police announce arrest in Berkeley homicide

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Tuesday afternoon, authorities announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for the shooting death last July of 26-year-old Jermaine “Third” Davis of Berkeley.

In a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police said they have arrested Antiown Ramon York, 25, of Pittsburg on suspicion of murder in the Davis case.

The announcement took place as court proceedings against two other men charged with killing an 8-year-old girl to avenge Davis’ death began in Alameda County Superior Court. Berkeleyside will provide continuing coverage of that case throughout the week. … Continue reading »

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Judge says alleged Ashkenaz shooter must stand trial

Ashkenaz's rustic-looking building on San Pablo. Photo: Jeremy Brooks
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After nearly two days of witness testimony, the man arrested earlier this year in the shooting that sent two Ashkenaz employees to the hospital with serious injuries was ordered to face the nine felony charges brought against him by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

The preliminary hearing for Christopher James Washington of Rodeo took place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Richard Couzens presiding.

Authorities say Washington is one of two men who robbed Ashkenaz during a crowded 40th anniversary party March 15, shooting two long-time employees in the process. But witnesses for the prosecution said this week that the men began their criminal activities that night with a robbery and sexual assault in Oakland. A victim in that case tracked her stolen phone into Berkeley, where she said she spied Washington and his associate just before the Ashkenaz robbery, then again minutes later as they ran up Gilman Street pursued by a Berkeley Police cruiser. … Continue reading »

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