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San Leandro man to face murder, gang charges after 2013 Berkeley killing

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A 24-year-old San Leandro man has been ordered by a judge to face charges in the murder case against him for a fatal shooting in Berkeley last year.

According to evidence presented by authorities this month in the case against Krishna Ferreira, the victim had been a member of the West Side Berkeley gang who had fallen out of favor with his comrades — and been “green lit” for punishment — when he failed to comply with the gang’s rules while he was incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail in 2012.

The victim, 24-year-old Dustin Bynum of Berkeley, was shot to death outside Bing’s Liquors in West Berkeley in August 2013.

This month, beginning Nov. 4, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara considered the case against Ferreira to determine whether the district attorney’s office had enough evidence against him for the prosecution to move forward to trial. The preliminary hearing — where authorities present their evidence and the defense has a chance to question it — ended Tuesday afternoon with a ruling from Nakahara in favor of the prosecution.

Berkeley Police Officer Stephanie Polizziani — an area coordinator, former jailer and one of the department’s two gang experts — testified over the past week that Ferreira is an active member of the West Side Berkeley gang, which is affiliated with, and answers to, the Norteño prison gang. According to Polizziani, the Norteños have handed down orders to its affiliates to “take care of their trash” — in reference to former gang members who had been “jumped out” or dropped out of active gang activities.

Polizziani said Bynum — who was known as “phatboy” on the streets — fell into this category after he failed to comply with the gang’s rules while locked up at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in 2012. Three members of the gang attacked him, and “jumped him out” of the gang. He was then removed from the housing area where other Norteños are incarcerated and moved into an area where those seeking protective custody or who are cooperating with law enforcement are placed. He was also, according to Polizziani, put on the gang’s “bad news list,” or BNL. … Continue reading »

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Police search South Berkeley after Seabreeze homicide

A search warrant operation in South Berkeley woke many residents early Thursday. Photo: A citizen reporter
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Authorities conducted a warrant search in South Berkeley early Thursday that was connected to a fatal shooting last week at the Seabreeze Market.

The Berkeley Police Department put out a notice Thursday evening about the operation after receiving “several inquiries” from community members about the disturbance.

According to the statement, the operation — which had been organized and carried out by the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department — took place in the 1500 block of Harmon Street early Thursday morning.

The Seabreeze is in Berkeley but is located within Park District boundaries near University Avenue and Interstate 80, en route to the Berkeley marina. Last week’s fatal shooting took place Tuesday, Oct. 28 shortly before 8 p.m.

According to a local resident who asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, Thursday’s operation began shortly before 5 a.m.

“It started with 4 flash bangs in succession … then a slight pause, then one more flash bang,” he wrote, adding that he was “woken up by the noise.” (A video of those flash bangs follows.) … Continue reading »

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Man killed near Seabreeze market in West Berkeley

The killing took place in the parking lot of Seabreeze Market
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Update: Oct. 31: East Bay Regional Park District police identified the man shot and killed Tuesday night as 21-year-old Damarco J. Thomas of Stockton.

Investigators are looking for information on cars that might have been on the scene of the Tuesday shooting, according to a press release. They want information on a white Ford or Chevy style pick-up truck, extended cab, possibly a side step model. Investigators are also looking for a man spotted in the vicinity, described as a heavyset black male in his late 20s to early 30s.

Update Oct. 30: Sgt. Tyrone Davis of the EBRPD police said that video taken at the scene indicated the victim knew his assailants. “It appeared based on the interaction that prior to the event they knew each other.” Davis said it looked like there were three people at the scene at the time of the shooting. The victim was shot multiple times. Police have not yet released his name.

Original story: A man in his 20s was shot and killed Tuesday night in the parking lot of a market near the Berkeley Marina, according to East Bay Regional Park District police.

Berkeley police received a call around 8 p.m, that there had been some sort of disturbance at the Seabreeze Market, which is located at the corner of University Avenue and West Frontage Road. They arrived to find a man, whose identity was not released, lying on the ground. EBRPD police arrived as well. … Continue reading »

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Cousins take manslaughter plea in Berkeley shooting

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death earlier this year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The case against two cousins charged with shooting to death a man in Berkeley last year resolved Wednesday with a manslaughter plea, the same week the case was set to begin trial.

Maurice Thomas Jr. and Jevon Calland, both 22, had been charged with killing 34-year-old Zontee Jones in Berkeley in February 2013 during a confrontation on Delaware Street not far from San Pablo Avenue.

The men pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing, and are scheduled to return to court for sentencing Jan. 5.

Thomas — whom authorities say fired the fatal shots — faces 21 years in prison. Calland faces 16 years. Conflicting evidence has, however, been presented in previous court hearings that casts some doubt on exactly what happened. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Case dismissed in Jermaine Davis homicide

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Charges have been dropped in the case against a Pittsburg man accused of shooting a 26-year-old Berkeley man to death last summer.

Wednesday at 10 a.m., an Alameda County Superior Court judge agreed to drop the charges against 26-year-old Antiown “Twanny” York, and said he could go home.

York had been arrested by Berkeley police in January, and later charged with murder, in connection with the killing of Jermaine “Third” Davis in July 2013.

Prosecutor Autrey James, of the Alameda County district attorney’s office, asked the judge Wednesday morning to dismiss the case against York. James told the judge his office had been unable to locate a material witness in the case, and believed that witness to be outside the area. … Continue reading »

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Update: Shooting sends Berkeley man to hospital

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One person in South Berkeley was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg Sunday night, according to unconfirmed police scanner recordings.

According to scanner traffic, several callers reported the sound of numerous gunshots near Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

A caller told police one person, with a gunshot wound to the leg, was located at a house in the 3200 block of Sacramento, between Harmon Street and Alcatraz. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Arrest made in recent Berkeley shooting

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Police have arrested a Berkeley man in connection with a shooting June 26 that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

The Berkeley Police Department arrested 50-year-old Arthur Palmer on July 14.

Palmer is being held without bail on suspicion of attempted homicide and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday at 2 p.m.

Police said Palmer is responsible for a shooting in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue that took place just before 10 p.m. Police were called to the scene for a 38-year-old man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police make second arrest in shooting

Anthony Durant: wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in a double shooting that happened in Berkeley on June 11, 2014. Photo: courtesy BPD
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After several high-profile raids around Berkeley and Oakland on Thursday morning, authorities have announced the arrest of a second man who had been wanted in connection with a double shooting in Berkeley earlier this month.

Police announced the arrest Thursday afternoon of 22-year-old Donzale Mejia of Oakland, but said they were still looking for Anthony Durant, 23 of Berkeley.

Durant was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Friday on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person. Mejia was arrested in connection with the same violation.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Department 112 in downtown Oakland.  … Continue reading »

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Shooting in Berkeley sends 38-year-old man to hospital

The shooting occurred on the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue near the intersection with Ashby. Image: Google Images
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Update, June 27, 1 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department has identified the victim from Thursday night’s shooting as a 38-year-old man, and classified his injuries as “serious.”

Police said, in a statement released shortly before 1 a.m., they believe the suspect from the shooting may have fled to the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue, about a block east of the attack, which took place at San Pablo Avenue and Ashby.

Officers “conducted an extensive search” but did not find the shooter, authorities said. … Continue reading »

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After 4 house raids, police arrest 1 Berkeley man; second is ‘armed and dangerous,’ still sought

Anthony Durant: wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in a double shooting that happened in Berkeley on June 11, 2014. Photo: courtesy BPD
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Police arrested one man, suspected of being involved in a June 11 double shooting in Berkeley, after serving four search warrants on Thursday morning. Another man is still being sought as a suspect in the same case and should be considered armed and dangerous, they said.

Thursday morning, members of the Berkeley Police Department Special Response Team and Investigations Bureau served three search warrants in Berkeley and one in Oakland related to the June 11 shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of Russell Street.

Investigations into the shootings by Berkeley Police, working alongside Oakland Police and the Alameda County sheriff’s department, implicated Donzale Mejia, a 22-year-old Oakland resident, and Anthony Durant, a 23-year-old Berkeley resident, as suspects, authorities said. Mejia was arrested Thursday morning in Oakland during the execution of a search warrant. The Berkeley Police Department is seeking the community’s help in apprehending Durant. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest in South Berkeley double shooting

Berkeley Police at the scene of a double shooting in South Berkeley on Wednesday. Photo: Charles Siler
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Update, June 14: According to the Daily Cal, Wood’s arraignment Friday afternoon was canceled. He is no longer in custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and no charges appear to have been filed.

Original story, June 12, 3:40 p.m. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the South Berkeley shooting that sent two people to the hospital Wednesday.

The Berkeley Police Department originally arrested Charles Wood on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person, and receiving known stolen property, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. [Update, 6:50 p.m. According to the sheriff’s department, Wood’s alleged violations are now listed as being an accessory, and receiving known stolen property worth more than $400. His bail has been lowered to $20,000 from $80,000.] … Continue reading »

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Gunshots in South Berkeley, 2 victims

Berkeley Police at the scene of a double shooting in South Berkeley on Wednesday. Photo: Charles Siler
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Update, 6:17 p.m. A local resident, who asked not to be named due to safety concerns, said he heard about 10 gunshots just after 4:30 p.m.

He said gunshots in the neighborhood are “not normal,” but that lately more and more people have been congregating in the apartment complex at 1611 Russell St.

He said he believed there has been drug activity in the area, and that police are aware of the situation.

Berkeleyside will update this story if more information becomes available.  … Continue reading »

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Radio problems hamper Berkeley shooting investigation

Police investigate a shooting at La Quinta on June 7. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, June 10: The Berkeley Police Department said it was aware of the radio problems Saturday and “immediately contacted the City’s Radio Shop personnel in the Public Works Department to try to identify the cause of the problem and resolve it.”

The city determined that the problems were related to the larger regional network, the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, of which Berkeley is a part.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats: “We have learned that the system was impacted by an outside signal, which caused parts of the system to experience radio interference. We have been advised that Alameda County is investigating the situation, which appears to have corrected itself at this time.”

(Berkeley scanner feeds, which are provided by a local resident, are available to the public online.)

Original story, June 9, 10 a.m.: A radio malfunction that garbled communication attempts between Berkeley officers and dispatchers Saturday night made a complex shooting investigation even more challenging, officers said. … Continue reading »

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