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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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Berkeley squirrels are safe from extermination — for now

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By April Rose Sommer

Much to the relief of wildlife lovers, the Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to delay its pilot program to exterminate ground squirrels at César Chávez Park.

The city had generated broad outcry earlier this year when it announced plans to trap and kill park squirrels as a means to address Regional Water Quality Control Board concerns that squirrel burrows might cause toxics underneath the park to leach into the bay.

But on Tuesday, the Council put the extermination plan on hold and directed the City Manager to report back in two months with a plan and a response to the many questions raised by citizens, councilmembers, and environmental and animal rights organizations, including Golden Gate Audubon.

Councilman Kriss Worthington led the efforts for a reconsideration of the extermination pilot program and Councilwoman Linda Maio was careful to stress that the pilot program would not go forward until the council had revisited the issue. Councilman Max Anderson waxed poetic about how the park used to be filled with raptors, the squirrels’ natural predators, and recommended that there be an effort to draw these birds back to the park, while Councilman Gordon Wozniak complained that there are too many squirrels. … Continue reading »

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4 men with Berkeley ties face murder plot charge

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A man from West Berkeley’s waterfront neighborhood has been in court with three associates before a Superior Court judge since last week after authorities say they tried twice to murder a man who disrespected him and his brother in videos posted on YouTube, as well as his cousin, who was killed in Berkeley last summer, on photography website Instagram.

Defense attorneys have argued that the case against the men is weak, and was blown out of proportion due to its initial connection to the high-profile fatal shooting of a young girl. The evidence against the men is based largely on surveillance and wiretap recordings of slang-ridden conversations that defense attorneys claim consisted more of tough talk than any actual murder plot.

On two dates in September, police say the men planned to shoot a man in Oakland who had been disrespectful in a rap song and other online videos. On both occasions, police responded to the area and say their presence stopped violence from occurring. Authorities said they recorded the group’s plans during a wiretap operation by the Oakland Police Department that started as part of the investigation into the death of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine in Oakland last summer. During that wiretap operation, police said they discovered the group’s plans and began a separate investigation into the alleged conspiracy. … 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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Teen tries to buy 14 iPhones, 2 laptops with fake credit card at Apple store

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A 19-year-old from Rohnert Park is facing three felony charges after authorities said he tried to use a fake Visa card for a shopping spree at the Apple store in Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street shopping district.

According to court papers, Mohannad Halaweh went into the Apple store, at 1823 Fourth St. in West Berkeley, earlier this month and tried to buy more than $10,000 worth of gear.

Police said Halaweh attempted to buy 14 iPhones and two MacBook Air laptop computers shortly before 4 p.m. March 8. … Continue reading »

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Bike rentals and much more planned for Aquatic Park

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A popular bike shop and community bike repair space in West Berkeley’s Aquatic Park won approval recently from the city’s zoning board to expand its buzzing operation into new digs and bring bike rentals, and much more, to the park.

A new space for Waterside Workshops at 90 Bolivar Drive will give Street Level Cycles the space to offer low-cost bicycle rentals, more youth education, longer community hours and a community meeting space, as well as — possibly — a small indoor coffee bar. The organization currently has a café with outdoor-only seating.

“We see the building as a jump‐off point for community recreation that will make the park more accessible for all Berkeley residents, regardless of income level,” according to the group’s applicant statement. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley woman grabbed in attempted kidnapping

A Berkeley woman was grabbed in an apparent kidnapping attempt in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue, between Harrison and Gilman. Image: Google Maps
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The Berkeley Police are asking for the community’s help in finding a suspect in an attempted kidnapping.

On Friday, March 7, at about 10:20 p.m. a 23-year-old Berkeley woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano Avenue in Albany, according to a statement released by police around 6 p.m. Monday.

The woman became aware of a man who appeared to be following her. Despite changing her route several times, the man continued to walk behind her. … Continue reading »

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Police release ID of city’s first homicide victim of year

The man police believe was Berkeley's first homicide victim of 2014 lived in this building on Addison Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, March 14, 3:45 p.m.: Berkeleyside checked in with the Berkeley Police Department to see if any additional information was available about the Sylvan Fuselier homicide. Due to the ongoing investigation, police said there is not: “We don’t have any developments or updates to disclose at this point on the Fuselier homicide. Homicide investigators are working full bore on it, with support from other BPD detectives as well. It’s an active investigation. As such, we’re not able to disclose information on cause of death at this point. No arrests have been made, and we don’t have suspect information to disclose at this time.”

Original story, March 6: Berkeley Police have identified the first homicide victim of the year as 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier. They are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or suspects, responsible for what they describe as the murder that happened in the 1100 block of Addison Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley neighbors express concerns after homicide

The man police believe was Berkeley's first homicide victim of 2014 lived in this building on Addison Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Five days after police found the body of a man they say was Berkeley’s first homicide of 2014, authorities have not released many basic facts about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

Some residents of the man’s West Berkeley neighborhood said Tuesday the lack of information has left them feeling unsettled and unsafe. The two-block stretch of Addison Street has struggled to overcome a slew of past problems, from homeless squatters to prostitution and drug dealing, though improved conditions have come about in recent years, they said.

Police have not released the identity of the man found dead in his apartment in the 1100 block of Addison, just east of San Pablo Avenue, on Friday, nor have they said how they determined his death to have been a homicide, how he appears to have been killed, or when he actually died. … Continue reading »

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Years of work culminate in new Berkeley medical clinic

Officials and staff cut the ribbon to dedicate the new clinic. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Hundreds of people gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Lifelong Medical Care’s new West Berkeley clinic, and for many of the dignitaries, it was a reunion of sorts.

Amid speeches about the glorious new building and the patient-centric care it will foster, came memories of Berkeley in the 1970s and the push to revolutionize health care. … Continue reading »

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Youth Musical Theater plans new West Berkeley home

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UPDATE, March 27: The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the move by the Youth Musical Theater Company to two buildings at West Berkeley’s Aquatic Park. Jennifer Boesing, the company’s artistic director, said she was “brimming with excitement.” Writing to the company’s community via email she said: “With the generous sponsorship of Berkeley-based Sogno Design Group and the Parks and Recreation Department, we will be renovating our new home over the spring and summer, with our 2014-2015 season programming and rehearsals beginning there in the fall. The result will be the creation of an exciting and vital artistic hub that serves YTMC and the larger Berkeley community.”

ORIGINAL STORY: A 10-year-old musical theater company serving local youth is one step closer to creating its first permanent home in West Berkeley’s Aquatic Park.

The Youth Musical Theater Company won preliminary approval Thursday night from Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board to create a new base for its operations on Bolivar Drive at the southern end of Aquatic Park. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police investigating homicide on Addison Street

The homicide on Feb. 28 happened in the 1100 block of Addison Street, which runs between San Pablo Avenue and Curtis Street. Image: Google Maps
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Berkeley Police officers are investigating what they say was the homicide of a man in his 50s in the 1100 block of Addison Street, near San Pablo Avenue, in West Berkeley.

On Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:46 a.m. police received a call for a welfare check at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Addison, authorities said in a statement released Saturday at 9:49 a.m. The 1100 block of Addison runs for two blocks, between San Pablo Avenue and Curtis Street.

Officers arrived at the home and found a man in his 50s who was dead. … Continue reading »

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Lifelong Medical celebrates renovated Berkeley space

For 38 years, Lifelong Medical Care has been been providing high-quality medical, dental, and other services to Berkeley’s most vulnerable residents. Started by the Gray Panthers as the Over 60 Health Clinic in 1976, LifeLong has now grown into nine different facilities around the Bay Area, with most centered in northern Alameda County.

Lifelong just renovated and expanded its health center at 2031 Sixth Street in West Berkeley and will be holding a grand opening celebration Sunday, March 2, 3-5 p.m. to which the public is invited.

To recognize the work Lifelong does in the community, Berkeleyside commissioned contributing photographer Pete Rosos to create a photo essay on Lifelong Medical Care. Rosos spent several weeks on the assignment, photographing patients taking part in several Lifelong programs, including its Healthy Kids group, the Men’s Health group, a Power Yoga class and a Parenting class. Take a minute to view the slideshow above to see his beautiful images. (Hover over a photograph to see captions and to pause the slideshow.) … Continue reading »

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