Community support has poured in over the past few days at a Berkeley LGBTQ center where a man burned a rainbow flag and punched a volunteer Friday, according to police.
Alfredo Bautista, 24, allegedly admitted to police that he started eight fires in the area.
Fire investigators now believe the fire that coursed through 20 acres in the Berkeley and Oakland hills may have been arson.
A 43-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he tried to set his former girlfriend's tent on fire as she slept, then violently attacked her last week.
A recent Berkeley High graduate who was killed last week in Oakland along with his mothers was remembered Monday during a vigil on campus.
Crime is down in Berkeley this year, after it spiked in 2015 with the highest serious felony statistics since 2009.
In this week's crime blotter: fundraiser information and a May 2016 video interview with the young man who was slain last week in South Berkeley, a new photo released by OPD they hope will help solve the killing of a Berkeley musician in 2015, and much more.
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In this week's blotter: BPD arrested a man and woman after two robberies, a sex offender who was out of compliance has been charged after a stalking report, a homeless man is facing a judge after an assault in West Berkeley with a baseball bat, and UCPD arrested two men during bike theft attempts. The BART Police reported a catalytic converter theft in North Berkeley. See what happened in your neighborhood.
Eight robberies in one week, a probationer found with a loaded gun, multiple arrests for ID theft and fraud, vehicle break-ins at the Berkeley Art Museum and a reported pit bull attack at Eastshore Park. This week also saw drones damage a skylight and a golf ball damage a Berkeley Lab employee's vehicle, according to reports. All this and more.