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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Defendant in 2015 Berkeley murder case headed to trial

After hearing sometimes chilling testimony from three witnesses at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Trina Thompson ordered Anthony Durant to stand trial in the October 2015 killing of Christian Sheppard, Berkeley’s only recorded homicide last year. Sheppard, 24, the father of two young daughters, was fatally shot on the night of Oct. 6 behind the apartment complex at […]

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Police make arrest in fatal shooting of 24-year-old

Berkeley police have announced the arrest of 24-year-old Anthony Durant following a fatal shooting Tuesday night in South Berkeley. Police identified the man who was killed as 24-year-old Christian Sheppard of Stockton. Friends, however, said he grew up on Stanton Street in South Berkeley and was a lifelong resident of the neighborhood. The shooting occurred in the 1600 block […]

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Shooting on Russell in Berkeley sends 1 to hospital

Update, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. Police arrested Anthony Durant, 24, in the case, and identified the victim as 24-year-old Christian Sheppard. See the update. Update, Oct. 7, 1:30 a.m. Russell and Julia streets are now open. Police are no longer asking residents to stay inside. According to police, “Some officers remain in the 1600 block of Russell […]

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, March 12-18

This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please don’t hesitate to share photos, videos or tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be […]

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Update: Shooting sends Berkeley man to hospital

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 […]

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Breaking: Arrest made in recent Berkeley shooting

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 […]

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Berkeley police make second arrest in shooting

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 […]

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

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 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Police make arrest in South Berkeley double shooting

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 […]