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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Teen now faces murder, attempted rape and robbery charges in McClellan killing in South Berkeley

A 2011 photograph of Kamau Berlin. Source: Facebook The Alameda County district attorney’s office on Friday charged 18-year-old Kamau Berlin with murder in the stabbing death of 72-year-old Nancy McClellan in South Berkeley in September. Berlin — a B-Tech student — also has been charged with attempted rape, attempted robbery and attempted carjacking, as well as elder abuse resulting […]

Posted inCrime

Woman killed in South Berkeley remembered as artist, humorist, lover of plants and pets

On Nancy McClellan: “You never knew what she was going to say, which made it pretty interesting.” Photo: David Gallagher On Nancy McClellan: “You never knew what she was going to say, which made it pretty interesting.” Photo: David Gallagher On Russell Street a tree is blooming. Tibetan prayer flags are strung across its branches in […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Emeryville woman dies weeks after Berkeley stabbing

Nancy Jo McClellan. Photo: Courtesy of McClellan family and friends/BPD A 72-year-old woman who was stabbed in South Berkeley in September has died after nearly three weeks in medical care, according to authorities. Nancy Jo McClellan of Emeryville died Wednesday at approximately 2:30 a.m., said Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood. McClellan remained in the ICU […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

18-year-old arrested in stabbing of 72-year-old woman

Image: Google Maps A teenager from Richmond was arrested after a stabbing in Berkeley on Friday afternoon that left a 72-year-old woman in critical condition. The woman remained in a local hospital for treatment as of Monday, according to a police statement released just after 2 p.m. Friday, police arrested 18-year-old Kamau Berlin near the scene of the […]

Posted inCrime

Berkeley teen, recent grad, shot to death in Oakland

Ayana Dominguez (right) at a Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) graduation program June 6 with her counselor Jamee Harris. Photo: BYA Ayana Dominguez (right) at a Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) graduation program June 6 with her counselor Jamee Harris. Photo: BYA Ayana Dominguez, an aspiring hairstylist and 18-year-old recent graduate of Berkeley Technical Academy, was gunned down last week […]

Posted inSchools

23 Berkeley students awarded BCF scholarships

The 2014 Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes scholarship winners. Top row, l to r: Junming Li, Kayla Garrett, Katherine Acosta-Hernandez, Monte Metal, Merewan Jemal, Julia Maciel. 2nd row: Evangelina Sanchez, Tehan Ketema, Refugio Gonzalez, Amanda Medina, Michelle Shannon, Jake Hao Ma. 3rd row: Nuha Al Ammari, Raekwon Dallett, Priyanka Jindal, Yakira Evans, Sophia Liu, Lyheng […]

Posted inCommunity

BOSS to honor Berkeley’s ‘Rising Stars’ on Thursday

Kyle Evans, a Rising Star honoree, plans to attend Brown University. His family was homeless for several years. Photo: BOSS Kyle Evans, a Rising Star honoree, plans to attend Brown University. His family was homeless for several years. Photo: BOSS A year ago, Kyle Evans and his family were sleeping in motel rooms and, at times, their car. Despite his circumstances, Evans focused on keeping […]

Posted inSchools

Berkeley school recycling gets back on track

Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling. Photo: Green Schools Initiative Berkeley schools are making a renewed commitment to recycling and composting after efforts slacked off over the past five years. This year, a local non-profit, Green Schools Initiative, has worked with eight Berkeley schools, revitalizing recycling and composting programs. Green Schools […]