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Posted inCrime

3 arrested, guns and meth found, in West Berkeley raid

[Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication with comments from Juan’s Place and additional information from the Berkeley Police Department.] Three men were arrested during a narcotics operation at Juan’s Place in West Berkeley on Thursday morning. Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, said the department’s Special Investigations Bureau “recovered several handguns, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, […]

Posted inCrime

Teen in critical condition after group attack in Berkeley

Update, Nov. 19, 1:27 p.m. The Alameda County district attorney’s office has not filed charges in this case, and spokeswoman Teresa Drenick says it remains under investigation by the Berkeley Police Department. Said Officer Byron White, police ultimately released Emauj Roos, Aaron Meredith and Caleb Williams “without complaint”: “As a result of further investigation into the […]

Posted inCrime

Berkeley Police announce 2 more child abduction attempts; new vehicle description

Authorities have released an updated vehicle description and more information about five child abduction attempts in Berkeley over the past month, including two that had not previously been reported. Berkeley Police Officer Byron White, a department spokesman, said investigators believe the most recent incident, on Sunday evening, involved a black full-size cargo van, without side or back […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire, Schools

Alcohol at Cal: Authorities report record arrests, tickets

An annual enforcement effort targeting drinking at UC Berkeley as the semester kicks off has netted a record number of arrests and citations related to alcohol use around campus, but the calls for medical service for heavily intoxicated students have been on the decline, authorities reported this week. The Berkeley Police Department tallied 423 arrests […]

Posted inCommunity

Coroner releases autopsy results on balcony victims; first responders sought help for shock, stress

The six young people who fell to their deaths Tuesday when a balcony snapped off the fifth floor of Library Gardens in downtown Berkeley died of multiple blunt injuries, the Alameda County coroner’s office said Thursday. Four of the youth died from “multiple blunt injuries,” one died of “blunt trauma to the head and brain,” […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Schools

Police warn South Berkeley to prepare for protests

The Berkeley Police Department has released a warning to South Berkeley neighbors to help them prepare for expected crowds attending the Berkeley City Council meeting at Longfellow Middle School on Tuesday night. See complete Berkeleyside coverage of the recent Berkeley protests. Officials canceled last week’s council meeting, citing a lack of space for the anticipated turnout, and rescheduled […]

Posted inCrime

After community tip, police arrest SF woman tied to violent Berkeley assault

A community member who saw a video of a violent, unprovoked assault in Berkeley in September helped tip off authorities to the assailant’s identity, which led to her arrest, police said Tuesday. Last week, the Berkeley Police Department asked for the community’s help to find a woman with an overloaded shopping cart who had — for no apparent […]

Posted inFire

‘Suspicious substance’ in Berkeley turns out to be plaster

A report of a suspicious white substance in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way closed a central Berkeley block during a short investigation that caused alarm among neighbors and passers-by Monday evening. The Berkeley Fire Department ultimately determined that the substance was actually plaster from a resident’s home, authorities said. Monday at 5:36 […]

Posted inCrime

Police arrest man after ‘violent attack’ in West Berkeley

Police arrested a 41-year-old man after he struggled with a Berkeley Police officer, tried to take his gun and jumped into the lagoon at Aquatic Park when the officer tried to detain him, authorities said Monday. The officer received minor injuries during the altercation, and required medical treatment, said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman. […]

Posted inCrime

Neighbors talk surveillance, robberies, code enforcement at community crime watch meeting

Berkeley residents who participate in community crime prevention efforts met with police this week to share concerns and learn about recent crime trends. Block captains and members of the Berkeley Safe Neighborhood Committee shared updates on everything from break-ins and vehicle thefts to thoughts about a recent homicide. Aggressive door knockers, a new approach underway […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley residents, police collaborate on safety

Wednesday night, Berkeley residents crowded into a briefing room at the Berkeley Police Department for an annual meeting aimed to bring leaders in neighborhood crime prevention efforts together with local authorities. The meeting, of the Berkeley Safe Neighborhood Committee, included Neighborhood Watch block captains and the Police Department representatives who work with them. The committee meets […]