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Richmond man dies after Berkeley motorcycle crash

Photo: Alexander Sinclair Merenkov‎ A 48-year-old Richmond man died after a collision with a pick-up truck in Berkeley last week, authorities reported Thursday evening. Friday, Sept. 12, Berkeley Police officers responded to an injury collision at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and University Avenue just after 8:30 p.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, in […]

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Driver charged in vehicular manslaughter of Berkeley man is ‘legally blind’

Joseph Luft died “doing what he loved,” his daughter said. Courtesy: Luft family Joseph Luft died “doing what he loved,” his daughter said. Courtesy: Luft family Update, Aug. 7: The Alameda County district attorney’s office has increased the vehicular manslaughter charge against Robert Gilchrist to a felony, according to court papers dated Aug. 7. See the complaint […]

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Update: Shooting sends Berkeley man to hospital

There have been at least five shootings in Berkeley resulting in injuries this year. Image: Google maps 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 […]

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Berkeley police make second arrest in shooting

Anthony Durant. Photo: BPD 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 […]

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7-year-old cyclist in serious condition after traffic accident on Bancroft Way in Berkeley

The scene of an accident at Bancroft Way in Berkeley at around 6 p.m. which sent a 7-year old boy to the hospital with serious injuries. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Update, Aug. 12: Authorities have ruled that the accident was due to a right-of-way violation caused by the cyclist. Said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, the boy […]

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Trio in South Berkeley robs teen of shoes

Robberies near the Ashby BART station. Image: A 16-year-old boy was hit, held down and robbed over the weekend of his hat and shoes, police said this week. The teenager was walking just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Woolsey and Ellis streets when three males attacked him, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. The assailants, […]