Live events are back!

Join us on Friday Oct. 7 at BAMPFA for our first Berkeleyside Idea Makers, featuring Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges and New Yorker staff writer Jay Caspian Kang. READ MORE

Get Berkeleyside's free newsletter.

Delivered to your inbox at 5 p.m., the Daily Briefing brings you all the latest Berkeley news in one handy place.

"*" indicates required fields

ELECTION 2022: What to know | WILDFIRES: Prepare | COVID: Get a booster | IDEA MAKERS EVENT: Jay Caspian Kang + Khiara Bridges

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Exclusive: Alleged killer says sexual advances toward girlfriend prompted Berkeley homicide

Michael Diggs, the homeless man charged with killing a 54-year-old Berkeley man with a hatchet in late February, told police he snapped after the victim walked naked into the bathroom where Diggs’ girlfriend was showering, then tried to force her to have sex with him. Police arrested 29-year-old Diggs in early April in connection with the killing of Sylvan Fuselier in Berkeley more […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

‘Not guilty’ pleas entered in Berkeley hatchet killing

The Berkeley couple accused of stabbing a West Berkeley man to death with a hatchet earlier this year entered not guilty pleas in court Monday. Kneitawnye Trishawn Sessoms, 41, and Michael Diggs, 28, were charged with killing 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier in February in his home in the 1100 block of Addison Street. According to court papers, police found Fuselier deceased at […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Breaking: Charges filed against 2 in Berkeley homicide

The Berkeley Police Department has arrested two people in the city’s only homicide so far this year, authorities said Wednesday. Police have arrested Berkeley couple Kneitawnye Trishawn Sessoms, 40, and Michael Diggs, 28. Sessoms was arrested Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m., according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. Diggs has been in custody since March 12 when […]

Posted inCrime

Police release ID of city’s first homicide victim of year

Update, March 14, 3:45 p.m.: Berkeleyside checked in with the Berkeley Police Department to see if any additional information was available about the Sylvan Fuselier homicide. Due to the ongoing investigation, police said there is not: “We don’t have any developments or updates to disclose at this point on the Fuselier homicide. Homicide investigators are working […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley neighbors express concerns after homicide

Five days after police found the body of a man they say was Berkeley’s first homicide of 2014, authorities have not released many basic facts about the case, citing the ongoing investigation. Some residents of the man’s West Berkeley neighborhood said Tuesday the lack of information has left them feeling unsettled and unsafe. The two-block stretch […]