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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

3 men held to answer after fatal Berkeley shooting

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that three young men charged in the fatal shooting of a Pinole man in Berkeley in December must now stand trial. Judge Thomas Reardon said Monday afternoon, after a lengthy preliminary hearing that began in May, that the prosecution had presented enough evidence to demonstrate a “strong suspicion” that […]

Posted inBusiness, City

11 groups vie to open Berkeley’s 4th cannabis dispensary

The owner of Amoeba Music, former managers of the largest cannabis dispensary in Oakland, a current Berkeley medical cannabis commissioner, and a group that has filed numerous lawsuits against the city, have all applied to open the fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Most of the 11 applicants want to locate their dispensaries along Berkeley’s main arterials, […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community

Forty Acres’ new cannabis site is illegal says Berkeley

Three months after the city council ordered the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective to shut its doors at 1820-1828 San Pablo Ave. because it was a public nuisance, the medical marijuana organization has relocated to 1510 Ashby Ave. – and is once again operating illegally, according to city officials. Chris Smith, the co-founder of Forty […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police arrest 2 more after December homicide in Berkeley

Authorities have arrested two more men tied to the fatal shooting in West Berkeley that killed Kamahl Middleton, a 36-year-old El Sobrante man, in December. Authorities tracked down one of the men — 18-year-old Khalil Leroy Phanor of San Leandro — in Washington state, and arrested him Thursday night. The Alameda County district attorney’s office had already […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community

Berkeley tells cannabis collective to shut down

Even though more than 40 people testified about the importance of the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective to the black community, the Berkeley City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to declare it a public nuisance. But the decision, which came almost four years after Berkeley officials first told its co-founder, Chris Smith, that his […]

Posted inBusiness, City

Berkeley council to decide if cannabis collective must go

Almost four years after Berkeley first informed the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers’ Collective that it was operating illegally in its San Pablo Avenue location, the Berkeley City Council will consider declaring it a public nuisance tonight. The city has been tussling with Forty Acres and its co-founder Chris Smith for so long that the […]