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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police release new footage of person of interest in fatal shooting of Berkeley musician

Police say this is a third person of interest in the killing of a Berkeley musician in April. Image: OPD Police say this is a third person of interest in the killing of a Berkeley musician in April. Image: OPD Update, 6:15 p.m. Pet Food Express owners Mark Witriol and Michael Levy have announced they will increase their reward to $10,000, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley home burglaries spike in 2015 over prior year

Police have reported sharp increases in home burglaries around Berkeley. (Click the map to view it larger.) Image: BPD Berkeley police are reporting huge increases in home burglaries in early 2015 compared to preliminary statistics recorded last year. Police received 70 home burglary calls for service in January 2015, compared to 46 the prior year. In February, the […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Interrupted burglar grabs woman in Berkeley home

Image: Google maps Police are asking for the community’s help after a startled burglar grabbed a North Berkeley resident who found him inside her home. The Live Oak/Codornices Creek Neighborhood Association email list was abuzz Thursday about the incident, in the 2300 block of Eunice Street (between Spruce Street and Glen Avenue) shortly before 10 a.m. (Berkeleyside first reported the […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Thinking about jaywalking in Berkeley? Think again

Police ticketed pedestrians last fall during an operation similar to the one planned in Berkeley on Saturday. Photo: Eric Panzer Berkeley Police traffic officers will be out for a special enforcement effort Saturday to educate — and potentially ticket — pedestrians who violate traffic laws. The Berkeley Police Department will be in the downtown area […]