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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 inCrime, Crime & Safety

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

Update, 6:15 p.m. Pet Food Express owners Mark Witriol and Michael Levy have announced they will increase their reward to $10,000, in addition to the $20,000 offered by Crime Stoppers. Original story, 1:30 p.m. Police have released new surveillance camera footage related to the fatal shooting, by a stray bullet, of a Berkeley musician in April. Tuesday, the Oakland Police Department released a […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police seek tips in fatal shooting of Berkeley bystander

A Berkeley musician was fatally injured by a stray bullet over the weekend, and police are asking for help to track down his killer. There are also rewards of $20,000 from CrimeStoppers and $5,000 from Pet Food Express for tips that help solve the crime and lead to successful prosecution of the case. Emiliano “Emilio” Nevarez, a 26-year-old […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley home burglaries spike in 2015 over prior year

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 gap was even starker: There were 80 home burglary calls, compared to 25 the prior year. That’s a 220% […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley police detain man after reported hammer attack

Berkeley police detained a man after he was allegedly involved in an assault using a hammer Tuesday afternoon at around 4 p.m. in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood. Because the suspect fled from the original scene, officers set up a perimeter that stretched from Telegraph Avenue between Stuart and Oregon streets to Regent Street, according to police spokeswoman Officer […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Interrupted burglar grabs woman in Berkeley home

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 incident on Facebook.) […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Thinking about jaywalking in Berkeley? Think again

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 Saturday, Jan. 24, on the lookout for pedestrians who flout signal lights and fail to use crosswalks, along with other safety […]