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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, Schools

Police make arrest in South Berkeley double shooting

Update, June 14: According to the Daily Cal, Wood’s arraignment Friday afternoon was canceled. He is no longer in custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and no charges appear to have been filed. Original story, June 12, 3:40 p.m. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the South Berkeley shooting that sent two people […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Police activity puts Willard Middle School on lockdown

Willard Middle School in Berkeley was on temporary lockdown this afternoon due to a police search in the area. At 1 p.m., Berkeley Police received a call about a suspicious person on a property in the 2700 block of Regent Street, police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said. She continued: “The initial call was suspicious persons, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Portable classroom plan at Berkeley schools delayed

A school district proposal to replace decades-old portable classrooms at Berkeley’s Washington Elementary and Berkeley Arts Magnet schools with a set of newer ones that are being removed from the Berkeley High campus, has been delayed for further consideration after concerns were expressed by parents at the schools. At Wednesday night’s BUSD Board meeting, it was […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Principal alerts Berkeley High parents to nearby robbery

Berkeley High School Principal Pasquale Scuderi sent the following email memo out to parents at 5:05 p.m. It appears below in its entirety. To subscribe to the school email list, send a message to with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.  Dear Staff and Families: We had a sizable police presence on the southeast end of […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Schools

After Newtown: Lockdown drill Wednesday, vigil Thursday

Berkeley High School will have an emergency drill Wednesday afternoon. Thursday, a vigil and discussion about the Connecticut school shooting has been planned for a North Berkeley church. Photo: Lance Knobel As the community continues to try to come to terms with Friday’s school tragedy in Newtown, CT, at least two Berkeley events this week […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Schools

‘Today seems like a day to hug our kids a little harder’

Berkeley High’s Principal, Pasquale Scuderi, this afternoon sent an emailed letter to the BHS community in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, this morning. In it, he addresses how the school has dealt with communicating news of the mass shooting at an elementary school to BHS students, issues of security on campus, and […]