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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Defense attorney: Berkeley detectives ‘rushed to judgment’ in murder case arrest

A Berkeley murder trial launched Monday morning with the attorney for defendant Brandon Wallace arguing that investigators were too quick to zero in on him when he showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound after a fatal shooting on Sacramento Street in 2010. During the incident, one of two assailants appears to get shot from […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2010 murder case

One of two men charged in a fatal shooting in 2010 outside a Berkeley barbershop, which left a second man critically injured, entered a no contest plea this week in connection with a lesser charge just before the case was slated to head to trial. Coleon Lee Carroll took the voluntary manslaughter plea as he and co-defendant Brandon Wallace, both […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

DA files charges in Berkeley pool groping case

An Oakland man has been charged with groping eight young girls in a UC Berkeley pool over the summer. The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged 38-year-old Ryan Lee McCorvie with eight felony counts alleging lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old. District attorney’s office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said Friday that McCorvie pled not guilty […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Woman charged in Berkeley teen sex trafficking case

An Oakland woman is set to appear in court this week to face charges in a teen sex trafficking investigation that began at Berkeley High School. Trinice Suwanabart, 23, was arrested in November after police linked her to the case earlier this year. According to court papers, Berkeley High School Resource Officer Ethell Wilson began looking into the case […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Teen charged in shooting at Berkeley party on Carleton

A Berkeley teenager arrested in August after being found by police with a loaded gun has been charged in connection with a shooting on Carleton Street two days prior to his arrest, authorities said. Emauj Roos, 18, has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with five felonies related to the handgun, Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety, Fire

Hundreds gather in Berkeley to remember balcony victims

A month after a fifth-floor balcony snapped off the façade of 2020 Kittredge St. in Berkeley, sending six people in their 20s to their deaths and injuring seven others, hundreds of people gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Sunday to honor them. The event was a “Month’s Mind,” a traditional Irish […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime, Crime & Safety

Library Gardens builder seeks to stop DA from examining Berkeley balcony without it being present

Segue Construction, the company that oversaw the building of Library Gardens, scene of an accident that killed six earlier this month, plans to ask a judge today to prohibit the Alameda County district attorney’s office from examining the balcony that sheared off the fifth floor June 16 unless one of its representatives is present. In a […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Former judge gets probation in Berkeley elder abuse case

Former judge Paul Seeman, 59, of Berkeley was today sentenced to five years of probation for mishandling a $250,000 loan from a 97-year-old Berkeley neighbor and stealing $5,648 from her. The accusations were less serious than those initially leveled by prosecutors, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported on the sentencing. Seeman, who resigned his post as […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Judge arrested in elder theft of Berkeley neighbors

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul David Seeman has been charged with elder financial abuse and was in custody Thursday night on $525,000 bail. Seeman, 57, has been under investigation by the Berkeley police for many months, according to media reports. He is accused of stealing as much as $1.6 million from his neighbor, Anne Nutting, 97, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools, Video

DA serves stay-away order on Occupy Cal protesters

A number of people charged in connection with Occupy Cal protests on Nov. 9 2011 were today served with a stay-away order, according to Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick. Drenick confirmed that protesters being arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court today were given an order that they stay away from all UC property, except when going […]