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Posted inCrime

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

Yellow tags marked the location of evidence at the 2010 shooting scene. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel 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 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2010 murder case

Carroll, seen here in jail, in 2011. His social media accounts have remained active during his incarceration. Photo: Coleon Carroll/FB 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 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

DA files charges in Berkeley pool groping case

Strawberry Canyon Pool (file photo). Photo: Citizen reporter 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 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Woman charged in Berkeley teen sex trafficking case

Image via Facebook 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 […]

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

Segue Construction, which built Library Gardens, scene of an accident that killed six on June 16, 2015, will ask a judge to issue a restraining order preventing the DA’s office from examining the two balconies unless one of their representatives is present. Photo: David Yee Segue Construction, which built Library Gardens, scene of an accident […]

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Former judge gets probation in Berkeley elder abuse case

Former judge Paul Seeman in 2012. Photo: ABC7 News 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 […]

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 […]