Crime blotter: Feb. 28 — Feb. 29

The following is a sample of crime in Berkeley this week, provided by the Berkeley Police Department. Traffic enforcement stop leads to drug arrest City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Drug Task Force Officers (DTF) stopped a car for a vehicle code violation on Baker Street just south of Alcatraz Avenue
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Two strong arm robberies occur within minutes

Southside saw two strong arm robberies within five minutes of each other on Wednesday. In the first incident, a 33-year-old man was walking on the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue at 8:30 p.m. when a man approached him and robbed him of his phone, according to a UCPD crime alert.
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Report shows drop in city crime rates

Property and violent crimes in Berkeley reached their lowest rates in five years in 2011, according to a report on crime trends set to be presented to Berkeley City Council next week. The number of reported incidents of property and violent crime went from 6,472 crimes in 2010 to 5,145
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Two robberies reported Thursday on Southside

Two robberies occurred Thursday south of the UC Berkeley campus, according to a UCPD crime alert. In the first incident, a 30-year-old female was walking on the 2300 block of College Avenue around 12:20 a.m. Thursday when she was robbed of her purse. The Berkeley Police Department was not able
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UC Berkeley student in coma after falling from fraternity house

Freshman Andrew Crowley is in 'critical, but stabilized' condition

Update: Police said Tuesday afternoon that UC Berkeley freshman Andrew Crowley is in a coma in the hospital after falling off the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house — commonly known as Fiji — Saturday night. Crowley, who is on the Cal men’s crew team, is currently in the intensive-care unit
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Three pepper-sprayed south of UC Berkeley campus following protest

Three people were pepper sprayed south of the UC Berkeley campus Saturday afternoon after a pro-Palestine protest staged in an intersection drew pro-Israel supporters, according to police. According to Berkeley Police Department Lt. Dave Frankel, a group of about 10 pro-Palestine demonstrators protesting Israeli occupation momentarily took over the intersection
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A tragic preoccupation

CITY AFFAIRS: Blaming Occupy Oakland for North Berkeley resident Peter Cukor’s death is a baseless and misguided opinion.

Nobody can predict when events will take a turn for the worse. At a moment’s notice, a frightening situation can become a violent emergency, as it did Saturday evening when North Berkeley resident Peter Cukor was allegedly bludgeoned to death. This incident was tragic, no doubt, but speculation that the
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Murder suspect makes first court appearance

Murder suspect Daniel Dewitt was arraigned in front of his family and a crowd of spectators Wednesday in the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland after he was taken into custody by Berkeley police on suspicion of killing a man in North Berkeley Saturday. Dewitt was silent as Judge Sandra
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