Protester convicted of assaulting officer

Nearly a year after his arrest, a jury convicted People’s Park protester Michael “Midnight Matt” Dodt Thursday of trespassing and assaulting a police officer with a laser device. Dodt was arrested in January of last year after staging an 89-day tree-sit at People’s Park to challenge UC Berkeley’s ownership of
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Southside sees a surge in robberies in January

In the month of January, the area south of the UC Berkeley campus saw a “surprising and troubling” uptick in robberies compared to this month last year, according to a UCPD officer. After only one robbery on Southside in January 2011, the area has experienced eight robberies, including attempted robberies,
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Man fatally shot in Berkeley

Berkeley saw its first homicide of the year Thursday evening, when a man was shot and killed on the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue, police say. The man — who has now been identified by police as 32-year-old Hercules-resident Kenneth Warren — was found with several gunshot wounds at the southeast
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Man attacked during robbery at People’s Park

A man was the victim of a strong arm robbery Wednesday afternoon in People’s Park, according to police. At approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, the 43-year-old man was eating his lunch in the park when six men approached him, asking for money, according to a UCPD crime alert released Thursday. When
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Christmas tree set on fire on UC Berkeley campus

A Christmas tree was set on fire on the UC Berkeley campus early Sunday morning, according to police. At around 12:26 a.m., the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the incident and extinguished the fire , which took place in the upper level of a parking structure in the northern part
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UC Berkeley student robbed near Unit 1

A UC Berkeley student was the victim of a strong arm robbery in the afternoon Tuesday near Unit 1. At around 4:24 p.m., the 18-year-old female student was walking east on Durant Avenue, listening to her iPod when she saw three males walking ahead of her in the same direction,
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