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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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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Twenty years later, mystery and legacy remain

Twenty years ago this month, a UC Berkeley student was killed in Eshleman Hall. And the crime, which created a legacy of security concern and controversy in the building, still remains unsolved. On Feb. 7, 1992, UC Berkeley junior Grace Asuncion was working with her friends in student offices of
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Man assaulted and killed in Berkeley, suspect detained

The city of Berkeley saw its second homicide of the year Saturday night, when a man was assaulted and killed in North Berkeley, police say. At about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Berkeley Police Department received a call reporting a suspicious person possibly trespassing near the garage of the caller’s Shasta Road
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Reward of $17,000 offered for information about Berkeley homicide

A reward of $17,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information about a homicide that occurred last week in Berkeley. The city’s first homicide of 2012 took place Thursday when Kenneth Warren, a 35-year-old Hercules resident, was shot numerous times just before 6:50 p.m. and was later pronounced
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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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Fewer homicides seen in city, state and nation

By this time last year, six homicides had been committed in Berkeley. So far this year, that number is one. That number has decreased in the past four years and represents an extreme example of similar homicide trends across the state and country, where homicides have also decreased. “The City
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