Three Berkeley crime stories for you today as we work on some more in-depth policy stories that should be coming soon.
First: Two separate women were followed home and robbed on Thursday. We hope it's not the start of a new Berkeley trend.
One woman, 68, was dragged down her stairs on Panoramic Hill and the other was carjacked at gunpoint on Parkside Drive in the Claremont neighborhood.
We also shared new details today about last week's attempted murder case in which a 68-year-old man was set on fire by a 24-year-old stranger.
The Berkeley Scanner was the only news outlet to report on this disturbing attack when it happened. Other news outlets have been catching up today, nearly two weeks later, now that BPD has issued a press release.
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In case you missed it
We took an in-depth look at the automated license plate reader proposal that will be going before council with a few tweaks, possibly later this month. Make sure you're up to speed.
As for the Alameda County district attorney's office, we're looking into training last week that focused on "white victims," the DA's new approach to juvenile defendants, and sustained misconduct allegations against one of Pamela Price's top deputies before he came to Alameda County.
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