First, while I have your attention: If anyone knows an event coordinator looking for a very short-term gig, please hit me up with suggestions. Just reply to this email to share your tips.
Now onto the news.
We've just published a story about a Berkeley arrest this week — the one on Fresno involving the helicopter. It turns out to have a lot of layers.
Police say a Berkeley teenager who worked inside Mechanics Bank (but for a different company) followed two women home and violently robbed them in July.
He's also been charged with at least one other robbery and is facing allegations that he pistol-whipped his own sister and knocked her teeth out last year.
We spent the morning in court to get the latest on the Phong Tran case. And it got a little chippy!
The judge raised serious questions about a key warrant in the case against Tran, the OPD homicide detective who is charged with perjury and bribery. He maintains his innocence.
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If you've been wondering about what's happening with Berkeley's new outdoor siren system, here's the city's statement about it. We'll be sharing more of the city's public safety announcements in the coming days.
We also updated our gunfire map this week, which we do after every shooting.
And, speaking of updates, for website wonks and hardcore Scanner fans: Be sure to check out our newly designed footer, which includes lots of useful information and some of our projects: the Berkeley gunfire map, our data stories, our police data resource guide and our links to stories by neighborhood.
Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing weekend. We'll be catching up on emails, as always, but will also try hard to take a breather.