TBS Today, March 19

Berkeley police have just confirmed that the name of the woman who was killed Sunday in a fatal stabbing in her apartment was 60-year-old Heather Riemer.

The Scanner will continue to follow the story. We expect to have charging information soon.

The City Council will adjourn tonight's meeting in her honor, Councilman Terry Taplin has just announced.

Woman dead in Berkeley’s first homicide of 2024
Police arrested 23-year-old Gabriella Riemer at 10:45 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of murder, according to jail records online.

(Speaking of council, there are no public safety items on tonight's action calendar, which you can review online.)

We've also published our roundup on the annual Berkeley crime report.

Serious crime was up 10.5% in Berkeley in 2023, driven largely by increases in robbery and auto theft, BPD reported to the City Council last week.

We tried to make this article even more digestible than usual to be sure to have a look.

Violent crime in Berkeley rose 15% in 2023
Crime levels are “returning to or surpassing pre-pandemic levels,” with increases across nearly all major violent and property crimes, BPD said.

Berkeley election reminders

If you don't know which Berkeley City Council district you're in, you can look it up.

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