TBS Today, March 20

The Alameda County DA's office has now charged 23-year-old Gabriella Riemer with the murder of her mother, Heather Riemer.

Heather worked in mental health and substance support services. She was 60 years old and had overcome past trauma to devote her life to helping others, according to online profiles.

Here's what we've learned so far.

Berkeley woman charged with fatal stabbing of her mother
The Alameda County DA’s office charged Gabriella Riemer on Wednesday morning with the murder of 60-year-old Heather Riemer.

Speaking of the Riemer case, several of you caught our misspelling of the last name yesterday.

For context, the name appears as "Reimer" in several official records, but we were able to confirm that's incorrect. We've fixed our original story and won't get it wrong again.

Don't hesitate to contact The Scanner if you have a question about our reporting. We always want to get it right and fix it when we mess up.

We're sad to share the news that Alameda County Superior Court Judge James Cramer has died. East Bay Times reporter Nate Gartrell has the story.

No cause of death has been released.

Alameda County Judge James Cramer dies
Cramer, perhaps best known for rejecting a plea deal involving the men charged in the Ghost Ship fire, was in his ninth year on the bench.

Our condolences go out to Judge Cramer's family.

In other news

Alameda County election results for the primary have just been updated.

If you missed our brief roundup of upcoming special elections in Berkeley, be sure to catch up if you live downtown or in Southside — or don't know your City Council district.

What else we're watching

We never get tired of Cal Falcon updates — and this is a particularly exciting time of year with Annie laying her eggs.

If you're not familiar with these amazing creatures and their history at Cal, read up.

(You may need to click through to X to watch the video, or just click the "view in browser" link at the top of this email.)

In case you missed it

Violent crime in Berkeley rose 15% in 2023
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Berkeley PD: Man hit with sex crime after hounding girl at park
Mark Blackmore asked the girl her age and if “she was fast,” police wrote. He also asked “if she dates grown men” and wanted to be his wife.

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