Police identify victim in fatal hills shooting
Authorities on Monday released the identity of a man shot dead in the Berkeley hills Sunday, as well as a description of the suspected shooter.
Police say 21-year-old Alverto Santana-Silva of Fremont was shot and killed at 5:40 a.m. after apparently trying to break up an altercation among a group of people hanging out on Grizzly Peak Boulevard near Centennial and South Park drives.
After the altercation, a man left the scene, returned a short time later and shot Santana-Silva, said Lt. Marc DeCoulode of the UC Berkeley Police Department. Santana-Silva was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear what prompted the altercation, police said.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic or Filipino man, ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 200 pounds with a shaved or bald head, police said.
Police are also looking for a Chevy Capri or similar model and a white Chevy Suburban or similar SUV that may be associated with the shooting. Police ask anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting to call 510-642-6760.
Couple faces weapons charges for incident
A Berkeley couple is facing several weapons charges after an incident in April, when a gun was fired at the walls of a neighbor's apartment, police said.
Jeremy Adrian and his girlfriend, Masayo Shinohara, were arrested April 30, after police were called about 11:36 p.m. to the 1700 block of Highland Place, Berkeley police Officer Jennifer Coats said. A resident reported hearing a gunshot and discovered a bullet hole in their wall and other damaged property, prompting the police call, Coats said. Information wasn't available on why the shot was fired. Police investigating the scene discovered a bag containing an illegal firearm, as well as fake identifications and access cards, Coats said.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Adrian and Shinohara with felonies for firing a gun in an occupied dwelling; possession of an assault weapon, possession of a short-barreled firearm and silencer, possession of fraudulent identification and possession of somebody else's personal identification number, police said.
BAHA house tour set for May 19
Tickets are available now for the Spring House Tour and Garden Reception from 1 to 5 p.m. May 19 to benefit the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.
This year's tour, Historic Homes Above the Claremont Hotel, will open 10 of the area's elegant residences and substantial gardens to the public. The homes "were constructed between 1909 and 1941 by leading architects of their day, including Albert Farr; Louis Christian Mullgardt; William C. Hays; William R. Yelland; Walter H. Ratcliff Jr.; Vickery, Atkins & Torrey; Clarence Tantau; William E. Schirmer; Archie Newsom; and Louis Engler."
A tour map, illustrated guidebook and refreshments are included in the cost of $40 general, $30 BAHA members. Tickets are available online at http://berkeleyheritage.com/paypal.html.
Super Cinema series continues at library
This month's theme for the Super Cinema film series at 3 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., is Spellbinding Documentaries. The next showing in the third floor community room is "Spellbound" (2002) on May 17, "Taxi to the Dark Side" (2007) on May 24, and "Winged Migration" (2001) on May 31. The series is free.
Sing to the familiar tunes of 'Fiddler'
Brush up on the lyrics or just fake your way at the Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-long at 7 p.m. May 18. The event is hosted by Stage Door Conservatory at The Church at 1501 Walnut St.
Free drop-in job counseling at library
Whether you are seeking a job or want to upgrade the one you have, get guidance at the free monthly drop-in job counseling sessions in the third floor Electronic Classroom at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.
The next session is 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 22, when North Cities One Stop counselors will offer free assistance with areas such as job search strategies, social networking tips, creating or improving a resume, interviewing and salary negotiation.
Sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Details: 510-981-6148 or berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
A salute to composer Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin, the composer who wrote such standards as "Alexander's Rag Time Band," "Always," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Cheek to Cheek" and "White Christmas," is the subject of a 125th birthday tribute from 2 to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St. in Berkeley. The tribute by the 28th Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley is presented and narrated by musical theater historian Bonnie Weiss and will include rare clips of Berlin performing his songs and performances by those who helped popularize his works, including Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe.
Tickets and details are online at http://tinyurl.com/cg77ptn.
-- Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway