Second suspect arrested in double shooting
The second suspect in the shooting of two men in South Berkeley earlier this month turned himself in June 27, police said.
Anthony Durant, 23, of Berkeley walked into the Berkeley Police Department around 3:15 a.m. and surrendered, Officer Jennifer Coats said. Police had issued a warrant charging Durant with assault with a deadly weapon after the June 11 shooting.
Two men, ages 18 and 21, were shot in the 1600 block of Russell Street near California Street around 4:30 p.m. on June 11. Both have recovered.
Police arrested another suspect, 22-year-old Donzale Mejia, of Oakland, on June 26 at an undisclosed location.
Some guns were recovered after the shooting, but police have not said whether they were used in the shooting. The investigation remains ongoing, Coats said, and anyone with information is urged to call the Berkeley homicide unit at 510-981-5741 or 510-981-5900. Anonymous callers can leave tips at Bay Area Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8477.
Man with a dozen DUI convictions arrested
A San Lorenzo man with more than a dozen convictions for drunken driving was arrested in Berkeley on suspicion of that offense once again, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers collared Blancy Costello on suspicion of felony DUI around 7 p.m. on June 29 after citizens called 911 and told police somebody appeared to be driving drunk.
Costello allegedly collided with another vehicle on westbound Interstate 80 near University Avenue, according to the CHP's Oakland Facebook page.
The driver of the other was uninjured, police said.
Costello also was arrested in similar circumstances on April 24 in Oakland, police said. On that day, callers reported seeing Costello driving drunk on westbound I-580 near Fruitvale Avenue. Costello is accused of colliding with four vehicles in three separate collisions that day and faces a charge of felony DUI in connection with that incident, police said.
The CHP said on its Facebook page that Costello has been convicted of DUI more than a dozen times, and that he has felony DUIs on his record related to having so many.
Robbery suspect arrested at North Berkeley station
BART police on June 27 arrested a juvenile suspected of robbing at least three BART passengers at gunpoint at the North Berkeley station in the last eight days.
The juvenile robbed his victims at similar morning commute times and at the same location, in the parking lot. Victims reported a similar description.
On June 18, the suspect robbed at gunpoint, demanding cash before running away at 6:45 a.m. in the West parking lot of the North Berkeley station, and then robbed again five minutes afterward.
One week later on Wednesday, the suspect demanded cash again at 5:47 a.m. In all, there were three robberies but no one was injured.
BART police and Berkeley police staged extra patrols at the station Thursday. On Friday morning, a BART police detective saw someone matching the description of the suspect. At 6 a.m., BART police arrested the suspect on the edge of the station near Franklin and Francisco streets. Police found a gun and took the suspect to Alameda County Juvenile Hall.
Celebrate the Fourth on the waterfront
The July 4 annual free celebration from noon to 10 p.m. at the Berkeley Marina will have nonstop entertainment, activities and food, followed by fireworks over the Bay after dark. Attractions will include free dragon boat rowing from noon to 5 p.m., pony rides and mechanical carnival rides, an inflatable bouncy area, mini-train rides, giant slides, and the like. Adventure Playground nearby will be open until 8 p.m.
Marina vehicle parking is $15 for the day, or walk, bicycle or take AC Transit.
Events to mark birthday of Dalai Lama
The birthday of the Dalai Lama (July 6) is being celebrated by the Richmond-based Tibetan Association of Northern California with a pair of events this weekend that are open to the community.
A "fun night" celebration in honor of the Tibetan Buddhist leader will be held from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 5 at Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond, that will include dinner, performances, songs and dance. Admission is $20 TANC members, $25 nonmembers; free for seniors.
On July 6, all are invited to attend a vegetarian potluck that will start at 10 a.m. and go on all day at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.
For more details visit www.tanc.org/2014-trungkar-celebration/.
-- Samantha Clark, Rick Hurd and Chris Treadway