Suspect arrested in El Cerrito burglary

El Cerrito police last week arrested a man on suspicion of breaking into a home the week before, a burglary that was caught on surveillance video, authorities said.

Authorities believe Dajuan Desheme Blackwell, 24, of Oakland is one of two men who broke into a home on the 6700 block of Cutting Boulevard on Sept. 24.

The burglary, captured on video and posted by the homeowner on YouTube, shows a suspect knocking on a front door, and then a second suspect using a burglary tool to pry open the door. One of the suspects then kicks down the door, and another hit the security camera with a tool, the video shows. A laptop computer and digital camera were missing from the home, according to police.

Police arrested Blackwell on Saturday when officers saw him walking near the police station at Richmond Street and Donal Avenue wearing the same sweatshirt as the one worn by one of the suspects in the video. The second suspect has not been arrested.

Albany Fire Department sets open house

The Albany Fire Department is again observing Fire Prevention Week by giving safety presentations at the city's elementary schools and hosting an open house event for the community. The department's Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at the fire station at 1000 San Pablo Ave. Breakfast is $7 adults and $4 children, with proceeds benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.


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Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear will be special guests and there will be raffles, live fire demonstrations, electrical and natural gas safety demonstrations, fire engines and equipment on display, and CPR and first-aid class registration.

Dinner theater show at St. Mary's High

St. Mary's College High will present the play "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" on Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 in the auditorium at the school, 1294 Albina Ave. The performances will be in true dinner theater fashion, featuring a catered, sit-down pasta dinner or appetizers during the 1950s-era whodunit murder mystery based on the 1958 film "The Long Hot Summer."

The audience will get to actively help solve the murder and the ending changes nightly.

Only 100 tickets will be available for each performance and the Oct. 26 show will include prizes for audience Halloween costumes (must be appropriate).

Ticket prices: Friday shows with served appetizers and dessert are $15 adults 18 and older, $10 students and children. Tickets for the three-course catered dinner show are $25 adults 18 and older; $15 students and children. All tickets are advance sale only.

For tickets and details contact Caiti Kelly at 510-559-6250 or ckelly@stmchs.org.

National Take Back events scheduled

Residents can dispose of expired or unused medications safely at free National Take Back Initiative events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Albany Police Department is holding a collection that day at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave.

Another collection will be held at the Kensington Public Safety Building, 217 Arlington Ave.

Safe disposal helps keep dangerous substances from reaching waterways and damaging ecosystems.

Presentation on Affordable Care Act

"Get Covered California: Understanding the Affordable Care Act" is a free program that will be presented by Kook Huber at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.

Details: 510-526-7512.

Free show at library by Magic Nathaniel

Local master of illusion Magical Nathaniel will give a free show for ages 3 and older at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Details: 510-526-7512.

Golden Gate Fields will host 10 K run event

Golden Gate Fields is holding a 10K run on Oct. 19 that features a finish on the racetrack itself. Entrants into the first-ever Let's Go 510 10 K run will be given a commemorative medallion and admission to the races that day. The run, which starts at 10 a.m., benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

"All runners will start at Golden Gate Fields, run along the Bay shoreline and finish on the actual racetrack -- a privilege exclusive to this event," says event organizer Brazen Racing.

For details or to register, visit letsgo510.com.

Open house to discuss San Pablo Avenue plan

El Cerrito is holding the second of three workshops on its San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The session will be to "review and refine urban greening and bicycle and pedestrian strategies, learn more and provide input about the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan and Complete Street designs." Details: 510-215-4350 or www.ElCerritoUrbanGreening.org.

-- David DeBolt and Chris Treadway