Three arrested in drug lab investigation

Three people were arrested and part of Oregon Street was shut down Friday morning after Alameda County sheriff's deputies serving a drug-related search warrant uncovered some potentially hazardous chemicals inside a house, authorities said.

A special investigation unit of the Sheriff's Department served a search warrant about 8 a.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Oregon Street, where a resident was suspected of manufacturing and selling LSD and Ecstasy, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

It was not known if any drugs were found at the home but chemicals were discovered, prompting deputies to call the Berkeley Fire Department's hazardous materials unit for assistance.

The block was shut down but no homes were evacuated during the raid, Nelson said.

During the raid, three people were arrested on suspicion of possessing chemicals used to make narcotics and for various warrants, Nelson said.

The names of the three suspects were not immediately available.

Two arrested after armed robberies

Police arrested two men following armed robberies near the UC Berkeley campus that occurred within minutes of each other June 3.

The first incident occurred at 1:30 a.m. on the corner of Durant Avenue and College Avenue when two suspects approached a student, pointed a gun at him and searched him, taking his wallet, cell phone and other personal property.


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The victim was able to get away and flag down campus police, who broadcast a description of the suspects and their vehicle.

Berkeley police located and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspects' Mercedes. While officers were stopping the car, they received a call about another man, who was hit with a gun and robbed in front of the Durant Hotel at 2600 Durant Ave. The suspects were identified by both victims and the victims' property and a gun was found in the suspects' vehicle.

The suspects were identified as Matthew Simpkins, 24, and Ryan Wong, 26.

Live Oak Park Fair is this weekend

The 44th annual Live Oak Park Fair returns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 and June 15 at the park, 1301 Shattuck Ave.

The event features live music; entertainment and activities for children; free tasting samples from food artisans; and a vendors area with art, fine crafts, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, clothing, quilts, baskets, and more.

Admission is free. Details: 510-227-7110 or www.liveoakparkfair.com.

Entertainment, activities at Juneteenth celebration

The free Juneteenth Festival will have performances on two stages, activities, food, vendors, health screenings, a two-on-two basketball tournament and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15 along the Adeline-Alcatraz corridor in South Berkeley. The family event, celebrating the 1863 arrival of news of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, will cover five blocks.

Details: www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org

Free library program on Chopin and jazz

Pianist and composer William Beatty will present "The Chopin/Jazz Connection," a concert and presentation on "how Chopin's unique composition style relates to and influences jazz" at a free program at noon June 1 in the fifth floor Art and Music Department 9 at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

Beatty will perform Chopin etudes and original compositions.

For more details call 510-981-6236.

Free walking tour for ages 50 and up

Shirley Jowell of Friends of Five Creeks will lead "Easy Rocks," a walking outing for ages 50 and older, at 9 a.m. June 19. The relaxed informational stroll sets out from Peet's Coffee, 1825 Solano Ave., and will go to Indian Rock and Mortar Rock Park.

For more details send an email to sjowell@sbcglobal.net.

Police offer free child car seat installation

The Berkeley Police Department is offering to properly install children's car seats for residents by appointment.

State law requires children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until age 8 or until they reach of height of 4 feet 9 inches, but many, if not most seats are not properly placed and secured.

For details about infant or child car seats, their proper installation or to make an installation appointment, call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980. Appointments are dependent on personnel availability

Block party series continues downtown

Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford will be the site of a weekly Eats, Beats & Brews block party from noon to 6 p.m. each Sunday in June, featuring free live music performances, a beer garden and food from around the world. The block will be closed to cars for strolling at the all-ages event.

Details: www.downtownberkeley.com/eats-beats-brews-14.

-- Harry Harris, Natalie Neysa Alund, and Chris Treadway