Tuesday June 07, 2005

Party Potshots 

A Saturday night gathering of about 200 youths at the James Coney Recreation Center in the 1700 block of Eighth Street ended in a brawl about 11:30, punctuated by gunshots. 

The pistol rounds were fired off just after police arrived. Officers spotted the juvenile pistol-packer and set off in pursuit, said Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 

Surrounded by police, the young pistolero dropped his piece and submitted his wrists to steely encirclement. 


Strong-Arm Duo I 

A pair of teenagers slugged a 22-year-old man near the corner of Hearst and Shattuck avenues shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, grabbed their victim’s wallet and ran off. 

No arrests have been made. 

Strong-Arm Duo II 

A second pair of juvenile strong-arm artists relieve d two 21-year-old men of their wallets between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 

The first crime took place just after 7:30 p.m. near the corner of Dwight Way and Ellsworth Street, and the second heist occurred around 8:15 p.m. near the corner of Haste and Athe rton streets. 

Officers nabbed both youths soon after the second robbery. 


Triple Assault 

Three suspects were arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon in a kick and bottle beating of a Berkeley woman just before 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Police were sum moned to the corner of California Street and Hearst Avenue just in time to prevent more serious injury to the victim. 


Cab Driver Robber 

Three suspects robbed a taxi driver of his wallet and fare money at 9 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Marina Bou levard and University Avenue. No arrests have been made, said Officer Okies. µ