superIf you’re in San Francisco and you see someone wearing a cape, it’s not necessarily because you’re next to an Urban Outfitters. San Francisco is just one of the cities participating in the Real Life Superhero Movement, in which a bunch of normal people transform themselves into superheroes.

They then take to the streets to fight crime — vigilante style. So if you ever feel an unexplainable urge to exact some justice (or just wear your underwear outside of your pants in a socially acceptable manner), don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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Otherwise Reasonable San Franciscans Dress Up as Superheroes to Fight Crime [SFist]


So, it turns out People’s Park is still just as sketchy as it seems. On Thursday night, a man who had been inhabiting one of the trees there for 89 days was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, wherein he allegedly attacked another man with a knife while still in his tree.

While we try and fail to visualize this scene, it should be noted that the tree -sitter in question, Matthew Dott, is not to be confused with the tree-sitters at Memorial Stadium or that one guy in front of Wheeler. Tree-sitting is kind of a local hobby.

Dott, who’d previously stated he would, “be here however long it takes until this park remains a park,” whatever that means, came down from his tree voluntarily after police officers began moving in to remove him.

We’d like to think People’s Park is a little safer now, but probably not by much.

Image Source: Chris McDermut, Daily Cal
People’s Park Tree-Sitter Booked on Suspicion of Attempted Murder [Daily Cal]

3087016574_efb07bd162Is your absentee father an embezzling white collar felon? Did your teenage brother set fire to the neighbor’s barn in an act of brash vegan defiance? Has your black sheep, closeted gay uncle pulled a Norman Bates recently?

If you are male and answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be the next great American scapegoat. Crime investigation experts are in fierce divide over the implementation of the “familial DNA” technique in Colorado and California. read more »

Now this may be old news for some, but for those of us who can’t afford a TV had midterms these past few weeks, Berkeley, of all places, was featured on last week’s episode of America’s Most Wanted. read more »

Berkeley police released this sketch of the late night skirt creeper who’s been sexually assaulting women around campus.

The counts of sexual assaults now clock in at 13. He tends to attack between 10 p.m and 3 a.m. on the south side of campus. He’s described as white, in his 20s or 30s, around 5 feet and 10 inches. He is of medium build and has short, dark wavy hair.

Be vigilant! And above all, please be safe.

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Berkeley skirt-lifting assailant strikes again [SF Chron]
Also: Police Release Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect [Daily Cal]

Two men were taken into custody yesterday by the UCPD in connection with the robbery of a Clark Kerr dorm three weeks ago. 21-year-olds Gary Doxy and R.J. Garrett, both ex-football players, are alleged to have held four of their peers at gunpoint while demanding wallets and laptops. Turns out the gun was a BB gun. Not that that makes it all better or anything.

Significantly, police say that the robbery may have been incited by some racial slurs–ones that a drunk white male crew member allegedly made during the course of a party. News of the slurs is believed to have eventually reached Doxy and Garrett, who then allegedly proceeded to stick up two members of the crew team and some incidental roommates. Specifically, police believe they robbed crew members who hadn’t made the offensive comments themselves. Come again?

(Note: Post edited for accuracy.)

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Two UC Berkeley Students Arrested in Connection With Clark Kerr Armed Robbery [Daily Cal]

Robbers crawled through an open window in a Clark Kerr dorm last night, which immediately begs two questions.  One: whose brilliant idea was it to build ground-floor Clark Kerr windows so big and wide that six-footers can just sail right through them?  Two, which in retrospect isn’t so surprising considering point one: dangerous criminal people with guns are targeting dorms now?

Police officials are feeling the shock too.  The four students whose dormitory was broken into were apparently ordered to give up laptops and wallets at gun-point. The assailants left with one of each and have not been apprehended.  None of the students were injured.  We direct our most sincere expressions of gratitude heavenward.

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Police Seek Two Suspects Following Clark Kerr Armed Robbery [Daily Cal]

A 22-year-old man was shot in front of a Berkeley hair salon around 1 p.m. this afternoon.  Police say the wounds weren’t fatal, as the victim was able to receive care from emergency personnel shortly after the altercation.  Nothing much is known about the incident, which probably explains why the po-po are scratching their heads and fishing the waters for details.  The Oakland Tribune lists 981-5900 as the contact number, so on the off-chance that you were moseying by 2902 Sacramento Street this afternoon and saw anything of value, you know who to call.

We got nuthin’.  On that grim note, this shooting may recall the rash of shootings that vexed our fair city last semester.  With any luck there’ll be no more of those this year. Knock on wood, folks.

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Man Shot in South Berkeley [Daily Cal]
Man shot in front of Berkeley beauty salon [Oakland Tribune]

With all the senseless crime, wacky characters, mysterious disappearances and general craziness that plagues Berkeley, we could almost compare ourselves to the festering, tragedy-ridden comic book land that is Gotham City. Almost. All we need is an angsty bat hero–and now we might even have one. Kind of.

The San Jose Mercury News warns us to stay away from wild animals after a rabid bat was found in North Berkeley last week. Why the Merc loves to report about our humble little city in such great detail is a mystery, but residents, consider yourself cautioned. This bat doesn’t go around saving people–and neither do its staggering skunk and raccoon friends. We’d stay away from the squirrels, too, no matter how cute they look. Apparently, Alameda County is a designated “rabid area,” so this is fairly normal.

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Hundreds of students gathered on Upper Sproul this afternoon in commemoration of Chris Wootton, the graduating senior who was stabbed to death in a drunken altercation last Satuday. Wootton’s brothers from the Sigma Pi fraternity spoke in memory of Wootton. As one, they shouted, “Rock on, Wootton!” at the speech’s end.

Wootton’s girlfriend, Brandy DeOrnellas, also spoke. In a breaking voice, DeOrnellas stressed Wootton’s commitment to religion and love, as well the futility and wastefulness of fighting the people you love. read more »

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