UC Berkeley treated our resident Cal parakeet, “Fresh,” to quite a spectacle yesterday–and we’re not talking about the performers for Pilipino Cultural Night who were practicing a heartfelt rendition of Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” on Dwinelle Plaza, directly across from his perch.

No, Fresh had a gang of angry supporters by his police-lined fences on Sunday afternoon. Among the riled up company was our favorite all-purpose protester, Zachary RunningWolf–tricked out in his usual impeccably-selected anti-American t-shirt.

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UCPD e-mailed a supplement crime alert today. The e-mail featured a link to a video of a “person of interest” in the investigation of the recent arson attack on a police van. The e-mail explains:

On Thursday, October 4th, 2007, at 5:52 a.m., a UCPD police vehicle parked in Barrow Lane was the object of an arson attack. UCPD has a video showing a person of interest, and requests your help in identifying him.

If you have information, the police request that you call 510-642-0472 or e-mail [email protected]

Better yet, check out the vid on YouTube. Then check out the related vids: UCLA Student Gets Tased by UCPD Officers, UCLA Student Tasered by UCPD Police, Iranian-American Student Abused By UCLA UCPD with Tazer Gun …

Serve and protect!

Identity Needed [YouTube]
Arson [UCPD]

Remember last week, when UCPD said it was looking for the people who have vandalized a couple of trees. Looks like we’ve found them.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that yes, the tree-sitters outside of Memorial Stadium have done the damage to the same trees that said tree-sitters are trying to protect.

That sounds kind of counterintuitive or maybe even like a bit of hypocrisy.

Who said this? Why good ol’ Zachary RunningWolf. He evidently sent a letter to the Trib.

“Yes, we have topped one tree (redwood) which was dead, and have pruned other dead branches in the grove that happened to be dead,” RunningWolf wrote in an e-mail to the Oakland Tribune.

”We have a professional arborist with us along with my (Native American knowledge) of how to help the tree regenerate after pruning the degenerative material off the tree. Also, as far as safety of our tree-sitters are concerned, trimming off dangerous material will help in the safety of both our people in the trees and on the ground,” according to the e-mail.

Woah, where did the Treewoks find a professional arborist?

But of course, the campus doesn’t think that chopping off pieces of the tree was such a good idea. At least, that’s not what Jim Horner, the campus’s landscape architect said.

“The trees won’t die from being topped but they are disfigured and as the tree responds to the topping it sends off a cluster of branches that try and resume growth. What you get is a candle opera effect,” he said in a recent interview.

Even with the email sent to the Trib, UCPD said its still looking for the culprits. If UC police find that it is the Treewoks, then it’ll just be a nice big pot of irony, now won’t it?

Image Source: George Derk, Daily Cal
Earlier: Tree People May Be Vandalizing Oak Grove, Police Say

Berkeley tree sitters admit to pruning evergreens [Oakland Trib]

Steps for a successful oak protest:

# Occupy the trees
# Take pictures of naked people in and around trees
# And possibly damage said trees (at least according to police)

The Save the Oaks at the Stadium coalition, also known as the tree people and (affectionately) as Treewoks, is suspected of damaging two trees, UCPD says. The process of constructing a living space in the trees allegedly damaged a cedar and a redwood.

Ayr, a member of the coalition, said it isn’t so. The Daily Cal reports:

The sleeping platforms are made out of plywood planks and springy, net-like reed catchers that are tied tightly to the trees so as not to cause any damage, Ayr said.

He also said no permanent damage was done to the two trees in question.

News 10 reports that the tops of the two trees have been cut off and are damaged permanently. No one has been cited yet, but whoever turns out to be responsible may face charges of vandalism, trespassing and lodging on campus.

Ayr explains that

It’s ridiculous and hypocritical for the UC to cry crocodile tears about removing dead and damaged branches when they’re planning on cutting down the grove.

It’s only been less than a year, fellow tree people! This is the man trying to knock us (and the trees) down. C’mon, let’s fight to preserve these trees.

You know, sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.

Image Source: Eli Weissman, Daily Cal
UCPD: Protesters Damaged Two Trees Near Stadium [Daily Cal]
Berkeley Tree Sitters Accused of Vandalizing Trees [News 10]

Cal guards Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle were arrested early last Sunday morning as suspects of an attempted robbery. Great.

But on Monday, the Alameda County District Attorney decided to not press any charges against the two Bears basketball players.

Now, you ask, why were Christopher and Randle caught allegedly doing such idiotic things? Well, UCPD said that the duo was just trying to have a little fun.

bq. “The players admitted to having fun. They were just scaring people. They weren’t trying to rob anyone,” said Mitch Celaya, assistant chief for the UC Berkeley Police Department. “Pretty stupid.”

According to police, Christopher and Randle pulled their car over to the sidewalk next to two individuals. They pointed a silver cell phone at the two individuals, demanded their money and then drove away, police said.

We never thought that doing something like that would be so fun.

Here’s an idea for the both of them: Instead of allegedly trying to scare people on the streets of Berkeley at 1:30 in the morning for fun, try winning next season. That’s pretty fun, and they didn’t do much of that last year.

Image Source: Nate Tabak, Daily Cal
No charges filed against Cal basketball duo [Inside Bay Area]

This is normally the spot we put our summary about this batch of police logs. But it’s almost the Fourth, there’s a party downstairs and the rest of the Daily Cal is on vacation. You know you skim this part anyway. So here, just enjoy the silly antics of others and what kind of schlock cops have to tolerate.

Saturday, June 30, 2007
9:43 a.m., RSF: An officer talks to a male, 25, for rules violation.

You know, rules are important. Don’t wear shoes that scuff up the floors. Wear eye protection when playing racquetball. Sign up for the cardio equipment otherwise you get the evil eye from, like, 20 girls who weight collectively no more than 200 pounds. These things are important, yo.

8:11 p.m., Clark Kerr Campus: A report of suspicious circumstances regarding a high school prank.

Lame. They’re just jealous ’cause we don’t let them in our parties. And for good reason, too!

Sunday, July 1, 2007
3:31 p.m., Beverly Cleary: Reported theft via an open door. Loss of a black iPod, valued at $280.
3:50 p.m., Beverly Cleary: Reported theft via unknown means. Loss of a black iPod, valued at $280.

That’s gotta hurt. If the thief is the same person, he/she can now just barely afford an iPhone. But not the monthly bill.

Monday, July 2, 2007
12:53 p.m., Evans Hall: Report of blood droplets in the west stairwell.

Maybe those shirts really are true. Maybe some Cal students really do bleed blue and gold. Though Evans is an odd place to do so.

4:30 p.m., People’s Park: An officer talks to a female, 28, for indecent exposure.

Yeah, because that’s the real concern at People’s Park. Didn’t they want more transparency with what goes on in the park?

PoLo is compiled from the UC Police Department’s online Daily Activity Bulletin.
Earlier: PoLo: Fire It Up

We guess campus security at Stanfurd really isn’t what is used to be. First there was that impostor who masqueraded as a Stanfurdite for most of the school year. Now someone’s been accused of stealing Stanfurd credit cards and checks.

How was this suspected culprit stopped? She wanted to steal from Cal too, according to UCPD.

The Chron reports that UCPD arrested Liller Johnson last Friday after a university police officer saw her leaving Lewis Hall.

Apparently UC police found stolen credit cards and checks from both UC Berkeley and Stanfurd. And apparently some of the stolen Stanfurd cards had been used that day.

So, we’ll tally a point for UC police and take away five points from Stanfurd police for not being able to nab this alleged credit-card stealer.

Seriously, what kinds of things can people get away with down on The Farm?

Theft suspect arrested at UC Berkeley [Sf Gate]

Yesterday, a body was found in the San Francisco Bay off the Berkeley pier.

A boater first spotted the body at about 9:30 a.m. and notified the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard retrieved the body, but the coroner has yet to identify the man or pinpoint the cause of his death.

We except more details to come, but that’s all (and we mean ALL) that the Chron’s reporting right now.

Man’s body recovered from bay near Berkeley pier [SF Chronicle]

Update, 9:00 p.m.: The Daily Cal updated early this afternoon saying that the Homicide Unit is now handling the case, according to Berkeley police Lt. Wesley Hester.bq. “A week prior we had a report of a person seen jumping into the water off the Berkeley Pier,” Hester said. “We went down and investigated and never found the person, we’re not sure if that incident coincides with the body washing up, but it is a possibility.”

The Chron doesn’t have anything else up.

First we had a bad week for bloggers. Now Berkeley’s residents are having an even worse week.

Body Found in Bay Near Berkeley Marina [Daily Cal]

Finals are over. We can finally have time to take a decent shower and proceed with our normal lives. Some, however, are still acting strangely. Maybe Bear Facts is lagging with grades. Maybe the transition to summer is jarring. Either way, we all need to take a chill pill—wait, is that legal?

Sunday, May 20, 2007
2:27 a.m., Memorial Stadium: Suspicious circumstance regarding owner given advice on controlling an animal.

At two in the morning, this could mean only one thing: werewolves. Arm yourselves with guns and silver bullets, folks.

Monday, May 21, 2007
10:19 p.m., O’Brien Hall: Three students—two males, 21 and 20, and one female, 21—detained for rules violation and scaling building exterior.

Hmm. Were they buildering? They couldn’t possibly be that excited over the recent relase of “Spider-Man 3.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
3:21 p.m., Memorial Stadium: A male employee, 73, reports amplified noise, including drums.

The drums again? Let’s hope it’s not some naked weirdo with bongos. We think that already happened.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
2:45 a.m., Rock Wall: Marijuana activity in vehicle.
8:30 a.m., Shattuck/Channing: Marijuana activity.
12:56 p.m., People’s Park: Marijuana activity.
1:00 p.m., People’s Park: Marijuana activity.
3:35 p.m., The Grove: Marijuana activity

Yes, finals are finally over. We think we’ve … uh … we mean those guys (not us) have made that clear.

PoLo is compiled from the UC Police Department’s online Daily Activity Bulletin.
Earlier: PoLo: While You Were Studying…

It might be difficult to believe, but while you’ve all been huddled in the depths of the Main Stacks, Berkeley has been misbehaving. And not in the fun way (well, except for those naked folks). Here’s a quick recap of some of the less legal goings on of the past week.

Friday, May 11, 2007
6:01 p.m., Dwinelle Hall: Report of a suspicious package. Proved OK.

Nice try, but you’re still going to have to take that final, kiddo.

Saturday, May 12, 2007
9:30 a.m., Unit 3: Vandalism via chalk.

That’s odd. We thought the ASUC elections were over.

12:08 p.m., Peoples’ Park: Possession of an airsoft gun.

Personally, we’d say an airsoft gun is less threatening than a lot of things in Peoples’ Park.

5:37 p.m., Greek Theatre: Male reports injury during course of arrest. Will seek own medical attention.

5:42 p.m., Greek Theatre: Male reports injury during course of arrest. Will seek own medical attention.

Stop complaining about your O-Chem final. At least you didn’t get arrested in the process of getting mindfucked.

Sunday, May 13, 2007
2:37 a.m., Unit 1-Slottman Hall: Victim of alcohol-related illness.

Really, REALLY should have been studying. But who hasn’t made the mistake of saying, “Well, one little drink won’t hurt,” when you’re going through six weeks of lecture notes?

Monday, May 14, 2007
8:44 a.m., Haste Street: Report of theft of children’s playground furniture.

Because stealing candy from a child is just too easy.

6:08 p.m., International House Library: Report of theft of eleven books.

Maybe the thief just couldn’t find them in the library. Books on “The Aggressive Behavior of Sealions Between the Ages of Two and Four” can be awfully hard to come by.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
11:00 a.m., Peoples’ Park: Dog not on a leash.

Oh. The. Humanity.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
9:00 p.m., Unit 2-Loading dock: Dumpster diving.

Why is this even illegal? It’s good exercise, it’s cost effective and you don’t have to stray too far from you dorm room.

PoLo is compiled from the UC Police Department’s online Daily Activity Bulletin.
Earlier: PoLo: All Hot and Bothered over Water

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