TBS Today, Jan. 8

Two new stories for you today after a rather busy weekend.

  • Burglars broke into Creekwood Restaurant in Berkeley for the second time in about a year, shattering the glass front door and stealing cash from the closed business. It's the latest in what appears to be a spike in commercial burglaries citywide.
  • A Berkeley stabbing suspect who fled to Georgia has now been charged with attempted murder after an unprovoked attack outside a Chase Bank branch last year, authorities say.

We have the scoop for you on both stories.

Commercial burglary spike in Berkeley; Creekwood hit again
“It impacts customers’ perception of safety,” said Creekwood Restaurant owner Greg Poulios. “People may not come in.”
Chase Bank stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder
The victim said he did not know why suspect Wayne Johnson stabbed him and had never seen Johnson before, police wrote in court papers.

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In case you missed it, we published our 2024 gunfire map after Berkeley's first shooting of the year, which took place Sunday morning.

Berkeley shootings in 2024: The definitive gunfire map
As of Jan. 7, Berkeley has had one shooting in 2024 with one person wounded. Last year, no one was wounded until March.
Man shot on Harrison is first Berkeley shooting of the year
The call initially came in as an active shooter situation. Authorities ultimately determined that was not the case.

People's Park status update

We spent Friday night out at People's Park and posted live tweets throughout the night. A few of those updates appear below.

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Teams from Berkeleyside and the Daily Cal have been doing a lot of reporting out there, as have other media to a lesser extent. Check out their work to learn more.

And many thanks to those of you who answered our call on Twitter for a spot to report from the scene near People's Park. So far we haven't needed it, but we're definitely keeping your kind offers on file!

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