City to get new vehicle charging stations
Funding for six new public electric-vehicle charging stations, each with two charging ports, in Berkeley was approved May 14 by the California Energy Commission.
In a release, it was announced that three of the stations will be installed at the city's Telegraph/Channing garage, two at the Oxford garage and one at the Berkeley Marina. The additions will bring the number of charging locations in the city to eight, with two already in place at the Center Street garage.
Man killed in Grizzley Peak fall identified
A 22-year-old Concord man may have been climbing a rock when he fell about 100 feet to his death, UC Berkeley police said May 19.
The man, identified as Lorenzo Baltazar-Trujillo, fell from a steep, rocky area near Grizzly Peak Boulevard police said. A hiker found Baltazar-Trujillo's body around 2:20 p.m. on May 18.
Police said Baltazar-Trujillo, who died at the scene, was not a student at UC Berkeley and that there were no signs of foul play.
Baltazar-Trujillo's death was the second involving a fall at the popular hangout spot in 18 months. In November 2012, 24-year-old Richmond resident Jonathan Mendiola Urbina climbed to the top of a rock outcropping and fell about 60 feet to his death.
Suspect arrested in sexual assault case
University of California police arrested a 50-year-old sex offender May 14 on suspicion of sexual battery in connection with a May 12 sexual assault on a woman last week near People's Park.
Police arrested Roger Lopez at 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Bancroft and Ellsworth. Lopez had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault and he is a sex offender who is not registered, which is required under state law, police said.
UC Berkeley police said a 25-year-old woman was walking east in the 2600 block of Dwight Way at about 9:35 p.m. May 12 when a man yelled at her, ran across the street and grabbed her in the groin area. The man then ran west on Dwight Way toward People's Park, police said.
Based on the victim's description of the suspect, UC Berkeley police detained Lopez, but he was not arrested because the victim couldn't positively identify him as her assailant. Police later developed information that he was responsible for the crime.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about the case is asked to call police at 510-642-0472 or 510-642-6760.
Chocolate & Chalk Festival on Shattuck
The free admission Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival returns to north end of Shattuck Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 with sidewalk art, entertainment and activities, and the opportunity to buy tickets and sample chocolate treats.
The 18th annual event will assign areas of sidewalk to participants, novice and expert alike, who want to create drawings, with no fee to the artist. The drawings judged best in the chalk art contest will be eligible for prizes. Chocolate sampling starts with the purchase of a packet of tickets (20 for $20) at the event booths at 1451 or 1607 Shattuck.
-- David DeBolt, Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway