Man falls to his death on Grizzly peak

A 60-year-old Berkeley man fell to his death Aug. 17 after losing his footing at a popular sightseeing turnout along Grizzly Peak Boulevard, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, fell about 110 feet after slipping on the edge of the hillside near signpost 14 on Grizzly Peak, said UC Berkeley Police Lt. Marc DeCoulode.

The incident was reported at 8:24 p.m. to the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department and UC Berkeley police followed up on the call, DeCoulode said.

The man, who was walking alone, was witnessed by others walking and then slipping down the steep hill.

Arrest in San Leandro BART stabbing

A Berkeley man has been arrested in connection to a stabbing at the Bay Fair BART station over the weekend, a BART spokesman said Aug. 15.

Cole Chaquan Wright, 20, allegedly stabbed another man in the torso after getting into an argument in the bus zone at the station, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

The victim, who did not know Wright, was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.

The victim provided a description of the suspect to BART police who were able to identify Wright based on interviews with people who frequent the area around the station, said Allison.


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Attempted laptop theft on Telegraph

A man tried to run out of a Berkeley business with a laptop being used by a customer Aug. 11, but dropped it when other patrons chased him outside, UC Berkeley police said. The woman was working on her laptop near the corner of Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue at 10:48 a.m., police said, when the man shoved her from behind, grabbed the laptop and ran from the store. The victim and other customers pursued him and he dropped the laptop, ran to Dwight Way and into a waiting U-Haul truck, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.

Library programs look at women and sports

"Strong Girls Rule" a three-installment film series at the Berkeley Public Library, will celebrate "exceptional local athletes and women's sports programs."

The series opens with a screening of the feature-length documentary "Maidentrip" at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at the West Branch, 1125 University Ave., followed by a discussion with Cal Sailing Club Commodore Stephanie Evans. The 82-minute film recounts the journey of Laura Dekker, who became the youngest person to sail alone around the world at age 14.

Before the screening there will be a program of nautical knot tying led by the branch's teen librarian.

Details: 510-981-6241 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

The short documentary "I Just Wanna Ball" screens at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the South Branch, 1901 Russell St., followed by a discussion with the film's director, Robert Bowden, and members of the McClymonds High School Lady Warriors basketball team.

The third installment is a screening of the new documentary "Derby Crazy Love" by Canadian filmmakers Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 in the third floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

Green building author in appearance here

Author David Gottfried, founder of the World Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, will discuss his book "Explosion Green" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave.

The book "tells the 20-year story of how the global green building movement exploded and transformed the world's largest industry into a more robust business and environmentally-friendly marketplace."

Details: bit.ly/1t2Ooev.

Talk on native plants scheduled

Bart O'Brian, new head of the Tilden Botanic Garden, will discuss growing native plants at a program at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive in Tilden Regional Park. A $10 contribution for admission is requested. For details visit nativeherenursery.org.

Spots open for St. Mary's golf tournament

The deadline to enter the Phil Doran Memorial Tournament, the 30th annual golf invitational benefiting St. Mary's College High School, is Sept. 2. The tournament, named for the late Berkeley police Capt. Phil Doran, a 1963 St. Mary's grad, is set for Sept. 15 at the Richmond Country Club and the single-player entry is $225, which includes barbecue lunch and reception following the tournament. Nongolfers can attend the "19th Hole" social at 4:30 p.m. in the clubhouse for $25.

For details to register call Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227 or visit www.saintmaryschs.org.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Kathleen Kirkwood and Chris Treadway