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Police: Emeryville warehouse was marijuana distribution center

November 14, 2012
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Police: Emeryville warehouse was marijuana distribution center

By Harry Harris Oakland Tribune Posted:   11/13/2012 09:36:52 AM PST Updated:   11/13/2012 03:39:53 PM PST EMERYVILLE — A 2,000-square-foot warehouse where police last week seized 400 pounds of marijuana with a street value of at least $250,000 was a distribution center and not a grow house, authorities said Tuesday. The weed, which was found in buckets and bags, had been grown elsewhere and brought to the warehouse in the 4300 block of Halleck Street where an assembly line of workers apparently packaged it for sale, Officer Brian Head said. Normally, the growing, harvesting and distribution all happen in the same location. Head said no arrests have been made so far. The grow site has not been located, and, so far, no one has come forward claiming the marijuana was being grown for a medicinal dispensary, authorities said. Police said one person with an apparent link to the warehouse, a onetime newspaper distribution center near Interstates 80 and 580, claimed it was now being used as a skateboard manufacturing center. But Head said police only found four skateboards with no wheels in a box. Police were tipped off to the operation by people in the area who became suspicious

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Emeryville Police Seize 400 lbs of Marijuana from Warehouse

November 10, 2012
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Emeryville Police Seize 400 lbs of Marijuana from Warehouse

Police Estimate Street Value at $250,000 Emeryville police have seized 400 pounds of marijuana from a Pellegrini warehouse space in the 4300 block of Halleck Street. Acting on tips, and information gathered by Emeryville police, about 12 patrol officers and detectives descended on the warehouse with a search warrant at about 7 am last Thursday, said Emeryville Police Officer Brian Head. There was no one at the location at the time of the search and no one has been arrested, according to Head, who was among the officers at the scene. Police became suspicious after receiving reports of increased night time activity and distinct smells in the vicinity of the warehouse, said Head, Emeryville PD’s public information officer. “We received tips about some suspicious-looking people coming and going at all hours of the day and night,” Head said. “We also received reports of vehicles backing into the warehouse very quickly and leaving very quickly.” He added that during the search, a nearby resident approached an officer and told him that “people could smell it.” But Head said that a recent, routine traffic stop by two Emeryville patrol officers in the vicinity of the warehouse provided the information crucial to securing

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Sporting Chance to Grab Crab (in Emeryville!)

November 6, 2012
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Sporting Chance to Grab Crab (in Emeryville!)

Tom Stienstra Updated 11:54 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012 The next two weeks look like a magical time for the recreational Dungeness season: great crabbing, good weather and no competition from the big commercial boats until their season opens Nov. 15.  The weekend opener was sensational for boats heading offshore out of San Francisco Bay and Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. Out of Emeryville Sportfishing Center, five party boats ran “crab combos,” that is, fishing trips for rockfish to the Farallon Islands and stopping on the way back to check their luck in the crab pots. Those five boats had a total of 146 people, who caught 642 Dungeness crabs (six-crab-per-person limit on party boats), 1,460 rockfish (10-fish limits) and 10 lingcod to 14 pounds. The best crab grounds were 10 to 15 miles off San Francisco, with the pots baited with squid, according to Craig Stone, owner of Emeryville Sportfishing Center. “It was a great start to the season, with beautiful weather and limits for all aboard,” Stone said. “As long as the weather holds for us, it looks really good out there. Early-season storms and rough seas can knock us out, but it was glassy calm out there.” Out of Half Moon

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The North End: “Butchertown”

November 2, 2012
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The North End: “Butchertown”

Richard Ambro is a historian who has lived in the North End of Emeryville for more than 26 years. His goal is to preserve atleast some of the mature trees, historic homes, and general character of the neighborhood. This article is the first in a series about the history and evolution of the North End. Ambro holds a PhD in archaeology and anthropology from UC Berkeley. First in a Series What is a neighborhood? A neighborhood is a geographically localized community within a larger city, town or suburb. Neighborhoods are generally defined as specific geographic areas as well as a set of social networks. They are the personal settings and situations where residents seek to realize or share common values, raise children, and maintain effective social control. (Wikipedia). _______________________ The 64th Street neighborhood where I live is a block-wide (east-west) strip sandwiched between the Oakland border at Vallejo Street and the former light industrial district west of Doyle Street, in the NE corner of Emeryville. This neighborhood has a long and interesting history.  It was originally an outlier of the area once known as Butchertown – the meat packing district established in the late 19th century, on the west side

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Emeryville Among Bay Area’s Five Most Violent Cities

October 30, 2012
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Emeryville Among Bay Area’s Five Most Violent Cities

  Tuesday, October 30, 2012 The five most violent cities in the Bay Area were all in the East Bay last year, according to figures released this week by the FBI. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which gathers data from police departments around the nation, shows that Emeryville, Oakland, Richmond, San Pablo and Antioch topped the Bay Area charts for violence. At the other end of the scale, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Orinda, San Ramon and Lafayette were the region’s least violent cities last year. Click here for more information. (Click on link above, then click on “view details” corresponding to each city listed.) (To comment on this story or to read the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, then scroll to the bottom.)

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