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Man Arrested After Argument About Ulcer

A Sausalito man's argument with his girlfriend over an ulcer lead to his arrest in North Berkeley yesterday, police said.

About 15 police officers raced to the 1600 block of Oxford Street shortly after 8:25 a.m when a witness spotted 28-year-old Ryan Deyonker walking to the rear of his girlfriend's apartment carrying a rifle wrapped in clothing, police said.

Deyonker told police he had no plans to shoot anybody with the rifle, Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss said.

The incident began when Deyonker began arguing with his girlfriend and started "throwing things and kicking cars," police said.

Deyonker said the incident stemmed from an argument about his ulcer, according to police.

Deyonker was arrested on suspicion of spousal battery and damage to vehicles. Police seized pepper spray, a rifle and ammunition from his car, Kusmiss said.

Halloween Comes Early in Berkeley Hills

Halloween's sinister side may have come a little too early yesterday in the Berkeley Hills.

Residents at a home in the 900 block of Cragmont Avenue awoke shortly before 5:50 a.m. to the sound of a pumpkin flying through a glass window, police said.

They found their $400 4-by-6 foot plateglass window in pieces along with a smashed pumpkin, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

Nobody spotted the squash-tosser, and no suspects have been identified in the incident.

Kusmiss said it is not known if the pumpkin had been carved.

Anybody with information about this case can contact the Berkeley Police Department at 981-5900.

Student Hospitalized After Attempted Suicide

A UC Berkeley student was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment after she tried to kill herself at a dormitory Monday, police said.

The 17-year-old female student cut her wrist with a pair of scissors at about 3 p.m. at Ida Sproul Hall, said UC police Capt. Bill Cooper.

The student's wounds were "very minor" and resembled scratches, Cooper said.

A friend of the student reported the incident after seeing the wound.

Cooper said he doubted the student was truly intent on killing herself, given the nature of her injuries.

Paramedics took the student to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley where she committed herself for psychiatric treatment.

The Tang Center offers crisis counseling and can be reached at 642-9494.

Prowling Suspect Sentenced in Nevada

The suspect in a string of Berkeley peeping and prowling incidents won't face local justice any time soon, but he will be behind bars elsewhere, police said yesterday.

James L. Corell, 30, was convicted Oct. 15 in Carson City, Nev., of failing to register as a sex offender. He received a two-year sentence.

Corell had been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl in Arkansas.

Police say Corell looked into women's bedrooms on at least three occasions in North Berkeley between late September and early October.

One of the victims recorded Corell's license plate, and two others identified him in a photo lineup, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

Corell faces arrest if he returns to Berkeley, Kusmiss said.

Oakland Man Reports Being Shot in Foot

An Oakland man was shot in the toe and then showed up in a Berkeley emergency room early Monday. Somewhere, at some time, a bullet ripped a hole in his big toe and fractured the bone.

That's about all police are certain about.

The man told police he sustained the wound somewhere on a half-mile stretch of Ashby Avenue between California Street and San Pablo Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

The man said he was looking at a parked car when he was shot in the foot. But he did not see the shooter nor the direction from where he or she fired, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

Kusmiss said the man, who was "very uncooperative," requested no police report be taken on the shooting.

Police were unable to find any evidence of the crime-no shell casings or blood-where the man claimed to be shot. Police also did not receive any reports of gunshots at the time of the incident.

Area police departments were queried about shootings early Monday, but nothing could be tied to the victim, Kusmiss said.

Kusmiss said in similar cases, victims are often the shooter.

Anybody with any information about this case can contact the Berkeley Homicide Detail at 981-5742.

Nate Tabak

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