News in Brief: Motorcycle Crash Injures Police Officer

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A Berkeley police officer was injured Wednesday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle.

The accident occurred at 1:46 p.m. near the intersections of Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Avenida Drive, said Berkeley police Lt. Cynthia Harris.

The unidentified officer suffered from a dislocated shoulder and was transported to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, and was released at about 4:20 p.m., said Carolyn Kemp, a hospital spokesperson.

Nate Tabak

Dryer Lint Caused

Fire, Officials Say

Dryer lint caused the fire that devastated two Telegraph Avenue businesses on Jan. 26, Berkeley fire officials said Wednesday.

Lint ignited in the ventilation system of Milt's Coin-Op Laundry and eventually spread to adjacent Avenue Liquors, collapsing a roof and causing an estimated $500,000 worth in damage, said Berkeley Assistant Fire Chief David Orth.

Orth said the fire probably burned for a while before anyone noticed it.

"You should always clean the lint trap of the dryer," Orth added.

Nate Tabak

Reward Offered in Unsolved Murders

Short of leads, Berkeley police are offering a $30,000 reward in an attempt to solve the Jan. 22 double murder in South Berkeley.

Detectives still don't have any suspects or know why Rammar Johnson, 28, and Noel Turner Jr., 29, were shot to death as they sat in a car, said Berkeley police Lt. Cynthia Harris.

She said police hope the money will prompt witnesses to come forward.

Anybody with information regarding the double murder can contact the Berkeley Homicide Detail at 981-5741.

Nate Tabak

Early Voting

Program in Effect

Voting for the March primary is already underway at Berkeley City Hall for residents who want to beat the crowds on Election Day.

Those who don't want to vote on March 5 can go to the Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia St. and vote on touchscreens that provide instructions in three languages, as well as visual aids. The system also prevents anyone from over-voting.

The early voting program was used during the 2000 general election and attracted 500 early voters.

Those interested must register to vote by Feb. 4. The service is provided during regular business hours.


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