Target holds job fair ahead of Berkeley store opening

BERKELEY — Retail giant Target held a job fair Tuesday en route to hiring about 70 people for a new small-format store on Berkeley’s University Avenue.

The new Berkeley store, at 1414 University Ave. at Acton Street, will open Nov. 8, Target said in a press release from publicist Erin Talbert-Brust of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. A former Andronico’s Market once occupied the site.

It will be Target’s 33rd store in the Bay Area, and the third small-format one, after one in Marin City and another in Berkeley, at 2187 Shattuck Ave., on the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way.

That store, a Target Express, opened in March 2015. Almost half of the store is dedicated to food products, mostly packaged and bottled, and a small selection of fresh fruit, with the rest of the store given over mostly to cosmetics, household items, socks and underwear, and a pharmacy.

“Target has prioritized opening small-format stores to serve guests in dense neighborhoods with assortments that are tailored to meet the needs of local guests,” the press release states.

The 70 new hires will bring the number of Target team members — the chain’s lingo for employees — Bay Area-wide to 9,890, Talbert-Brust said.

“Target provides team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills for their careers,” Talbert-Brust said.

Target store team leader Bethany Wilson, in the press release, said, “We are excited to build a dynamic team for the larger UC Berkeley community and area residents,” adding, “The Berkeley West location will provide a streamlined shopping trip with our variety of products tailored to the vibrant neighborhood.”

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Greeley man pleads guilty to kidnapping in connection with 1984 rape case

Inocencio Trevino pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree kidnapping in connection with a sexual assault he committed 33 years ago.

A little more than 33 years after a Greeley man raped a 19-year-old woman in an alleyway off 8th Avenue, his family wept as he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Courtesy photoInocencio Trevino pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree kidnapping in connection with a sexual assault he committed 33 years ago.

Inocencio Trevino, 49, on Monday pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping in connection with the July 31, 1984, rape of Cheryl Webster, who gave The Tribune permission to publish her name. He faces up to 16 years in prison.

He and Rusty Barnhart, 57, were charged with kidnapping in connection with the crime. Barnhart in July was sentenced to 24 years in prison after a jury convicted him.

Police collected a rape kit from Webster within hours of the assault, which occurred in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue as she made her way home from work at a diner. They stored that kit for almost 30 years but made little progress on the case.

In 2013, Colorado state legislators passed a law requiring police departments to send all stored rape kits to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for DNA testing. The 1984 kit was among them, and testing showed Trevino and Barnhart were matches.

By then, the statute of limitations on sexual assault had expired, meaning the Weld District Attorney’s Office could not charge the men with rape even though police believed they were guilty of that crime. Instead, the two men were charged with kidnapping.

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