- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 01:23
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Binkley trial to start this week
The trial of a U.S. Army veteran charged with two armed robberies is scheduled to start this week in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Los Altos native Sargent Binkley allegedly robbed two drug stores in 2006 for prescription drug medication to which he had become addicted.
Family and friends of the 33-year-old Binkley have mounted a campaign to save him from time behind bars. They claim his recovery will be delayed, even jeopardized, if he goes to jail. They have put up a Web site, www.supportsarge.org.
Prosecutors say state law mandates that use of a gun – even an unloaded one, as in Binkley's case – requires jail time.
Because a second crime occurred in San Mateo County, Binkley faces a second, separate trial Dec. 15 in Redwood City.
Warm coats at PD
Staff at the Los Altos Police Department are collecting donations of new and clean, gently used coats this month to benefit the San Francisco-based non-profit One Warm Coat.
Coats are needed for all ages and sizes, and a donation box is accessible 24 hours a day at the Los Altos Police Department, 1 N. San Antonio Road.
The department has gathered coats for the organization in previous years but this year is keeping a chart tracking progress toward its goal: 500 coats by Dec. 18.
One Warm Coat acts as a matchmaker, connecting groups raising donations with local agencies that can distribute the coats to community members in need. The coats are distributed without charge.
For more information about starting a coat drive, visit www.onewarmcoat.org.