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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Downtown deli burglarized

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Italian Delicatessen owner Tamar Sloan surveys how suspects broke into the Main Street store.

Unidentified suspects broke into the Italian Delicatessen at 139 Main St. Easter morning, stealing a meat-slicing machine and $100 in cash.

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea said there were no witnesses or leads as of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, but officers are investigating neighboring businesses’ security cameras for signs of suspicious activity.

Deli owner Tamar Sloan said the incident likely happened between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. April 4. She said her bread supplier arrived at the deli at 5:30 a.m. and didn’t notice any damage, but when she arrived three hours later, a window had been broken and the $1,200 meat slicer was missing from the counter.

“We hardly ever use the (meat slicer),” Sloan said. “It just sucks that they broke into my store. … If it were kids, they probably would’ve taken beer.”

Sloan said she and other employees spotted a rock allegedly used in the burglary near the deli’s back door two days prior to the incident, but they didn’t think anything of it at the time.

Galea said any leads would likely stem from stolen property showing up elsewhere.

“The meat-slicing machine is a distinctive object,” he said. “Chances are, (the suspects) are going to try and sell it. … A lot of times we find that victims are very resourceful in tracking down their own (stolen) property.”

Sloan said she and her employees have kept a watchful eye on Craigslist and eBay to see if the meat slicer shows up for sale.

Galea urged anyone with information to call the police department at 947-2770.

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