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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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Schools

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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Community

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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Comment

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.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

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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Police Blotter

Felony warrant arrest

July 10, 6:50 a.m., North San Antonio Road and El Camino Real: During a traffic stop, officers determined that a male motorist had two outstanding warrants out of San Jose stemming from probation violations. Officers arrested the driver and booked him into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Arson

July 11, 8:44 a.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: A resident notified police of a trashcan on fire on the Blach Intermediate School campus. Responders extinguished the fire upon arrival.

Child locked in car

July 11, 3:54 p.m., 100 block of State Street: According to police, a child was accidentally locked in a vehicle. Fire responders on the scene broke one of the vehicle’s windows to rescue the child. No charges were filed.

Arts & Wine Festival tows

July 13, starting at 5:47 p.m., various downtown locations: Seven vehicles in violation of a 5 p.m. parking deadline were towed from various designated parking locations downtown, including five in the Central Plaza parking area at Second Street.

Drunk in public arrest

July 14, 10:39 a.m., Miramonte and Portland avenues: Police arrested a male subject after determining he was too inebriated to care for himself. Police booked him into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Attempted residential burglary

July 10, 1:01 p.m., 600 block of Riverside Drive: A burglar kicked in the front door of a Riverside Drive residence but quickly fled after being confronted by a 13-year-old boy at the home. The 13-year-old resident reported the incident to police, who determined that no items were stolen from the home. During a subsequent sweep of the neighborhood, however, police responders discovered that a home across the street was burglarized, with the door kicked in and several electronic items – among other things – stolen.

– Diego Abeloos

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