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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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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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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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

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

July 11, 6:46 a.m., Distel Circle and El Camino Real: Police arrested a 25-year-old transient after discovering that he had an outstanding $5,000 warrant out of Mountain View for obstructing a police officer.

Residential burglaries

July 11, 12:37 p.m., Eleanor Avenue: An unknown suspect entered the residence through an unlocked garage side door, stealing jewelry and electronics.

July 11, 5:56 p.m., 100 block of East Portola Avenue: A burglar entered through an unlocked garage side door and stole a bicycle.

July 11, 9:15 p.m., 2400 block of Cristo Rey Place: Homeowners contacted police to report that their two cars were stolen. The homeowners later learned that a 15-year-old family friend took the cars as a prank. They declined to file a police report.

Fraud

July 12, 10:40 a.m., 100 block of First Street: A downtown merchant contacted police after discovering that someone stole eight checks from the business and cashed them for a total of $6,300.

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

July 13, 11:45 a.m., 200 block of Second Street: Police arrested a 55-year-old motorist on an outstanding $3,000 warrant out of Sunnyvale for reckless driving. The arrest came after the motorist moved a barricade and parked his vehicle inside the grounds of the Arts & Wine Festival. Police found the man sleeping in his car upon initial contact.

Drunk in public arrests

July 13, 2:37 p.m., Main Street: Police arrested two men – a 37-year-old male from Alviso and a 42-year-old San Jose man – for being drunk in public. The arrests came after police received numerous calls from festivalgoers about the two men – who are related – for exhibiting rowdy behavior. Both men were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Meth possession arrest

July 13, 10:06 p.m., South Springer Road and Riverside Drive: Police arrested a 42-year-old female for possession of methamphetamines during a late-night traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle consented to a search, which led responding officers to discover that the suspect – a passenger in the vehicle – possessed the controlled substance. She was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Disturbance

July 14, 12:04 a.m., Main and Second streets: Police made contact with an unauthorized street musician who had attended the Arts & Wine Festival earlier in the day after he refused to leave the festival grounds. Police mediated the situation and the musician eventually left voluntarily.

– Diego Abeloos

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