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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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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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MV Police report spike in burglaries


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Mountain View Police arrested a suspect as he attempted to burglarize a home on the 1100 block of Mercy Street June 6.

After a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male carrying a crowbar and peering into a residence on the street, police confronted suspect Raymundo Ayala Miranda, 33, as he was getting into his pickup truck. Miranda, a Mountain View resident, was charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

“This arrest illustrates how a watchful community member assisted the Mountain View Police Department by reporting a suspicious individual who was ultimately arrested on a burglary charge,” said police spokesman Sean Thompson. “We continue to urge the Mountain View community, neighbor watch groups and local organizations to report any suspicious individuals and/or activity.”

Police have noted a marked increase in residential robberies over the past year. Approximately 50 residential robberies were reported in Mountain View between January and April this year, compared with 31 recorded in the same four-month period last year. Detectives have yet to pinpoint similar trends among the rash of robberies.

Officers are still on the lookout for the male suspect who burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue at approximately 6:45 p.m. March 30.

A police spokesman said a resident was napping inside his home near Mountain View High School when his doorbell rang. After the resident ignored the bell and went back to sleep, he awakened to find the suspect in his bedroom. Believing the residence empty, the suspect allegedly entered through a side garage door. When he saw the resident in bed, the suspect fled the scene with the resident’s wallet and cellphone.

Police described the suspect as a 15- to 25-year-old African-American between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair and a lean build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a dark-brown sweater and blue jeans.

Police encourage residents to be diligent, keeping all doors and windows locked and secured, including those near the garage. They also recommend keeping the garage closed as well as maintaining the appearance that someone is home by installing timer lights and leaving the radio on. Other ways to protect against residential robberies include investing in deadbolts and securing all door frames.

To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395.

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