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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.

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

Two-alarm fire ravages Mtn. View homes

A two-alarm fire engulfed one home and damaged another on Orangetree Lane in Mountain View Saturday night.

According to Mountain View Police, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a house fire at approximately 7:49 p.m. Upon arrival, Santa Clara County Fire Department responders found the single-family home engulfed in flames – with the fire spreading to a neighboring home.

After evacuating residents and evaluating the blaze, fire officials called a second alarm at approximately 7:57 p.m. A gas meter with an active leak caught fire during the incident, police reported. On-scene firefighters gained control and extinguished the blaze at 9 p.m. PG&E later secured and capped the leaking gas line.

Police described damage to the homes as “extensive.”

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which rendered the properties uninhabitable, police added. The incident remains under investigation by county fire officials.

Purse thefts

Sept. 3, 11:19 a.m., Dior Terrace: A resident contacted police to report that an unknown suspect stole her purse from her unlocked car.

Sept. 3, 2:08 p.m., 700 block of Berry Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a purse from a classroom at Loyola School.

Drug arrest

Sept. 4, 12:09 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Arastradero Road: Police arrested a 25-year-old male for violating his probation after discovering that he was in possession of marijuana. The suspect, arrested after originally being pulled over for a moving violation, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 4, 11:53 a.m., 700 block of Altos Oaks Drive: An unknown suspect tried unsuccessfully to break into a medical office by prying open a window screen.

Residential burglaries

Sept. 4, 8:59 p.m., 600 block of Camellia Way: An unknown suspect entered an open garage and stole a $4,000 bicycle from the residence. The homeowners told police that they accidentally left their garage door open prior to leaving home.

Sept. 5, 8:09 a.m., 700 block of Casa Bonita Court: An unknown suspect forced entry into the garage and stole a bicycle valued at approximately $4,000.

Vandalism

Sept. 5, 10:22 a.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect damaged a fence and other property on the grounds of Blach Intermediate School.

Auto burglary

Sept. 7, 8:28 a.m., 200 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle, stealing two bags containing clothes and paperwork. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s carport at the time of the incident.

– Diego Abeloos

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