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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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Local school's crossing guard arrested for burglary


Los Altos Police arrested a Loyola School crossing guard last week for allegedly stealing three laptops from a classroom.

Police arrested San Jose resident Nathaniel Burpee, 24, Thursday for burglary, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest – he apparently didn’t go willingly. Spotted by police at a bus stop on El Camino Real, Burpee reportedly led police on a brief foot chase. Burpee was on parole at the time of his arrest and was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Fred Bridgewater, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections’ Regional Parole Division, told the Town Crier that Burpee was on parole for burglary at the time of his arrest. Bridgewater did not provide any additional details on Burpee’s previous burglary arrest.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, last week’s chain of events leading to Burpee’s arrest began when a Loyola teacher found him in a classroom earlier in the day. When questioned about his presence in the classroom, Burpee allegedly told the teacher that he was meeting a school administrator there. A short time later, Shearer said, the teacher discovered three laptops missing from the classroom and contacted police at approximately 9 a.m.

After interviewing the teacher at the scene, investigators contacted Burpee’s supervisor, who told police that Burpee made contact and wanted to return some items he took from the school – albeit without police involvement. Police, in turn, issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Burpee to officers in the field and neighboring agencies.

Less than two hours after school officials contacted authorities, a Los Altos Police officer spotted Burpee at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Market on El Camino Real, Shearer said. Upon spotting police – including those from Mountain View assisting at the scene – Burpee took off on foot, according to Shearer. He added that officers chased the suspect through a construction site on Sherwood Avenue before apprehending him, but not before “a brief struggle.”

Background checks

In May, the Los Altos City Council approved a new two-year contract agreement with All City Management Services (ACMS), the agency responsible for vetting and supplying crossing guards to the city since 2007. The city and the Los Altos School District jointly fund the program at a shared cost of approximately $120,000 per year.

According to a staff report on the contract agreement, services that ACMS provides to the city include “recruitment, background clearance, hiring, training, payroll, supervision and program management.”

A call to ACMS seeking comment on Burpee’s arrest was not returned before the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Burpee appears to be related to Todd David Burpee, who in 2009 was convicted of kidnapping and assaulting a Gunn High School student two years earlier. A 2006 Palo Alto Weekly article on Todd Burpee referenced his younger brother, Nate Burpee; both men graduated from Palo Alto high schools.

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