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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.

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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

Downtown business executive investigated for embezzlement

The financial officer of a Main Street business is being investigated for allegedly embezzling more than $450,000 of the employer’s funds.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer said the employer, located at 146 Main St., contacted police Thursday after making the discovery. The address currently houses several businesses.

Shearer, who declined to name the business in question because of the ongoing investigation, said the case has been forwarded to the law enforcement agency in the city where the suspect currently lives.

Injury accident/DUI

Sept. 22, 2:50 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Interstate 280: A motorist crashed into a sound wall after exiting Interstate 280 and crossing four lanes of Foothill Expressway. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A California Highway Patrol officer later arrested the motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

DUI arrests

Sept. 20, 11:41 p.m., San Luis and El Monte avenues: A 26-year-old male motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after police initially pulled him over for a vehicle code violation. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Sept. 21, 11:27 p.m., Grant Road and Morton Avenue: Police arrested a 23-year-old male motorist after he failed a field sobriety test during a traffic stop. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Residential burglary

Sept. 19, 12:55 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: An unknown suspect

cut the lock of a condominium complex’s storage unit. Residents told police they were not aware of any items being stolen from the unit.

Major injury accident

Sept. 16, 8:26 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue: A four-car collision on Foothill Expressway resulted in three motorists being transported to a local hospital. The injured motorists complained of head, neck and back pains, according to police.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 16, 8:15 a.m., 4900 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect cut a hole into the hallway wall of a business complex, reached in and unlocked a deadbolt lock to a break into the room. The suspect ransacked the room but apparently did not steal anything, according to police.

– Diego Abeloos

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