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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

Battery

Oct. 16, 3:50 p.m., 800 block of Fremont Avenue: Police responded to a report of a physical altercation between two dementia patients at an elder-care facility who were arguing over a walker. No one was arrested.

DUI arrest

Oct. 17, 1:42 a.m., Grant Road and Morton Avenue: Police arrested a 28-year-old male motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol after originally receiving a report of a solo car collision along Grant Road earlier in the evening. Officers responding to the report found the driver on the side of the road, along with his damaged vehicle, and eventually determined that he was intoxicated. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Residential burglary

Oct. 18, 12:20 p.m., 2400 block of Cristo Rey Place: An unknown suspect entered via an unlocked back door and stole iPads and laptops from a residence.

Grand theft

Oct. 19, 1:24 p.m., 1400 block of Ranchita Drive: An unknown suspect gained entry to a residential construction site secured with chain-link fencing and stole $2,100 worth of power tools.

Stolen vehicle

Oct. 20, 11:01 a.m., 800 block of Amber Lane: A stolen vehicle report turned out to be a case of miscommunication between a husband and wife. According to police, a male resident reported that his car had been stolen from his driveway, shortly after calling a tow truck to jump-start the vehicle, which had a dead battery. It was later discovered that the man’s wife took the car, which was running in the driveway at the time, for a road trip without telling her husband of her plans.

– Diego Abeloos

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