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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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Safe Streets Task Force makes two arrests in cold-case homicide

The Santa Clara County Violent Gang Task Force arrested two men Nov. 8 for their role in a 2004 Mountain View cold-case homicide.

According to Stephanie Douglas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office, police arrested Anthony Figueroa, 23, for murder, and Arthur Figueroa, 49, for perjury. The father and son are residents of Mountain View.

Both were arrested without incident.

The night of Sept. 24, 2004, 17-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Fernandez was walking with friends on the 500 block of South Rengstorff Avenue when five people pulled up in a car.

As Fernandez approached the car, which was driven by Anthony Figueroa, passenger Giovanni Duarte, who is currently in custody, allegedly shot Fernandez in the chest. Fernandez was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting was allegedly gang related.

The arrests were made based on state charges, and Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Frank Carrubba is prosecuting the case.

Duarte, 24, of Mountain View, was arrested March 23 for the murder.

The county’s Violent Gang Task Force, part of the FBI’s Safe Streets program, began investigating the case in January 2010. The task force comprises law enforcement personnel from the FBI in San Francisco, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and the Mountain View and San Jose police departments.

Safe Streets is an FBI-sponsored task force that combats violent street crime and gang and drug-trafficking offenses.

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