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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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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 update reveals recent drop in home burglaries

An update on police activities last week included a sliver of good news for Los Altos homeowners – burglaries are down in the early part of the city’s current fiscal year.

Police Chief Tuck Younis reported to the Los Altos City Council that 14 burglaries occurred in the city during the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 18 less than the previous year during the same time period. He added that the second quarter of this year is tracking “about the same” as 2012-2013.

Still, Younis told the Town Crier that he’s taking a cautious approach to the news. Overall, he noted, crime increased nearly 13 percent in the city in 2012. In the county, 2012 crime bumped up 18 percent.

“Right now it’s probably too early to call this a downward trend, but it is encouraging,” he said.

According to Younis, the 2012-2013 fiscal year saw 118 burglaries in the city, 73 more than the previous year – a bump he called “a very significant increase for us.”

On a calendar-year basis, the city showed a spike of 37 burglary incidents in 2012. Younis, however, noted that the lopsided numbers were partly attributable to a 13-year low in burglary crimes reported in 2011.

Younis’ revelation was part of a larger update to the city council about the state of police affairs in the city.

He highlighted the department’s overhauled and user-friendly website – which occurred as part of the city’s overall website redesign earlier this year and increased social media efforts to better engage residents.

“It’s just another opportunity to get feedback from the community and engage in dialogue,” he said, adding that residents can also receive neighborhood crime news via mobile apps like crimereports.com.

Younis pointed out that residents could now file online traffic and code enforcement complaints through the redesigned site.

“We feel that our best asset in our crime-fighting efforts is our community,” Younis told the council. “An engaged community, a community that knows what’s going on in their neighborhoods, is best for us.”

Finally, Younis added that a new tri-city computer-aided dispatch and records management system, which includes the cities of Mountain View and Palo Alto, is slated to roll out in February. The department’s dispatchers are scheduled to begin training on the shared system this week.

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