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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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Sheriff launches Operation Second Chance

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office recently kicked off its monthlong Operation: “A Second Chance.”

The annual program, operated in conjunction with all Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies through Dec. 31, allows individuals with nonviolent misdemeanor criminal and traffic warrants to receive a citation for their offenses and a new court date in lieu of being booked into the county’s main jail. Individuals may go to any Santa Clara County law enforcement agency to receive the warrant citation, which will require a new “Promise to Appear” in court at a future date.

The program is directed toward most misdemeanor warrants – regardless of bail amount – and includes those stamped, “No Cite and Release” and “No Bail.”

The following warrants do not qualify for the program, but the Sheriff’s Office urges those with these types of warrants to cooperate and turn themselves in:

• Felony warrants.

• Any warrant involving violence (including all domestic violence warrants).

• Any warrant involving a firearm.

• Any warrant involving resisting arrest.

• Any warrant involving giving false information to a peace officer.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Operation: “A Second Chance” has seen its share of success over the past seven years, with more than 2,400 people issued citations for a new court date and released on the spot.

Individuals with outstanding misdemeanor warrants can self-surrender at their local police and sheriff’s stations – including the Los Altos Police Station at 1 N. San Antonio Road – and secure their release instead of going to jail.

For more information, call Sheriff’s Office Records at (408) 808-4717.

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