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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 seek public's help in home burglary attempt

A Truman Avenue resident’s frightening encounter with a burglar prompted Los Altos police last week to ask members of the public to step forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer told the Town Crier that investigators are asking residents who may have been near the intersection of Fremont and Truman avenues at approximately 1:43 p.m. Dec. 27 to provide any information that could help identify the burglary suspect. He is described as a 6-foot-tall Latino male in his 30s, wearing boots and a green construction safety vest.

In addition, Shearer noted, police are seeking details about the suspect’s getaway vehicle, described as a white “construction type” van with a sliding side door and no rear passenger windows on either side. Shearer noted that the victim was unable to provide a description of a second male who was sitting in the driver seat of the van, which was parked within view of motorists traveling along the Truman and Fremont avenues intersection at the time.

Shearer said the Truman/Fremont intersection was experiencing heavy traffic at the time of the attempt – known commonly by police as a “hot prowl” burglary. He specifically noted that “probably 30 cars passed by the van” during the time.

“That intersection was completely backed up at Fremont and Truman. … We’re hoping that maybe somebody saw something,” Shearer said.

According to Shearer, the suspects parked the van near the intersection before one of them approached a nearby house and knocked on the door. When no one answered, the suspect kicked open the front door and accessed the home, only to run into the homeowner when he entered one of the bedrooms. The suspect subsequently turned and fled the residence without taking any items.

Shearer added that investigators are specifically interested in learning more about the identity of the second suspect – the driver. They are also seeking more details about the van – specifically whether it may have had a company logo, or if anyone from the public may have seen the van at a nearby construction site earlier that day.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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