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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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Los Altos Hills burglaries spike in 2013

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office spent considerable time chasing burglars in 2013 as the rate of home break-ins in Los Altos Hills unexpectedly rose.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to 40 incidents over the past 12 months. During the previous eight years, the officers reported an average of 22 burglaries annually.

“In the larger perspective of state and national averages, it’s actually quite low,” said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kenneth Binder. “However, we feel that 40 burglaries a year is still too high for LAH.”

Although the victims of home crimes may never sleep soundly after their homes have been burglarized, the Sheriff’s Office identified and arrested 45 percent of the perpetrators. Binder noted that many other municipalities report solving only approximately 10 percent of cases.

The recent arrest of Nicole Sosa of San Jose, who allegedly broke into 11 Los Altos Hills residences by climbing through open windows, was a major coup for the Sheriff’s Office. Officers also apprehended two juveniles from Santa Rosa and Windsor as they attempted to vault a fence to escape the scene of a June burglary.

A number of cases remain unsolved, but surveillance video, like the footage provided by a Berry Hill Lane homeowner in December, allows the law enforcement team to identify criminals retroactively. Two of the three suspects in the video were identified, and other cases remain under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office relies on the eyes and ears of residents in its crime-fighting efforts.

“Anywhere there are people, anywhere there are homes, there is going to be crime,” Binder said. “But we want to help people reduce the odds, and that’s what we’re doing.”

To keep residents apprised of crime prevention strategies, the Sheriff’s Office engages neighborhood watch groups and hosts an annual crime prevention forum, usually scheduled at town hall in April.

Binder encourages residents to continue reporting suspicious activity in Los Altos Hills to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at (408) 299-2311.

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