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Hilltop robbery suspects implicated in crimes across Bay Area

The three Oakland men arrested in connection to the May 11 home invasion robbery of a Hilltop Drive home are under investigation for numerous additional crimes committed across the San Francisco Bay area, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office revealed Thursday (May 21) evening.

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Locals: Hilltop and Taaffe robberies could be related


Courtesy of Dr. Manuj Nangia
Family members of Los Altos Hills resident Manohar Malwah, above, believe that the stress of being robbed could have contributed to his fatal heart attack.

The arrest of three suspects connected to last week’s home-invasion robbery in Los Altos Hills has some local residents questioning whether the suspects might be responsible for a similar incident in town last year that may have contributed to the victim’s death.

Oakland Police Department officers arrested the trio in Oakland Monday, but they have not released their names or cities of residence because investigations are ongoing. One of the open investigations relates to the May 11 robbery on the 12000 block of Hilltop Drive.

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LAH preserves historical cupola


Duxbury, left, Los Altos Hills resident Duffy Price and History Committee member Mary Ann Malcolm spearheaded restoration of the town’s landmark cupola.

For a decade it sat behind Los Altos Hills Town Hall, a forgotten relic collecting termites as its neighbors, the skeletons of farm equipment, collected rust.

But thanks to the initiative of town historians, the decorative cupola that once crowned town hall has been rescued from the weeds and restored to a position of prominence outside town hall city council chambers.

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Trail study available for review

Residents can review the results of the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study – a combined effort for Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale – and provide feedback in three upcoming public input meetings.

The study sought to determine feasible and preferred alternatives to complete a multiuse trail in the Stevens Creek corridor running from Mountain View to Cupertino. Sunnyvale is the lead agency on the study.

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Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

May 14, 6:16 p.m., 2000 block of Crist Drive: An unknown suspect pried open a rear door and ransacked a home, including a safe with paperwork.

May 15, 3:47 p.m., 400 block of Harrington Court: An unknown suspect smashed through a side glass door and ransacked a residence, stealing electronics and jewelry.

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Los Altos School District seeks online community input

As it plans how to spend its $150 million of Measure N bond funds, the Los Altos School District is looking to broaden its community input.

Following an April 22 community meeting the district is now casting a wider net, hoping to get feedback from community members who might not be able to make it to meetings, according to district trustee Sangeeth Peruri.

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Theft suspect arrested after swiping stolen credit cards

NEWS Arrest Hopkins
Courtesy of Los Altos Police Department
Demetre Hopkins

Los Altos Police arrested last week a 50-year-old San Jose man suspected of stealing a Los Altos resident’s wallet.

The resident reported to police in March that her wallet was missing and had possibly been taken from her unlocked vehicle. Shortly after, she noticed through online banking that her credit cards were being used at several retail locations in the South Bay.

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