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Bob Grimm remembered as heart of Los Altos


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Bob Grimm – pictured in 2011 – nurtured Los Altos' civic life from parades to elections. He was the man-behind-scenes, patiently keeping the books and tending the floats.

If it was a worthy cause, Robert Grimm was always there to help.

The former Los Altos mayor and retired Hewlett-Packard Co. executive quietly volunteered in many capacities inside and outside Los Altos, over many decades and in many ways.

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Multi-county car pursuit ends in Los Altos Hills with crash

A multi-county vehicle pursuit that blocked traffic on Interstate 280 for more than an hour Tuesday (March 17) ended in Los Altos Hills when the driver's SUV overturned on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

No injuries were reported during the incident, but suspect Ramon Bernal of Davis was transported to Stanford Medical Center as a precautionary procedure. The 24-year-old was later booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony evasion of a peace officer and driving under the influence of drugs, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee.

The chase began near Vacaville at approximately 2 p.m. when a CHP officer observed Bernal's gold Nissan Pathfinder speeding westbound on Interstate 80, near Interstate 505. The officer attempted a traffic stop, according to CHP reports, but Bernal ¬ – the sole occupant of the vehicle – failed to yield. He continued driving at speeds between 80 and 95 mph onto Interstate 680 southbound, where a spike strip deflated the SUV's tires, and then onto 280 northbound.

By the time Bernal reached 280 near Magdalena Avenue, the SUV's tires had disintegrated to the point that the front of the vehicle came in contact with the roadway, according to CHP reports. He drove the SUV onto the center median, struck a dirt embankment and lost control. The vehicle flipped once before coming to a rest upright, and Bernal was able to exit the SUV on his own. CHP officers took him into custody without incident.

Northbound 280 traffic flow returned to normal levels by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

NEWS arrests mugsThe Los Altos Police Department received a call from a local resident reporting a suspicious vehicle in the area of Lockhaven and Stonehaven drives in Los Altos at 9 a.m. Monday. The resident, who reported that his mail was possibly stolen, provided a detailed description of the vehicle.

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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. According to the police, the teenager has not been seen or heard from since approximately 8:50 a.m. this morning when her mother dropped her off at Los Altos High School.

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UPDATED: LAH burglary thwarted; one arrested, another apprehended after fleeing

UPDATED at 2:50 p.m. Jan. 21: Los Altos Police apprehended the second suspect Tuesday morning. For more details, see the Jan. 28 edition of the Town Crier.

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A Los Altos Hills resident’s instinct to call the sheriff’s office when two suspicious people knocked on his door may have thwarted a burglary.

The Loyola Drive resident’s report to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Monday night (Jan. 19) led to the arrest of one of the men for auto theft and outstanding warrants; the other suspect escaped.

“There is no doubt in our mind that these guys were out here to commit a burglary,” said Captain Rick Sung, Commander Chief of the West Valley Division.

The resident contacted the sheriff’s Office at approximately 8 p.m. Monday after the two men asked him for gas, according to Sung. Deputies arrived minutes later, located the suspects – described as Hispanic males – and soon discovered they both had multiple warrants for their arrests.

One suspect fled the scene and escaped capture, despite the search perimeter set up by deputies, who dispatched K-9 officers and received air assistance from a San Jose Police Department helicopter.

The second suspect was arrested on warrants for vehicle theft, drug possession and driving without a license. His bail was set at $47,000.

According to Sung, the arrested suspect said that he and his associate were in the area “looking for a party.” Their vehicle – reported as stolen – was found parked along Interstate 280. Sung said that marijuana and methamphetamine pipes were found inside.

Sung said the sheriff’s office and neighboring agencies are on the lookout for the other suspect. In addition to facing warrants for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of controlled substances (totaling $110,00 in bail), Sung said the suspect now faces additional charges for fleeing the scene and stealing a vehicle.

Although burglaries in Los Altos Hills dipped in October through December, Sung encouraged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity – just like the Loyola Drive resident did.

“Don’t wait five minutes or 10 minutes,” he said. “Our deputies will be there in minutes.”

Storm Updates: News throughout the day


Photos by Ellie Van Houtte
Water is rushing across Foothill Expressway – but no cars – at Loyola Corners in Los Altos. Flooding has closed the road for a half-mile stretch.

UPDATE: The storm has eased in the Bay Area but we'll continue to add updates as they come.

Read on below for coverage from Thursday, Dec 11:

Town Crier staff are following the storm from around town and publishing updates here and on Twitter, where we're also collecting bulletins from local police departments and utilities providers. Find us @latc for rolling updates in real time.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday power service has remained consistent in the Los Altos area – follow outages via PG&E's map here: pge.com/myhome/outages/outage/

Mountain View police are updating a map of flooded areas (below). Los Altos roads remain open but Central Expressway has a major closure between Matilda and Wolf as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Police ask for vigilance following armed robbery at residence

badgeLos Altos Police are asking residents to be vigilant in securing their homes after burglars held a homeowner at gunpoint during a break-in early this morning (Dec. 9).

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