Wed09022015

News

Labor Day weekend brings DUI crackdown

When it comes to alcohol-related crashes, Labor Day weekend may not be the deadliest time of year to hit the road – typically New Year’s Eve earns that distinction – but it’s no slouch, either.

In 2013, traffic safety officials across the country logged 424 crash fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend, with 48 percent of the deaths involving drivers who had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 424 deaths, 38 percent involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.08 or higher, and 27 percent involved drivers with BACs of 0.15 or more.

Read more...

Police Blotter

Burglary/theft

Aug. 24, 11:26 a.m., 100 block of First Street: An unknown suspect pried open a cabinet in the Safeway pharmacy, stole $24,000 worth of narcotics and fled the scene. The burglar was not caught, but police processed the crime scene, which included footage of the suspect, and investigators have “promising leads,” according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

Aug. 24, 10:27 p.m., 200 block of Third Street: An unknown suspect smashed the side window of a rental car, popped open the trunk and stole three laptops and a watch. The incident occurred while the victim was dining downtown.

Read more...

Police Blotter

Burglary/theft

Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m., 600 block of Glen Alto Drive: An unknown suspect entered a garage, cut the lock and stole an expensive bicycle.

Aug. 18, 6 a.m., 1300 block of Garthwick Drive: Someone stole a 14-foot flatbed trailer.

Read more...

Fire authorities on high alert due to drought

Voracious wildfires threatening homes and forestlands across the state have attracted national attention, including the watchful eyes of local officials concerned that persistent drought conditions could contribute to similar blazes in the Bay Area.

Lightning fires ignited late last month continue to menace tens of thousands of acres within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Within the Sierra National Forest, a blaze allegedly started by a teenage boy charred more than 5,700 acres. And in Southern California, the Anza fire between Temecula and Palm Desert grew to 500 acres before firefighters reached 100 percent containment last week.

Read more...

Police Blotter

Police search

Much of southern Mountain View experienced a late night Saturday as a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office helicopter hovered overhead until near midnight, assisting in a police search centered on El Camino Real and Grant Road.

Shino Tanaka, Mountain View Police public information officer, said witness reports of a bleeding man in the area at 9 p.m. prompted a two-hour search for a suspect in a possible assault with a deadly weapon. Near midnight on Castro Street, police identified a 19-year-old man described as a transient resident of Mountain View who was bleeding from a puncture wound on his abdomen. He was transported to the hospital.

Read more...

Police view Blach's 'disgusting' graffiti as hate crime

It may have been a thoughtless juvenile act of vandalism, but the graffiti images – a phallic symbol accompanied by a swastika – were beyond offensive to Neil Tuch.

Tuch came across the image July 30, spray-painted prominently on the wooden wall outside the entrance to the Chorus/Drama room at Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos.

Read more...

Police chief lays out parking limits, fines


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
A Los Altos police officer issues a ticket for an illegally parked vehicle downtown.

It’s summertime, and while the livin’ may be easy, that’s not always the case for motorists seeking a parking space in downtown Los Altos.

With popular seasonal events such as the weekly Los Altos Farmers’ Market comes the inevitable pinch on the area’s 1,400 free parking spots.

Read more...

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos