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Police host traffic seminar

The Los Altos Police Department has scheduled a free traffic education seminar 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grant Park Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.

Attendees can learn more about the new 15 mph school speed zones, teen driving laws and other traffic issues in Los Altos. The Police Traffic Unit will be on hand to answer questions and offer resources on traffic-related matters.

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Arborists save Hills home from fire


Photo by Jitze Couperus/special to the town crier
Los Altos Hills County Fire District President George Tyson, left, and Santa Clara County Fire District Chief Ken Kehmna, right, honor arborists Greg Karobkoff and Elio Salas, center, at a ceremony April 1.

Greg Karobkoff was feeding branches into a wood chipper when he noticed an unexpected movement from the corner of his eye. He turned to see two young girls standing in a driveway across Camino Hermoso Drive in Los Altos Hills. They were dressed in pajamas and crying; their house was on fire.

“Automatically, I just turned off the chipper and told the guys to hold on: Something’s wrong,” Karobkoff said.

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Arrests

April 7, 10:38 a.m., El Camino Real and North San Antonio Road: A known transient was panhandling when he allegedly pounded on a vehicle’s window and shouted at the driver that he was going to kill her. He was arrested for criminal threats and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

April 9, 9:03 p.m., Middleton Avenue and Bellwood Court: A 38-year-old man was arrested on a warrant for assault without bail. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

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Charges filed against driver in fatal MV crash


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/TOWN CRIER
An impromptu roadside memorial marks the crosswalk where pedestrian Michelle Montalvo was struck and killed Oct. 22.

Criminal charges have been filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a Los Altos woman last fall, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office reported this week.

The driver, who struck and killed Michelle Louise Montalvo, 54, Oct. 22, is charged with vehicular homicide without gross negligence, a misdemeanor, according to Anne Seery, the prosecutor handling the case. The case is in “warrant status,” because the suspect – whose identity has not been released – does not yet have a court date.

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Officers crack down on distracted driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month and the Los Altos Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area and statewide to crack down on distracted driving.

In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than 5 seconds – a car going 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field. Drivers have an average of less than one second to react to an urgent situation.

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Burglaries

March 29, 1:45 p.m., 1900 block of Alford Avenue: Residential burglary.

March 30, 11:24 a.m., 500 block of Los Altos Avenue: Residential burglary.

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Arrest

March 22, 6:34 a.m., Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A resident noticed a man driving erratically and notified police. Officers located the 30-year-old motorist from Milpitas and arrested him for drunken driving. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Auto, residential burglaries

March 21, 9:07 a.m., 1900 block of Churton Avenue: Sometime between 11 a.m. March 20 and 8 a.m. March 21, an unknown suspect broke into a construction site and stole a Bobcat tractor.

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