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Police suspect suicide in MV deaths

Mountain View Police investigators suspect suicide in the death of at least one of two residents found in a California Street apartment last week.

Emergency responders discovered the bodies of 53-year-old Lian Liu, as well as a juvenile, Sept. 24 during an apartment evacuation for a suspected natural-gas leak. In an update posted on the Mountain View Police blog, investigators now report that the dead bodies were “the result of a suicide along with one accidental death.”

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Los Altos police officers promote school-zone safety


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Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott Bunch readies his radar gun to nab speeders near Los Altos High.

An increased police presence stood guard last week near Los Altos schools – and with good reason.

The Los Altos Police Department took part in Operation Safe Passage, an awareness campaign Sept. 15-19 conducted by all Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies to educate pedestrians, cyclists and motorists about traffic safety in designated school zones.

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Burglaries down in LAH

Just as the weather is cooling down, so is the number of burglaries in Los Altos Hills.

According to Capt. Kenneth Binder of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, two burglaries have occurred in the past month, compared with 14 incidents from July 1 through mid-August.

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SJ man arrested for stealing, using ATM card

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly stealing and using a Los Altos resident’s debit card.

Detectives arrested San Jose resident Howard Lee Sept. 17 on charges of forgery, theft by access card and burglary after a police investigation revealed that he fraudulently obtained the victim’s debit card. Lee allegedly used the card to make several purchases and cash withdrawals from ATMs throughout the Bay Area.

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public’s assistance in identifying two men who allegedly burglarized a home on Taaffe Road in Los Altos Hills Thursday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the two burglars broke into the home at approximately 1:30 p.m. and forced an elderly male occupant into a closet before stealing various items, including a safe. The burglars fled the scene after another resident arrived at the home and interrupted them.

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Los Altos resident dies in Sunnyvale accident

Los Altos resident Brian David Lazara, 50, was killed in a motor-vehicle accident Friday morning in Sunnyvale.

According to statements gathered by Sunnyvale police, he was driving a Vespa motor scooter in the intersection of Mary Avenue and Central Expressway when he came into contact with two other vehicles.

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Police arrest two on drug, weapons charges

Los Altos Police arrested a male driver and his female passenger Aug. 27 on charges that include drug and illegal weapons possession.

According to Sgt. Scott McCrossin, police initially pulled over 27-year-old driver Colin Abberton and his 34-year-old female passenger, Jennifer Beza, for a mechanical violation shortly after 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Grant Road and Eureka Avenue.

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