Police Blotter

MV police seek suspects in paintball attack

Mountain View Police are seeking those responsible for shooting a 4-year-old girl and 55-year-old man with a paintball gun.

The incident occurred at 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the 2000 block of West El Camino Real, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka. The girl was struck in the torso and the man was hit in the back. Neither victim required medical treatment.


Police/Fire Blotter

Reptile heat lamp possible cause of fire

A space heater left on may have started a Sept. 14 residential fire in Los Altos causing an estimated $860,000 in damages. No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the 2,200-square-foot home.

Six Santa Clara Fire Department units responded at 7:35 p.m. to a 911 call in the 700 block of Raymundo Avenue. The homeowners were in the 1947-era building when the fire broke out.


Local DUI crackdown nets 211 arrests

An 18-day Santa Clara County DUI Task Force ended last week with the arrest of 211 individuals operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The local campaign, called “Avoid the 13” in reference to the 13 area law enforcement agencies participating, consisted of DUI checkpoints and ramped-up efforts to identify impaired drivers. The high-visibility enforcement campaign is part of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” a nationwide DUI crackdown involving 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. The operation coincided with Labor Day weekend, a popular time for impaired driving.


Police Blotter

Grand theft

Sept. 6, 8:07 p.m., 100 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect stole a laptop from a vehicle, which the victim believed to have been locked but showed no signs of forced entry.


MVPD seeks burglary suspects

Mountain View Police seek the driver and passenger of a silver or gold Honda who may be connected to a burglary on the 1000 block of Cuesta Drive.

Several items were stolen – including passports, jewelry and electronics – between noon and 3 p.m. Aug. 19, according to police. The suspects entered the home through a window.


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Theft suspects arrested in PA

Palo Alto police last week arrested two suspects in a Los Altos theft, one of whom was in possession of stolen property.

A Los Altos resident reported Sept. 2 that unknown suspects stole her driver’s license and debit card from an unlocked vehicle parked overnight on Loucks Avenue. Police determined that the suspects fraudulently used the debit card at a Palo Alto gas station.


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.


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