Champion marksman dies in MV fire

Dan Theodore, courtesy of A man died Thursday (April 23) after an early morning fire destroyed his Mountain View home.

The man, identified as resident Dan Theodore by his neighbors, was the only casualty. No one else was injured in the blaze.

Theodore died due to accidental smoke inhalation, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office. The origin of the fire remains under investigation.


Car crashes through Trader Joe's

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A sedan driven by a 75-year-old woman blasted through the front of Trader Joe’s Friday, above. Employees survey the aftermath, left.

Six people were admitted to the hospital Friday after the vehicle of a 75-year-old driver barreled through the front doors of Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

The driver sustained no injuries, but a 4-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and three adult shoppers had minor cuts and abrasions. A baby showing no visible signs of injury was transported to the hospital for a precautionary examination.


Police Blotter


April 16, 1:31 a.m., 27000 block Fremont Road: Santa Clara County Fire Department personnel said the heat from a lamp ignited a cardboard box. The fire spread before residential sprinklers extinguished the flames. Fire authorities reported no injuries and $60,000 in property and content damages.

April 17, 4:55 p.m., 400 block of First Street: Police said a resident put a lit cigarette into an ashtray and caught paper on fire. Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the building. They quickly extinguished the flames. Damages were estimated at $250.


Suspected burglar found through ID’ed getaway car

Robert John Morales
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Robert John Morales

Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin's eagle eye led to the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in a June 2014 burglary and hit and run.

While on patrol, McCrossin spotted a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle. Los Altos Police investigators determined that the vehicle and driver were involved in the June 2014 crimes.


Suspected attempted burglar, prowler jailed on unrelated charges

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Marcelino Ruiz Ahumada

Los Altos Police investigators identified the suspect of a January burglary and discovered the Sunnyvale man was already in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on unrelated charges.

During a rash of burglaries early this year, the suspect – Marcelino Ruiz Ahumada, 22 – attempted Jan. 16 to break into a residence on the 600 block of Springer Terrace in Los Altos. Ahumada allegedly knocked on the front door and when there was no immediate answer, went to the back of the residence. While attempting to gain entry into the home, the suspect and the homeowner saw each other, and Ahumada fled the scene.


MV fire chief retires; deputy chief named interim

Mountain View will soon experience a changeover in fire chief leadership.

Fire Chief Brad Wardle, on the job the past five years, last week announced his intention to leave the department, effective May 23. Deputy Chief Juan Diaz will serve as interim fire chief.


Suspects arrested in LA burglaries, theft

The Santa Clara County Auto Theft Task Force last week arrested two San Jose residents on suspicion of stealing a car in Los Altos. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

A member of the task force found Jose Valdez and Jonathan Torres in a vehicle stolen from Marinovich Way April 7, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista. Stolen property in the vehicle linked Valdez and Torres to car break-ins from earlier that day, Bautista said.


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