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Mtn. View names new police chief

A longtime Mountain View resident is scheduled to take the reins of the Mountain View Police Department in August. City Manager Dan Rich announced Friday that Capt. Max Bosel would fill the role vacated by Scott Vermeer, chief for the past 13 years, who retired in June to work in the private sector.

Bosel joined the department as an officer in 1995 and rose to the rank of captain, running three divisions and serving as both interim police chief and interim assistant city manager.


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Residential burglary

June 16, 9:55 a.m., 0-100 block of Angela Drive: An unknown suspect pried open the side door to the garage of a home that was being remodeled. At the time of the police report, the victims were uncertain if any items were stolen from the home.


June 16, 1:44 p.m., 300 block of State Street: A resident called police to report that a group of juveniles skateboarding downtown nearly knocked over an elderly person.


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MADD recognizes Los Altos officers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized two Los Altos Police officers among a host of law enforcement officials.

The organization honored Los Altos Police Agent Eric Brooks and Officer Jessica Vernon at its 17th California Statewide Law Enforcement & Community Recognition Dinner, held May 31 in Sacramento, for their efforts in combatting drunk driving. MADD is a national nonprofit organization with 2 million members and supporters with a mission to stop drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and assist the victims of drunken-driving crimes.


Jurors in bubble wrap trial reject insanity plea

An insanity plea failed for Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke this week during the final days of her jury trial.

The 53-year-old Los Altos resident was charged with attempting to murder her husband three years ago. She armored herself in bubble wrap, used a stun gun to incapacitate him and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. Wenke and her husband were in the midst of a divorce and she attacked him at his workplace in Redwood City.


Jury finds 'Bubble Wrap' attacker guilty of murder attempt

A jury last week found Laura Jean Wenke, known as the “Bubble Wrap” attacker, guilty of four charges, including attempted murder.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, the jury deliberated for four hours over two days before returning guilty verdicts on four charges levied against the 53-year-old Los Altos resident. Wenke was also found guilty of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a stun gun in the first of a two-phase trial.


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Los Altos runaway found by police

An 11-year-old Los Altos girl with autism is home safe with her family after she ran away May 25, resulting in a police search that ended on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, the ordeal began after the girl left home in the early afternoon following an argument with her mother – who subsequently contacted police to report her missing.


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Suspicious circumstance

May 20, 1:45 p.m., 200 block of Surrey Place: A resident contacted police after discovering that someone tampered with one of the door locks in what he believed was an attempt to break into his home. The resident did not file a police report.

Car stolen, recovered

May 21, 1:06 p.m., 200 block of Live Oak Lane: A resident reported that an unknown suspect stole his 1998 Acura Integra. The car was stripped and later recovered in Los Banos by local police. Investigators are actively pursuing the matter.


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