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Police partner to deter distracted driving

Erica Ray/Special to the Town Crier
Police officers from the city of Santa Clara last week supported traffic safety efforts in Los Altos.

Seven law enforcement agencies hit the streets of Los Altos last week to crack down on distracted driving throughout the city.

“The increased police presence just really reinforces awareness about public safety,” said Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea. “Traffic is one of our main issues in our city – as with just about every city in the state of California.”

Police arrest duo in drug bust

Local law enforcement agencies arrested two people April 28 after discovering drugs, an assault rifle and a butane honey oil extraction lab at a residence in Los Altos.

Detectives from both Mountain View and Los Altos – along with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Mountain View Police Department’s Cybercrime Unit – served a search warrant at approximately 3:30 p.m. at a residence on the 700 block of Terrace Court in Los Altos after receiving information about possible drug activity occurring near the Mountain View/Los Altos border.

MV officer recovers stolen packages

An alert Mountain View police officer recognized and ultimately arrested a suspected mail thief in a neighborhood off San Antonio Road, according to a police report.

Officer Ruben Gonzalez was on patrol on the 300 block of Monroe Drive the afternoon of April 27 when he encountered Javier Ortega, whom he had met on a prior occasion and knew as a transient, the report stated. Gonzalez subsequently learned of an outstanding warrant for Ortega’s arrest and arrested him. He reportedly found three packages in Ortega’s backpack that did not belong to him.

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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.

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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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.

Charges filed against driver in fatal MV crash

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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