Officers crack down on distracted driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month and the Los Altos Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area and statewide to crack down on distracted driving.

In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than 5 seconds – a car going 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field. Drivers have an average of less than one second to react to an urgent situation.


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March 29, 1:45 p.m., 1900 block of Alford Avenue: Residential burglary.

March 30, 11:24 a.m., 500 block of Los Altos Avenue: Residential burglary.


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March 22, 6:34 a.m., Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A resident noticed a man driving erratically and notified police. Officers located the 30-year-old motorist from Milpitas and arrested him for drunken driving. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Auto, residential burglaries

March 21, 9:07 a.m., 1900 block of Churton Avenue: Sometime between 11 a.m. March 20 and 8 a.m. March 21, an unknown suspect broke into a construction site and stole a Bobcat tractor.


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Arrest in MV

March 1, 8:49 p.m., 300 block of Castro Street: Mountain View Police arrested Max Davidson, 29, for indecent exposure and sexual battery after he groped customers of a downtown business.


March 14, 6:08 p.m., 2000 block of Wooded Glen Drive: An unknown suspect smashed a window in the rear of a residence. Nothing appeared to be taken.


Longtime MVPD dispatcher sues city for alleged sexual harassment


A police dispatcher is suing the city of Mountain View for alleged sexual harassment by other members of her department – including the police chief.

The plaintiff, 38-year-old Annie Lohman, filed the lawsuit against the city and the department March 7, alleging that she was repeatedly subjected to “sexually specific banter, lewd jokes, nudity and simulated sexual acts” since joining the department’s SWAT team in 2005.


Two burglars sentenced; one suspect awaits trial

Two San Francisco men who committed a residential burglary in Los Altos last year were recently sentenced to prison.

San Francisco residents Delancey Huff, 35, and Robert Mandigo, 19, received sentences of 15 years and 11 years, respectively, for their roles in the July 13 burglary.


Peninsula Symphony seeks restitution

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony is going after disgraced former Executive Director Stephen Carlton and his wife, Karen, to recoup nearly $700,000 in funds he embezzled from the nonprofit group’s endowment fund.

The Carltons are named as defendants in a civil suit, filed Feb. 18 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. A restitution order was filed last September to reclaim the full amount.


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