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Wenke sentenced

Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke received an 11 years to life sentence July 31 for the attempted murder of her estranged husband in 2011. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Town Crier that he was “quite pleased” with the sentence.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

July 21, 12:01 p.m., 1000 block of Ranchita Drive: An unknown suspect entered a home construction site overnight, broke into a stand-alone storage unit and stole a flat-screen television.

July 22, 4:23 p.m., 500 block of Lincoln Avenue: Someone pried open a window to a home, ransacked the master bedroom and stole laptops and jewelry. The loss was approximately $27,000, police reported.


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Police arrest woman on fraud charges

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 20-year-old Daly City woman for fraudulently using one victim’s bank account to cash the forged check of a second victim.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin, officers arrested Yolanda Beltran July 7 as she was crossing San Antonio Road in the downtown area shortly after noon.


Police News

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.


Police Blotter

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.


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