Committee organizes LAH vintners' event

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Tom Smith of Los Altos Hills grows grapes on his property. The town plans to host a wine event featuring local vintners Oct. 25.

There are plenty of topics Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers don’t agree on. An appreciation for wine, however, doesn’t seem to be among them.

With a unanimous vote July 16, all five councilmembers gave their blessing to the Vines and Wine Committee’s plans to bring a tasting event featuring local wineries to town hall Oct. 25.


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Police make arrest in LA burglary

July 13, 3:44 p.m., 1400 block of Richardson Avenue: Residents reported that they left their home for two hours and returned to find it ransacked. Burglars stole jewelry and firearms. During a canvas for witnesses, Los Altos police obtained video surveillance footage showing a suspect exiting a vehicle and approaching the victims’ residence. The video enabled police to identify three suspects, all from San Francisco – Delancey Huff, 35; Robert Mandigo, 19; and Khalida Peterson, 20.

Officers sent an alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies, and San Francisco Police located and detained the three suspects, who were in possession of the stolen items. Los Altos detectives recovered additional stolen property at a San Francisco pawnshop.


Q&A with NASA Ames director of science

Before the NASA Ames Research Center Pluto Flyby event July 14, Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow had a few moments to interview Dr. Michael Bicay, director of science for the center, about the historic New Horizons mission.


Police: Beware of water-service scammers stealing from Los Altos residents

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Police obtained images of two burglary suspects from home surveillance videos.

Two burglary suspects impersonated water-service workers to gain entry to multiple Los Altos homes this week, according to a release from the Los Altos Police Department.

At 1 p.m. July 20 at the 700 block of Jordan Avenue, the suspects knocked on a resident’s front door and told him the water supply to his home had possibly been contaminated by construction in the neighborhood.


Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday (July 16).

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

The driver of the car was not injured in the accident and has not been charged, police said.

The accident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. Based on police investigations, it appears the Honda was traveling north on San Antonio Road and approaching the West El Camino Real intersection. Palmquist rode his bike west across San Antonio in front of the car and was struck and projected forward onto the pavement. The driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Palmquist was not wearing a helmet and it appears he suffered a head injury, according to police. He was unconscious but breathing after the accident and EMTs transported him to a local hospital where his condition remained critical.

Witnesses reported seeing several motorists attending to the victim until law enforcement officials and medical personnel arrived. One witness responded to a Mountain View Police Department Facebook query for information by describing the accident as "horrific." He said the Civic's windshield and roof were caved in, and the vehicle appeared totaled.

Police officers are investigating the accident and encourage witnesses to call Officer Dan Garcia at 903-6344 and reference case number 15-3916.

Local eradication begins for fruit fly

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After confirming local presence of the Oriental Fruit Fly, state officials are treating trees and utility poles with insecticide.

The scene could be cut from a sci-fi film: A gloved arm attached to and protruding from an aperture cut into a pick-up’s passenger window aims a gun into the air and fires.



LASD takes small steps toward facilities solutions

While the Los Altos School District conducts little business over the summer months, officials have made small strides in identifying a site for an additional campus.

At Friday’s board meeting, district trustees approved a contract with DTZ, a commercial real estate company tasked with helping secure a site. District officials seek to establish a 10th school campus to accommodate enrollment growth.


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