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Could Hilltop and Taaffe robberies be related?


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An artist’s rendition of the Taaffe Road robbery suspects

The arrest of three suspects connected to Monday's (May 11) home invasion robbery in Los Altos Hills has some locals questioning whether the men might be responsible for a similar incident in town last year that may have contributed to the victim's death.

Oakland Police Department officers arrested the trio in Oakland Monday afternoon, but they have not released their names or cities of residence because investigations are ongoing. One of the open investigations relates to Monday's robbery in the 12000 block of Hilltop Drive.

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Suspected Los Altos ID thief served arrest warrant

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Evelyn Hernandez

A San Jose woman suspected of stealing the identity of a Los Altos resident was found already behind bars, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista.

Bautista reported May 6 that Evelyn Hernandez, 44, was recently served an arrest warrant at Elmwood Correctional Facility for a crime committed in February.

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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the school district last September after a proposal to use parkland for a school site drew public ire.

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Lehigh settles with EPA over toxic water discharge


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After violating the federal Clean Water Act, Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., which operates the quarry in the foothills near Los Altos, must enhance wastewater treatment processes and pay millions in civil penalities.

A $7.5 million settlement concerning toxic discharge into Permanente Creek could be the first in a series of federal penalties the area’s largest producer of cement will shoulder.

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., operator of the Lehigh cement plant on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, and Hanson Permanent Cement Inc., owner of the facility, violated the federal Clean Water Act, the California Water Code and pollutant discharge permits by releasing process water and stormwater tainted with elevated levels of harmful elements into Permanente Creek and, ultimately, the San Francisco Bay, according to a federal consent decree filed April 28. The companies will pay more than $5 million to install and enhance wastewater treatment operations and $2.55 million in civil penalties.

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Los Altos physician assists with relief efforts in Nepal


Longtime Los Altos resident Paul Auerbach, M.D., received a phone call the night of April 25 alerting him to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. The next day, the emergency medicine physician from the Stanford University School of Medicine and member of the International Medical Corps was on his way to Kathmandu.

Auerbach, who traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, wasn’t able to land in Kathmandu immediately, as the airport’s single runway was crowded with planes shipping supplies to the devastated area.

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Pinewood alum dies in off-roading accident


When Andrew Joseph Kruep was just 15, he spent a month living on an Alaskan glacier. At Pinewood High School, he captained his football team. And while still in college, he traveled across Europe conducting pricing and competitive analyses for a top LED lighting company.

Whatever Kruep chose to do, he always did it with great energy and enthusiasm, said Randall Kruep, his father.

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Potential construction fee could build public art program


More development could mean additional art for Los Altos if the city approves a proposed fee program.

Based on a recommendation from the Public Arts Commission, the Los Altos City Council April 28 agreed to move forward with establishing a development fee to fund public art.

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