Police Blotter

Arrests and citations

April 21, 12:30 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue: Officers stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation and determined that the 27-year-old male driver had been consuming alcohol. A DUI investigation found the driver under the legal limit, but officers conducted a search of the car and discovered illegal narcotics. The man was released at the scene with a criminal citation.

April 23, 11:15 a.m., Marlbarough Avenue and Ranchita Drive: A 53-year-old woman rammed her car into a tree. Officers determined that she was driving under the influence. She was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


LAH resident killed in cycling accident

Kathryn GreenA longtime Los Altos Hills resident and philanthropist struck by a bicyclist  while walking along Page Mill Road April 20 has died from her injuries.

Kathryn Green, 61, died the next day from injuries sustained during the accident, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

Green was walking near Altamont Road at approximately 11 a.m. when a bicyclist, traveling eastbound on Page Mill at an estimated 25 mph, rounded a blind curve and hit her, said Art Montiel CHP officer. Green was transported to Stanford Hospital, where she later died. The bicyclist was not seriously injured.

Because Green was not carrying identification, officials were unable to notify her family immediately following the accident. Her husband, Los Altos Hills Planning Commission member Richard Partridge, was attending a council meeting until late Monday night and did not learn of her whereabouts until the following morning.

Green, an avid hiker, was likely headed to walk the trails in Foothills Park, said Ev Shiro, her friend.

Green was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Pacific Palisades. She graduated from Johnston College at the University of Redlands. In addition to serving as an active Johnston College alum, she contributed to Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks and Sustainable Conservation in San Francisco. Green served on the board of the Palo Alto Farmer's Market and a co-founder of WomenGo!, an organization promoting the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

"She was an unbelievably magnanimous person," Shiro said.

Green enjoyed cooking and prepared meals for friends preoccupied by work. She strove to not repeat a single recipe in a year.

Along with her husband, Green is survived by her brother, William Green of Sioux Falls, S.D. Plans for a celebration of life are underway.

Champion marksman dies in MV fire

Dan Theodore, courtesy of A man died Thursday (April 23) after an early morning fire destroyed his Mountain View home.

The man, identified as resident Dan Theodore by his neighbors, was the only casualty. No one else was injured in the blaze.

Theodore died due to accidental smoke inhalation, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office. The origin of the fire remains under investigation.


Airbnb house party invites ire from Rosita residents

Courtesy of Amy Jermyn
A Rosita Avenue home listed on Airbnb became the site of an unruly party April 11. Neighbors are urging the city to intervene.

Rosita Avenue residents are looking to the city of Los Altos for answers after an April 11 party raged out of control at a home rented through Airbnb.

In what was described by neighbors as a “mob scene,” an estimated 200-250 partygoers – primarily teens – parked cars on Rosita and beyond, cranked up the music, smashed beer bottles, threw eggs and hopped over fences into neighboring properties.


Car crashes through Trader Joe's

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department
A sedan driven by a 75-year-old woman blasted through the front of Trader Joe’s Friday, above. Employees survey the aftermath, left.

Six people were admitted to the hospital Friday after the vehicle of a 75-year-old driver barreled through the front doors of Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

The driver sustained no injuries, but a 4-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and three adult shoppers had minor cuts and abrasions. A baby showing no visible signs of injury was transported to the hospital for a precautionary examination.


Council flags $440K for future Foothill Expressway upgrades

Courtesy of City of Los Altos
Engineering company URS provided the above concept plan for upgrades to Foothill Expressway between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road.

Residents irked that overflow traffic from Foothill Expressway spills into their neighborhoods are en route to receiving some relief.

The Los Altos City Council April 14 unanimously approved a contribution of $440,000 toward an improvement project for Foothill Expressway between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road.


MVLA officials hit the road to visit lead candidate for superintendent

Officials from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District are heading to Healdsburg Thursday to meet with the lead candidate for superintendent.


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