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April 16, 1:31 a.m., 27000 block Fremont Road: Santa Clara County Fire Department personnel said the heat from a lamp ignited a cardboard box. The fire spread before residential sprinklers extinguished the flames. Fire authorities reported no injuries and $60,000 in property and content damages.

April 17, 4:55 p.m., 400 block of First Street: Police said a resident put a lit cigarette into an ashtray and caught paper on fire. Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the building. They quickly extinguished the flames. Damages were estimated at $250.

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Final sentencing for symphony’s Carlton may be in sight

After a year of court dates, former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton’s case may conclude May 4.

Carlton was convicted of tax fraud, grand theft, identity theft, embezzlement and forgery last year after the symphony’s funds disappeared.

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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

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Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glass front door and into the checkout counter, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

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Suspected burglar found through ID’ed getaway car

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Robert John Morales

Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin's eagle eye led to the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in a June 2014 burglary and hit and run.


While on patrol, McCrossin spotted a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle. Los Altos Police investigators determined that the vehicle and driver were involved in the June 2014 crimes.

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Suspected attempted burglar, prowler jailed on unrelated charges

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Marcelino Ruiz Ahumada

Los Altos Police investigators identified the suspect of a January burglary and discovered the Sunnyvale man was already in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on unrelated charges.

During a rash of burglaries early this year, the suspect – Marcelino Ruiz Ahumada, 22 – attempted Jan. 16 to break into a residence on the 600 block of Springer Terrace in Los Altos. Ahumada allegedly knocked on the front door and when there was no immediate answer, went to the back of the residence. While attempting to gain entry into the home, the suspect and the homeowner saw each other, and Ahumada fled the scene.

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Parking-memo investigation to conclude in 'weeks'

The investigation into an allegedly forged city document should wrap up within a few weeks, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

“I am committed to ensuring a fair and unbiased process through the use of an outside, independent party to conduct the investigation,” she wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “City officials are not able to comment on, nor provide any details about, an ongoing investigation.”

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Air district proposal seeks to ban wood-burning fireplaces


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Gas-fueled or electric options may replace wood-burning fireplaces.

Santa Claus may soon need to rethink his traditionally dramatic entrance into homes – at least on the Bay Area leg of his annual journey.

In a move to prevent health ailments caused and exacerbated by wood smoke, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has proposed amending Winter Spare the Air regulations to include rules banning the sale or rental of homes with uncertified indoor wood-burning fireplaces until such devices are decommissioned or replaced with gas-fueled or electric alternatives.

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