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

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.


Construction begins on Fremont Bridge

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
As Loyola Corners bridge construction ramps up, the city has introduced measures to help with traffic flow.

Construction began Monday on the Loyola Corners bridges, and the city of Los Altos has established measures to ensure that traffic flows smoothly.

The Fremont Avenue intersections at A Street and Miramonte Avenue will be on “flash stop control” to accommodate work on the Loyola and Fremont bridges. Signal lights at each intersection will flash red and function like a stop sign.


Communal enforcement: Residents help keep crime rates low

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are among the safest cities in California, according to the most current FBI Crime Report.

ValuePenguin – a consumer-data research firm – analyzed the data and in June released a report ranking Los Altos as the seventh-safest midsize city (20,000-50,000 residents) and Los Altos Hills as the sixth-safest small city (5,000-20,000) in the state. The report reviewed 417 cities in the state, based on 2013 FBI data. Data for 2014 has yet to be released. For ValuePenguin’s report, violent crime was weighted at 90 percent, while property crime was weighted at 10 percent.


Police Blotter


July 6, 9:36 a.m., 300 block of First Street: An unknown suspect stole a laptop, school supplies and a debit card from an unlocked vehicle.

July 8, 8:57 a.m., 1100 block of Russell Avenue: An unknown suspect stole change and cash from the glove compartment of an unlocked vehicle.


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