Champion marksman dies in MV fire

Dan Theodore, courtesy of NRAblog.com 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.


Shoup House undergoes another renovation

Town Crier File Photo
The new owners of the Shoup House are overhauling the historically accurate interior of the 1910-era landmark. The house’s historic status prevents changes only to its exterior.

The new owners of the historic Shoup House are doing some serious spring cleaning.

All of the interior fixtures and appliances were placed in storage in Mountain View and everything is up for sale, according to a March 16 Craigs- list advertisement that has since been removed.


Police Blotter


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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