Police Blotter

Los Altos man arrested for arson

Mountain View police last week arrested a Los Altos man and his female acquaintance for causing an auto shop fire in January.

Police arrested Los Altos resident Paul Schonhardt, 28, and San Jose resident Angela Rutledge, 28, on charges that include arson of property and possession of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamines.


New manager assumes control of Westwind Community Barn

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Torie Dye, new Westwind Community Barn manager, plans to start slowly and build a solid base at the facility.

 The Town Crier spoke with Torie Dye, recently selected by the Los Altos Hills City Council to manage riding operations and programs at Westwind Community Barn. In the following interview, Dye shares her passion for horses, her management style and an update on the barn’s new lower arena.


MVPD arrests man for soliciting minor for sex

Mountain View Police last week arrested a San Francisco man for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover detective posing as a minor.

Mountain View Police detectives and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team arrested 52-year-old Harlan Edelman Feb. 4 for distribution of sexually explicit electronic communications to a minor and for communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sex crime.


Teacher charged with sexual advances to minor

Mountain View police Feb. 5 arrested a 52-year-old San Francisco man in Cuesta Park for alleged sexual behavior with a minor over the Internet.

Detectives, along with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, arrested Harlan Edelman for distribution of electronic, sexually explicit communications to a minor, as well as communicating with a known minor with the intent to commit a sex crime.

According to police, Edelman contacted, unsolicited, an undercover Mountain View Police Department detective, posing as a 17-year-old male on a social network. This resulted in an investigation of Edelman who allegedly sent sexually explicit material to the undercover detective ultimately agreeing to meet with him in Mountain View.

"The Mountain View Police Department takes all crimes seriously especially those involving sexual predators," said detective Sgt. Mike Canfield. "This investigation in particular is a great example of the dedication and hard work of our detectives and the commitment of our department to proactively fight crime.

Edelman is a high school teacher at The Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco and is currently on a leave of absence.

If you believe you have been a victim of a crime involving Edelman, contact the Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344 and reference case number 14-0649.

Food truck ordinance finalized

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In a 4-1 vote on Jan. 28 the Los Altos city council voted to ban mobile food trucks, like the one above, from parking within 300 feet of public schools, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that would regulate food truck operations within city limits.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper cast the lone dissenting vote after asking her colleagues to forgo the ordinance in favor of a community workshop with the affected residents “to come up with something that’s workable for everyone.”


LASD conducts survey on potential school bond

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Bullis Charter School students file into a portable classroom. A potential school bond may include portable classroom replacement and new multipurpose rooms for the school among other facility projects.

A bond measure to improve local school facilities may be on the horizon.

The Los Altos School District is surveying likely voters on what they would support in terms of a possible November bond. In December, the district board of trustees approved a contract with EMC Research to poll local voters on whether they would approve a school bond and the parameters for an affirmative vote.


LASD submits preliminary facilities offer to BCS

The Los Altos School District delivered its preliminary facilities offer for the 2014-2015 school year to Bullis Charter School Saturday, lifting site-specific grade-level restrictions.

Similar to the charter school’s current configuration, the introductory offer would split facilities between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools. The district’s offer allocated facilities assuming that K-4 charter school students would attend Egan and students in grades 5-8 would attend Blach.


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