"Query a Cop": Muffling those mufflers?


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A local resident wonders whether the city of Los Altos could fine motorcyclists for noisy mufflers. 

“Query a Cop” features readers’ questions fielded by Los Altos police officers.

Q: Aren’t there regulations concerning mufflers on motorcycles and toy Japanese minicars? There seem to be quite a few people running these vehicles apparently with fake decoy mufflers. While riding a bicycle on Foothill Expressway or El Monte Avenue between Foothill and Interstate 280, you could break an eardrum when these nitwits pass (more accurately accelerate) by. Perhaps we could boost Los Altos’ budget by fining these people. We can regulate leaf blowers; what happened to motor vehicles?

Sheriff's rep: LAH 'safest town' in the region

Los Altos Hills tallied just two assaults last year: one at a wedding and one involving a tow-truck driver who may or may not have pushed a resident.

And that’s the extent of the town’s “violent crime” in 2017, said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rich Urena during a presentation to the city council Thursday.

Teacher pleads not guilty to inappropriate texts to student


A 48-year-old Mountain View High School teacher arrested in November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student waived his formal arraignment Jan. 8 and entered a plea of not guilty.

Evan Smith, a math teacher at the school for 15 years, is charged with one felony count of knowingly sending a minor harmful matter with the intent of “arousing, appealing to and gratifying ... lust and passions and sexual desires.” His plea date is scheduled 9 a.m. Feb. 26 at Santa Clara County’s Palo Alto Courthouse.

MV woman arrested for assault with coffee mug

A domestic disturbance between a mother and daughter led to the latter being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon – a coffee mug – last week in Mountain View, according to Public Information Officer Katie Nelson.

Nelson said the assault occurred the night of Jan. 11 on the 200 block of Tyrella Avenue, where 20-year-old Alexis Pavoor threw a coffee mug at her mom and hit her on the head during an argument. The mother required medical treatment for her injuries, according to Nelson.

Ability to text 911 coming this year to Los Altos and Mountain View

When Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and the local division of the California Highway Patrol rolled out text-to-911 services last week, they joined a nationwide trend encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission.

The text option – intended to be a last resort for those unable to make a voice call – is likely coming within the year to Los Altos and Mountain View.

Search of RV uncovers drugs, weapons

Litter proved the downfall for two RV occupants recently arrested in connection to a stash of assorted drugs and illegal weaponry.


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