Police Blotter

Scammers steal thousands from LAH resident

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation into an online scam that tricked an elderly Los Altos Hills man into a loss of $10,000, the agency reported last week.

A resident of Byrne Park Lane April 25 responded to an online posting from a group calling itself the “American Cash Award Company,” according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reports. The ad promised $2.5 million and a 2015 Mercedes in exchange for money received.

Police Blotter, May 17, 2017


May 12, 1:49 p.m.: 2500 block of Grant Road, Mountain View

May 11, 12 p.m.: 800 block of Fremont Avenue, Los Altos

Sheriff's deputies, officials embrace body-worn cameras as transparent

Megan V.Winslow/Town Crier
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Urena demonstrates the use of an Axon Body 2 body-worn camera for the Los Altos Hills City Council April 20.

Motorists stopped by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies may notice new “bling” affixed to officers’ uniforms: credit- card-sized black boxes recording the interaction.

The new body-worn cameras are meant to protect members of the public against officer misconduct and deputies against false allegations.

Weekend shooting leads to attempted murder charge

A 26-year-old East Bay man has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide in connection to a shooting in downtown Mountain View last weekend.

Police Blotter


May 6, 11:15 a.m.: Near the intersection of South El Monte Avenue and Cuesta Drive, Los Altos

May 5, 1:52 p.m.: 1800 block of Higdon Avenue, Mountain View

County Fire offers free inspections

With the 2017 fire season approaching, residents of hillside communities served by the Santa Clara County Fire Department can schedule free defensible space inspections of their properties.

Bountiful winter rains have helped fill California’s reservoirs and lessen drought conditions, but they’ve also contributed to a hardy crop of tall grasses, which can become a fire hazard during dry conditions. Residents are encouraged to maintain their yards and create defensible space between vegetation and homes.

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