Tips pour in as MV police investigate terrorist threats made by students

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Mountain View High administrators adopted a multipronged approach to address student and parent concerns after the arrest of three students.

Police phone lines have been inundated with tips in the days following the arrest of three Mountain View High students suspected of making threatening social media posts against the school.

“Detectives are getting calls all day from people with possible information,” said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department spokes- woman.

Uber driver booked on assault charges

Police arrested an Uber driver last week in downtown Mountain View for assaulting a police assistant who was issuing him a parking ticket.

The driver, 62-year-old Ghulam Mohammadi, had parked in a red zone on the corner of Bryant and California streets, according to a report on the Mountain View Police blog. The police assistant parked behind him and began writing a ticket at approximately 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. A brief confrontation ensued before Mohammadi backed into and pushed the police assistant’s vehicle backward, the blog reported. The assistant was able to get out of the way and was not harmed.

Suspicious item disrupts day at Foothill College

Foothill College classes and campus operations returned to normal Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 11) once officials deemed a suspicious item safe.

Driver extricated from car wrapped around tree

The driver of a car that struck and wrapped around an oak tree Saturday (Oct. 8) in Los Altos Hills had to be extricated from his vehicle before emergency responders could treat him for moderate injuries.

Purissima Crash
Kjell Karlsson/Special to the Town Crier

The single-vehicle accident occurred on Purissima Road, just north of the Viscaino Road intersection. At approximately 9 a.m., the driver’s white Subaru Sport coup struck an oak, with a 2-foot diameter, on the side of the road.

“Heavy intrusion from the passenger side and front of the vehicle trapped the victim in the driver’s seat,” wrote Stephanie Stuehler, Santa Clara County Fire Department public information officer, in an email to the Town Crier.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office deputies and Los Altos Hills-based firefighters arrived on scene and provided rescue and medical services until the driver -- the only person involved in the crash -- could be transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, reported Sheriff's Captain Rich Urena.

"The cause of the collision appears to be an unsafe turn movement," Urena wrote in an email to the Town Crier. "The driver did not exhibit signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication or signs of illicit drug use."


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Mountain View High students arrested for alleged threats

Three Mountain View High students are facing felony charges after allegedly making terrorist-type threats via social media networks, the Mountain View Police Department announced Monday.

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Officers arrested the students Monday morning and charged them with making threats and conspiracy to commit a crime. Because they are all juveniles, the department is not releasing their names.

Sgt. Ken Leal said the threats related to a school shooting-type crime, but he would not elaborate because the investigation continues.

The department increased its presence at the Truman Avenue school Monday out of caution.

Police learned of the threatening social media posts from a source who saw them Sunday, said Katie Nelson, police department public information officer.

Officers are not releasing additional information – including the online source of the threats – at this time.

Nelson shared a general message of caution about publishing threatening messages online, even via social networks like Facebook and Twitter that may have private or semi-private settings.

“We take them very seriously,” Nelson said. “Anything like this is extremely concerning.”

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Leal at 903-6344.

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Pickup flips in LAH, spilling chemicals

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The single-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Sept. 28 on Alta Tierra Road near the Robleda Road intersection. The road is narrow and steep, and for reasons not yet revealed, the commercial vehicle landed on its side.

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