LAH house fire not considered suspicious


Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department
Eight fire engines carrying a total of 41 personnel were deployed to the 27000 block of Via Ventana Way in Los Altos Hills after a caller reported a multistory home burning at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and all occupants escaped uninjured, according to a Santa Clara County Fire Department representative.

An investigation continues this week into the cause of an early-morning fire Nov. 19 that destroyed a Los Altos Hills home. The occupants escaped unharmed.

“Due to the extent of the fire, the investigation is still underway; however, it is not considered suspicious,” said Luisa Rapport, Santa Clara County Fire Department spokeswoman.

MV police arrest Los Altos man in decade-long stalking case


Cringle

Mountain View Police detectives arrested 29-year-old Los Altos resident Matthew Cringle Nov. 19 for allegedly stalking a former female classmate for more than 10 years.

Last April 23, officers responded to a home in Mountain View where a woman informed them she had discovered explicit messages in an inbox on her Facebook account. The messages came from several accounts, all of which appeared to be fake. However, based on messages the victim had previously been sent, she believed Cringle ran the accounts.

Police Blotter, Week of Nov. 14, 2018

Theft

Nov. 8, 3:05 p.m.: 100 block of Giffin Road, Los Altos

Nov. 8, 1:03 p.m.: 2400 block of West El Camino Real, Mountain View

‘Absolutely ridiculous’ number of vehicles burglarized at MV theater

Theater auto burglaries
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Warning signs dissuade Century Cinema 16 customers from leaving valuables within their vehicles in the Mountain View theater parking lot.

Mountain View Police detectives are seeking additional victims who fell prey to a spree of car burglaries committed last week within a movie theater parking lot.

Car burglars ransacked at least 19 vehicles parked at the Century Cinema 16 theater Friday (Nov. 9) on North Shoreline Avenue. Detectives believe additional victims have yet to file police reports, so that tally is expected to climb, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

LAH forum highlights wildfire risks, safeguards


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Attendees of a Oct. 30 wildfire forum at Los Altos Hills Town Hall pose questions to panelists.

The 2017 North Bay wildfires blazed across the state more than a year ago, but last week’s Los Altos Hills “Understanding Wildfire” forum provided constant reminders of their devastation.

The meeting, hosted by the Open Space Committee at town hall Oct. 30, presented a panel of experts from agencies including the Santa Clara County Fire Department, the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and PG&E. Approximately 60 members of the public attended.

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