Sheriff's Office moves to bolster LAH presence

Nestled between reminders of an upcoming community run and a spring garbage collection, an item titled “Burglary Prevention” glares from the cover of the Los Altos Hills March 1979 newsletter.

“Burglaries increased 36 percent in Los Altos Hills last year. … Many burglaries are the result of unlocked doors,” according to the copy. “Always lock your home, garage and out-buildings. Keep valuables, including garden equipment, in locked sheds. Do not hide keys outside your house. Report suspicious vehicles or solicitors to the Sheriff’s Office immediately. These tips can help reduce our burglary statistics!”

Sentencing looms for former MVHS teacher

The former Mountain View High School math teacher arrested last November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student pleaded no contest March 28 to a felony charge of sending harmful matter to a minor.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith

Evan Smith’s sentencing is scheduled May 3. If convicted, the Mountain View resident would be required to register as a sex offender and could spend a year in county jail or more than a year in state prison, according to the California Penal Code.

Working pup: Los Altos Police Department welcomes new K-9 to the force

New LAPD K9 Bo
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Los Altos Police Department K-9 Officer Kelli Janda locks eyes with new police canine Bo, an 18-month-old German shepherd.

Dogs aren’t just a man’s best friend, they’re also a policewoman’s best friend.

Earlier this year, Los Altos Police Department K-9 Officer Kelli Janda made a new best friend in Bo, an 18-month-old German shepherd. He’s the latest four-legged addition to the force, picking up where his predecessor, Lord, left off nearly two years ago after his retirement.

El Monte firefighters rescue inverted equine from ditch

El Monte fire station
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Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighter engineer Jeff Brown, left, and Capt. Matthew Maxson display some of the large-animal evacuation equipment they used to help liberate a 16-year-old Arabian horse from a Milpitas drainage ditch on Easter. Their tools include a yellow fire hose, center, which rescuers tied around the horse’s hindquarters.

In the seven years since the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s El Monte Fire Station crew first assembled its cache of large-animal rescue equipment, firefighters have employed it for jobs ranging from extracting a deer from a fence to helping an immobile horse with cancer access medical treatment. On Easter, however, firefighters faced their most challenging animal rescue operation to date: liberating an upside-down, 900-pound Arabian mare from a drainage ditch.

“For us to get this horse out alive with just a couple of scratches was truly amazing,” said firefighter engineer Jeff Brown.

Kidnapping attempt foiled by victim’s struggle, her friends

Guillermo Perez

Police are crediting an intended kidnapping victim’s moxie for helping save her from two men who attempted to force her into a vehicle early Saturday morning in downtown Mountain View.

Mountain View Police Department releases footage of interaction with alleged YouTube shooter

Nasim Aghdam body-cam footage
Courtesy of MVPD
A still from body-camera footage shows the interaction between Mountain View Police Department officers and alleged YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam.

The Mountain View Police Department Friday morning released body-camera footage of the interaction between officers and alleged YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam that took place hours before the attack.

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