Classrooms damaged at Egan after weekend fire

Courtesy of Jim Clark
Local police and firefighters respond to a fire Sunday morning at Egan Junior High School.

Santa Clara County Fire Department investigators are pursuing those responsible for igniting a blaze that completely destroyed one Egan Junior High School classroom and damaged three others over the weekend.

Late Saturday or early Sunday morning someone lit trash on fire and stuffed it into an unsecured outdoor locker, said Keith Rocha, the school’s principal. The fire burned through the locker into an adjacent classroom, causing extensive damage there as well as burning through the electrical system for three other classrooms.

Armed suspect robs Walgreens in Mtn. View

Mountain View Police detectives are searching for a suspect who used a handgun to rob pharmacy employees of various medications Saturday.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Walgreens located on the 100 block of East El Camino Real, according to police reports. The suspect, described as an adult male, walked to the back of the store and brandished a handgun. He then jumped over the pharmacy counter and forced employees to place medications in a bag.

Police Blotter


Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: 300 block of Mariposa Avenue, Mountain View

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Reporter goes riding with police

It’s not out of the ordinary for people to wave at police officers in Los Altos – at least that’s what it seemed like during my four-hour ride-along last week.

I spent two hours each with Sgt. Steve Spillman (day shift) and Agent Ryan Burke (night shift) Sept. 20. I had never been on a ride-along before, so my expectations revolved around the episode of “Friends” in which Chandler, Ross and Joey ride along with Phoebe’s police officer boyfriend, Gary. Remember when the car backfires and Joey – thinking it’s a gunshot – dives across the backseat to protect Ross and his sub sandwich?

LAPD uses community as part of policing model


When officers helped children carve spooky faces into pumpkins last October, the activity aligned with the Los Altos Police Department’s philosophy.

“We’re in the customer service business,” Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea said. “Clearly, we deal with law enforcement, traffic enforcement – things of that nature – but it’s about our relationships with our community … and making sure we deliver on our community’s expectations.”

Police Blotter


Sept. 15, 7:02 p.m.: 1100 block of Castro Street, Mountain View

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