Teens arrested for downtown Los Altos carjacking

Police officers have arrested two teenage boys accused of assaulting a pair of Los Altos residents and stealing their car from a downtown parking garage.

Local agencies assist in fight against Kincade Fire

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Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
A Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighter works the fire line in Sonoma County.

Among the nearly 5,000 first responders battling the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County are a contingent of local men and women. They’re assisting their neighbors to the north through California’s Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, which provides coordinated response during major emergencies.

“By providing mutual aid, we reinforce their forces and hopefully can mitigate whatever disaster, whether it’s fire, flood, earthquake,” said Mike Krisman, Santa Clara County Fire Department battalion chief.

State grant set to fund MV Police DUI patrols

Local DUI saturation patrols and safety enforcements involving decoy pedestrians could be in the forecast as part of a $65,000 grant the California Office of Traffic Safety recently awarded to the Mountain View Police Department.

The funding, a slice of the $84 million the OTS distributed to agencies across the state via 303 separate grants, is paying for a yearlong program of special enforcements and public awareness campaigns to prevent traffic-related injuries and deaths. The program began Oct. 1 and is slated to run through Sept. 30, 2020.

As many as 20 vehicles burglarized near MV’s Whisman Station

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A man and his dog walk past a Jeep Wrangler, one of approximately 20 vehicles burglarized Monday evening or Tuesday morning while parked on Ferguson Drive in Mountain View.

Residents of Bedford Square in Mountain View awoke Oct. 29 to a nasty surprise: someone had busted out the windows of approximately 20 vehicles along Ferguson Drive near the Compass Way intersection, where many in the townhome complex park. 

Email scam offers to sell database of Los Altos Farmers' Market visitors

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Town Crier File Photo
A sham email sent to downtown Los Altos businesses offers to sell information on people who visited the Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

An email advertising the sale of a database of information on approximately 5,000 people who attended the Los Altos Farmers’ Market circulated among Los Altos-based businesses last week, but the solicitation appears to be bogus.

The person who distributed the message – identified as Smitha Thomas in the email – is in no way affiliated with the market or its sponsor, the Los Altos Village Association, according to LAVA executive director Scott Hunter.

MVPD provides tips & tricks for home security cameras

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The holidays bring opportunities for criminals on the hunt for packages left on doorsteps. To thwart thieves, the Mountain View Police Department recommends that homeowners invest in security cameras.

The holiday season – when porch pirates are most active – is just around the corner. Home security cameras are one option for protecting delivered “booty,” but not all systems are optimally set up. Last week, the Mountain View Police Department shared tips to help area residents.

“One of the most common questions we see from our community is about home security cameras, particularly when it comes to tips on what kinds of cameras to purchase or where to place them,” MVPD spokeswoman Katie Nelson wrote in a department press release.

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