Parts of Los Altos Hills to go dark Wednesday

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A PG&E map shows the areas of Los Altos Hills that the utility expects to be affected by the outages.

Updated 11:30 a.m. Wednesday: Portions of Los Altos Hills will lose electricity starting Wednesday (Oct. 9) due to dangerous fire weather conditions that have forced PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs across the state, Hills town officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Police declare ‘no affirmative conclusion’ in last week’s accidental home shooting

There is "no affirmative conclusion" about who pulled the trigger in a Sept. 26 shooting that left a man with non-life threatening injuries, the Mountain View Police Department announced today (Oct. 8).

Police responded to the 700 block of San Carlos Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. that evening and found a couple standing on their front lawn. The husband had suffered a gunshot wound in his forearm and was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, police spokesperson Katie Nelson said at the time.

When the wife was questioned at the scene, she told officers that she believed their home was being broken into. Nelson said the day after the incident that the reason why the woman thought a home invasion was taking place was being investigated by detectives assigned to the case. The reasoning behind her belief has still not been released to the public.

Since the investigation began, officers have been able to piece together that the gun was shot accidentally as the husband struggled to take it away from the wife. The extent of the husband’s injuries is currently unknown, Nelson said, due to the fact that the department does not yet possess the medical report. His wife was uninjured.

The firearm involved was a .40 caliber handgun, properly registered to the owner. Only one shot was fired.

The department will likely not name the couple due to the determination there was no criminal intent when the shot was fired, Nelson said. No one will face charges.

Rancho park homicide victim identified

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Crime scene tape surrounds the entrance to Rancho San Antonio County Park where Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies pinned a homicide suspect’s car to subdue it Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, Mireya Orta, 50, is accused of killing a pedestrian by ramming her car into the person and injuring another pedestrian at a separate location in the park in the same manner.

Updated, 12:10 p.m., Tuesday: A Santa Clara woman is being held without bail following the death of an elderly man officials say she repeatedly drove over with her car at Rancho San Antonio County Park. Another victim suffered minor injuries. 

House fire displaces five Los Altos residents

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Firefighters to work to contain a fire that ignited Monday evening in the 300 block of Hawthorne Avenue in Los Altos.

A Los Altos resident sustained minor injuries Monday night (Sept. 30) when a home near the downtown triangle caught fire. 

County officials warn of rising fentanyl overdose deaths

Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies and the Public Health Department are collaborating to issue urgent warnings to residents – particularly teenagers – about the dangers of counterfeit painkillers.

Distracted driving enforcement campaign nets 825 violations

A distracted driving campaign conducted across Santa Clara County over five days last month resulted in more than 900 traffic stops, the organizing agency reported.

The Kirk Griess Memorial Enforcement Campaign took place Aug. 5-9, with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety organizing the local effort and agencies including the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the Los Altos Police Department and the Mountain View Police Department participating. Patrol officers primarily focused on drivers distracted from traffic by their cellphones. They issued 825 citations for such violations, said Capt. Ava Fanucchi of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.


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