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New details emerge in Mtn. View murder case


A Marin County man accused of killing another man in downtown Mountain View earlier this month used a bicycle, a chair and a table to commit the crime, the first murder in the city in three years, according to officials.

Jan Neal, 43, is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. He is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, Santa Clara County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s Office employees were still working to establish a positive identification of the deceased and to notify his family; a Mountain View Police Department report refers to the victim as a “55-year-old man,” and a Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office statement of facts refers to him as “John Doe.”

Parks and Rec officials hear pros and cons of dogs in parks

They’re known as man’s best friend and, in many cases, valued members of families.

But dogs also do their business in parks where people congregate, and may be prone to unpredictable behavior.

Woman buys 'Lucky' lottery ticket in Los Altos

Siosi Taunaholo walked into the Lucky supermarket on Grant Road in Los Altos to rent a DVD last week and came out $600,000 richer.

After Taunaholo selected her movie from the store’s Redbox machine, she purchased a California Lottery ticket. The $1 Set for Life Scratcher revealed that Taunaholo won the game’s top prize of $600,000.

MV council OKs more housing, rejects appeal on hotel approval at Superfund site

The Mountain View City Council last week approved a 52-unit rowhouse complex and a 74-room hotel, both of which passed despite concerns.

The rowhouse project, slated for 2044-2054 Montecito Ave., replaces a current 52-unit apartment complex, drawing disappointment from Councilman Lenny Siegel about the loss of affordable housing.

LA therapist finds a calling in disaster relief efforts


The 1994 Northridge earthquake in Southern California was Judith Boore’s first disaster. Twenty-three years later, the Los Altos resident has taken part in 52 disaster relief missions throughout the country, including those in Houston and Puerto Rico this year. "

Boore’s interest in disasters and disaster relief first sparked in 1971 while assisting her husband, a seismologist, with recording aftershocks of the San Fernando earthquake.

West Nile detected in local birds

Two dead birds found recently in Los Altos have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District reported last week.

Both birds were American crows, among the avian species particularly vulnerable to the virus, according to Vector Control. The first bird was discovered Oct. 13 on Palm Avenue, and the second was found Oct. 18 on Orange Avenue. The agency subsequently set 40 carbon dioxide-baited mosquito traps within a 1-mile radius of area, but none of the mosquitoes captured carried the virus.

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