Samek pleads not guilty to DUI

Los Altos Planning Commission Chairman Alexander Samek pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to his nationally publicized DUI arrest, according to a paper arraignment filed by his attorney Wednesday (Jan. 2.)

MV Police search for hit-and-run driver

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a suspect who hit a pedestrian with his or her car the night of Dec. 13 but fled the scene before police arrived.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Mountain View police and fire personnel responded to a call of a car-versus-pedestrian collision in the area of Bryant Avenue and Shady Spring Lane.

Prosecutor warns of scams targeting seniors

An 81-year-old Morgan Hill man who thought he had won $2 million in a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes instead lost more than $50,000 to scammers last month. Although the perpetrators likely live overseas and could not be identified or prosecuted, quick action by family members and local law enforcement officials eventually led to the retrieval of the funds.

Most victims are not so lucky, warned Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourlard. She spoke to the Town Crier last week and shared tips for keeping finances secure.

MV resident arrested for mail-carrier attack

Mountain View police officers arrested a 69-year-old resident Dec. 1 after he allegedly attacked a female postal worker over what police believe stemmed from an argument over how the man’s mail was being delivered.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said officers responded at 1:20 p.m. to a home on the 700 block of San Lucas Avenue after receiving a call reporting an assault. When officers arrived, the 45-year-old victim said the resident, identified as Denzil Burkhead, squeezed her throat and pushed her to the ground.

Los Altos construction site burglaries spike

 construction site burglaries
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
In a two-week period in November, police received 10 reports of burglaries at Los Altos construction sites, according to police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey. A city ordinance specifies permitted construction hours, so police urge residents to keep watch and call police if they observe suspicious activity.

Los Altos Police Department detectives are investigating 10 construction-site burglaries that occurred Nov. 13-27, confirming a spike in such crimes.

Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said the police department is working with neighboring law enforcement agencies “in an effort to collaborate on identifying related crimes and developing crime patterns” for the burglaries.

FBI raids Los Altos lice-removal business

LoveBugs raid
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A FBI representative, in green, reenters LoveBugs following a raid at the Los Altos business Wednesday morning.

FBI agents descended on Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos last week to execute a search warrant at a lice-removal salon. 

Stealing Christmas Safety tips aim to keep homes, packages safe


Courtesy of Charlene Su
Los Altos resident Charlene Su shared a Ring freeze frame on Nextdoor to alert neighbors to the thief who stole packages off her front porch.

After yet another resident posted a Ring security video on Nextdoor showing someone stealing packages from her front porch, the Los Altos Police Department issued tips to ensure the crime doesn’t happen to others.

Residents play connect-the-burglaries on Nextdoor

auto burglaries
Courtesy of Indy Chohan
Mountain View resident Indy Chohan posted his personal home security video on Nextdoor during a discussion on how car burglaries were not only widespread between his hometown and Los Altos, but also about how residents who had their property stolen could have been scammed by the same suspects on late Thursday night/early Friday morning. In the video, you can see two suspects grab the garage door opener from Chohan's unlocked car and hand off a toolbox before leaving toward Leona Lane.

The Los Altos Police Department is investigating 16 thefts from vehicles and residential garages reported Friday.

Residents on Nextdoor believe the burglaries could be related to a series of burglaries in Mountain View that occurred just hours before.


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