Transformer explosion ignites grass fires

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Courtesy of the Mountain View Fire Department
A grass fire on Whisman Road in Mountain View blazes Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple grass fires ignited after a transformer attached to a utility pole exploded Tuesday (Feb. 11) afternoon in the 600 block of North Whisman Road, according to a press release from the Mountain View Fire Department. No injuries or monetary property loss were reported.

Outreach over airwaves: Mountain View Police Department launches podcast

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View Police Department Capt. Saul Jaeger and police spokeswoman Katie Nelson share a laugh while recording an episode of “The Body In the Dumpster,” their podcast.

The Town Crier recently sat down with Capt. Saul Jaeger and spokeswoman Katie Nelson of the Mountain View Police Department to discuss “Major Crimes,” an offshoot of the agency’s podcast series, “The Silicon Valley Beat.”

Over six episodes released weekly, “The Body in the Dumpster” – the project’s first season – tells the story of Saba Girmai, a 21-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia whose body was discovered in a local dumpster just days before Stanford Stadium hosted the 1985 Super Bowl. Her murder remained unsolved until decades later.

Man hospitalized after attempted suicide in Los Altos home

A Los Altos man is recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot after being transported to Stanford Hospital last week, according to authorities.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said at approximately 9:56 p.m. Jan. 29, his department received reports of an attempted suicide on the 1200 block of Villa Huerta. When officers arrived, they found a 36-year-old man in a bedroom suffering a gunshot wound, according to Jeffrey. Following an investigation, police concluded that no witnesses were in the bedroom at the time the gun was fired. His co-residents were interviewed for more information; one of them had reported the attempted suicide to dispatchers.

Jeffrey said that the gunshot wound was classified as life-threatening, and last officers had heard, the man – admitted to the ICU – was still at Stanford Hospital recuperating.

If you or someone you love are considering harming themselves, please call or urge them to call a toll-free helpline.

Santa Clara County’s 24/7, confidential hotline is 1-855-278-4204. More about services available through the county can be accessed at

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline, a network of local crisis centers, is also run 24/7, is confidential and can help people in distress. To seek help, call (800) 273-8255.

Pedestrian struck, sustains minor injury in downtown incident Thursday

A pedestrian walked away from the scene after being struck by a car at the intersection of San Antonio Road and Whitney Street late this morning, according to Los Altos Police Department Sgt. Liz Checke.

Checke said the victim, a 53-year-old Los Altos man, was crossing San Antonio at approximately 11:37 a.m. – after activating the flashing pedestrian warning lights – when he was struck by the 77-year-old driver from Los Altos Hills. Checke said the driver, who was attempting to turn left onto Whitney Street, did not see the pedestrian and hit him “at a low speed.”

The driver immediately pulled over to the right side of the road on San Antonio, according to Checke, and fully cooperated with authorities.

Emergency vehicles soon arrived on scene to provide aid; the victim suffered only a minor injury to his right leg and was not transported to a hospital, Checke said.

She added that the account of a witness driving in the opposite direction on San Antonio led officers to cite the driver; he was not arrested. The driver has no extensive history of reckless driving, Checke said.

The Town Crier will follow up on the incident and update this story with any additional details.

Victim recounts downtown attack during Los Altos Pokemon GO meetup

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A brawl broke out at the corner of State and Third streets in Los Altos Jan. 19, after a man who had harassed a woman online attacked her friend, a Los Altos Hills man who stepped in to defend her, according to a police report.

The Los Altos Police Department’s report on an assault and battery that occurred at a gathering of Pokemon GO enthusiasts last month in downtown Los Altos will soon land on the desk of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, according to Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

The 29-year-old male victim, a Los Altos Hills resident, was attacked by a 32-year-old Cupertino man Jan. 19, the police report stated. The victim, who spoke to the Town Crier on the condition of anonymity to protect his safety and that of his friend – who he said was being harassed by the suspect – said the assault occurred early in the afternoon at the intersection of State and Third streets.

Bay Area police assist MVPD with traffic crackdown

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Katie Nelson/Special to the Town Crier
Officers from South Bay law enforcement agencies participating in an Allied Traffic Enforcement Wednesday in Mountain View attend a debriefing.

Allied police enforcement will continue in Mountain View today (Jan. 29) as law enforcement agencies from across the South Bay help Mountain View Police keep the local roads safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. 

Los Altos Hills home ransacked

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are processing evidence recovered earlier this month from a Los Altos Hills burglary that cost a family more than $242,000 in stolen valuables. 

Suspected 'bait dog' with life-threatening injuries abandoned at Palo Alto shelter

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Courtesy of Pets In Need
Rescue organization Pets In Need is seeking the person or people responsible for abandoning “Baby” at the Palo Alto shelter.

Palo Alto law enforcement officials are seeking information about a severely injured bulldog-pitbull mix left anonymously at a local shelter over the weekend.

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