Mountain View PD nabs two for mail theft

Leo Lawrence

Mountain View residents soon to be reunited with their stolen mail have both police and a quick-thinking neighbor to thank. 

SUV snaps Los Altos utility pole, cutting power and halting traffic

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A PG&E employee surveys the scene where an Acura SUV struck a utility pole in South Los Altos Thursday afternoon.

Update: As of 10:30 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18), Foothill Expressway near the Arboretum Drive intersection in south Los Altos had reopened to traffic, but those traveling northbound were limited to one lane from where Homestead Road and the expressway meet the Foothill-Arboretum Drive intersection. Lanes may continue to close periodically through the day as PG&E hangs wires. The utility estimates to finish by noon or 1 p.m. 

Police Blotter, Week of Oct. 6 – 12

Residential burglary

Oct. 9, 7:55 a.m.: 24800 block of Olive Tree Lane, Los Altos Hills

Oct. 9, 8:54 a.m.: 400 block of Pettis Avenue, Mountain View

Woman arrested after admitting to vandalism of downtown Los Altos post office

An Orange County resident was taken into custody in downtown Los Altos Sunday evening (Oct. 6) after admitting to officers she had broken the glass door of the nearby United States Post Office, Sgt. Brian Jeffrey of the Los Altos Police Department said today.

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.

Phone scams on the rise

Officials with the Santa Clara County Superior Court are warning of telephone scams involving callers pretending to be representatives of the court and other public agencies – including the Sheriff’s Office – so as to extract money from victims.

Text 911 now available in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County residents unable to place a voice call to 911 during an emergency now have the option to text the number instead, thanks to a newly available service.

Users should enter “911” in the “To:” field and provide the location of the emergency and type of emergency in the message field, according to county officials. Do not use slang or abbreviations, and keep messages concise. Currently, the service is only available in English. If the message is received, a 911 call representative will respond.

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.

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