Taking matters into their own hands: Local businesswomen aid in Los Altos commercial burglary arrest

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Flyers hung in the windows of Cover Story in downtown Los Altos depict two suspected shoplifters.

Updated 11/4/19 at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Two Cooks Junction employees helped police nab a suspect Oct. 25 accused of stealing from at least two downtown Los Altos businesses.

MVPD provides tips & tricks for home security cameras

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The holidays bring opportunities for criminals on the hunt for packages left on doorsteps. To thwart thieves, the Mountain View Police Department recommends that homeowners invest in security cameras.

The holiday season – when porch pirates are most active – is just around the corner. Home security cameras are one option for protecting delivered “booty,” but not all systems are optimally set up. Last week, the Mountain View Police Department shared tips to help area residents.

“One of the most common questions we see from our community is about home security cameras, particularly when it comes to tips on what kinds of cameras to purchase or where to place them,” MVPD spokeswoman Katie Nelson wrote in a department press release.

Email scam offers to sell database of Los Altos Farmers' Market visitors

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A sham email sent to downtown Los Altos businesses offers to sell information on people who visited the Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

An email advertising the sale of a database of information on approximately 5,000 people who attended the Los Altos Farmers’ Market circulated among Los Altos-based businesses last week, but the solicitation appears to be bogus.

The person who distributed the message – identified as Smitha Thomas in the email – is in no way affiliated with the market or its sponsor, the Los Altos Village Association, according to LAVA executive director Scott Hunter.

Man plows through Los Altos intersection without stopping, causes 3 injuries

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Young cyclists pause at a stop sign at the intersection of Covington Road and Miramonte Avenue in Los Altos. An elderly driver crashed into another vehicle, a PG&E utility pole and the curb Sunday (Oct. 27), injuring three. It marks the second accident at the intersection in approximately a week.

Three people sustained minor injuries after two vehicles collided at the intersection of Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road in Los Altos Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27), according to the Los Altos Police Department. 

Attorney for Los Altos commissioner claims no justification in DUI pullover, decision surprises even San Mateo County DA

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Los Altos Planning Commission chair Alexander Samek is charged with DUI after an Nov. 20, 2018 incident where police allege he fell asleep at the wheel of his self-driving Tesla.

The attorney for Alexander Samek, the Los Altos Planning Commission chairman charged with DUI in a highly publicized case that alleges he fell asleep at the wheel of his self-driving Tesla, filed a motion Tuesday (Oct. 22) arguing that the California Highway Patrol had no reasonable cause to pull over his client last fall. 

County avoids pre-emptive power outages, sends resources north

Dangerous fire weather has prompted PG&E to once again implement Public Safety Power Shutoffs for 17 California counties. 

Prosecutors decline to file charges in Super 8 case

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges against a Mountain View man arrested Oct. 23 on a rape charge.

Finding comfort in community: Roman family rises from ashes of house that built them

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The Roman family’s home on Hawthorne Avenue remains boarded up and charred after a Sept 30 fire.

According to his 2017 obituary in the Town Crier, the late William Roman put down roots in Los Altos after moving his family around California and abroad to accommodate his studies and subsequent career changes. He built a home on Hawthorne Avenue in 1964, where his family has lived ever since. 

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