This Week From the Los Altos Police Log: Dec. 30-Jan. 5, 2012

The busiest part of the week came early, and the end of the week we barely noticed. Well, there was that live powerline that came down downtown...

All the excitement happened during the holiday weekend. By the end of the week, we were back to the same-old, same-old. By then, we guess, people were finally at work, or school, and just tending to business.

The New Year's Eve weekend, however, was the last chance to be a little crazy, for Los Altos. It was replete with teenagers caught stuffing beer in a backpack at Safeway on 160 First Street at 9:37 p.m., Dec. 30, a driving-under-the influence  arrest on the corner of Victor Way and Castro Street in Mountain View at 2:19 a.m. Saturday, as part of an intense regional-wide anti-DUI push over the holidays. There was also the requisite loud party going into New Year's morning. Police responded to a noise complaint at 1 a.m. about a home on the 900 block of Clinton Avenue, and reprimanded the loud ones.

And for some, it's hard to see the party stop. On Monday was the odd case of a customer drinking in the aisles of Safeway. Police said a man began opening bottles of wine and drinking them in the liquor department—at 8:17 a.m. Emloyees called the police, but the man left before officers arrived. 

After the holidays were indeed over, however, we were back to fender-benders and stranded motorists. On Tuesday, an officer assisted drivers who were involved in a small traffic accident at 2:43 p.m., near the intersection of Manor and Aura streets. The same day, there were two small, single-car accidents resulting in only property damage. The first was at 12:30 p.m. near Plaza South and San Antonio Road. The second was at 5:38 p.m. near Plaza North and Second Street; where a vehicle hit a parked vehicle in the lot. There was a minor injury accident at 6:18 p.m., at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and Vineyard Drive, also on Tuesday.

Residents were content to keep their eyes out for anything that looked amiss. Wednesday, alone, was a good day for calling police for suspicious people, vehicles or circumstances. At 9:31 a.m., Orange Avenue and Sherman Avenue; at 1:43 p.m., on the 400 block of Guadalupe Avenue, at 3:30 p.m., on the 300 block of Distel Circle, at 5:39 p.m., near Granger Avenue and Loyola Drive, and at 11:35 p.m., on 700 block of Berry Avenue. In the last case, the reports of subjects acting suspiciously, resulted in a reprimand, and the subjects were released. On Thursday, two more incidents were reported without enough substance for a report. The first was at 12:38 a.m.,was at West Portola Ave and Los Altos Ave, where police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person and determined it to be unfounded At 8:43 p.m., on Otis Way, officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call but wrote no report.

A coyote was spotted by a caller on at 8:36 a.m. Thursday in the vicinity of St. Joseph Avenue, Robinhood Lane and Nottingham Way, but was gone by the time officers arrived.

high voltage line came down at 9:08 a.m. in front of the Comerica Bank at 275 3rd St. Police cordoned off area, and power was restored by PG&E about four hours later.

The most serious case was a domestic violence incident in progress on El Camino Real and Escuela Avenue that resulted in an arrest in Mountain View on Thursday at 9:38 p.m.

Sgt. Cameron Shearer said a Los Alto Police officer on patrol witnessed a young woman get punched in the eye after she pushed her 19-year-old male companion. The officer arrested the Mountain View man, who Shearer declined to identify because the 16-year-old female, also a Mountain View resident, would be able more readily identified, he said. The man was booked on a felony domestic violence charge at San Jose Jail.





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