Mountain View Voice

News - February 12, 2010

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Teens arrested in vandalism spree

Los Altos police last week arrested three teenagers, all students at Mountain View or Alta Vista high schools, in connection with a highly destructive vandalism spree that marred private and public property around Covington Elementary School.

According to Captain Andy Galea, police received 19 phone calls regarding acts of vandalism that took place on the evening of Friday, Jan. 29 through early morning Saturday, Jan. 30. He said the crimes occurred within about half a square mile in the area surrounding Covington Elementary in Los Altos.

"There were a number of vandalisms to homes, to the school and property, and thefts also," he said, adding that landscaping lights and mailboxes were among the damaged items. He said the culprits also entered unlocked vehicles and garages and stole items, including alcohol.

Galea said investigators conducted several interviews and recovered some of the stolen property, eventually leading to arrests on Wednesday. Two 15-year-old girls were arrested at Mountain View High School, and a 16-year-old boy who attends Alta Vista also was arrested. All three were cited for burglary, felony vandalism and arson, and released to their parents. Their case will go to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at (650) 947-2774.

— Kelsey Mesher

Gravel spill blocks Hwy 85 connector ramp

A highway connector ramp in Mountain View was blocked for nearly two hours Tuesday morning by a crash in which a big-rig spilled about four tons of gravel on the roadway, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash occurred at about 7:20 a.m. on the connector ramp from northbound state Highway 85 to eastbound state Highway 237, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

The big-rig was carrying about 12 tons of gravel, and when its trailer overturned, about a third of its load spilled onto the roadway, Van Eckhardt said. The driver was not injured in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

The ramp was closed while crews cleaned up the gravel and got the trailer back upright, and was reopened a little after 9 a.m.

— Bay City News

Lost hiker rescued by local Air Guard wing

Moffett-based Air National Guardsmen, recently back from Afghanistan, navigated their helicopter through mountainous terrain in dense fog to make the group's 908th rescue last weekend.

Authorities said a 29-year-old man who had left on a snowshoe trip last Saturday near Camp Connell in Calaveras County got lost and spent the night in the mountains. On Sunday at about 10:20 a.m., 129th Rescue Wing helicopters left Moffett Field to search for the man, who was found with the help of a ground search party and taken by helicopter to an ambulance at Columbia Airport.

— Daniel DeBolt

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