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News - March 26, 2010

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Bank robbed on El Camino

Police report that a man with a handgun robbed a Mountain View bank on El Camino Real early last week.

According to police, on Monday, March 15 at 3:06 p.m., a man walked into Pacific National Bank at 820 E. El Camino Real, approached a teller, and opened his jacket to show he had a gun in his waistband. He then demanded money.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. A witness outside reportedly saw the man leave behind the building.

Police say they have surveillance footage, but earlier this week they did not yet know the identity of the robber. He was described as a white male in his 50s, of slight to average build and with brown hair.

— Kelsey Mesher

County TB rate remains high

Tuberculosis cases in Santa Clara County are the third highest in the state and remain high despite a large drop in the rest of California, according to a report released Monday by The Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County.

While the number of tuberculosis cases in California dropped significantly in 2009, Santa Clara County had 197 cases in 2009, the same as in 2008, according to the report.

The tuberculosis rate in California was 6.4 cases per 100,000 people, while the case rate in Santa Clara County was 10.8 cases per 100,000 in 2009. Nationwide, the tuberculosis rate was 3.8 cases per 100,000 people in 2009.

"TB is still a serious problem in Santa Clara County," said Santa Clara County Health Officer Marty Fenstersheib.

"An important part of prevention is effectively screening and treating latent TB infection in people with chronic diseases like diabetes, which makes people more susceptible to developing active TB," he said.

— Palo Alto Weekly

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