Mountain View Voice

For the Record - July 13, 2012

Crime Briefs

Slap-happy jogger

A bicyclist was assaulted by a jogger on Stevens Creek Trail around noon, July 4, police said.

The male victim was biking down the trail and yelled at two joggers up ahead, warning them that he was going to pass, according to Jaime Garrett, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. After the joggers did not move, the bicyclist got off his bike. The jogger — a 40-year-old white man, of medium build and wearing dark shorts — slapped the victim in the face.

The other jogger, a woman who appeared to be running with the assailant, did not get involved. The two joggers then left and the victim contacted the police.

—Rebecca Alger

Fire damages houses

A fence was charred and two houses were slightly damaged when a one-alarm blaze broke out on July 3 in the side yard of a single family home in the 200 block of Diablo Avenue, a local fire official said.

Firefighters received a call at 3:35 p.m. reporting the fire, and arrived to find flames and smoke in between the two homes, said Jaime Garrett, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Fire Department. The blaze was extinguished by 3:42 p.m., and fire officials remained on scene for about an hour and a half to make sure the fire was completely extinguished. No one was injured or displaced.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, Garrett said. At this point, fireworks are not suspected as the cause, she said.

—Nick Veronin

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