Mountain View Voice

For the Record - September 21, 2012

Crime Briefs

Man killed by car

A man visiting the area from Springfield, Ill., was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of California Street and Pettis Avenue late Saturday night, a Mountain View police officer said.

The 34-year-old man, identified by the Santa Clara County coroner's office as Joshua Baker, was crossing California Street just before 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by a westbound car, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson. "The driver of the vehicle was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol and excessive speed was not an issue."

Police are asking the public for information. Anyone who may have seen the collision is encouraged to contact investigators at 650-903-6344.

Woman denies embezzlement

A Mountain View woman pleaded not guilty on Sept. 13 to charges of embezzlement and grand theft of property.

A spokeswoman with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said that Lili Clay was booked on charges of embezzling somewhere around $350,000 from Lencioni Construction Company. Clay held the position of controller at the Redwood City-based company until she was confronted by her bosses sometime in August. Clay had said the checks she was writing for herself were for business expense reimbursements.

Clay allegedly fled the area after her employer accused her of stealing about $350,000 from the company where she worked, the DA spokeswoman said. The court issued a warrant for her arrest and she was found in Exeter, a town in the Central California county of Tulare. She was delivered to authorities in San Mateo County and booked on Aug. 20.

Clay is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 13 for a short hearing and is set to begin a jury trial on Jan. 14.

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