Mountain View Voice

News - August 23, 2013

Crime briefs

Small fire at Springer School

A small fire appears to have been set at Springer School — perhaps by someone loitering and drinking alcohol — on the evening of Aug. 12.

No major damage was done to the school, but burn marks were found on the ground and a wall near a bathroom on the school grounds, located at 1120 Rose Ave.

According to Sgt. Sean Thompson with the Mountain View Police Department, the school's principal found an empty bottle of tequila near the area where the burn marks were discovered. The principal called the police when he discovered the burn marks at around 7 a.m. on Aug. 13. He said the marks had not been there the previous day when he left the school in the evening.

The burn marks were consistent with a flammable liquid being squirted on the ground and then set on fire, Thompson said.

Woman spits in woman's face

A 64-year-old Palo Alto woman allegedly spat in the face of a 61-year-old Mountain View woman during an argument over a parking spot at Walmart on Aug. 18.

Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department said it all began around 12:53 p.m. in the parking lot of the big box retailer at 600 Showers Dr.

According to Thompson, the alleged victim, 61, parked her car in a disabled parking spot near the store's entrance. This angered the alleged suspect, 64, who told police she was clearly about to take the spot when the younger woman sneaked in and took it first.

An argument ensued and, according to the 61-year-old, the older woman spat in her face. The older woman was cited for battery and released by police officers.

—Nick Veronin

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