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September 16, 2005

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News Briefs News Briefs (September 16, 2005)

MV man arrested in homicide

A Mountain View resident has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an East Palo Alto man following a hip-hop show at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Kevin Maurice Sayers, 24, was arrested in the Aug. 21 murder of 26-year-old Nocomes Noel III. Noel had been shot in front of a Mountain View strip mall at Old Middlefield Way and Rengstorff Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sayers had been identified as a suspect in the killing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Sept. 9. That evening, Sayers was stopped by the Tucson Arizona Police Department for a traffic violation. When the officer checked Sayers' status, the warrant came up and he was taken in. Police expect that Sayers will have an extradition court appearance sometime this week.

Although Mountain View police spokesman Jim Bennett stopped short of directly connecting the shooting to that night's KMEL Summer Jam concert, he did say that everyone present at the strip mall during the shooting had come out to the see the show. -- Jenny Baer

Intel fights toxic plume with vegetable oil

Only at a Superfund site would injecting vegetable oil into groundwater be likely to clean it up.

Intel did just that in late August, hoping the move will eliminate a large plume of chemical solvent found in the groundwater beneath its former headquarters. The vegetable oil is intended to nourish a certain type of bacteria that will then eat the solvent.

The company won't know how well the plan has worked for months or even years, but the method could turn out to be an important new option for cleaning up trichloroethylene and other compounds found in the groundwater in northeast Mountain View.

At many of Mountain View's eight Superfund sites, the old clean-up technologies are becoming less effective with each passing year. That's because leftover pollutants -- after many thousands of gallons of contaminated groundwater were pumped out and treated -- have sunk to the bottom of the underground aquifers and become harder to get at.

"As pump-and-treat decreases in effectiveness, we need to try to implement other systems," said city environmental coordinator Kevin Woodhouse. -- Jon Wiener

Council picks architect for child care center

The city council moved forward Tuesday night on construction of the planned child care center in Rengstorff Park, despite the continued rumblings of those opposed to the project.

Council members voted 5-2 to hire Bill Gould Design to design and engineer the center for $315,000.

Council members Greg Perry, who again criticized the $3.5 million project for taking up neighborhood parkland, and Matt Pear, who has expressed concerns about its finances, both dissented. -- Jon Wiener

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