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Man charged in 1982 cold-case murder of Palo Alto teen

Karen Stitt, 15, was raped, stabbed near a bus stop. Editor's note: Descriptions of crime in this article may be disturbing to some readers. The search for the killer in a nearly 40-year-old cold-case murder of a 15-year-old Palo Alto teen has led to the arrest of a 75-year-old man from Hawaii, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday.
PALO ALTO, CA
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Parking lot fire destroys McLaren office, Tesla batteries

A pallet of Tesla batteries, a McLaren business office and a Ford pickup truck went up in flames Sunday morning in a shared south Palo Alto parking lot. Palo Alto dispatchers received a call shortly before 5:30 a.m. about a possible illegal bonfire in the lot at 4190 El Camino Real, near the Arastradero Road intersection, fire Capt. Ryan Stoddard said. When firefighters responded, they saw the pickup truck, the batteries and the small building that houses the McLaren office all on fire.
PALO ALTO, CA

Menlo Park man arrested for indecent exposure at a Palo Alto park

A Menlo Park man was arrested on Friday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself to a 4-year-old boy at El Camino Park, Palo Alto police said in a news release. Police were notified about the incident at about 1:36 p.m., when they received a call from a man who told them that another man had just exposed himself before fleeing the park. The caller said the man had hopped the fence at the edge of the park onto the rail tracks.
PALO ALTO, CA

Guest Opinion: Finding a better approach to school dropoff

Every year when I teach environmental science, one of the first topics we cover is called tragedy of the commons. The concept, first written about by William Forster Lloyd in 1833, observed that the British use of a common field for the community to graze their sheep on could result in the destruction of the field if individuals prioritized their own self interest and put out as many sheep as possible. If each person grazed the maximum number of sheep, the "common," as the field was known, would be destroyed by overgrazing.
EDUCATION

Six arrested for providing alcohol to minors in Menlo Park sting operation

Six people were arrested and cited for furnishing alcohol to minors in a sting operation in Menlo Park on Aug. 4. According to a city statement, Menlo Park Police and agents with the California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) made the arrests while conducting a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. During these operations, a minor under the direct supervision of an officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol while making it clear that they are underage and unable to legally purchase it themselves.

Cost dispute casts shadow in debate over police radio encryption bill

Analysis estimates some California agencies would need to spend more than $10M to comply with SB 1000. The fate of a state bill that would require police departments throughout California to remove encryption from their radio communications remained uncertain Wednesday after the Assembly Appropriations Committee deferred a decision on the contentious proposal.
CALIFORNIA STATE

Atherton shows up for a Night Out of fun with first responders

Atherton residents turned out for the town's National Night Out event at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The annual events held across the country aim to build ties between the community and their local police and first responders. Kids at the event tried on firefighter gear, got hands-on experience with a drone used by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and played with animals in a petting zoo.
ATHERTON, CA

In puppy-deaths case, defense seeks diversion program and no jail time

Pets in Need employees face misdemeanor charges in alleged hot-van transport of seven puppies. Lawyers for the three Pets in Need employees facing trial in the deaths of seven puppies last year will ask a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge next week to let them to enter a diversion program instead of going through a trial and a possible jail sentence, according to court documents.