When you live in New York, it’s easy to think of Silicon Valley as a leafy office park populated by millionaire engineers and billionaire VCs and entrepreneurs.And there are certainly plenty of those.
But a glance at the local crime blotter in one Silicon Valley town, Palo Alto, serves as a reminder that the community is actually quite diverse.
Specifically, there’s a “wrong side of the tracks.” And a lot happens there, and in other Silicon Valley communities, that doesn’t make the national tech headlines.
- Palo Alto man, 71, arrested for gun threat. A Palo Alto man’s frustration over parking in front of his home escalated into a threat to return to his neighbour’s home with a gun, police said Monday.
- Victim identified in fatal collision on Highway 85. The woman who died after crashing into a tree on the side of Highway 85 in Mountain View has been identified
- East Palo Alto man arrested after chase. A 19-year-old man was arrested in Fremont Monday after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force agents’ cars in East Palo Alto and then fled across the Dumbarton Bridge.
- Alleged vandals caught in the act in Menlo Park. A daylong spree of smashing car windows in Menlo Park came to an abrupt end when police responded to a call of vandalism in progress Monday night, June 25.
- Menlo Park businessman’s death ruled a homicide. Lawrence Cronin, 67, was stabbed during a robbery attempt in March. His death two months later has been ruled a homicide by the San Mateo County coroner, according to his family.
- Palo Alto police investigate death of man at Mitchell Park. A man died at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto Thursday morning in a shooting that police believe was self-inflicted. Palo Alto police received multiple calls at 10 a.m. of a shooting at 600 East Meadow Drive. A man had allegedly shot himself next to a picnic table near the tennis courts.
- Man fatally struck by car Thursday identified. A man who was fatally struck by a car while standing near a bus stop in Mountain View Thursday morning, June 21, has been identified as 50-year-old William Ware, police said Friday
Then there are stories that could only take place in Silicon Valley:
- Palo Alto hopes to settle compost dilemma by 2014. The future of Palo Alto’s composting services probably won’t be settled until at least early 2014 as the city prepares to perform a series of complex studies and survey its options for a possible waste-to-energy plant in the Baylands
And then there’s this story, written by Sue Dremann, which should have made the national headlines:
Woman hit with milkshake loses $2,000 A woman who was struck with a milkshake and angrily threw her purse at a vehicle full of teenagers lost $2,000 after the handbag flew into the open vehicle window, Palo Alto police said Monday.
… The incident started Sunday, June 24, just before midnight, Sgt. Brian Philip said. The woman was walking east on University Avenue near Rudy’s Pub when a white Range Rover full of male teenagers driving recklessly southbound on High Street approached.
One of the occupants allegedly threw a vanilla milkshake and struck the woman as she approached the corner, Philip said.
Police believe the woman retaliated by throwing her alligator-skin purse at the vehicle. The purse sailed through the open window and ended up inside the vehicle, and the teens drove off, he said. The woman denied throwing her purse at the car, but Philip said there is no indication it was snatched from the victim.
The woman lost $2,000 and the alligator purse, plus personal items, he said. Police are looking for the teens but have no descriptions. If found, they could face charges including battery for striking the woman with the milkshake, or possession of stolen property or misappropriation of property, Philip said.
Anyone know any kids whose parents own a white Range Rover?