Community - January 6, 2010

Briefs: Police seek driver in hit-and-run

A black Acura hit a large tree, knocked down a fence, tore through a lawn and smashed into three parked cars in a driveway on San Mateo Drive near Middle Avenue in the early-morning hours Sunday, Jan. 3, according to Menlo Park police.

The collision was reported around 3 a.m. The driver fled before police arrived. Police found a cell phone and a wallet with an identification card in the car, and are trying to determine whether they belong to the driver.

The car came to rest after hitting a black Acura sports-utility vehicle, a black Volkswagen passenger car, and a white Toyota van -- all parked in the same driveway, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

Police don't know whether the driver was drunk at the time. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Volunteer training for home energy audits

A Palo Alto environmental nonprofit will hold two training sessions in coming weeks for volunteers interested in performing home energy audits.

The training sessions are part of Acterra's "Green@Home" program, through which the organization teaches people how to save energy in their home. The sessions will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, and Monday, Jan. 25.

Many of the audits take place in Menlo Park. The city helps fund the program, which the Almanac profiled in a cover story (available at

E-mail or call 962-9876, ext. 380, for more information or to sign up.


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