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News - May 8, 2013

Menlo Park briefs: Two teens arrested on burglary charges

Two teenagers spotted running away from a blaring burglar alarm were arrested by Menlo Park police on April 29.

Officers arrived at a home in the 1000 block of Del Norte Avenue after receiving a report that an alarm had activated around 9:40 a.m. They found a door to the home kicked in, and caught the teens — one 13 and the other 15 — attempting to flee, officers said. The suspects were carrying a laptop, two packs of cigarettes and a lighter stolen from the home, police said.

The boys, both Menlo Park residents, were booked into Hillcrest juvenile facility on counts of burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property, police said.

The investigation continues. Police ask that anyone with information contact Officer Felicia Byars at ffbyars@menlopark.org or 330-6300.

Katherine Strehl named to Planning Commission

Katherine Strehl, Menlo Park's newest member of the Planning Commission, barely had time to catch her breath before attending her first meeting in that official capacity.

The City Council appointed Ms. Strehl on April 30, less than a week before her first Planning Commission meeting on May 6. She replaces termed-out commissioner Jack O'Malley.

Previously serving on the Transportation Commission, Ms. Strehl owns KS Public Affairs Consulting, which handles public relations for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. She has also served as communications manager for BART.

Her term on the Planning Commission runs through April 30, 2017.

Drug dropbox opens at Little House

A dropbox to dispose of old medications is now open at Little House Activity Center at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

"Many residents know that they cannot flush or throw away their old medications because it can negatively impact water and soil quality, causing problems for people and wildlife. However, there was not a local location in Menlo Park to take these medications," said Rebecca Fotu, the city's environmental programs manager.

Little House is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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