Police calls: Boy injured in hit-and-run incident in Menlo Park


This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. Police received the reports on the dates shown.


Hit-and-run with injury: A vehicle collided with 15-year-old on his bike after he had exited the pedestrian footbridge over U.S. 101 along Van Buren Road on the west side of the freeway. The boy fell off his bike and the driver got out of his silver car to ask if the boy was OK, then got back in and drove away, police said. The boy continued to school, where he reported the incident and learned later, in the company of his parents at a hospital, that the collision had broken his wrist. Police are looking for a Hispanic or Pacific Islander man with light skin, average build and between 35 and 40 years of age. July 22.

Residential burglary: Someone broke into a Middle Avenue house through a sliding glass door facing the rear patio and stole three shotguns and three rifles, a camera, a jewelry box containing jewelry, and a 2012 gray Mercedes Benz SUV. Estimated loss, not including the vehicle: $19,150. July 25.

Armed robbery: Two men brandished a firearm at a man standing next to his vehicle parked near Willow Road and Blackburn Avenue and demanded his money and his cellphone. The man handed over $60 in cash and a cellphone, whereupon the men left the scene in a white Dodge Grand Caravan. There were no injuries. July 28.


> Someone stole a bicycle that had been attached inside the bed of a pickup truck parked on Glenwood Avenue. The truck was unoccupied at the time. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 28.

> A bike was stolen despite being locked to a bike rack at Burgess public swimming pool on Laurel Street. Estimated loss: $1,000. July 23.

> A woman using fraudulent gift cards attempted to buy $1,000 worth of USPS stamps in the main post office on Bohannon Drive. When the clerk became suspicious, the woman became confrontational, then fled in a black Lexus driven by someone else. July 27.

> A bike was stolen from an apartment carport on Florence Lane. Estimated loss: $400. July 27.

> A man entered the Chevron gas station in the 1300 block of Willow Road and stole six cartons of cigarettes, then fled in a dark colored Honda Accord. Estimated loss: $360. July 25.

> A woman's unsecured bike was stolen from in front of a store in the 600 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Estimated loss: $300.

> A man walked into the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real, picked up an unknown amount of Claritin medication, and walked out the door and into a silver sedan without having paid for the merchandise. No estimate on losses. July 26.

> A man inside Draeger's Market on University Drive placed several bottles of alcoholic beverages into his backpack and left the store without paying for them. The man was seen leaving the scene in a green Volvo station wagon. July 22.

Embezzlement: Police arrested Brittaney Hudson on charges of suspicion of embezzlement in connection with the theft, by an employee of Tutti Fruiti Frozen Yogurt on Willow Road, of $700 to $1,000 over a period of a month. July 27.

Stolen vehicle: omeone stole a blue-and-white 2014 Genie model GS 2632 scissor lift construction vehicle from a work site on Constitution Drive. Estimated loss: $15,000. July 27.



Theft: Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked on Magnolia Drive and stole a camera, a telephoto lens, an ultrasonic phone, a pair of cowboy boots and the vehicle's registration and insurance information. Police are looking for a Hispanic man and a white man in a black sedan. July 26.


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Posted by jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Ahhhh ... the joys and rewards of Prop 47. Make sure you don't approve Guv Brown's latest attempt at releasing criminals into the community (Prop 57)--
A Simple Challenge for Governor Brown

by George Hofstetter

George Hofstetter
The ballot arguments for and against Proposition 57 have just been published in the Official Voter Information Guide. I proudly signed the argument against this terribly dangerous proposition, along with San Francisco Police Officer Association President Martin Halloran and California District Attorney Association (CDAA) President Stephen Wagstaffe, who is the District Attorney of San Mateo County. I urge everyone to read our factual arguments against the initiative.

CDAA, an organization comprised of the 58 District Attorneys in California, has presented a detailed and thorough analysis of Proposition 57. It is what one expects from prosecutors. Even the Governor's own spokesperson admitted the CDAA analysis "was correct" and in the words of veteran Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, applies to "despicably violent crimes."

The rebuttal to our ballot argument against this initiative is simply spin and chutzpah of the highest order. Take this gem: "Prop 57 does not prevent Judges from issuing tough sentences." Well, no kidding. Prop 57 instead allows the Parole Board to undo those "tough sentences" by not making inmates serve the consecutive sentences and sentence enhancements which made the sentence "tough." Equally disingenuous is the statement Prop 57 does not change a federal court order that excludes sex offenders from court-mandated prison release. As Michele Hanisee pointed out, Prop 57 allows sex offenders early release by, for example, allowing them to be released without serving the consecutive sentence imposed by a Judge for sexually assaulting multiple victims.

I have three simple questions for Governor Brown and supporters of Prop 57 that can be answered "yes" or "no":

1. Does Proposition 57 allow early release and parole for violent inmates who committed crimes such as rape of an unconscious person, rape by intoxication, assault with a deadly weapon, arson, or hostage taking?

2. Does Proposition 57 allow for state officials to reduce the sentences for "good behavior" for those convicted of murder, rape, child molestation, and human trafficking?

3. Does Proposition 57 overturn key provisions of "Three strikes", "Marsy's Law", the "Victim's Bill of Rights" and "Californian's Against Sexual Exploitation Act"?

These three issues aren't difficult questions to answer. If anyone needs help, I suggest that they consult the same excellent CDAA summary the Governor's spokesperson used when stating the answer to the three questions above was "yes."

Just like the media has done with both Presidential candidate's convention speeches, I strongly urge reporters to begin fact-checking the arguments for and against Prop. 57. I will continue to point out the false statements in the Governor's ballot argument in future blogs, and I encourage everyone to read my previous columns on this issue; (1) Governor Brown's Prisoner Release Initiative is a Bad Idea (2) Governor Brown's initiative will make Proposition 47's failure seem like child's play and (3) Governor Brown's misleading initiative campaign hits a new low.

George Hofstetter is President of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. ALADS is the collective bargaining agent and represents more than 8,200 deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators working in Los Angeles County. George can be contacted at

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