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News - March 23, 2011

Briefs: Heroes recognized by Menlo police

Three people who rescued a man pinned between cars by a drunken driver received commendations from the Menlo Park police department on March 15.

Saying the three were heroes, Chief Bryan Roberts thanked Janet Digioia, Alex Raanes and Rob Silano for stopping a drunken driver's rampage through downtown Menlo Park on a December afternoon.

The alleged driver, Margaret Brill, 62, of Atherton, careened down Santa Cruz Avenue, striking at least four vehicles and injuring two people, according to police. The three bystanders helped the injured and took Ms. Brill's keys away, keeping her on the scene.

The district attorney's office has charged Ms. Brill with six counts of felony drunken driving and hit-and-run, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 28. She was arrested again two days after the original incident on suspicion of being drunk in public at an Atherton train station. She remains out of custody on $50,000 bail to attend a court-ordered treatment program.

Council meetings canceled

The Menlo Park City Council kicks off spring by taking it easy for the rest of March, at least in terms of meetings. The March 22 and March 29 meetings have been canceled.

The council will next convene on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. One anticipated item on the agenda: the final environmental impact report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion.


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