Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 11, 2013

News Digest

District explores buying Bowman campus

In search of more space to accommodate growing middle-school enrollment, the Palo Alto school district is exploring the idea of purchasing the campus of Bowman International School, an independent K-8 school adjacent to Terman Middle School on Arastradero Road.

The possibility of talks with Bowman is on the agenda for the Tuesday, Jan. 15, meeting of the Palo Alto Board of Education.

Bowman representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

Superintendent Kevin Skelly has been scouting the community for new space to accommodate a growing population of middle school students. Officials have said a new middle school could be needed in five years.

A Bowman acquisition would mean expansion of Terman rather than the opening of a fourth middle school. Current enrollment at Terman is 682, considerably less than that at Jordan (1,023) or Jane Lathrop Stanford (1,004) middle schools.

Palo Alto police search for bank robber

A man who robbed the Provident Credit Union in Palo Alto on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9, remains at large. The man, who police described as a tall white man in his 30s with a scar near his right eye and wearing flip-flops, entered the bank at around 3:30 p.m. and pointed a handgun at the tellers. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, Palo Alto police said. No one was injured.

The credit union is located on El Camino Real between California and Cambridge avenues.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.

Two arrested in Palo Alto carjacking Saturday

Palo Alto police have arrested two suspects in a Saturday night carjacking that took place near the intersection of California Avenue and Park Boulevard.

A Palo Alto resident sitting in her parked Honda Accord at about 9:40 p.m., Jan.5, heard a tap on her window and faced a man pointing a gun and demanding her car.

She complied, stepping out of the car. The suspect drive off as she called 911 from her cell phone. She was not injured.

The suspect drove toward El Camino Real, stopping briefly to pick up another person before turning right on Birch Street.

Police spotted the vehicle, now occupied by three people, turning from College Avenue onto northbound El Camino and stopped the car in the 400 block of Oxford Avenue. A BB gun was found in the glove compartment.

Police arrested the driver, 18-year-old Amador Valentin Rivera of East Palo Alto, and a 16-year-old juvenile from Menlo Park, for felony carjacking. The third occupant was released without charges after police determined he had no role in the crime, police said.

— Chris Kenrick

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