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News - August 24, 2012

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Accused murderer ruled fit to stand trial

A San Mateo County judge ruled Wednesday that a man accused of fatally shooting East Palo Alto community activist David Lewis outside the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo in 2010 has been restored to competency. (Posted Aug. 23 at 1:22 p.m.)

Failure in Middlefield power line caused outage

A failure in the underground power line along Middlefield Road between Loma Verde and Colorado avenues caused 1,958 Palo Alto utilities customers to lose power Tuesday, Aug. 21, according to a city utilities official. (Posted Aug. 22 at 9:57 a.m.)

Lawsuit filed after teen struck on El Camino

A Menlo Park family is suing a motorist and a number of public agencies, including Menlo Park and Atherton, for negligence and the "dangerous condition of public property" as a result of 2011 accident that injured teenager Courtney Schrier. (Posted Aug. 21 at 1:41 p.m.)

Power outage hits Midtown Palo Alto

An outage that occurred at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday morning left 1,958 Palo Alto customers without power, according to a city official. (Posted Aug. 21 at 9:59 a.m.)

Mountain View man makes 600th blood donation

A 75-year-old Mountain View man hit a personal milestone when he made his 600th blood donation at the Stanford Blood Center Monday afternoon. (Posted Aug. 21 at 9:24 a.m.)

Mosquito district waits on West Nile test results

A second gray squirrel tested positive for low levels of West Nile virus (WNV) in Menlo Park, according to the county. (Posted Aug. 20 at 4:58 p.m.)

Thieves break into four cars on Sand Hill Road

Clean cars, dirty cars, BMW, Audi — the burglars weren't picky as they broke into four vehicles on Sand Hill Road on Aug. 15. (Posted Aug. 20 at 4:57 p.m.)

Condoleezza Rice to join formerly men-only Augusta

Breaking down social barriers is nothing new to Condoleeza Rice. The first African-American woman appointed U.S. Secretary of State broke another one Monday, being invited to join Augusta National Golf Club as one of its first two female members. (Posted Aug. 20 at 2:59 p.m.)

Police detonate suspicious package in Palo Alto

A suspicious device found on a residential lawn in Palo Alto Friday, Aug. 17, was at first suspected of being an acid bomb by a Santa Clara County Bomb Squad investigator. But after it was detonated, the device was determined to have been an object used to produce narcotics, Palo Alto police Agent Marianna Villaescusa said. (Posted Aug. 17 at 3:31 p.m.)

$8,550 Rolex stolen at Stanford Shopping Center

An expensive Rolex watch was snatched from the Shreve & Co. jewelry store at Stanford Shopping Center Tuesday, Aug. 14, Palo Alto police said. (Posted Aug. 16 at 11:01 a.m.)

Matadero Creek dry-out puzzles residents

For years, Matadero Creek in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood flowed year round. But on June 27, the water level dropped by a foot, with sections of the creek suddenly turning bone dry. Residents and experts are speculating about the possible causes. (Posted Aug. 16 at 10:23 a.m.)

Car nearly hits Palo Alto home after driver has seizure

A man having a seizure Wednesday night was rescued from his vehicle by Palo Alto firefighters and emergency crews after his car veered off Middlefield Road and struck a brick fence, Battalion Chief Doug Conn said. (Posted Aug. 16 at 9:21 a.m.)

Bay Area real estate prices highest in four years

Bay Area home sales are continuing to rise, with the median sale price the highest it has been in nearly four years, according to a real estate report released Wednesday, Aug. 15. (Posted Aug. 16 at 8:49 a.m.)


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