Traditionally, Menlo Park’s JobTrain vocational school served the various populations left behind during the boom years — meaning community college dropouts, people with rap sheets or folks who just didn’t have the connections to talk their way into the tech sector. Read More
A Peninsula fire chief who leads a task force of a nationally recognized search and rescue team is recovering from back surgery after falling at his San Jose home over the weekend.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman was injured when he fell while doing yard work at his home Saturday, a fire dispatcher said.
Schapelhouman underwent an 11-hour surgery on Monday and “came through it well,” the dispatcher said. Read More
The Rodent King will remain caged for a bit longer.
Robert Hollywood, 55 – the man who made headlines in 2004 following his arrest for keeping hundreds of rats and mice, dozens of them dead, in his Menlo Park home – was sentenced Friday to 16 months in County Jail after pleading no contest to felony possession of methamphetamine. As part of his sentence, he received 181 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Read More
Two known gang members who allegedly filmed themselves taunting and threatening the young son of a rival with a handgun were held to answer on all charges Friday in a San Mateo County courtroom. Read More
Two known members of the notoriously vicious Taliban gang in East Palo Alto are being charged in connection with a shocking cellphone video in which they appear to be abusing a child, according to prosecutors.
The video reportedly shows Wilbert Ard, 26, and Dwayne Henry, 20, using the loaded magazine of a handgun to shove a child who appears to be younger than 5 years old and then threatening to shoot him dead. Read More
The Rodent King has apparently ratted himself out.
Nearly a decade ago, 55-year-old Robert Hollywood made headlines following his arrest for keeping hundreds of rats and mice, dozens of them dead, in his Menlo Park home.
Apparently, Hollywood still doesn’t give a rat’s … about the law. Read More
A breakdown of what San Mateo County propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election.
Measure A: PASS
SALES TAX: County voters approved a measure that increases the sales tax throughout San Mateo County. The measure will increase the sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years and will help fund child abuse protections, 911 dispatch, fire prevention, and after-school library and homework programs, among other county services. Read More
A boy was beaten up and his BMX-style bicycle taken from him by two male suspects at a Menlo Park skate park Monday morning, police said.
The juvenile victim was at the Burgess Skate Park in the 600 block of Alma Street about 10:50 a.m. when two suspects approached him and started punching him, police Sgt. Matthew Ortega said.
While he was being hit, one of the assailants stole his bicycle and then the pair rode off, Ortega said. The boy didn’t suffer serious injuries. Read More
Twenty-seven people have been arrested and charged by law enforcement officials as part of a “large-scale takedown” of Bay Area drug traffickers and gang members that was focused on two Peninsula cities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.Most of the arrests were in the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park areas, and included the seizure of “significant quantities of money, drugs, firearms and several vehicles,” federal prosecutors said in the announcement. Read More
A train struck and killed an adult female in Menlo Park tonight, according to Caltrain.
The pedestrian was hit by a southbound train at 7:37 p.m. on the tracks at Encinal Avenue, agency spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
The train, bearing 238 passengers, was being delayed at Oak Grove Avenue, Dunn said shortly after 8 p.m. She said no one on the train was injured. The next southbound train #444 will pick up the passengers and take them to their destination. Read More