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News - July 20, 2011

News briefs: Menlo Park teen dies after shooting in East Palo Alto

A 19-year-old Menlo Park woman, who was shot early Wednesday morning, July 13, in East Palo Alto, has died, East Palo Alto police said.

Catherine Fisher was shot while sitting in a vehicle with a man and another woman at 2:12 a.m. in the 2500 block of Annapolis Street between Michigan and Notre Dame avenues east of Bay Road.

Ms. Fisher was transported to Stanford Hospital where she died from her injuries. The vehicle's other occupants were unharmed, police said.

Investigators are working to develop suspect information and a possible motive for the shooting.

Acting Capt. Jeff Liu said police have not yet determined if the shooting was gang related. It is the city's fourth homicide this year, he said.

Police are asking anyone who has information or might have witnessed the shooting to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by email to epa@tipnow.org, or leave an anonymous voicemail or text message to 650-409-6792.

— By Sue Dremann and Bay City News Service

Robbers snatch necklace, iPhone

An unidentified assailant punched a Menlo Park man, then yanked a gold chain off his neck as the victim walked near the intersection of Hamilton and Carlton Avenues around 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.

A second suspect then grabbed the victim's iPhone. The robbers were described as two slender young Hispanic men. One sported a white shirt with dark pants and black shoes with red and white trim, the other a black hoodie.

The victim recovered the necklace at the scene. He had non-life-threatening injuries, police said, and declined medical care.

The pair fled south on Hamilton Avenue in a silver Ford pickup truck, according to Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

— Sandy Brundage

Squatters in home arrested in La Honda

Three men found unlawfully occupying a home in unincorporated La Honda on July 15 have been arrested, and a fourth remains at large, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

The men were reported in a residence on Starwood Drive, according to a countywide alert. They ran from deputies and were the subject of a search in the area.

While three men were arrested, a fourth man remains at large. He is described as a heavyset Hispanic man, approximately 30 years of age with a round face and short hair, and wearing a gray and white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who spots a man matching this description in the area is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (650) 363-4911. People are advised to use caution, however, and should not approach or attempt to apprehend him.

— Bay City News Service

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