News briefs: Menlo Park woman surprises
stranger in her home
• Early morning burglary interrupted,
The last thing anyone wants to stumble upon in their home is a stranger. That was, however, the sight greeting a Menlo Park woman early one Wednesday morning.
The 42-year-old resident called for help upon seeing a man wandering through her house; he'd apparently crept in through an unlocked door in the garage. She yelled, the man fled, and police arrived around 4:23 a.m.
A yard-to-yard search along the 1200 block of Carlton Avenue that included a police dog failed to find the suspect, although it did locate a small motor bike the man had pushed from the garage during the Sept. 12 encounter.
He's described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, of medium build, wearing a black hoodie that obscured his face, and light pants. Anyone with information on this case may call police at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.
Menlo Park teen
attacked for bike
Two teenagers have been arrested for attacking a 15-year-old boy and stealing his bike at a local park, Menlo Park police said.
The victim was riding his Schwinn Road bicycle at Bedwell Bayfront Park shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, when two 15-year-old boys pushed him to the ground and punched him in the stomach before taking off with the bike.
Based on descriptions provided by witnesses, other local jurisdictions were notified of the crime and Redwood City police located the assailants moments later, according to the report.
They were booked into juvenile hall. The victim was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries, and got his bike back.
Similar cases have been reported in recent weeks at the city's skate park and near the pedestrian/bicycle bridge at Ringwood Avenue and U.S. 101. Police said no information to date suggests the Sept. 11 robbery was connected to others.
Vital aging conference
Little House will hold its fourth annual Vital Aging Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the community center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.
Former Oakland Raider David "The Ghost" Casper, now a financial adviser, will be keynote speaker. Other local speakers include Dr. Walter Bortz, author on longevity and healthy aging, and Sharon Niederhaus, author of "Together Again."
Cost is $5 for advance registration and $10 at the door. For more information and to register, call Kwesi Wilson at 326-0665, ext. 224.