Police log

Publication Date: Wednesday May 20, 1998

Police log

A machinery fire at Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park caused around $300,000-worth of damage Sunday night, according to Division Chief Harold Schapelhouman. The building's sprinkler system was activated, which prevented the fire at 300 Constitution Drive from causing too much damage before firefighters arrived around 7:40 p.m. Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were able to extinguish the fire quickly, Schapelhouman said, and Raychem's processing plant was expected to be operational Monday. Two firefighters and one Raychem employee were taken to San Mateo County General Hospital Sunday night after experiencing eye irritation and burning to their hands caused by unknown chemical released into the building, Schapelhouman said. The three were later released. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Palo Alto detectives working to solve a string of residential burglaries in South Palo Alto since May arrested three people Friday, according to Lt. Alana Forrest. Two search warrants and a probation search conducted in Palo Alto, Stanford and Fremont netted stolen property, burglary tools and narcotics, Forrest said. Eric Michael Custer, 24, of Fremont was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail in connection with the burglaries, Forrest said. A probation search of 933 Valdez Court at Stanford led to the arrest of Scott Foster, 23, and Carrie Armstrong, 21, who were booked into Santa Clara County jail for probation violation and possession of narcotics respectively, according to Forrest.

A fleeing suspect was arrested Friday morning after a robbery at Round Table Pizza at 1225 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, according to Cmdr. Dominick Peloso. The man allegedly entered the closed store around 8:15 a.m. on Friday morning and stole some money that had just been counted, Peloso said. Kenneth Oliver Owens, 34, of Madera Avenue in Menlo Park was arrested without incident as he fled toward the Caltrain station, Peloso said. Owens was identified as the robber by the store manager, and $300 in neatly-bundled one-dollar bills was recovered, Peloso said. Owens was booked into San Mateo County jail for robbery and parole violation, according to Peloso.

An East Palo Alto man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for drug trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Michael J. Yamaguchi. James White, 29, of East Palo Alto pleaded guilty in December 1997 to two violations of federal law by using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking between May 1988 and August 1989, according to Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi said that the sentencing of White concludes the prosecutions of members of the Michael Allen drug-trafficking organization, which was active in the Bay Area between 1986 and 1992. Ten other men from San Mateo, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto have been convicted of similar offenses, Yamaguchi said.

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