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July 18, 2014

Los Gatos Weekly Times

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 1 8 3 www.community-newspapers.com $1.00 Looking for some original Italian recipes ... oh, and Waldo, too + 8 Vol. 131, No. 29 Friday, July 18, 2014 An edition of the BY KHALIDA SARWARI P roving that some people need to make the same mistake twice—or three or four times—to learn a lesson, Robert Schiro, having just completed an 18-month prison sentence for driving drunk earlier this year, is back in hot water with the law again. Schiro, 74, was released in January after serving only half of his three-year prison term for a 2009 hit- and-run near Highway 9 that left the victim perma- nently disabled. He was released early for good behav- ior, but as part of his sentence, Schiro was placed on probation and had his driver's license revoked. That allegedly didn't stop him from climbing behind the wheel of his white Cadillac Escalade while intoxi- cated recently. The decision landed Schiro behind bars yet again. This time around, prosecutors are charging the Saratoga businessman with DUI, hit- and-run causing property damage, driving without a driver's license and violating his probation. The charges stem from Schiro's arrest on the evening of June 25. An apparently inebriated Schiro is said to have wobbled out of Casa de Cobre on Big Basin Way and made his way toward the parking lot, ignoring pleas from bystanders and restaurant em- ployees to take a cab. Witnesses reported that he was speaking in an "extremely slow manner," according to Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. While an employee scurried to call him a cab, Schiro was reported to have slumped onto a parked car before continuing on and getting into his Escalade. On his way out of the parking lot, onlookers say Schiro rammed into a white Ford Explorer and then contin- ued driving to his home, where just after 6 p.m., depu- ties showed up at his front door. When Schiro answered the door, deputies say, SERIAL DUI OFFENDERS DIFFICULT TO MONITOR AND KEEP OFF THE ROAD Saratoga's Schiro on probation, but cited by deputies for DUI A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY TONY MEDINA Hit Parade Parade Los Gatos Little League teams are a big hit in Section 5 tournaments page 30 page 30 Schiro, page 6 Los Gatos slugger Tommy Troy delivered a clutch two-run homer to help drive the major division all- stars to an 8-1 win over Santa Clara Briarwood. The Monday evening win kept Los Gatos alive in the Section 5 Little League tournament.

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