California Highway Patrol officer James Branik, 44, who worked in commercial enforcement in San Martin, was killed early Tuesday morning heading south on Monterey Road when a driver turned his 2013 Chevrolet pickup onto the road from the left turn lane at Chester Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Bally fire, which started Sept. 3, was 100 percent contained the following Monday at a cost of close to $1 million, according to Gilroy Fire Chief Alan Anderson. Police have since reported the blaze was set by four teens using illegal fireworks. The case has been referred to District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office for prosecution.
Gilroy Police arrested four boys, aged 14 and 15, for setting off illegal fireworks that started the Sunday Bally fire, which scorched more than 100 acres of hills above Eagle Ridge before being contained.
Three separate fatal car accidents happened around Gilroy over the holiday weekend including one involving Pedro Douglas-Perez of Gilroy.
Overnight firefighters made significant progress on the Ballybunion fire and now have reported that it is 35 percent contained. Overnight as the wind slackened and the humidity rose, there was no significant growth of the fire. The fire is expected to be contained by Friday.
As of 7:00 p.m. three hundred firefighters were engaged in battling the Ballybunion fire and the blaze is currently contained by 10 percent and reportedly less than one hundred acres. However, fire officials believe that the blaze is under control. Fire department officials report that there was one injury of a Gilroy Fire Department firefighter and that no homes were in danger at the time. Cal Fire hopes to have the fire fully contained by Thursday, but more will be known in the morning.
The Gilroy Fire Department released an update:
Gilroy Police sent out this update:
A pedestrian was found unconscious at 4 a.m. Friday after being struck by a car at Highway 152 and Frazier Lake Road.