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April 12, 2024

DA: Suspect rigged Gilroy home as ‘explosive booby trap’

Markus Beck, a 46-year-old German national who lives in Gilroy, has been charged with multiple counts in relation to a recent crime spree that includes a suspected effort to rig his home near Luigi Aprea Elementary School as “an explosive booby trap” by filling...

Man charged with murder in overdose death of Morgan Hill woman

Authorities recently charged a man with murder in relation to the February 2023 drug overdose death of a Morgan Hill woman.  On March 1, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged Benjamin Nathan Williams, 34, of San Jose with one count of murder and...

Gilroy Police arrest suspected drunk driver with loaded firearms in vehicle

Gilroy Police arrested a man who had been driving drunk with two loaded firearms in his vehicle early in the morning Feb. 28, authorities said. Earlier in the week, the same suspect, Markus Beck, had been asked to leave the campus of Luigi Aprea...

Suspect in pharmacy robberies arrested in Morgan Hill

Police this week arrested a suspect who robbed multiple pharmacies in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and other communities by threatening violence against the drugstores’ employees, according to authorities.  One of the robberies occurred on Dec. 30, 2023, in Morgan Hill, when police responded to Rite-Aid, 16000...

Family offers reward for information on death of Gilroy man

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the 2016 death of a Gilroy man whose body was found in a Fresno County canal. Vidal Zepeda, 39, was found dead on Feb. 22, 2016 in the California Aqueduct at West...

Gilroy Police blotter: Feb. 16-19

Feb. 16 A stolen vehicle was recovered on the 87000 block of Murray Avenue, about 6:47pm Feb. 16.  A suspicious vehicle was reported on the 300 block of Tomkins Court, about 9:56am Feb. 16. The vehicle was gone when police arrived.  Someone reported fraudulent activity at 5:32pm...

Morgan Hill man charged with swindling $2.4M from victims

Prosecutors in Santa Clara County are charging a Morgan Hill man with multiple counts of fraud-related crimes after he allegedly befriended people only to swindle them.   Sayed Faquiryan, 45, is charged with grand theft, securities fraud, identity theft, passing bad checks and filing a false...

Lawsuit filed by MH resident challenges county’s ‘Domestic Violence Protocol’

It was a Valentine’s Day from hell. According to a complaint filed Feb. 9 in federal court, Tom Mosgrove spent Valentine’s Day in 2022 in Santa Clara County jail after his then-wife called the police and reported that he pushed her into a closet and...

Suspect in Gilroy bank robbery arrested in Garden Grove

Police on Feb. 7 said that a man arrested on suspicion of robbing a Salinas bank earlier in the week also allegedly robbed a bank in Gilroy. With assistance from Gilroy Police detectives, authorities in southern California caught up with the suspect Feb. 6...

Christopher High vandalized with hate-filled graffiti

Three people broke into a building at Christopher High School in Gilroy late Monday night and wrote “hate graffiti” on the walls, according to police.  The suspects also ransacked several classrooms in the incident that occurred about 11:40pm Feb. 5, says a press release from...

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