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February 2, 2023

DA, police announce Dec. 10 gun buyback in Morgan Hill

Santa Clara County law enforcement offices and the District Attorney’s Office are asking the public to turn in their unwanted guns—for cash—at a Dec. 10 firearms buyback event in Morgan Hill. The gun buyback will take place 9am-2pm at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center,...

Merced murder suspect caught in Gilroy

A man suspected of shooting and killing a baby in Merced was caught in Gilroy on Nov. 17, according to police. Daevon Motshwane, 18, was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements, among other charges....

Jensen inches closer to front runner Jonsen in Sheriff’s race

Retired sheriff’s captain Kevin Jensen continued to inch closer to the top spot in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s race Tuesday, but Palo Alto Police Chief Robert “Rob” Jonsen held on to a narrowing lead, with just 10% of votes remaining to be counted. After...

Suspect leads police on chase through Gilroy, Watsonville

A Watsonville man is in custody on a host of charges after he allegedly tried to outrun police in two counties on Nov. 4. California Highway Patrol Officer Alyssa Gutierrez said CHP officers initially tried to pull Francisco De Los Santos, 31, of Watsonville over...

Gilroy man suspected of shooting woman caught in Salinas

A Gilroy man considered armed and dangerous who was suspected of shooting a woman on Nov. 3 was nabbed in Salinas on Nov. 7, according to Gilroy Police. Undercover Gilroy Police officers spotted Pedro Martinez-Guerrero, 40, as he was walking in the area of Griffin...

Santa Clara County Sheriff announces immediate retirement

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith announced Oct. 31 she would retire, effective immediately, as a jury deliberates a verdict in a civil corruption trial involving jail mismanagement and a “pay-to-play” scheme involving gun permits issued by her office. Undersheriff Ken Binder will take over...

Santa Clara County sends ballots to non-citizens

Four San Jose non-citizen permanent residents received Santa Clara County 2022 election ballots even though they are not U.S. citizens, according to a concerned family friend and copies of documents reviewed by this newspaper. The four were sponsored by their brother to live in the...

Bomb threats at two Gilroy schools unfounded

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Gilroy school officials grappled with threats at two high schools on Oct. 13, but both went unfounded.  At about 9:30am, Gilroy police school resource officers were informed of a possible bomb threat that had been circulated through electronic messaging at Gilroy High School. The threat...

Drivers arrested in two fatal hit-and-run crashes in Gilroy

Two people were arrested in separate hit-and-run crashes within 24 hours of each other that left two men dead on the same stretch of road in Gilroy. The first crash was reported Sept. 12 at about 8:54pm on Wren Avenue at El Cerrito Way, where...

Driver flees after striking, killing Gilroy man with vehicle

A Gilroy man walking in the area of Wren Avenue and El Cerrito Way died Sept. 12 after he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. Gilroy Police are now searching for witnesses or surveillance footage that may have spotted the vehicle. The crash...

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