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Gilroy Police investigate pedestrian death in hit and run

A pedestrian was fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver near downtown Gilroy, police said June 1. Officers who responded to a 911 call about 10:50pm May 31 in the area of First Street and Eigleberry Street found a man with major injuries in the roadway,...

San Benito County Jail escapee captured in San Jose

Daniel Lopez Zavala, who escaped from the San Benito County Jail on May 28, was arrested in San Jose Wednesday night following a regional manhunt, authorities said.  Zavala, 38, of Hollister, was arrested 7pm May 29 at a hotel in San Jose with his girlfriend,...

Student arrested for stabbing classmate at Christopher High School

Christopher High School was locked down Wednesday afternoon after a student stabbed a classmate during an altercation, according to police.  About 11:59am May 22, Gilroy Police responded to Christopher High School, 850 Day Road, on a report of a stabbing, says a press release from...

Gilroy woman arrested on suspicion of causing $300K in fire damage

A 49-year-old woman with a conviction for arson has been taken into custody in connection with a fire that caused about $300,000 in damage, Gilroy police said May 10. Sonia Garcia, 49, was accused of propping tires against the building in the 7900 block of...

DUI checkpoint scheduled for May 17 in Gilroy

Gilroy Police will conduct a DUI checkpoint next weekend at an undisclosed location within the city limits, according to the Gilroy Police Department. The checkpoint will take place from 7pm May 17 to 1am May 18.  Authorities select DUI checkpoint locations based on data that...

Police urge caution during Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and Gilroy Police are encouraging everyone to participate safely and reminding drivers to be extra alert for more people pedaling and walking on the roads.  “Everyone deserves to reach their destination safely,” Gilroy Police Sgt. Michael McMahon said. “Unfortunately,...

CDFW names 2023 Wildlife Officer of the Year

Santa Clara County Wildlife Officer Laura Decker was named 2023 Wildlife Officer of the Year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week. Decker, who is currently based in the CDFW Gilroy office, began her career with CDFW in 2018. In her short...

DA charges two alleged drug dealers in toddler fentanyl death

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has charged two alleged drug dealers with murder in relation to the fentanyl overdose death of 18-month-old Winter Doe. The charges come five months after Winter’s parents, Derek Vaughn Rayo and Kelly Gene Richardson, became the first in...

Santa Clara County DA seeks to resentence death row inmates to life without parole

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is moving to eliminate the county’s death row, looking to sentence the 15 local men still sitting on it to serve life in prison without the chance of parole instead, according to an April 5 press release.  “Judges...

Gilroy Police Blotter: March 2-30

March 2 Someone reported a felony spousal assault at 8am March 2 on the 8200 block of Murray Avenue.  Someone committed felony shoplifting at a property on the 900 block of Renz Lane. The crime was reported 5:56pm March 2.  March 5 Police responded to a report of...

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