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June 30, 2022

Former educator sentenced for cancer fundraising fraud

Former Gilroy educator Amanda Christine Riley was sentenced in federal court in San Jose May 3 to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to solicit more than $105,000 in donations from individuals to help her...

Woman killed in Gilroy in 1993 identified as Oregon mother

After nearly 30 years, detectives from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office have identified a woman whose body was left on the side of a road in unincorporated Gilroy, according to authorities. Oregon resident Patricia “Patsy” Skiple, who was about age 45 at the time...

Gilroy Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death

Gilroy Police are treating the death of a woman as suspicious after she was found in a canal on Murray Avenue Friday afternoon. According to police, officers responded to a report of a person lying in a canal near the 9000 block of Murray Avenue...

Suspect flees after shooting man on Old Gilroy Street

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Police are looking for a suspect who shot a man on Old Gilroy Street Saturday evening. According to Gilroy Police, officers responded to a report of a shooting on the 400 block of Old Gilroy Street at about 5:20pm. The victim, who suffered from a...

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith will not seek re-election

Facing corruption probes and a potential trial that could expel her from office, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Thursday she will not run for reelection and will retire when her sixth term ends in January. Smith, who was the first woman to be...

Judge: No bail for Cain Velasquez

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was ordered held without bail on attempted murder charges for allegedly trying to shoot at a man accused of molesting the fighter's young relative.  Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Shelyna Brown issued the order during a...

Catalytic converter thieves hitting Gilroy hard

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Skyrocketing numbers of catalytic converter thefts within Gilroy have police on high alert and advising residents to take precautions to prevent thieves from grabbing the highly valuable vehicle parts. According to Gilroy Police Capt. Jason Smith, police received 172 reports of stolen catalytic converters in...

DA: Former UFC champ tried to kill child molestation suspect

Authorities confirmed Wednesday that former UFC fighter Cain Velasquez is suspected of trying to shoot and kill a man accused of molesting a close family member of Velasquez’s in a Feb. 28 incident on the streets of Morgan Hill and San Jose. Velasquez, 39, of...

Gilroy resident Cain Velasquez accused in San Jose shooting

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested after he allegedly shot a man near an intersection north of Morgan Hill Feb. 28, according to authorities. San Jose Police reported on social media Tuesday morning that Velasquez had been booked at the Santa Clara County...

Gilroy woman sentenced to jail for role in U.S. Capitol breach

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentenced Mariposa Castro, of Gilroy, to 45 days in jail Feb. 23 for her participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Castro, also known as Imelda Castro, was also ordered to pay a $5,000...

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