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June 30, 2022

Judge won’t seal testimony in Santa Clara County Sheriff’s case

A San Mateo County judge has refused to seal a portion of civil grand jury testimony in a public corruption case against Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. Judge Nancy Fineman denied a motion on Feb. 22 to seal testimony given by insurance broker Harpreet...

Morgan Hill man among three accused of making ghost guns

Authorities arrested three people—including a Morgan Hill man—for running a “sophisticated” ghost gun manufacturing enterprise that sold illegal firearms to criminals, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Joseph Cahoon, 31, of Morgan Hill, Jack Mahon, 38, of San Jose, and Amanda Bazzani,...

Gilroy man arrested for child molestation

A Gilroy man who works as an instructional aide at Christopher High School was arrested for child molestation Feb. 12, but police say the charges were not related to his employment. Roy Darr, 51, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of penetration...

Santa Clara County judge orders Firestone to pay $4M

A $4 million settlement was reached between Firestone Complete Auto Care and prosecutors in 29 counties over allegations that Firestone disposed of hazardous waste unlawfully in California. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Christopher Rudy on Friday ordered civil penalties of $2.865 million, which will...

Man arrested on suspicion of starting dumpster fire

Gilroy Police arrested a man Jan. 31 on suspicion of setting a dumpster on fire on First Street a week prior. According to police, a fire was reported in a dumpster during the early morning hours of Jan. 25 on the 400 block of First...

DA: Teen drug dealer arrested after death of 12-year-old girl

A drug dealer has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old San Jose girl who fatally overdosed on fentanyl, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The 16-year-old San Jose resident sold the drug to the girl in 2020, the DA’s office...

Attorney General launches civil rights investigation into sheriff’s office

State Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday announced his office is opening a civil rights investigation into the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office over allegations that include misconduct in county jails and resistance to oversight. The Sheriff's Office has faced much criticism under six-term Sheriff...

Man struck, killed by vehicle on Monterey Road

A man was killed after a vehicle struck him while he was walking on the shoulder of Monterey Road in San Martin on Jan. 10. California Highway Patrol officers are now seeking the public’s help in finding the driver, who fled the scene. According to the...

Homicides, assaults surpassed average in 2021

Violent crime was on the rise in Gilroy in 2021, capped off by six homicides that were well above the city’s average rate, according to police. Gilroy Police Chief Pedro Espinoza said the city typically averages about one homicide a year. But the six this...

Morgan Hill man arrested in November homicide

Police arrested a Morgan Hill man Dec. 22 who is suspected of shooting and killing a man as he was driving through a Gilroy intersection in November. Nicholas Jose Carrillo IV, 20, was arrested without incident on Hale Avenue in Morgan Hill and charged with...

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