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July 21, 2024

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...

Police say suspect tried to kill man in Hollister robbery

Police arrested a Vallejo woman who fled through multiple cities after she allegedly stole from a victim in Hollister and tried to kill him as she drove away, according to authorities.  About 6:40pm March 18, Hollister Police responded to a report of a woman driving...

Parents rally for school safety after Luigi Aprea incident

Parents of some of the students who attend Luigi Aprea Elementary School took their concerns and frustrations to the Gilroy Unified School District board after a potentially dangerous criminal suspect was allowed to enter the campus late last month.  About 40 parents, grandparents, students and...

Scammers stole nearly $900K from PG&E customers in 2023

Scammers continue to take advantage of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers, and Gilroy residents have been among their most common targets, according to the utility company.  In 2023, PG&E received nearly 43,000 reports from customers who were targeted by scammers impersonating the company,...

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...

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