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August 13, 2022

“Justice for Stevie” march demands answers

The family of Gilroy resident Steven Juarez and about 100 neighbors and friends took to downtown streets on Saturday morning, March 10, demanding answers about last month’s death of the 42-year-old while in police custody. The emotion-laden "Justice for Stevie" march began at the scene...

Police warn of ‘virtual kidnapping’ scams

Police are warning citizens of a new “virtual kidnapping scam” in which a caller or callers have attempted to extract ransom money from unsuspecting local victims in recent days. The Hollister Police Department detailed one attempt at this scam in a Feb. 18 press release....

Wipe Out Watch fights grime

When a graffiti tagger strikes—such as the two who tagged the Gilroy Dispatch office around 5 pm on Tuesday with a crude pink stamp—grime fighters with the Gilroy Wipe Out Watch Anti-Graffiti Program spring into action to erase what is left behind on public...

Sal protected wife, daughter

This year marks the 40th year in business in Gilroy for Sal Oliveri, owner of Pinnochio’s Pizza. It’s a year he will never forget. The year began with him nearly losing his life defending his family from a knife-wielding homeless man. In an interview this week,...

Fatal accident on tracks

A report from Caltrain: At approximately 5:28 p.m., Caltrain Southbound #156 fatally struck a person who was trespassing on Union Pacific railroad tracks approximately two miles north of the Gilroy Caltrain Station.  VTA is currently provided mutual bus aid for passengers onboard SB trains #156,...

Five locals charged with insurance fraud

Five South Valley men, including two from Gilroy and two from San Martin, were charged with running a $235,948 insurance scam where they faked 18 car accidents and billed insurance companies for work that was never done. Brothers Angel Topete, 36, and Joshua Topete, 34,...