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July 7, 2020

Council bans imitation firearms

The Gilroy City Council voted unanimously Sept. 9 to amend the city code, adding a new definition of firearms and banning so-called imitation firearms, with some exceptions.   “Imitation firearms”—air guns, pellet guns, and BB guns that resemble real firearms—are increasingly being used in crimes across...

Sheriff: Traffic stop yields guns, drugs

Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after finding drugs and illegal firearms during a traffic stop in San Martin Monday morning. Early in the morning Aug. 19, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in South County stopped a vehicle for a traffic stop on...

CHP enforces pedestrian safety in Gilroy

As part of an ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety, the California Highway Patrol made several enforcement stops in a pedestrian safety enforcement operation in Gilroy.

Police to conduct Aug. 23 DUI checkpoint

The Gilroy Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI and drivers license Checkpoint Aug. 23 at an undisclosed location within the city limits. “The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol...

FBI finds Garlic Festival killer’s target list

The FBI is investigating the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting as a domestic terrorism incident. In making the announcement in Gilroy Aug. 6, authorities said Santino William Legan went to the event July 28 with more than 200 rounds of ammunition, and the killer had compiled...

 Two friends recover from bullet wounds from Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

Brynn Ota-Matthews and Gabriella Gaus were in the inflatable obstacle course at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when a shooter opened fire on the crowd. The two friends from Santa Cruz ran from the play structure to the festival parking lot, and only then realized they’d...

Killer posted Garlic Festival image on Instagram before opening fire

Santino William Legan, the 19-year-old Garlic Festival killer, was one of four brothers in a well-known Gilroy family who grew up in a neighborhood near Christmas Hill Park, scene of the July 28 mass shooting that left three dead and 13 injured. He graduated...

Sheriff: Suspect trafficked Gilroy woman

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Watsonville man who is accused of trafficking a young Gilroy woman for sex, and assaulting her on multiple occasions over the last five years, according to authorities. The suspect, Andre William Furtado, 32, had severely beaten the woman countless times, some...

BULLETIN: FBI launches terrorism investigation into Garlic Festival shooting

The FBI launched a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, officials announced Tuesday. John Bennett, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco division, told reporters at a Gilroy press conference that the investigation of...

Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco: Visions of Garlic Festival terror linger

Gilroy Mayor, Roland Velasco, arrived at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the early evening of July 28 to help Chamber of Commerce volunteers tear down their remaining booths. He was standing by the beer garden at the middle of Christmas Hill Park...