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July 21, 2024

Gilroy leads county in arrests

A new report by Santa Clara County shows that Gilroy is the new epicenter of increased crime in the county. Arrests in Gilroy’s 95020 ZIP code totaled 2,187 in 2017, more than 19 percent higher than the totals for downtown San Jose’s 95112 ZIP, and...

City releases some info on policies

Nearly two months after the death of Steven Juarez in police custody, friends and family of the Gilroyan are not giving up in their effort to demand answers from City Hall and its police department. Specifically, Juarez’ family—consisting of several generations of Gilroy residents—wants to...

“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,...

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