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November 28, 2021

Police search Gilroy homes in relation to Oct. 30 shooting

Gilroy Police served search warrants at multiple locations Tuesday in relation to the deadly Oct. 30 shooting at a city councilmember’s house. The warrants yielded one arrest—of 18-year-old Lucas James Tomasetti—and the seizure of an illegal firearm, police said. It is unclear if the arrest...

City hires firm to investigate deadly party at Armendariz home

The City of Gilroy has hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into whether City Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz violated any city codes or administrative rules in relation to the deadly Oct. 30 shooting on her property. Gilroy City Administrator Jimmy Forbis informed Mayor...

Christopher field hockey team makes history, earning first CCS semifinal playoff berth

With a riveting 2-1 overtime win in the Central Coast Section playoffs on Nov. 6, the Christopher High field hockey team made history, earning its first semifinal berth in program history.  In the midst of their best season ever, the Cougars (16-1-2) play the section’s...

Woman dies in San Martin traffic accident

A 25-year-old woman died in a traffic collision in San Martin early Sunday morning, and an allegedly drunk driver was arrested for causing the accident, authorities said. About 2:51am Nov. 7, a 23-year-old Prunedale man, Joseph Fegghi, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet southbound on U.S....

SJ officer, already facing gun charges, arrested for child pornography

A San Jose civilian community service officer, arrested last month on suspicion of gun crimes charges, was arrested again this week for possession of child pornography, according to San Jose police. Police on Nov. 4 said Denis Shevchenko, 40, of Gilroy, a non-sworn civilian community...

Christopher, Gilroy field hockey teams advance in CCS playoffs

The Christopher and Gilroy field hockey teams both advanced out of the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs with dominant victories on Wednesday.  The Cougars (15-1-2) rolled to a 5-0 win over Homestead and advanced to a quarterfinal matchup against a St. Ignatius...

Weekend vaccine clinics for children scheduled in Morgan Hill, Gilroy

Hundreds of children ages 5-11 are already signed up for their first round of Covid-19 vaccinations at two clinics scheduled in South County this weekend. On Saturday, a Safeway vaccine clinic for children will take place 10am to 4pm at El Toro Health Science Academy,...

New wheels for watershed steward

For years, Monica Garcia has roughed it along the Pajaro River watershed in her motorized wheelchair, where she’s helped volunteers clean up the ever-constant garbage left behind by those with no concern for the environment. Garcia, who is battling lupus, must use the wheelchair to...

Open Space Authority acquires Coyote Valley farmland

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority announced Nov. 1 that it has purchased 60 acres of farmland in the Coyote Valley as part of its mission to protect the region's agricultural spaces.  The acreage is located near the intersection of Laguna Avenue and Santa...

DA declines to charge Oct. 30 shooting suspect

Santa Clara County prosecutors said Nov. 3 they do not have enough evidence to file charges against Benjamin David Calderon, who Gilroy Police arrested Oct. 30 in relation to a fatal shooting at a city councilmember’s home.  “We have declined to file charges pending further...