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February 25, 2020

Police blotter: Theft, auto burglaries

Two suspects stole a package from the porch of a home on Black Walnut Court.

Sheriff: Suspect stole $3K worth of shoes from MH home

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect tied to the theft of more than $3,000 worth of shoes from a home in Morgan Hill, according to authorities.

Police briefs: Possible hit and run, drug arrest

Police seek possible hit-and-run suspectPolice are looking for a possible hit-and-run suspect after a young man was found lying face down in the middle of a Morgan Hill street Sunday night.About 11:20 p.m. April 16, Morgan Hill Police officers located a 19-year-old man lying in the middle of the roadway near 165 Spring Ave., according to a post on the MHPD Facebook page.The man had suffered multiple injuries, and could not explain how he ended up lying down in the middle of the street, according to the post.Based on the man’s injuries and other evidence at the scene, police think the subject had been struck by a vehicle. The man was transported to Saint Louise Regional Hospital, and later to San Jose Regional Hospital.Anyone with any information about this incident can contact MHPD at (408) 779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.MHPD: Man arrested with 1.5 ounce of meth for saleMorgan Hill Police arrested a San Jose man Saturday night on suspicion of numerous narcotics charges following a traffic stop and vehicle search that yielded more than an ounce of methamphetamine, according to authorities.On the evening of April 15, an MHPD officer made a vehicle stop on Murphy Avenue, according to a post by MHPD on Facebook. The officer made contact with the people in the vehicle and confirmed multiple warrants for one of the occupants, Salvador Heredia, 44 of San Jose.Heredia was also in possession of about 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine, scales, baggies and other items indicating he intended to sell narcotics, police said. The estimated street value of the drugs was about $2,000.Heredia was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on the warrants and on suspicion of the narcotics offenses, police said.Anyone with information about this incident can contact MHPD at (408) 779-2101.

UPDATED: Pedestrian dies of injuries suffered in Wednesday accident

Adam Johnson, 27, died in the hospital Friday due to injuries he suffered when a vehicle struck him on Monterey Road in downtown Morgan Hill Wednesday night, police said. The accident was reported at 8:47 p.m. on the northbound side of Monterey Road, just south of Third Street. Officers arrived and found Johnson, a Morgan Hill resident, unconscious and lying in the eastern lane of traffic, just in front of the speed hump near Third Street, according to police. Johnson had suffered major trauma to his head and body, and was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, police said. The police investigation, based on witness testimony, determined Johnson had been walking in the roadway, and for an unknown reason he laid down in the eastern lane of traffic just prior to being struck, police said. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was not injured and remained at the scene of the collision, police said. The driver did not appear to be intoxicated and was cooperative with authorities. 

MHPD detective honored for helping family violence victims

A veteran Morgan Hill police detective has won an inaugural award, honoring her pivotal role in creating a Santa Clara County trio of “Family Justice Centers” aimed at getting as much help as possible for domestic violence victims, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.Because of her influence in creating these centers, the award will be named after this year’s recipient, MHPD Det. Melinda “Mindy” Zen. The award is given to the victim advocate, law enforcement officer, or other service provider who has done an exemplary job advocating for domestic violence survivors, according to DA’s office staff.“Detective Zen exemplifies the hard work and determination it takes to effectively advocate for domestic violence survivors,” Assistant DA Cindy Seeley Hendrickson said. “She has made it her mission to try to ease the trauma and extreme vulnerability—physical, emotional, and financial—of many battered women in our community. I truly believe she has saved lives.”Morgan Hill Chief of Police David Swing added, “I believe Detective Zen’s success is founded in her innate ability to quickly build rapport with the survivor during their time of need and her strong sense of justice that drives her to seek out the offender in an effort to hold the batterer accountable. Her strong work ethic is only matched by her professionalism and compassion for those she serves.”The award comes along with the public release of the 2015 Domestic Violence Death Review report. The report showed that there were 13 domestic violence related deaths in the county last year, an increase from two the year before.Since 1994, there has been an average of 12 domestic violence related deaths every year, according to the DA. The report highlights some themes found in the most lethal, local cases of domestic violence:• “These crimes happen in every community in the county, east and west, north and south, rich and poor, with the homicides this year occurring in Saratoga, Milpitas, San Jose and Gilroy. Half of the eight victims were professionals or retired professionals and at least three of the incidents occurred in upscale neighborhoods,” reads the report.• For the second year in a row, an elderly man, facing medical issues killed his wife and committed or tried to commit suicide. “Experts believe that there will more of these tragedies as our elderly population increases and issues such as caregiver stress, terminal illness and dementia create later-in-life mental health crises that our health care system must recognize and address,” according to the report.The report concludes with a call for all potential victims to closely heed: All threats must be taken seriously, whether or not you feel the perpetrator has the means to follow through on them or says that the threats were just a joke.

Three residential burglaries reported in one day

Local authorities responded to three separate residential burglaries on Dec. 4, including two in Gilroy and one in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County.

Shooting victims sue Garlic Festival

A lawsuit filed Nov. 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court alleges that negligent security allowed a heavily armed gunman to enter the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing three people and injuring at least 14 others.