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October 25, 2021

Gilroy Police investigate officer-involved shooting

UPDATE 12:50pm: A man who exchanged gunfire with police early Wednesday morning died at a trauma center after being struck by “at least” one bullet, according to Gilroy Police. At about 2:30am, police responded to a business on the 100 block of Fourth Street for a...

Board of supervisors votes no confidence for sheriff

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian asked his colleagues to sincerely reflect and answer this question: “Does our board believe it can have confidence in the administration of the sheriff's department by current incumbent Sheriff Laurie Smith?” The answer, through an unanimous vote by the...

Police locate signal jamming device in Morgan Hill

An electronic signal-jamming device was located at a residence in Morgan Hill and disabled, following  notification from Santa Clara County's emergency communications department that the device was “disrupting, impeding and interfering with the transmission of communications over the Santa Clara County public safety radio...

Supervisors to consider no-confidence vote on sheriff

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution declaring no confidence in County Sheriff Laurie Smith at its next meeting Tuesday. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called for Smith's resignation Aug. 16 over allegations of poor jail management, lack of transparency and...

Santa Clara County asks state, feds to investigate sheriff

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Aug. 17 voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Justice Department, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the county civil grand jury and its own county counsel to investigate Sheriff Laurie Smith, her department and the county jail for...

County reports ‘surge’ in fentanyl overdoses

Law enforcement authorities are warning the public about the dangers of fentanyl after a surge of overdoses on the powerful opioid drug in recent weeks. That surge includes seven deaths among homeless residents in San Jose in the last three weeks, and a fatal Aug....

MH woman pleads no contest to cat cruelty

Morgan Hill resident Ava Geddes was convicted last week in Santa Clara County Superior Court on charges that she allowed numerous cats to die or become sick while the animals were in her care. Geddes pleaded no contest to one count of felony animal cruelty...

Police ID suspect in Gilroy native’s murder

Police released the name and photo of a man who allegedly shot and killed Gilroy native Tatyanna Mariah Lopez and her unborn child in an April incident in Merced. The Merced Police Department on July 16 posted on Facebook that officers are looking for Jonathan...

Police investigate homicide in Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill Police are investigating a shooting homicide that occurred Monday night at the intersection of Monterey Road and Spring Avenue. About 9pm July 19, officers responded to a report of a “man down” in the roadway on Monterey Road, next to Mr. Hong’s restaurant,...

Gilroy insurance agent found guilty of repeated sexual assault

A Gilroy insurance agent was found guilty of 20 counts of sexual assault in Santa Clara County Superior Court last week. Following a jury trial, Jeffrey Guenther, 38, was convicted of 10 counts of oral copulation by duress and 10 counts of sodomy by duress,...