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May 11, 2021

Police blotter: Fireworks, battery, burglary

Fireworks A resident in the area of Cory Drive and San Pedro Avenue was seen igniting fireworks and then entering the home. An officer cited the homeowner for a municipal code violation. The fireworks were reported 8:57pm April 10. Battery A victim was jumped and beaten by...

San Jose PD named in federal lawsuit after officers fatally shot unarmed Gilroy man

The family of David Tovar Jr., an unarmed Gilroy man who was fatally shot by San Jose police in January, is suing the San Jose Police Department. On Wednesday, attorneys Adante Pointer and Patrick Buelna were joined by Tovar's relatives to detail the federal civil...

MHPD increases distracted driving enforcement during April campaign

Morgan Hill Police and other law enforcement agencies in South County, and beyond, are participating in a national campaign to remind drivers about the dangers of texting and distracted driving. The efforts are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “U Drive. U Text....

San Martin man sentenced to 33 years for violent ‘crime spree’

A San Martin man was sentenced this week to more than 33 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a slew of violent crimes—some involving firearms—dating back to 2018. The most recent charges against the defendant, Alfonso Castillo Navarro, 37, are related...

Watsonville homicide suspect arrested at Gilroy motel

A man wanted for reportedly killing his brother in Watsonville was arrested at a Gilroy motel Thursday. Francisco Diaz, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene of a family disturbance on the 100 block of Delaney Avenue in the outskirts of Watsonville late Tuesday night. The...

MH ranked in state’s ‘Top 50 Safest Cities’

Morgan Hill is one of the top 50 “Safest Cities” in California due to the city’s low property and violent crime rates, according to a recent study by a public safety and home security research company. Morgan Hill ranks number 32 on the 2021 list...

Police blotter: Fireworks, theft, recklessness

Officer in traffic accident A Santa Clara Police officer was injured after colliding with another vehicle on Monterey Road in Morgan Hill, according to police reports. The officer reportedly experienced lower back pain after the accident. The officer was in Morgan Hill on a training...

Two MHPD veterans promoted to captains’ positions

Two veteran Morgan Hill Police officers have been promoted from within the local department to the rank of captain. Mario Ramirez and Ramon Ramos—who have worked for MHPD for a combined 40 years—will begin their new posts as captains April 4, says a press release...

MHPD accepts tobacco grant to fund community enforcement officer

After the school district board of trustees rejected a tobacco enforcement grant that would have kept a school police officer on the campuses, officials from the California Department of Justice and City of Morgan Hill found a way to keep the funds local and...

Authorities investigate car submerged at Chesbro Reservoir

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating how a vehicle ended up in Chesbro Reservoir in unincorporated west Morgan Hill last week. The sheriff’s office was dispatched to the reservoir, located off Oak Glen Avenue, about 5:50pm March 18 in response to a report that...