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March 6, 2021

Suspect leads police on late-night pursuit through Morgan Hill

A suspect on the run from San Jose Police early Friday morning led officers by ground and by helicopter on a chase through Morgan Hill before the man was arrested, according to authorities. The suspect, Jesus Varela, 36, discarded a loaded handgun from the vehicle...

MHPD offers $5K reward for unsolved 2020 murder

Morgan Hill Police—in partnership with a Los Altos-based nonprofit that advocates for crime victims—is offering a reward for information about the unsolved murder of Michael Duran, according to authorities. Duran, 18, was shot and killed by an unknown suspect or suspects May 29, 2020, while...

Police blotter: Stolen vehicle, burglary

A burglar or burglars kicked in a door to a residence on Alkire Avenue and ransacked the residence. The burglary was reported 7:48pm Jan. 28.

Deputy charged with staging drive-by shooting

A South Bay police officer who reported being shot almost exactly a year ago in a drive-by was arrested Jan. 29 for allegedly making up the whole story. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Sukhdeep Gill staged a “shocking ambush” to make it...

Police blotter: Vandalism, stolen vehicles

Vandalism Someone slashed two tires on a vehicle parked outside Royal Court Apartments, located on Monterey Road. The vandalism was reported 9:43pm Jan. 21. A suspect or suspects painted a “Nazi symbol” on the sign in front of P.A. Walsh School, 353 W. Main Ave., according...

Burglaries on the rise, despite arrests

Since December, burglars and thieves have increasingly targeted businesses and construction sites in Morgan Hill—and the recent arrests of multiple suspects has not changed the pattern—according to authorities.

Police release more details about shooting of Gilroy suspect

San Jose Police identified the man who died in a Jan. 21 officer-involved shooting as David Lee Tovar, who was a suspect in dozens of violent crimes, burglaries and thefts in the South Bay dating back to April 2020, according to authorities. Tovar’s alleged crime...

Possible suspect in Gilroy homicide shot by police

San Jose Police shot and killed a man Jan. 21 who may have been involved in a recent homicide and other shootings in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, according to authorities.

Police investigate swastikas painted on Morgan Hill temple

Someone painted two swastikas on the door of a Jewish temple in Morgan Hill, and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, according to authorities.

Woman dies after Jan. 14 domestic violence incident

A woman who was severely injured in a Jan. 14 domestic violence incident at a home in Morgan Hill has died from her wounds, according to authorities.