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June 14, 2021

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...

Police blotter: Shelter in place violations, theft

Shelter in place About half a dozen adults were reportedly at the Railroad Park on Depot Street without wearing masks. An officer arrived and advised the adults to wear masks. The incident was reported 3:03pm March 12. Police responded to The Running Shop and Hops, 17500...

Police increase downtown traffic enforcement

The busy rumbling of commuter motor traffic on the Monterey Road thoroughfare is not compatible with the downtown Morgan Hill outdoor life—according to city officials and business owners—and the police department is taking action. Last week, the Morgan Hill Police Department announced that it would...

MHPD: Man with hatchet arrested at downtown brewpub

A 50-year-old man was arrested after he barricaded himself in a downtown Morgan Hill brewpub with a hatchet, according to police. About 7:30pm March 15, Morgan Hill Police responded to Kelly Brewing Company, 70 E. Fourth St., on a report of a subject inside the...