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June 14, 2021

MHPD pilots program to offer more mental health outreach

The Morgan Hill Police Department has begun a pilot program with the Santa Clara County Mobile Crisis Response Team to reach out and connect residents suffering from mental health issues to services before they suffer a crisis that could result in further harm to...

Police blotter: Vandalism, grand theft

Petty theft A suspect walked out of the 7-Eleven store, 295 West Main Ave., with $200 worth of scratch off lottery tickets without paying. The thief left the area in a blue Toyota. The theft was reported 6:50pm March 2. Two male suspects stole beer and...

Police: Suspect stole vehicle with three kids inside

Police arrested a suspect who stole a vehicle with three children inside from a Morgan Hill drug store, and later crashed the automobile on U.S. 101, according to authorities. About 6:30pm March 8, Morgan Hill Police responded to Walgreens drug store, 745 East Dunne Ave.,...

Animal cruelty suspect ordered to house arrest

A Morgan Hill woman who is accused of felony animal abuse has been ordered to wear a monitoring device and is restricted to home confinement after a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court last week, according to authorities. Ava Geddes, 66, appeared at the...

South County woman charged in storming of Capitol

A Gilroy woman faces criminal charges in relation to her involvement in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according to authorities. Mariposa Castro is accused of illegally entering the Capitol building during a demonstration supporting former President Donald Trump as...

Police blotter: Woman brandished firearm at HOA workers

Brandishing A woman was arrested after brandishing a firearm at employees hired by the homeowners’ association to work on the residential property. The woman, a resident of Shasta Lane, allegedly exited the home and told the Spanish-speaking workers to “get off her lawn” while holding...

Woman who sought to rescue stray cats charged with animal cruelty in Morgan Hill

A Morgan Hill woman who has been active in local volunteer animal fostering and rescue efforts over the years is charged with felony animal cruelty after police found more than a dozen dead or neglected cats in her home last summer, according to authorities. Ava...

Sweeping federal drug bust includes arrests in Gilroy

A sweeping drug and weapons bust centered on the Sinaloa Cartel, and headed up by the FBI, resulted in the arrest of scores of suspects over the past year, including arrests in Gilroy. At a press conference Feb. 11, the FBI was joined by Northern...

Police blotter: Grand theft, reckless vehicles

Reckless vehicles Two vehicles—one a white Chevrolet Camaro—were seen racing and spinning donuts in the downtown parking structure, 50 East Third St. The recklessness was reported 8:21pm Feb. 5. Burglary Someone broke open the front door of Fast Stop food store, 15878 Monterey Road, and burglarized the...

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...