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September 26, 2022


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Gilroy school costs escalate

GILROY - Changes to Ascencion Solorsano Middle School

MHPD investigates Oct. 7 drive-by shooting

Morgan Hill police are asking residents in the area of Olympic Drive for any home security camera footage that might have captured images of a drive-by shooting the evening of Oct. 7.About 7:45pm, police received multiple calls of shots fired in the residential area behind the Morgan Hill Community Park, on Olympic Drive in the area of Denali Drive, according to police reports.Officers arrived to investigate the shots, and determined that no injuries or property damage occurred as a result of the shooting, according to police. Witnesses reported hearing 8 or 9 gunshots, fired by an occupant of a small silver sedan.The suspicious vehicle fled the scene before officers arrived, and police have not identified any suspects.Shortly after responding to the call of shots fired, MHPD posted on Facebook that officers were canvassing the area for any home cameras that are facing the roadway. Any resident with such camera footage that may be of assistance can contact MHPD Det. Scott Purvis at [email protected]

Police arrest 19-year-old armed robbery suspect

Morgan Hill Police arrested a teen who used a fake handgun to rob three people the night of July 3, according to authorities.About 11pm, a young man and woman—both age 18—told police they parked their vehicle along a Cochrane Road apartment complex when a male suspect approached them.The suspect, later identified as Jorge Mendoza, 19, of Morgan Hill, pressed a handgun to the female victim’s head and demanded money, police said. The male victim, the driver of the vehicle, gave Mendoza all the money in his wallet. Mendoza then fled the area on foot.That incident occurred outside Cochrane Village Apartments, 18555 Butterfield Boulevard.Then about 11:40pm July 3, another caller reported a suspect matching Mendoza’s description brandished a handgun at her in the area of Cochrane Road and Monterey Road. That victim last saw Mendoza flee into a nearby field, according to police.Officers arrived and searched the field and found Mendoza, who was identified by several witnesses as the offender in both incidents, police said. Police also found a replica firearm near him in the field.Mendoza was arrested and booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery and brandishing a replica firearm, police said.MHPD is asking the public for assistance in determining if other similar crimes have occurred in Morgan Hill. Any other similar incidents can be reported to Morgan Hill Police by calling (669) 253-4985, or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.

Downtown Taste

Another Taste of Morgan Hill is in the books, as thousands of visitors and residents enjoyed shopping, eating, dancing and socializing at the two-day food and art festival in downtown Morgan Hill Sept. 27 and 28.

New Caltrain southbound changes begin

Caltrain added an earlier southbound train to Morgan Hill and Gilroy and dropped a later one, effective Oct. 7. The rail agency, in collaboration with the communities of Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Jose, as well as representatives from VTA and Santa Clara County, have...

UPDATED: Hit-and-run victim remains comatose

Joshua Valdez, the young man who was found lying unconscious near a Morgan Hill intersection with numerous broken bones, remains in a coma following what police think is the result of a hit-and-run accident.

Thin Ice

Greg Kinnear is one of the most effortlessly likable presences in movies today, which makes him especially good at playing creeps and oddballs. Kinnear is able to incarnate the most abominable, obsessive behavior imaginable - and yet still make us care about the fate of his characters. Given the right material, you can easily imagine him conjuring up a classic cinematic perv whom we'll never be able to shake from our memories. The half-macabre, half-comic thriller "Thin Ice" isn't that movie. Directed by Jill Sprecher, who co-wrote the screenplay with her sister Karen, the film plays like a poor-man's version of "Fargo," complete with a snowy setting and a scheming central character who finds himself in way over his head. Kinnear plays Mickey, an insurance salesman in Wisconsin, who thinks he can earn a quick buck by duping an old man (Alan Arkin) who owns a violin that's worth $1 million. Except when Mickey crosses paths with a burglar-alarm specialist (Billy Crudup), Mickey's plan turns violent. Needless to say, "Thin Ice" contains a twist, one that viewers will probably see coming a mile away. The bigger issue here is that the screenplay is deeply implausible. In trying to pull the wool over the audience's eyes, the filmmakers end up insulting our intelligence.

County certifies local election results

County election officials certified the results from the Nov. 6 election one month to the day, according to a Dec. 6 announcement from the Registrar of Voters. The final local turnout for the general election totaled 625,425 ballots cast, representing 70.61 percent of registered Santa...

San Juan to dedicate area’s first electric charging station

San Juan Bautista leaders are set to host a dedication for the area’s first electric charging station at Abbe Park on Feb. 17, according to announcement from the city.