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December 5, 2022
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Woman pleads not guilty to hosting drunken parties for youth

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The Los Gatos woman who stands accused of hosting alcohol-fueled parties for local high schoolers and facilitating sexual assault at the home she owned with tech executive Robert Amaral pleaded “not guilty” to all charges Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Judge Johnny C....

Locals launch supplement business; Civil Grand Jury seeks volunteers; theater major makes Montclair State Dean’s List (Local Scene)

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This week's "Local Scene" features a pair of Los Gatans aiming to make it big in the supplement game, the civil grand jury putting a call-out for new members and a thespian making the grade... Los Gatos residents launch supplement products Fuel 4 Ever, a family-owned...

Environmental cleanup at Saratoga dry cleaner site results in massive improvement

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In October 2004, when inspectors tested the water in front of the Hillview Cleaners dry cleaner in downtown Saratoga, they discovered serious contamination. They found the groundwater coursing with 5,400 µg/L (micrograms per liter) of PCE, a key component in degreasing and scouring fabric for...

Child sex crimes case put on hold for Los Gatos baker

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The criminal case against a man who ran an artisianal bakery in Los Gatos and is accused of several child sex offenses has been paused as the court decides if he’s mentally fit to stand trial. Ali Asghar Shemirani has been charged with three felonies...

Judge rules former mayor’s husband not a threat

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A woman who tried to get a permanent restraining order against the husband of a current Los Gatos Council member lost her legal bid April 22. And despite testimony from multiple people claiming they heard Jeffrey Scott, who is married to former mayor Marico Sayoc,...

Shannon O’Connor loses bail appeal

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The woman accused of luring Los Gatos teens to wild parties and facilitating sexual assaults, appeared in court Monday for a hearing, just days after losing a bail appeal. And while Shannon O’Connor didn’t enter a plea, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office says...

Los Gatos accuses Santa Clara County of fraud in $5.5M lawsuit

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The Town of Los Gatos filed a lawsuit against the County of Santa Clara earlier this month, claiming fraud, breach of contract and negligence, and is seeking more than $5.5 million in damages. At the heart of the case is a dispute about repairs along...

Temporary restraining order against councilmember’s husband dropped

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It was oddly quiet in the Santa Clara County Superior courtroom Tuesday, as Jeffrey Scott, the husband of Councilmember Marico Sayoc, prepared for the start of the civil harassment trial against him, brought by frequent civic disruptor Cyndi Sheehan. That’s because neither Sheehan, nor any...

Attempt to quash restraining order by husband of Los Gatos councilmember denied

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Before the Monday hearing on a restraining order against Jeffrey Scott, the husband of Councilmember Marico Sayoc, got underway, “The Voice of San Jose,” Angela Tirado—who just so happened to be in the Santa Clara County Superior Courthouse in connection with another matter—sang the...

Woman accused of holding teen sex parties denied bail

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The defense for the woman accused of throwing parties for teens in her Los Gatos mansion was dealt a huge blow during a bail hearing Feb. 3, not only because she was denied bail, but also due to the judge tipping his hand about...