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June 20, 2024
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After legal threat, Los Gatos compromises with gun lobby

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Town Attorney Gabrielle Whelan said Sept. 5 in her closed session report that the Town Council had met in private to discuss a legal threat from the gun lobby, which asked Los Gatos to delay enforcing its new concealed carry ordinance on public transit,...

O’Connor reportedly being offered 17-year sentence by judge to plead

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Next week, Shannon O’Connor, the Los Gatos mother currently detained on 39 charges including child endangerment and sexual battery, will officially hear what her punishment would be if she pled guilty to all those crimes. A parent the Los Gatan is not naming to protect...

Prosecutors say Los Gatos mother tried to establish drug ring in jail

Over the past few months, Shannon O’Connor, the woman charged with manipulating teens into attending her drunken parties, came up with a scheme to smuggle drugs into the jail she’s stuck in, as her cases wind their way through Santa Clara County Superior Court,...

O’Connor considering pleading to all charges

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As Shannon O’Connor, the Los Gatos mom charged with throwing illegal parties for teens and facilitating sexual assault, sat in Department 39 of the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice talking to her lawyer, Monday, it wasn’t for the start of the two-week preliminary...

Young women meet with female leaders

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The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara welcomed nearly 100 attendees recently to this year’s Young Women’s Power Lunch, hosting approximately 60 young women ranging from eighth grade through high school to meet with mentors comprised of female judicial officers, attorneys, elected...

New Grand Jury to be sworn-in Dec. 15

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The Santa Clara County Superior Court will discharge the 2022 Civil Grand Jury and impanel 19 new Civil Grand Jury members on Dec. 15, Presiding Judge Theodore C. Zayner said today. The Civil Grand Jury, an arm of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, investigates...

BLAZING BATTERIES: Recycler fined $25k for Campbell garbage truck fires

A San Jose recycling company has been ordered by a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge to pay $25,000 in civil penalties for causing dangerous fires to start in the back of garbage trucks in Campbell.   The company, iDiskk, LLC, its principal Yue Zou,...

Sheriff Laurie Smith announces immediate retirement

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The jury is still out, but Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith decided she didn’t want to wait for a verdict that could have forced her removal from office, announcing Oct. 31 she was resigning immediately. “This letter is to notify you of my retirement...

Court of Appeal considers whether to free ‘party mom’ again

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California’s 6th District Court of Appeal heard arguments Oct. 13 about whether a Los Gatos woman charged with throwing alcohol-fuelled parties for teens should be released from jail. A Superior Court judge denied bail for Shannon O’Connor earlier this year, but the State Supreme Court...

Los Gatos’ elementary school district to pay $5.1 million in child sex abuse case

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Updated: 11:58 am, Oct. 21, 2022 Los Gatos' public elementary school system has agreed to pay a total of $5.1 million to two men who were sexually abused as children by Blossom Hill Elementary School teacher Joseph Brian Houg, the lawyers for the victims said...