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November 27, 2022
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Campaign signs stolen; dirt bike “menace” (Police Blotter, Oct. 16-22)

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Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 16-22. Oct. 16 • Someone damaged a toilet on Miles Avenue. • Two juveniles were reportedly tagging street signs with graffiti on Hicks Road and Shannon Oaks Lane. Oct. 17 • A vehicle was burglarized on Blossom Hill Road. • Campaign signs were...

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...

During School Bus Safety Week, CHP urges residents to take caution

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With National School Bus Safety Week underway, the California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to stop for the carriers of the most precious cargo. Running Oct. 17-21, the week is meant to bring awareness to the personal responsibility involved in ensuring students make it to...

Officers recognized for saving lives, nabbing thieves

Police officers and civilians were honored for going above the call of duty during an official luncheon attended by more than 100 people on Oct. 6. The Los Gatos Monte-Sereno Police Foundation event, held at the History Club of Los Gatos, bestowed accolades for recovering...

Man reported for “yelling about Satan;” driver recovers rolls of toilet paper that fell out (Police Blotter, Sept. 25-Oct. 1)

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Police Blotter for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Sept. 25 • Golf clubs, money and various documents were reported stolen on Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. • Two young boys were inside a store on the 400 block of N. Santa Cruz Avenue at 6:25pm, “throwing balls.” The...

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....

4 children reported for playing with a lighter at creek on Escobar Ave (Police Blotter, Sept. 18-24)

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Police Blotter for the week of Sept. 18-24, 2022. Sept. 18 • A woman was arrested for being in possession of an open container of alcohol while driving on Los Gatos Boulevard and Walker Street at 1:20am. • A caller reported two men were standing outside “being...

Man arrested after displaying imitation firearm; rock thrown through vehicle window (Police Blotter, Sept. 11-16)

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From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department for the week of Sept. 11-16. Sept. 11 • A caller reported loud music coming from a house on Ridgecrest Avenue at 12:11am. • Someone threw a rock through a vehicle’s window on Pinehurst Avenue. • A porta-potty...

Driver throws lunch out of vehicle window; $7,000 worth of merchandise stolen (Police Blotter, Aug. 28-Sept. 3)

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From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2022. Aug. 28 • A caller reported they were awoken by “loud talking” on More Avenue at 2:03am, and wanted police to ask them to “tone it down.” • An...