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September 23, 2023
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Use of digital surveillance tech by Los Gatos police questioned

Flock Safety camera
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has promoted its network of the license plate readers it’s set up around town to monitor traffic and alert it to vehicles deemed suspicious, handing out awards to officers who’ve used the cameras to crack cases and highlighting...

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a deputy

A man suspected of attempting to kill a sheriff's deputy in Santa Clara County was taken into custody on Jan. 30, the Sheriff's Office announced.  Emmanuel Diaz Ramos, 41, was located at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell and was arrested and booked into the...

San Jose man charged with dealing fentanyl-laced pills to Los Gatos High School students who overdosed

A San Jose man has been charged with selling pills containing fentanyl to Los Gatos High School students that caused them to overdose, authorities say. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, 23-year-old Simon Armendariz was known around the campus—and across the community—as...

Police alerted to 6 dogs off-leash at Bachman Park; cigarette case stolen from parked vehicle (Police Blotter, Dec. 4-10)

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Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department "Police Blotter" for the week of Dec. 4-10, 2022. Dec. 4 • A caller reported six dogs were off their leashes at Bachman Park at 5:04pm. Dec. 5 • A man was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and resisting...

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,...

Discarded ballots returned to voting officials; more missing mail found

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On a midday visit to the Sugarloaf Road turn-off, Monday, the Los Gatan discovered another discarded collection of previously-opened mail, just over the edge. It's the same vicinity, just north of Scotts Valley, where about two or three dozen election ballots were discovered days earlier,...

Family who says they need fence to protect against antisemitic violence told to tear it down

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A Los Gatos couple who said they needed their six-foot fence in part to protect themselves against antisemitic violence has been told they must tear it down. The Planning Commission unanimously refused to allow an exception to the three-foot-max rule for the property at 755...

Youth egg home on Avery Lane—again; credit card stolen from mailbox (Police Blotter, Oct. 30-Nov. 5)

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Police Blotter for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. From the files of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. Oct. 30 • A man was arrested for being in possession of unlawful paraphernalia on the 200 block of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road at 3:55am. • A vehicle was...

Participants of Community Police Academy reach finish line

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It was the day after retired Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Tam McCarthy helped lay a long-time cop, John Pernick, to rest. So on Oct. 27, as he gave an address at a much more celebratory gathering—the inaugural Los Gatos Community Police Academy graduation—he...

Sheriff Laurie Smith announces immediate retirement

Laurie Smith
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...