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March 26, 2023
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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

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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...

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...