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    CUPERTINO – A 29-year-old San Mateo man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a legally blind woman earlier this year in Cupertino, authorities said. Tips from the public helped detectives identify the suspect, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, San Mateo police officers arrested him on a $40,000 warrant in San Mateo. The sheriff’s office said the suspect was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment. The alleged crimes occurred on May 5. The victim was walking to her workplace in the area of North Stelling Road and Stevens Creek Boulevard when the suspect approached her and made “verbal flirtatious advances,” according to the sheriff’s office. The victim declined and continued to walk to her workplace. The sheriff’s office said the suspect later approached her in a parking lot, held her against her will and sexually assaulted her. A witness intervened and the suspect left the scene. On Nov. 8, the sheriff’s office released photographs and video surveillance footage of the suspect and his vehicle. Related Articles...
    The Santa Clara County jails are currently experiencing their highest level of active COVID-19 cases among the in-custody population, continuing a surge that began earlier this month and has now surpassed the peak of a record string of outbreaks in January. Data reported in an online dashboard maintained by the sheriff’s office show that through Friday, there were 140 active infections in the jails, which consist of the Elmwood Correctional Complex in Milpitas and the Main Jail in San Jose. The majority of the current spike in cases is centered on the Elmwood facility, which houses people under minimum- and medium-security supervision primarily in barracks and dorm-style settings. That figure represents a more than eight-fold increase since Nov. 3, when the spike began with 15 cases reported in a single day. On Tuesday, the county recorded 30 cases in a single day, the biggest one-day tally since January, when winter-driven increases across the country were taking hold. But that was a time before vaccines were widely available, and the current surge in the South Bay jails still tops even that early-year...
    The Santa Clara County jail system is seeing its largest surge in COVID-19 cases since a string of record-setting outbreaks in January, underscoring the ongoing infection risk in custody environments even amid wide availability of vaccines, including for the South Bay’s incarcerated population. Through Monday, there were 60 active cases in the county jails, with the majority reported at the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas, according to county data and accounts from family members of people being held in the jails. The biggest one-day surge of the last nine months was on Nov. 2, when 15 new in-custody infections were recorded. In the next five days, at least 45 new cases surfaced. A precise figure is not available because the online COVID-19 dashboard maintained by the sheriff’s office has a disparity between daily new cases and current active cases, meaning the surge could be a higher number that was offset by people coming off infection. A woman whose husband is being held in Elmwood’s M8, a dorm-style unit that has been hard hit by COVID-19 outbreaks since the start of...
    CUPERTINO (CBS SF) – Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who is legally blind in Cupertino earlier this year. On the afternoon of May 5, the victim was walking to her workplace near Stevens Creek Boulevard and Stelling Road when she was approached by the suspect. Deputies said the victim politely declined the suspect’s advances and continued to walk to work. READ MORE: 'The Worst I've Seen;' Oakland Residents, Motorists Shocked After Toddler Killed In I-880 Gun BattleThe suspect continued to follow the victim and later approached her a parking lot, where he held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted her, deputies said. Following the assault, deputies said an eyewitness approached the suspect, who ran through the parking lot and later fled in his vehicle. Deputies released surveillance video of the suspect as he was spotted in the parking lot and while he was running from the eyewitness. Photos of the suspect, who was spotted shopping at a store prior to the assault,...
    Video footage from a 2018 case involving a mentally ill man severely injured while being transported between Santa Clara County jails has been publicly released at the behest of the Board of Supervisors, as it continues its scrutiny of abuse allegations and calls for external probes into the sheriff’s office’s custody operations. The video footage chronicles how Andrew Hogan, in the throes of a psychiatric crisis, started harming himself at the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas and continued while being transported in a sheriff’s office van to the Main Jail in San Jose. The videos illustrate how Hogan repeatedly hit his head against the van wall and was left to lie in the blood-spattered vehicle with severe head injuries, as deputies refused to intervene while he cried for help then lapsed into unconsciousness. Details of the case were first revealed in September in a previously confidential county counsel report, also made public at the request of county supervisors. That report had been presented to the board in March 2020 in part to secure approval of a $10 million settlement to...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 52-year-old San Jose man was arrested Thursday morning in Modesto after fatally hitting his estranged wife with a car in San Jose, according to authorities. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department said Ignacio Espinoza, 52, was arrested at a Modesto transit center and taken back to San Jose. He was being held in county jail on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. READ MORE: Facebook Changing Corporate Name To MetaAccording to investigators, his estranged wife was discovered unconscious at around 10:44 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Jerilyn Drive at Dale Drive in unincorporated San Jose. She was rushed to a local hospital but died of her injuries. Ignacio Espinoza (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis told CBS San Francisco the victim had been hit by a car. The subsequent investigation determined that Espinoza was the prime suspect in the case. READ MORE: 31-Year-Old Killed In Overnight Vallejo ShootingDetectives tracked him to Modesto, where he was arrested at the Modesto Transit Center Wednesday afternoon. Davis said it’s...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 52-year-old San Jose man has been arrested at a Modesto bus station after allegedly murdering his estranged wife in an act of domestic violence Wednesday morning. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department said Ignacio Espinoza has been transported back to the Bay Area and was being held in county jail on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. READ MORE: Facebook Changing Corporate Name To MetaAccording to investigators, his estranged wife was discovered unconscious at around 10:44 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Jerilyn Drive at Dale Drive in unincorporated San Jose. She was rushed to a local hospital, but died of her injuries. The subsequent investigation determined that Espinoza was the prime suspect in the case. Detectives tracked him to Modesto, where he was arrested at the Modesto Transit Center Wednesday afternoon. READ MORE: Gilroy Man Arrested For Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash After Nearly Year-Long InvestigationEspinoza is a convicted felon and registered sex offender on multiple sex related charges consisting of rape and lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under the...
    SAN JOSE — A sergeant is formally entering the political fray and challenging Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith in next year’s election, citing a series of scandals hounding the six-term incumbent in her bid to convince voters that it’s time to change the South Bay’s top cop. Christine Nagaye, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s sergeant, is running to replace Sheriff Laurie Smith in the 2022 election. (Courtesy of Christine Nagaye)  Christine Nagaye, who has spent the past 19 years with the sheriff’s office almost entirely in the custody and jail division, announced the official start of her campaign Thursday, and says she wants to “restore integrity” to an office whose leader Smith has weathered heavy scrutiny in recent months, topped by a unanimous no-confidence vote in Smith passed by the county Board of Supervisors. “It’s been very disheartening,” Nagaye said in an interview. “I feel responsibility for my community. Integrity is something I hold near and dear to my heart.” Nagaye, a 50-year-old San Jose resident and Pennsylvania native, joins retired sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Jensen in challenging what will...
    SAN JOSE – A male inmate was revived following a possible fentanyl exposure and overdose Friday at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, authorities said. The incident was reported at 7:22 a.m. in dormitory 2B, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The sheriff’s office said correctional deputies “did not hesitate and immediately entered the jail cell and applied life-saving measures by administering three doses of Narcan to the inmate.” Narcan is used for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. The inmate immediately regained consciousness, the sheriff’s office said. He received first aid at the scene and was taken to a hospital for further medical evaluation. The sheriff’s office contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency to help process the jail cell. Detectives will “conduct a full investigation into the incident,” the sheriff’s office said. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is suspected in the death of a male inmate at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on July 22. He is believed to have ingested a powdered form of the drug. The drug...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County’s Civil Grand Jury began investigating the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office this week, apparently in line with an August referral from the Board of Supervisors calling for external probes centered on the agency’s operation of the county jails. The civil grand jury, a yearly, court-appointed governmental watchdog body composed of county residents, began interviewing witnesses Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the process. A civil grand jury also has a unique authority in the county to initiate removal proceedings for an elected sheriff. A reporter for this news organization visited a downtown San Jose courthouse that day and observed signs of civil grand jury proceedings, a process that is not open to the public and is only formally acknowledged if the body releases findings through the county Superior Court. The sheriff’s office declined to comment in response to an inquiry about the civil grand jury actions. It is not clear whether the civil grand jury can complete a robust review of the county’s jail operations — and potential sheriff’s office mismanagement as insinuated by...
    SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is training its legal arm and civilian police auditor on why the sheriff’s office scuttled an internal investigation into a mentally ill man seriously injured in a jail-transport van, a case that yielded an eight-figure settlement and underpins a wider probe into South Bay jail misconduct. A segment of Tuesday’s board meeting focused on newly public documents centered on the 2018 injuries suffered by Andrew Hogan, who in the midst of a psychiatric emergency repeatedly hit his head against the side of a jail-transport van while he was being taken from the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas to the Main Jail in San Jose, which houses a psychiatric services wing. Supervisor Joe Simitian and the board directed County Counsel James Williams and Michael Gennaco, the board-appointed head of the Office of County Law Enforcement Monitoring, to answer why the sheriff’s office stopped investigating what happened to Hogan. “Who authorized the suppression of the internal-affairs investigation, and for what reason?” Simitian said Tuesday. Gennaco said he has been stymied three times trying...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County jail staff and deputies stalled medical help for a mentally ill man who severely injured himself while being transported in jail custody three years ago, according to newly released two internal reports. The release of a previously confidential county counsel memo and a civilian auditor’s report is the latest salvo in county supervisors’ unprecedented probes into Sheriff Laurie Smith, whose office runs the jail. The documents also show an internal investigation into the incident was dropped for no clear reason. That played a significant factor in the county agreeing to a $10 million settlement with the family of Andrew Hogan, who was permanently disabled by the injuries he suffered. The reports, scheduled for discussion by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, offer new details in a case that has been heavily cited by supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee in an Aug. 17 referral that called for external local, state and federal investigations into the county’s broader jail operations. Released at the request of the two supervisors, the memo from the County Counsel’s Office...
    A retired sheriff’s captain who tried to unseat Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith in 2014 is trying again next year, amid a cloud of criticism over the six-term incumbent that hit a crescendo this week when the Board of Supervisors formally gave her a vote of no confidence. Kevin Jensen filed with the county registrar on Tuesday, records show, the same day that the no-confidence vote was held. As it happens, he participated in the public comment session for that hearing, in which he urged Smith to step down. But Jensen, 57, said his candidacy was not a reaction to the current controversies, but a continuation of his aim to reform the culture of the sheriff’s office. He added that recent controversies plaguing Smith’s tenure — led by pay-to-play bribery indictments against her commanders and political supporters along with costly jail-neglect settlements — have only fortified his call from seven years ago for wholesale change. “I am running because we have needed leadership that is ethical in the sheriff’s office for many years,” Jensen said. “Time has proven everything...
    After setting into motion unprecedented scrutiny into Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith’s operation of South Bay jails and corruption scandals plaguing her office, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare that they have no confidence in her fitness for the job. The 5-0 vote is purely symbolic given that Smith is an independently elected official, but the action’s architects, supervisors Joe Simitian and Susan Ellenberg, hope it will help speed up reforms and fuel external probes into Smith’s agency that the board approved earlier in August. The no-confidence resolution authored by Simitian and Ellenberg was largely founded on major injuries and subsequent multi-million-dollar settlements, that have been paid or are currently anticipated, involving mentally ill men in jail custody. “I know this is an unprecedented act, not one I came to lightly,” Simitian said. “This is a pattern of conduct that is years and years in its import, and it’s clearly conduct that is unbecoming of a public official, that is unbecoming of a law-enforcement official.” Tuesday’s resolution, and a board referral approved Aug. 17 and spearheaded by...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution declaring no confidence in Sheriff Laurie Smith at its next meeting Tuesday. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called for Smith’s resignation Aug. 16 over allegations of poor jail management, lack of transparency and accountability, as well as several bribery and corruption scandals. In doing so, Liccardo joined a long list of local leaders who have criticized Smith. READ MORE: Berkeley Police: Hacker Searched Teenage Girls Social Media Accounts For Nude Photos Days before Liccardo’s announcement, County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee demanded an investigation into the sheriff’s office, following millions of dollars in payouts to settle injury litigation from men in county custody. The board unanimously agreed Aug. 17 to release of county documents regarding some of the allegations. READ MORE: Attack Outside Kabul Airport Kills U.S. Servicemembers, Afghans Trying To Evacuate That same day, Smith held a press conference where she methodically refuted allegations and said she will not resign. The board does not have the authority to remove Smith from office,...
    Two Santa Clara County supervisors have proposed that the board issue a no-confidence vote for Sheriff Laurie Smith over her running of the South Bay’s jails and general management of the agency — failures they assert have cost taxpayers millions in legal settlements and have mired her office in high-profile corruption scandals. In a Board of Supervisors memo and accompanying resolution made public Wednesday, supervisors Joseph Simitian and Susan Ellenberg are calling for the Aug. 31 no-confidence vote, based on their ongoing scrutiny of high-figure jail-abuse and neglect settlements, and a series of criminal indictments that have ensnared Smith associates both in her command and political inner circles. “We find ourselves left with one regrettable conclusion. We no longer have confidence that Sheriff Laurie Smith is able to faithfully, effectively, and ethically perform the duties of Sheriff,” the memo reads. Last week, the board unanimously approved a referral authored by Simitian and Supervisor Otto Lee calling for external investigations into the county’s jail operations by the U.S. Department of Justice, California Attorney General and the county’s civil grand jury. Smith...
    SAN JOSE (BCN)– A San Jose man suspected of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl earlier this year in Santa Clara County was arrested on Friday. Edisson Garcia-Guzman, 44, was taken into custody in connection with the assault on May 30, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. READ MORE: Woman Wounded In Vallejo I-80 Sunday Night Freeway Shooting The girl was found in the area of Quimby Road near Bishop Price Way, in unincorporated San Jose. She told deputies she had been hitchhiking and was picked up by a man who gave her alcohol. The man allegedly physically and sexually assaulted the girl on the side of Quimby Road and then left her stranded there, according to the sheriff’s office. Edisson Garcia-Guzman (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) An investigation by sheriff’s office detectives led to identifying Garcia-Guzman as a suspect in the assault, and he reportedly admitted to meeting with the girl the night of the assault. READ MORE: Tough COVID Choice Goes Into Effect For San Jose City Employees -- Vaccinate Or Weekly Testing He was taken into...
    SAN JOSE – A 55-year-old Valley Transportation Authority trainee employee has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to “take care of business” and “shoot the place up” if the agency did not hire him, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The incident comes nearly three months after a disgruntled VTA employee shot and killed nine coworkers before turning his gun on himself. The mass shooting was the deadliest in Bay Area history. The trainee employee was in a program to become a VTA bus operator, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Two weeks ago, the man allegedly told another trainee employee he would “shoot up the place” if he was not hired, the sheriff’s office said. “(The suspect) insisted to the other trainee employee that he was simply joking around and was not to be taken seriously, due to him quoting a movie,” the sheriff’s office said. The incident was not immediately reported to the VTA or the sheriff’s office. According to the sheriff’s office, the man on Monday failed a quiz and had...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, who has faced sharp scrutiny over allegations of  abuse and neglect in South Bay jails, responded to the criticisms Tuesday, attempting to shift blame away her from her agency while categorically rebuffing calls for her resignation. Responding to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s statement Monday that it was “painfully obvious” Smith needed to step down, Smith replied simply: “No.” “I’m working because I love this organization,” she said. “We have a lot that we have to accomplish.” During a 45-minute news conference Tuesday, Smith methodically refuted allegations made in a Board of Supervisors referral that called for independent investigations of jail management by the state Attorney General and the county Civil Grand Jury, citing serious injuries of mentally ill men in custody, whose cases exposed the county to tens of millions of dollars in liability. “I welcome any and all investigations,” Smith said. “I believe it’s important to have experts providing in-depth review of some of the things that have been stated so we can get the truth out.” The sheriff...
    LOS GATOS – A Los Gatos elementary school teacher and youth theater director faces 35 years in prison after pleading no contest to child molestation and annoyance charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph Brian Houg, 51, of San Jose, pleaded no contest to 10 felony counts of child molestation and three misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, a spokesperson for the office said. Houg also agreed to resign from the Los Gatos Unified School District, where he worked as a teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary School. Detectives with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation in May 2020 after a 13-year-old boy claimed the director of the Los Gatos Youth Theatre, identified as Houg, had made him uncomfortable during a one-on-one video call. Houg kept asking the boy to see his abdomen muscles until he complied, the sheriff’s office said. Another 13-year-old reported a similar incident involving Houg. The investigation uncovered other incidents stretching back to 2003 and involving children as young as 8 years old. One victim told the sheriff’s office...
    SAN JOSE — Two Santa Clara County supervisors are calling for unprecedented outside scrutiny of the sheriff’s office and the jails it operates, asserting the agency has stubbornly resisted oversight of its management of county jails, including in cases of serious inmate injuries that exposed the county to millions of dollars in legal liability. In a referral submitted for the Board of Supervisors’ next meeting Tuesday, Joseph Simitian and Otto Lee are requesting the public release of records in the case of Andrew Hogan, with the aim of prompting external investigations into the sheriff’s office by both the state attorney general and a civil grand jury. Hogan was a mentally ill former inmate who was severely disabled after repeatedly injuring himself while riding unrestrained in a jail transport van. The supervisors’ referral asks the county counsel to release a confidential investigative report on Hogan’s case, as well as four-and-a-half hours’ worth of body-camera footage and other audio-video recordings of deputies’ response. The supervisors are also asking the Office of County Law Enforcement Monitoring — the civilian overseer of the sheriff’s...
    MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) — A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of multiple acts of child molestation in Morgan Hill, authorities said Thursday. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said on July 7, deputies investigated a sexual assault in an unincorporated part of Morgan Hill. READ MORE: San Francisco To Get 400 New Treatment Beds For Mental Health, Substance Abuse - An Unprecedented Expansion Investigators determined the suspect, Luis Alberto Lozano, was responsible for various acts of molestation on a number of victims. On Wednesday, detectives served a search warrant for his arrest, the sheriff’s office said. READ MORE: COVID Update: 3 East Bay Counties See Significant Surge in Cases From Delta Variant Luis Alberto Lozano (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) Lozano was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail without bail on eight counts of felony child molestation. The sheriff’s office was determining whether there are any other victims and encouraged anyone with additional information to contact the office at (408) 808-4500. MORE NEWS: Warden At California Womens Prison Being Investigated By Feds  
    MILPITAS (CBS SF/BCN) — A 32-year-old Santa Clara County Jail inmate died and a second inmate was hospitalized after the two were found unresponsive in a bathroom at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas early Thursday morning, county sheriff’s officials said. Jail deputies found the two inmates at 4:11 a.m. and began to perform CPR on them both. The 32-year-old man was pronounced dead and the second inmate, a 40-year-old man, was taken to a hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE: COVID Update: Mandatory Workplace Vaccinations Urged In Contra Costa, Santa Clara County, San Francisco Sheriff’s officials haven’t released the two inmates’ names or what led them to become unresponsive. READ MORE: Suspect In San Francisco SoMa Stabbing Arrested In Napa County The 32-year-old had been booked into jail on April 9 by Santa Clara police on suspicion of offenses including possession of a stolen vehicle and outstanding warrants, while the 40-year-old had been booked by the Sheriff’s Office on May 7 on a court remand issued by a judge. The county District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is challenging a civilian watchdog’s recommendation that deputies should be expressly limited on when they can fire less-lethal projectiles at protesters, saying that such restrictions would stop them from adequately ensuring public safety should demonstrations escalate into violence. “I think this is absolutely ludicrous,” Smith said at a special meeting held Thursday by the county supervisors’ health and hospital committee. Convened by supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee, the meeting was aimed at assessing county law enforcement’s inventory of “military-style” weaponry and equipment — including those acquired from the federal 1033 military surplus program — and policies governing how they deploy those weapons as well as less-lethal armaments. The meeting’s genesis was inspired heavily by the George Floyd protests last summer across the country and in San Jose. Those demonstrations were marred by a heavy-handed police response that included the prolific use of rubber and foam rounds, tear gas and pepper-spray munitions that left dozens of people injured or maimed both by direct shots and ricochets. Michael Gennaco, co-founder of the OIR...
    SAN JOSE — A Santa Clara County judge has thrown out an indictment against a top Apple security executive on the grounds that prosecutors failed to provide clear evidence that a proposed donation of 200 iPads to the sheriff’s office was a bribe to hasten the release of concealed-gun permits to the South Bay-based tech titan. In a decision issued Tuesday, Judge Eric Geffon ruled that the criminal grand jury that indicted Thomas Moyer last November “could not not have reasonably concluded that Moyer had a corrupt intent with respect to the donation of iPads to affect the issuance of CCW permits because he did not act to (sic) wrongfully to gain an advantage.” Geffon gave a nod to the contention by Moyer’s attorneys that no bribery motive existed because the concealed-carry weapon permits eventually issued to four Apple security employees in early 2019 had already been approved by the sheriff’s office by the time he proposed donating iPads to the agency’s training division. “As we have said from the outset, Tom is an honorable man who committed no crime,”...
    Multiple cans of gasoline, 12 firearms and approximately 22,000 rounds of various types of ammunition were found by law enforcement at the home of the gunman who fatally shot nine of his fellow employees at a light-rail yard in San Jose, California, local authorities announced Friday. Officials said that the suspect, Samuel Cassidy, 57, "was prepared to use his firearms to take as many lives as he possibly could." Santa Clara County Sheriff's office "It is clear that this was a planned event," a statement from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office read.  On Wednesday, the county sheriff's office received multiple 911 calls about shots fired at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority around 6:34 a.m. local time. Employees of the facility were evacuated from the building, which operates as a transit control center. The gunman fired 39 shots and appeared to target some of the victims, employees of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which operates the rail yard, Sheriff Laurie Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday.  Deputies did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who had...
    The suspected gunman who killed nine work colleagues at a California transit facility stockpiled an arsenal of weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition and Molotov cocktails at his home before setting the residence ablaze the morning of the rampage, authorities said Friday.  The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said a search of Samuel Cassidy's San Jose, Calif., home yielded multiple cans of gasoline, 12 firearms and 25,000 rounds of different types of ammunition. Authorities also found 17 Molotov cocktails inside. "They were in glass containers that were filled with liquids. It appeared to be flammable liquids. Further lab testing will be done at a later date to confirm the actual liquid, but there was also some cloth or paper on the top of them which can be set on fire in order to use the device," Santa Clara County Sheriff Sgt. Joe Piazza said, FOX affiliate KTVU-TV reported. Piazza said investigators are assuming that the weapons were placed around the home so that Cassidy would have access to them during an emergency. Investigators and bomb units searched Cassidy's home where...
    Thirty-one Santa Clara County inmates have been charged in a vicious mass beating of a man in which they punched, kicked and dragged the victim for more than five minutes over suspicions that he informed on his fellow gang members, according to explosive new filings announced Tuesday. But the severity and brutality of the beating — one attacker allegedly poured floor cleaner onto the victim’s open wounds — might not even be the most shocking aspect of the attack. That might lie in the absence of any intervention from correctional officers while the accused inmates ticked off 337 seconds literally knocking the man from wall to wall with seemingly no intent to conceal their actions, leaving him naked in a bloodied heap with head injuries and several broken bones. The 40-year-old victim was attacked just minutes after he was booked at the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas the evening of Nov. 30, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. He was placed into a dorm with 36 other men being held together because of their affiliations with...
    A top Apple security executive charged in a Santa Clara County corruption probe is seeking his case’s dismissal on the grounds that prosecutors have no clear evidence his proposed donation of iPads to the sheriff’s office was a bribe to hasten concealed-gun permits for his employees. In a motion filed Thursday in the county Superior Court, attorneys for Thomas Moyer argue that the district attorney’s office not only failed to prove Moyer was trying to bribe anyone, but gave grand jurors bad instructions for determining who had to benefit from the donation for it to qualify as a bribe. “The Santa Clara District Attorney has ignored facts and evidence proving Mr. Moyer’s innocence, and they have distorted the law to be able to drag him into this case,” attorney Mary McNamara said in a statement. Moyer was indicted in November alongside county Undersheriff Rick Sung and sheriff’s Capt. James Jensen on allegations that they brokered the donation of 200 iPads to the sheriff’s office to free up the release of concealed-carry weapons permits for four Apple executive protection agents. The...
    About half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Department employees have declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning that dozens of staffers are working in jails unvaccinated, according to the office. Although 861 of the department’s more than 1,800 employees have received both doses of the vaccine, almost 800 more have declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine, sheriff’s officials reported Thursday during the county’s Public Safety and Justice Committee meeting. Another 200 or so employees do not yet qualify to receive it. The high number of refusals left county supervisors reeling Thursday, particularly as the number of incarcerated people who have been infected surged past 500 since the start of the new year. Of the employees that have declined the vaccine, about 400 work in the custody division. “I am a little bit speechless,” said County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. “We cannot significantly reduce or eliminate outbreaks in the jails if every day, we have people coming into the jail who haven’t been vaccinated.” At least 536 county inmates have gotten COVID-19 since last March, according to the sheriff’s office reporting...
    (CNN)A California sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged on Friday with felony vandalism and falsely reporting a crime for allegedly staging a "shocking ambush," according to the Santa Clara County district attorney's office.A year ago, on January 31, 2020, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sukhdeep Gill reported that "he was shot from a passing car as he stood on a dark rural road," according to a news release from the district attorney's office. When officers responded, no serious injuries were found on Gill and it appeared that he had been shot only once on his body camera, which was destroyed, the release said. Gill's report triggered a manhunt for the alleged shooter, according to the release.Gill told officers that "he had parked on the dirt shoulder to urinate during a routine patrol. While walking back towards the driver side of his patrol car he was shot at by the passenger in a silver sedan that had turned off its lights as it approached him."An investigation found evidence that "exposed serious discrepancies in the deputy's account," the release said. Gill...
    MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) — A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and accused of lying about a shooting last year in which he was reported to be injured. Deputy Sukhdeep Gill was arrested on Friday and charged with filing a false police report along with felony vandalism. On January 31, 2020, Gill reported he had been shot and injured in an ambush on Uvas Road in unincorporated Morgan Hill, and was saved when the bullet struck the body camera he was wearing. On the police report, Gill said a vehicle approach with its lights switched off and or more suspects fired at least four shots at him as he stood outside his patrol vehicle. Gill reported he returned fire. At the time, Sheriff Laurie Smith called the shooting a possible hate crime and an “an ambush.” Gill, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 2015, is said to be a practicing Sikh who wears a traditional headdress. After conducting an extensive investigation and review of the evidence, detectives believed the evidence suggests that the shooting did not...
    LOS GATOS (CBS SF) — A Los Gatos man was arrested Wednesday for possession of child pornography after authorities received a tip from a U.S. Department of Justice task force. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said the tip from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) indicated that child porn was being downloaded and distributed via messaging apps Snapchat and Kik from an address on Woolaroc Drive in unincorporated Los Gatos. Samuel Mesa (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) Sheriff’s detectives and U.S. Marshals served a search warrant at the address Wednesday morning and arrest a suspect identified as 23-year-old Samuel Mesa, the sheriff’s office said. Mesa was arrested for possession of child pornography and detectives seized a number of electronic devices from him for analysis. Detectives also obtained a confession from Mesa, according to the sheriff’s office. Mesa was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. The sheriff’s office said the investigation was ongoing and urged anyone who may have had inappropriate contact with Mesa to contact the sheriff’s office at (408) 808-4500 or the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services anonymous...
    SARATOGA – Authorities on Tuesday arrested a woman and a man on suspicion of burglarizing half a dozen vehicles at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga late last month. The thefts were reported at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Within six hours of the thefts, a victim noticed one of her items listed for sale on OfferUp, a mobile marketplace where people buy and sell goods online, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said detectives identified the owner of the OfferUp account, a 36-year-old woman, as well as her associated Facebook profile and two other stolen items for sale. They also identified the woman’s 31-year-old boyfriend, who was on probation for possession of stolen property and was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor. The ankle monitor showed the man was at the scene of the vehicle burglaries, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said detectives obtained a search warrant for the woman’s home, vehicle and storage locker. On Tuesday morning, they served the warrant and reportedly recovered...
    SAN JOSE – The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced it is forming a task force to combat right-wing terrorists. The task force is being formed in light of the pro-President Donald Trump mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol Building last week and the heightened level of security leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The sheriff’s office said the task force will be comprised of deputies, detectives and other law enforcement personnel, and will investigate any right-wing terrorists who intend to harm public officials, destroy government facilities or put the community at risk. The task force also plans to collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center on investigations, the sheriff’s office said. “The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office remains dedicated to the preservation of public safety and the protection of constitutional rights,” the sheriff’s office said in the release. “We have zero tolerance for violence and terrorism in our community and value our partnership with the community to achieve this goal.” An...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Staff at the Santa Clara County Main Jail discovered one of its inmates was unresponsive Saturday evening and transported him to a local hospital, where doctors declared him dead within an hour, the county sheriff’s office said. Deputies discovered the unresponsive inmate at 7 p.m. Saturday during a routine welfare check, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office said. Deputies and jail medical staff performed CPR and other life-saving measures before the San Jose Fire Department and paramedics arrived to transport him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:42 p.m. The 52-year-old man was booked into custody on Dec. 27 for charges of criminal threats, a violation of a court order and a violation of a restraining order, the sheriff’s office said. “The Sheriff’s Office is following standard protocol for an in-custody death that includes, but is not limited to; joint investigation between Sheriff’s Office investigators and District Attorney’s investigators, as well as the Medical Examiner Coroner’s Office,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Based on our preliminary investigation, there were no...
    SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it is looking into photos posted on Facebook that show at least three of its correctional deputies at an indoor party last weekend with little to no mask wearing or social distancing and where partygoers shared a beer bong. The photos surfaced as the county is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections in the general population and also among sheriff’s office staff and jail inmates. The Mercury News reported Thursday that more than 30 photographs and videos were posted from the Dec. 6 party on a jail deputy’s profile that was registered under an alias. Dec. 6 was the same day that Santa Clara County went into a lockdown, which prohibited people from gathering with others outside of their own household. The photos suggest that well over three households — the pre-lockdown gathering limit — were at the party. The sheriff’s office said it was not aware of the party and would review the event. “As a law enforcement agency, we expect our staff to hold...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it is looking into photos posted on Facebook that show at least three of its correctional deputies at an indoor party last weekend with little to no mask wearing or social distancing and where partygoers shared a beer bong. The photos surfaced as the county is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections in the general population and also among sheriff’s office staff and jail inmates. The Mercury News reported Thursday that more than 30 photographs and videos were posted from the Dec. 6 party on a jail deputy’s profile that was registered under an alias. Dec. 6 was the same day that Santa Clara County went into a lockdown, which prohibited people from gathering with others outside of their own household. The photos suggest that well over three households — the pre-lockdown gathering limit — were at the party. The sheriff’s office said it was not aware of the party and would review the event. “As a law enforcement agency, we expect our staff to hold...
    REDWOOD CITY – An investigation is underway into an in-custody death at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, authorities said. The inmate was found unresponsive during a housing pod security check just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The inmate received medical treatment including CPR but was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office said an initial investigation indicated the inmate died of natural causes. The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office will release the inmate’s identity after their family has been notified. Check back for updates. Related Articles A man was beaten to death in East Bay jail months ago, and officials never announced it. Suspect was hours away from being released Contra Costa sheriff’s office investigating inmate death Santa Clara County moves ahead with replacing jail project with treatment facility Jail inmate in Contra Costa County dies Editorial: Santa Clara County Sheriff must stop stalling on oversight plan
    Apple executive Thomas Moyer was indicted in California this week over his alleged bribery of government officials with hundreds of iPads in exchange for concealed weapon permits. Moyer allegedly offered a local sheriff’s office 200 iPads worth $70,000 in exchange for four concealed carry licenses. According to a report by CNBC, Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer was indicted this week after he allegedly attempted to bribe a Santa Clara sheriff’s office with $70,000 worth of iPads. Moyer is accused of attempting to bribe the Santa Clara County Sheriff by promising to donate 200 iPads to the sheriff’s department in exchange for four concealed carry permits. Moyer’s attorney, Ed Swanson, claims that Moyer will be acquitted at trial. ″Tom Moyer is innocent of the charges filed against him. He did nothing wrong and has acted with the highest integrity throughout his career. We have no doubt he will be acquitted at trial,” Swanson said in a short statement. Swanson claims that Moyer’s indictment is the product of an ongoing conflict between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the local law enforcement officials....
    By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - Apple Inc's security chief on Monday was indicted on bribery charges as prosecutors alleged he promised a donation of 200 iPads to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office to secure four concealed-weapon permits for Apple employees. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said a grand jury indicted Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer, 50, and two officers in the Sheriff's Office. The officers were charged with soliciting bribes for issuing concealed carry permits. Carrying concealed firearms in California is illegal without a permit, and county sheriffs have broad discretion over their issuance. Moyer's attorney said he was innocent of the charges. Apple said it had conducted its own investigation and found no wrongdoing. The indictments came amid an ongoing corruption probe by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office into the Sheriff's Office over allegations that contributions to Sheriff Laurie Smith's 2018 re-election campaign were exchanged for concealed weapons permits. That case did not involve Apple. Moyer's attorney, Ed Swanson, said Moyer had applied for weapons permits for some Apple security personnel to protect...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Cali. (KGO) -- The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office formally announced Monday morning indictments against the county's undersheriff and Apple's security chief as part of its ongoing investigation into a concealed weapons permit scheme.DA Jeff Rosen announced the charges against Undersheriff Rick Sung and Thomas Moyer, the head of Global Security at Apple.According to Rosen, Sung held back issuing concealed weapons permits to Apple's security team, until Moyer agreed to donate $70,000 worth of iPads to the sheriff's office.Rosen says the donation was pulled back once the DA's office issued search warrants into the case.RELATED: Santa Clara County sheriff's captain among 4 indicted on felony bribery and conspiracy chargesA total of seven indictments have now been issued in the alleged scheme, where some of the money went to Sheriff Laurie Smith's 2018 reelection campaign.Smith hasn't been charged.The Santa Clara Sheriff's Office issued a statement regarding Monday's indictments saying, "As law enforcement officers, we are held to the highest moral and ethical standards. This is a difficult time for our organization, however out goal remains to provide...
    SAN JOSE — The top security chief for Apple headlines a batch of new criminal indictments for allegedly brokering bribes with Santa Clara County sheriff’s office commanders — including the newly indicted undersheriff — in exchange for coveted concealed-gun permits, the latest development in an ongoing corruption probe ensnaring the agency. Thomas Moyer, 50, Apple’s chief security officer, was indicted last week by a criminal grand jury on allegations that he, Undersheriff Rick Sung, and Capt. James Jensen arranged for 200 iPads to be donated to the sheriff’s office to loosen up the release of concealed-carry weapons permits for Apple security officers. The sheriff’s office is the police force for Cupertino, where Apple’s global headquarters are located. But that donation was shelved once a separate DA investigation into pay-to-play suspicions involving the concealed-gun permits — in which Jensen was one of four people indicted earlier this year — got underway in August 2019, District Attorney Jeff Rosen said at a Monday news conference. Jensen was indicted a second time, in connection with the Moyer case, and insurance broker Harpreet Chadha...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A grand jury has issued two indictments​ charging Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung, Sheriff’s Captain James Jensen, a local business owner and the head of Global Security for Apple with bribery in the concealed weapons permit scandal, prosecutors announced Monday. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced that Sung and Jensen are accused of requesting bribes for concealed firearms (CCW) licenses. Meanwhile, insurance broker Harpreet Chadha and Apple’s Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer are accused of offering bribes to get them. Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung Earlier this year, Jensen was among several people indicted on felony bribery and conspiracy charges in a scheme tied to Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 reelection campaign. Prosecutors said Jensen and three other defendants are accused of conspiring to engineer a $90,000 bribe — $45,000 of which allegedly went to support Smith’s re-election — to obtain the permits. Sheriff Smith has not been charged with any wrongdoing. The defendants will be arraigned on January 11, 2021. If convicted, the defendants could receive prison time. “Undersheriff Sung and Captain...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung has been indicted in connection with a watershed corruption probe alleging that his office helped broker an exchange of political donations to his boss’s re-election campaign for coveted concealed-gun permits, officials and sources confirmed Friday. The indictment, which also entailed an additional charge against key defendant Capt. James Jensen, is the latest answer to widely held questions about how far up the investigation will go. Sheriff Laurie Smith, who has the sole statutory authority in her office to issue the concealed-carry weapons permits, has not been charged, but along with Sung invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to a criminal grand jury in August. In its statement, the sheriff’s office formally confirmed the indictment. “On November 20, 2020, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that Undersheriff Rick Sung has been formally indicted by a Grand Jury. Undersheriff Sung has been placed on administrative leave and we continue to cooperate with the District Attorney’s Office,” the statement reads. “The Sheriff’s Office was also made aware that an additional...
    FREMONT (CBS SF) – A woman was arrested and faces multiple charges after ramming a patrol car and leading authorities on a chase stretching from Saratoga to Fremont Thursday morning. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a home near Monte Vista Drive and Montewood Drive shortly after 7:50 a.m. after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle in a driveway and a woman wandering around their backyard. Deputies said they attempted to approach the woman, but she ran to her vehicle and rammed a patrol car. She then led authorities on a chase from Saratoga to Fremont, more than 20 miles away. The sheriff’s office said they deployed spike strips to immobilize the woman’s vehicle, which eventually stopped near the Interstate 680 / Mission Boulevard interchange. She was then taken into custody without further incident. Scene following a police chase from Saratoga to Mission Boulevard in Fremont on November 19, 2020. (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) No injuries were reported. Deputies said the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Matthai was booked into the Santa Clara County Main...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 54-year-old man was arrested over the weekend on DUI charges after crashing his vehicle into planes parked at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, authorities said. The incident took place at 4:45 p.m. Saturday when Santa Clara County deputies responded to a collision report at the small airport. Upon arrival, deputies located the male driver, Hung Nguyen, and determined he had damaged three planes with his vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was expected to survive. Based on their investigation, deputies suspected Nguyen was driving while under the influence. He will be booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail upon release from the hospital. This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at 408-808-4500. Alternatively, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431.
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