ImageGilroy Dispatch, Love story turned sour

Left “numb” and reeling from the murder-suicide of a married couple found dead inside their Gilroy home, reflections from friends, family and neighbors depict Lynn Shimek as a “social butterfly;” mother of two; devoted friend, and her husband Chris Shimek – a San Jose police sergeant of 16 years – as a “genuine, standup guy” and “respected” figure in the community whose possessive behavior stifled his wife in their “roller coaster” relationship.

Gilroy DispatchMurder-suicide- Iraq war veteran kills 11-year-old sister

Gilroy police have suspended the search for the body of Martha Gutierrez, 52, who they believe was shot and killed inside a car by her son Abel Gutierrez, 27. She was last seen Tuesday, the day before her 11-year-old daughter Lucero Luna-Gutierrez was murdered by Abel in their apartment off Kern Avenue in northwest Gilroy. Abel, an Iraq war veteran who apparently was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, then shot and killed himself.

Following a business trip to the East Coast 10 years ago, Suzanne Calley headed home to San Martin on board American Airlines Flight 77. Her plane was scheduled to land in Los Angeles, where Calley would board a connecting flight to San Jose. Her husband, Frank Jensen, would be waiting. “But they shut down the whole airport,” he recalls. So Jensen went home. He looked up his wife’s ticket number. He called American Airlines. Three to four hours later, a representative officially confirmed the grim reality. “Yes, her ticket was on board. Yes, she boarded.”

From drought to mold, unseasonably cool temperatures to hungry nematodes, winemakers take their occupational wildcards in stride. It’s all part of viticulture’s chronic “cycle” – a perennial “roller coaster” dictated by Mother Nature, consumer demands and industry trends. With U.S. volume wine sales rising for the 18th consecutive year according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and public policy association for California wine, consumer thirst is showing no signs of becoming parched. Wine sales will grow 7 to 11 percent this year, as calculated by the Silicon Valley Bank’s Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. But the grape supply is going – going – gone.

Gilroy Dispatch, He coveted his neighbor’s riches

As graphic court documents illuminate the home invasion of a Gilroy resident, details show heinous acts of torture, burglary and threats of murder originated from green-eyed envy when a neighbor motioned to Wise’s gated property and commented “that life wasn’t fair.” Since the May 3 arrest of six suspects involved in the Feb. 6 break-in and brutal assault of Gary Wise, 59, inside his home on the 1000 block of Rucker Avenue, police reports tell the story of a botched robbery turned violent, the instigator who backed out days prior and his remorse upon learning what cruel methods were employed to coerce the victim’s cooperation.

Gilroy Dispatch, Billing error or embezzlement

Gilroy Unified School Board trustee Francisco Dominguez, who owns his own consulting firm, says he has resolved a billing dispute with a leading social service organization in South County, but the agency’s former treasurer, longtime Gilroy accountant John Blaettler, says it’s a case of “systematic” embezzlement. See also: Francisco Dominguez resigns from school board

The Gilroy Dispatch, Former Gilroy sex trafficking victim receiving award

In the back of an old stucco building near the middle of Downtown Gilroy, 21-year-old Emelen Recillas went to sleep every night on a bathroom towel, which she laid on a cement floor alongside 30 other immigrant women who served drinks and entertained male visitors at a Morgan Hill bar.


Gilroy Dispatch, Gilroy brothers ticketed for rescuing rabbit from creek

Two wetsuit-clad Gilroyans are heroes – at least in the eyes of a rabbit who cheated a watery death. Scott Adams, 25, and Gregory Adams, 14, “intermittently” hop in Uvas Creek if water levels rise, then scope the scene for animals that might be stranded. “Only when it gets high,” said Scott, a graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., who lettered on the swim team all four years.

Gilroy Dispatch, DA- Felony grand theft charges for MACSA leaders

Two former leaders of the Mexican American Community Services Agency who allegedly used employees’ retirement savings for school supplies, a salary raise, a YMCA membership, food from local supermarkets, computers, office supplies and other general operating costs are being charged with felony grand theft and could face up to three years in prison, Santa Clara County’s District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Thursday morning.

Gilroy Dispatch, Cop sex case done

A former San Jose police officer from Gilroy charged with molesting two underage teen boys will serve eight months of house arrest with an ankle monitor, a sentence that “disappointed” prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott after he requested the maximum sentence of three years, eight months in state prison. 

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