San Jose Police Grapple with Steep Rise in Rape Reports

SJPD has seen an increase in sexual assault reports. But they aren’t sure whether rapes are rising, or whether more victims are speaking up.

Sheriff Smith Continues Damage Control as Jail Scandals Stack Up

Inmates are dying, jail guards are breaking laws and sending racist texts, and worse, some may even be raping the men and women behind bars.

Records Request Targets Cellphone-Spying Technology

A computer security consultant is sparring with the city over records related to the San Jose Police Department’s use of a cellphone spying technology.

Supervisor Mike Wasserman Prefers Status Quo, Rural/Metro

Mike Wasserman’s special brand of milquetoast conservatism has made him the Ray Romano of local politics. He’s beloved for his affable nature, frequent banquet and ribbon-cutting attendance and unwavering commitment to ensuring no boat is rocked unless steady to sleep.

Sierra LaMar Murder Trial Hinges on Substantial DNA Evidence

Newly released Grand Jury transcripts show that investigators have gathered mounds of physical evidence linking missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar and Antolin Garcia Torres—her suspected kidnapper and killer—even though nothing suggests the two knew each other before her disappearance in 2012.

Sources: FBI Investigates County Ambulance Provider Rural/Metro

Fly has learned that the FBI has been investigating county ambulance provider Rural/Metro for its creative political activity. The investigation’s scope is not fully known, but sources say investigators have been looking into the ambulance company’s connection to Pacific Printing, a political mail house aligned with local organized labor.