Digest 3.22.05

Police track suspected dealers
Gilroy
– Police earlier this month watched as an 18-year-old local man
sold marijuana at two places in town to both adults and
juveniles.
Police track suspected dealers

Gilroy – Police earlier this month watched as an 18-year-old local man sold marijuana at two places in town to both adults and juveniles.

Members of Gilroy Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team conducted surveillance at Las Animas Veterans Park about 6pm Saturday, March 12. They saw Joseph Fraga, of 7751 Carmel St., and two 19-year-old men peddle drugs out of a black Mercedes sedan.

Police say Fraga, along with Hiroaki Daniel Hill, 19, of 6295 Pacheco Pass Highway, and Steven Quinn Due, 19, of Los Banos, sold narcotics to people in the park on several occasions that evening. Those who purchased drugs from Fraga were detained by police as they left the area.

Police then watched Fraga and his passengers drive to the area of Juniper Drive, west of Westwood drive between First and Third streets. There, Fraga sold more drugs, this time to juveniles who were in the neighborhood, police said.

All three men were arrested on suspicion of sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics for sale, both felonies.

In a search of the car, police found a sizable amount of marijuana packaged for sale.

ACT continuously conducts this type of operation around Gilroy, and anyone with information may report it anonymously to 846-0384.

Laird named top legislator

Gilroy – Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, has been named 2005 Legislator of the Year by the California Federation of Teachers.

CFT President Mary Bergan said the award was given in recognition of Laird’s legislative achievements and work on behalf of educators. In the past year, Laird has authored a bill that reimbursed schools for providing “hatred and intolerance prevention” training, and as chair of the Assembly budget committee, has held hearings to combat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed cuts to education funding.

8-year-old boy might have avoided assault

Morgan Hill – An 8-year-old Morgan Hill boy might have avoided being sexually assaulted by waiting inside a bathroom stall in the TJ Maxx department store.

The boy was with his mother shopping Wednesday when he entered the restroom and noticed a man standing outside his stall, police said. The man slipped a threatening note under the door causing the boy to stay in the stall.

“He could see the guy standing right outside his stall, not moving, and he decided it was best to stay in the bathroom for a while,” Lt. Joe Sampson said. “It is not clear if someone else came into the bathroom or exactly what happened, but all of the sudden, the suspect ran out of the bathroom and ran out of the store.”

The note was found by a TJ Maxx employee while cleaning and will be held for evidence, Sampson said.

MHPD detectives may have another link to help them find the suspect, he said. On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, a “similarly described male” was discovered masturbating in the children’s clothing section of TJ Maxx. In that incident, the man ran out of the store when he was discovered, Sampson said, and the employees did not contact the police until the following day.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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