Digest 6.9.05

Scheme robs woman of $10K
• Gilroy – A woman said she was bilked out of $10,000 by two
women selling fake diamonds in a shopping center parking lot
Tuesday afternoon.
Scheme robs woman of $10K

• Gilroy – A woman said she was bilked out of $10,000 by two women selling fake diamonds in a shopping center parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

The 35-year-old woman told police that the suspects, who were in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 7900 Arroyo Circle, about 3:15pm, offered to sell her a diamond they said was worth $20,000.

The victim went to her bank and withdrew $10,000 to purchase the diamond. She later took the diamond to a jeweler, who told her it was fake. The victim described the suspects as Hispanic females. No other information on the suspects was available.

Man arrested, 2 pounds of meth

• Gilroy – A man stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving was arrested on drug charges after more than 1 kilogram, or more than 2 pounds, of methamphetamine was found in his trunk.

Ismael Silva, 29, a transient, was stopped on northbound Highway 85, south of Cottle Road, by a California Highway Patrol officer who saw his Honda weaving within the traffic lanes at fluctuating speeds, said Officer Chris Armstrong.

At first, Silva presented the officer with a false driver’s license, but later gave his true name. Upon an inventory of items in the vehicle, the officer found methamphetamine in four separate packages in the trunk.

“It wasn’t packaged for sale, but he had enough paraphernalia that they will go after possession for sale, probably,” Armstrong said.

The drugs are estimated to be worth $30,000, according to a member of a narcotics investigation team based in South County and San Benito County.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possession for sale of a controlled substance, transportation for sale of a controlled substance, giving false information to an officer, offering false or forged instrument for record, and displaying a fraudulent identification card.

Concerts kick off Sunday

• Gilroy – It’s time to get rockin’ and a-rollin’ as the Gilroy tradition of free outdoor music each summer continues. The Summer Concerts in the Park series starts Sunday, with Ritmo, a Santana tribute band.

The concerts feature local musical talent from June to August, according to Gilroy Cultural Arts and Museum supervisor Cathy Mirelez. The concerts offer fun for the entire family in the outdoor amphitheater at Christmas Hill Park, with plenty of seating and a concrete dance floor.

The concerts are free and are sponsored this year by the Gilroy Foundation, Goldsmiths Seeds, Inc., the Gilroy Rotary Club and South Valley Disposal and Recycling, Inc. Additional funds came from proceeds of local theater productions such as “Forever Broadway” performed in January.

Proceeds from concession sales goes to youth programs in Gilroy, including the Youth Center and the playground program.

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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