Local Digest 10/4

Man sought for indecent exposure

Gilroy – Police are looking for a man seen masturbating in Christmas Hall Park Monday morning. A woman told police she saw the suspect masturbating near the park amphitheater restrooms about 11am.

The woman warned other’s in the area, who saw the suspect fleeing on foot. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, between 25- and 35-years-old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with combed-back black hair.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Kurt Svardal, or Detective Mitch Madruga, at 846-0350.

Sip, swirl and savor at festival

Gilroy – Gilroy knows how to throw a great party and will do so again from 10am to 5pm, Saturday at Christmas Hill Park.

The first Gilroy Art & Wine Festival will provide food and wine lovers with opportunities to taste great award winning wines while also enjoying specialty items from fabulous local restaurants. Artisans, craftsman and entertainers will add to the festival fun while patrons enjoy this free event.

Concert benefits Sister City tour

Gilroy – The South Valley Suzuki Music Foundation will present a fall concert on Oct. 16 at 1pm to benefit the youth orchestra’s Sister City Friendship Tour to the Azores Islands of Portugal in 2006, led by Gilroy Mayor al Pinheiro. The concert will feature renowned violinist and vocalist Beverly Blount and will be held at the home of Steve and Marie Blankley. Cost is $50 per person and includes fine wine and hors d’oeuvres.

For reservations, mail a check payable to SVSMF to Marie Blankley, 2290 Coral Bell Court, Gilroy, CA 95020.

Details: 847-6367.

San Martin Winery wins award

San Martin – Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin has been named one of the best wineries in northern California by viewers of NBC 11. In a poll conducted by the San Jose television station, Clos LaChance was named “Best Winery to Take out of Town Guests.” It was a finalist in the category of “Best Winery for a Wedding/Reception,” and its Bocce ball court was nominated for “Best Winery Activity.”

“Locals tend to bring their out-of-town visitors to only to the very best places an area has to offer,” said Clos LAChance CEO BIll Murphy. “We are honored that [NBC] viewers would choose Clos LaChance Winery as such a place. However, we hope our customers don’t save Clos LaChance just for special occasions.”

Man charged with driving over wife

Morgan Hill – A Vallejo man accused of running over his wife with a pickup truck while they were in Morgan Hill, was charged Monday with felony spousal abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident occurred Sept. 9 on Old Monterey Road in Morgan Hill. Alfred Digiandomenico, 38, and his wife, who have a transportation/hauling business, were removing a portable building from the El Toro Fire Station when he allegedly drove his vehicle over his wife causing serious injuries.

His arraignment has not been scheduled, but will happen shortly, Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro said.

Dianna Digiandomenico, 44, was in a medically-induced coma after she was airlifted to Valley Medical Center, according to Morgan Hill Police Cmdr. Joe Sampson. She recently regained consciousness, but will remain in the hospital possibly for several months while recuperating from injuries to her hips, legs, lower abdomen and ribs, Sampson said.

Originally, Digiandomenico told police he and his wife had been arguing, and she was sitting on the side of the truck bed; when he pulled quickly out onto the road, he told police, she fell off the side, and the truck ran over the lower part of her body. Police suspected otherwise, and when they interviewed her after she came out of the coma, she told them a different story.

Local mom saves student’s life

Morgan Hill – When Michele May volunteered for yard duty at P.A. Walsh Elementary, she wasn’t expecting to be recognized as a hero. But her third day on the job, May saved the life of a sixth grader.

May said she was in the cafeteria Sept. 26 supervising the children during lunch, when a group of girls rushed to her and said their classmate couldn’t breath.

“Three girls came running up to me saying, ‘She can’t breath, she can’t breathe!’ I got to the girl and saw she was choking. She was a pretty tall girl and I got her up from the bench and performed the Heimlich (maneuver) three or four times, until the girls cried out, ‘It came out!’ ” recounted May. The student was choking on ribs.

A stay-at-home mom, May recently decided to volunteer at the school to fill her time while her daughter, Dallas, 5, attends kindergarten.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020.

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