Local Digest 11/17

Accused killer pleads not guilty

San Martin – A Morgan Hill man accused of killing Gilroy resident Luis Bautista, 19, pleaded “not guilty” Tuesday in a hearing presided over by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Shapero.

Anthony J. Frausto, 18, will next appear Dec. 13 for another pretrial hearing. Defense attorney Andrew Tursi asked for more time before scheduling a preliminary hearing.

In an alleged gang retaliation, Bautista was shot four times as he fled from a group of suspected Norteño gang members Sept. 30 behind the Safeway grocery store in the Tennant Station shopping center. He died from his wounds later that night.

Frausto, whom police believe is a Norteño member, was arrested Oct. 2 after questioning by Morgan Hill Police. He told detectives he “came in to clear his name” after hearing police were looking for him.

Police say Bautista, who moved to the area from Mexico less than a year before the shooting, is a Sureño member.

Hecker Pass trees discussed

Gilroy – The City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint study session on two plans that could lead to the loss of 15 or more of the majestic cedar trees lining Hecker Pass Highway, the city’s scenic western gateway.

CalTrans is planning to relocate the Uvas Creek bridge and widen the approach to the new structure, while owners of land around Hecker Pass will have to widen portions of the road as part of development plans for the area. The study session takes place Nov. 28 at 5pm at City Hall, 7351 Rosanna St.

Airport management sale Ok’d by board

San Jose – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the sale of 2 Genes Aviation to Magnum Aviation, Inc, as operators of South County Airport in San Martin.

On Friday, there will be a send-off for Gene and Ruth Mecadon, including a barbecue and more.

Mecadon took over operations of South County Airport from Harry Marx and Walt Davis more than 28 years ago.

At that time there were only two used buildings and four aircraft on the field. Now the tumble weed area alone has 33 buildings that house 55 airplanes.

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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