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• WIRE THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - Police received a tip on Friday afternoon that led to the arrest of a Ceres man seen taking copper wire from a utility pole in the 1900 block of Kinser Road.

At 1 p.m. a citizen called 911 to report that a man was cutting wire off off a telephone pole and that he threw the wire into the basket on a bike and took off eastbound on Kinser Road. Police caught up to Brian Elliott, 50, at Railroad Avenue and Kinser Road and found approximately 30 feet of wire in his basket. AT&T officials were contacted and they said they would press charges.

Elliott was arrested for theft with prior conviction which is a felony no matter if the theft is petty. He was also charged with a probation violation.

"We're really trying to pay attention to this kind of theft because we have really lost so much wire in this city be the last months," said Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department. "We appreciate it when citizens report this kind of thing to our dispatch center. Every time the price of copper rises this kind of theft occurs."

• DUI ARRESTS MADE ON SATURDAY: CERES - At least two men were arrested for drunk driving in separate cases on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Thomas Casillas, 21, of Ceres, was arrested at 12:44 a.m. at Morgan and Tranquil for moving violation. The arresting officer performed a field sobriety test on Casillas and he failed. The reading on the machine used to gauge intoxication indicated that Casillas was at 0.10; the legal limit is 0.08.

Casillas was arrested for DUI as well as cited for the moving violations.

The second DUI occurred at 10:20 a.m. when Officer Freddie Ortiz saw Leon Cruz, 3-4-86, spinning donuts in his car at Thomasnell and Jeffnell.

The driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on charges of reckless driving and DUI.

• CERES MAN NOT CHARGED IN MODESTO SHOOTING: CERES - A SWAT team and various police agencies swooped down on the 1500 block of Cody Court in Ceres on Friday for the arrest of a Modesto shooting suspect. Police found Edgar Carrasco of Ceres driving away from his Ceres home but that his residence yielded no evidence to charge him with the Thursday evening shooting of a 17-year-old boy in the 1800 block of Bonanza Way, just west of Carver Road and north of Mount Vernon Drive in northwest Modesto. The boy was shot in the head in the 10:30 p.m. crime and rushed to a Modesto hospital with life threatening injuries.

Modesto Police Public Information Officer Scott Nelson confirmed that Carrasco was interviewed but released for lack of evidence.