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Assault charges for Ceres man
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• ASSAULT CHARGES FOR CERES MAN: CERES - A 28-year-old Ceres man faces assault with a deadly weapon charges after using a tequila bottle and his fists to physically assault a man in the 1600 block of Paramount Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Lt. Brent Smith said the 10 p.m. fight was considered gang related and involved Miguel Hernandez, 28, and Jose Serrano, 22, both of Ceres. Serrano said he was walking down the street when he was attacked by Hernandez, who was much larger.

Officer Josh Kling arrived and ordered the fighting to stop but Hernandez yelled an obscenity at the officer and attempted to keep fighting, even as Kling pointed his gun at him. Kling, who is a physically, imposing, grabbed Hernandez by the back, as Hernandez tried to fight. The officer punched Hernandez in the face five or six times to get him subdued and handcuffed, said Lt. Smith.

Hernandez later tried to spit on ambulance personnel who were treating him. He was then booked for assault.

• PAROLEE FOUND WITH DRUG PIPE: SOUTH MODESTO - Sheriff's deputies arrested 34-year-old Modesto resident Alphonso Emil Banks late Thursday evening for violating the conditions of his parole and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Deputies were initially dispatched to the intersection of Bystrum Road and Erickson Avenue at approximately 10:25 p.m. for reports of a family fight. Callers reported seeing a man and a woman engaged in a physical confrontation in which somebody was possibly being hit with a rock. Another person was seen throwing around a five-gallon gas can during the argument.

Deputies arrived within minutes, and found Banks, who was on active parole for a previous auto theft conviction. Deputies also found Banks with a "pipe" commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics.

During the investigation, it was determined nobody involved had actually been injured, and no other crimes were committed.

Banks faces charges of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, and California Department of Corrections agents will process his parole revocation.

• MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH: CERES - A motorist turned into the path of a southbound Mitchell Road motorcyclist, the collision sending a 30-year-old Riverbank man to the hospital on Thursday morning, Oct. 21, police said.

Darrell Smith, 30, of Riverbank, was riding his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the 2700 block of Mitchell Road at 6:42 a.m. Jose Padilla, 40, of Delhi, turned his 1989 Nissan Maxima from the northbound lanes in an attempt to pull into the Bank of America parking lot. The two collided, throwing Smith onto the pavement.

Smith was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

• STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED: CERES - A Ceres police detective assigned to the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT) stopped a stolen vehicle Oct. 19 and apprehended one of two men inside.

At 12:45 a.m. Detective Britton Moore spotted the stolen blue 1992 Nissan Sentra that had been stolen in Ceres. The car was driven into an alley west of Central Avenue just south of Richard Way. When Moore stopped the car in front of 1948 Evans Road the driver ran away on foot, dropping a black pellet gun and got away when running through an apartment complex. His passenger, Clarence Neil, 44, of Ceres, was arrested after attempting to flee. Neil was charged with possession of stolen property and attempting to the scene of a crime.

• DUI ARREST MADE: CERES - Jose Angel Hertado, 26, of Ceres, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after he ran a red light at 20 mph on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Hertado was seen at 8:49 p.m. driving his Lincoln Continental through a red light at Whitmore and Central avenues. A test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent. He was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment.