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• CAR STOLEN, CRASHED: CERES - A teenager stole a vehicle belonging to an Argus High School student on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and crashed it in the next block but continued driving.

At 2:05 p.m. the suspect stole a blue 2001 Hyundai Elantra after the student parked it following lunch. The suspect drove the vehicle one block before striking a parked vehicle at Ninth Street and Standford Avenue. Moderate damage was inflicted to both vehicles but the driver kept going down Standford, and driving through the dead-end lot near the Ceres Post Office where it high centered on a mound.

The driver fled on foot. He was described as being 14 to 15 years old and wearing a gray-colored sweatshirt and blue jeans.

• PAROLEE ARRESTED: CERES - Richard Peter Castillo, 31, a Discovery Bay parolee, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 27 after an officer found him with burglary tools in his backpack.

Castillo was walking in the area of Whitmore and Rose avenues at 12:30 a.m. Officer Cashera Ruiz stopped Castillo as he looked suspicious and learned he was on probation and could be searched for drug paraphernalia without a warrant. Instead of drugs, Castillo was in possession of a large throwing knife, a set of bolt cutters, hand snips and a wrench.

He was arrested on a no-bail warrant issued by Stanislaus County.

• VEHICLE STRIKES HOUSE, SUSPECTS SCATTER: CERES - A reckless driver of a black 1993 Honda Accord lost control and struck a house in the 3800 block of Urmi on Wednesday, Jan. 26, with all but one of the three occupants running away.

The incident happened at 10:12 a.m.

A 14-year-old Ceres boy was located by Officer Chris Melton. The boy, a professed Norteno gang member, threatened Melton. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of making a threat against an officer with a gang enhancement.

Lt. Brent Smith said one of the three occupants tossed what was intially believed to be a Glock handgun in their escape but it later proved to be a pellet gun.

As Officer Julio Amador was attempting to track down the suspects' trail with his police canine, a loose pit bull came after it. A shot was fired at the dog but did not hit.

The other two suspects were not found.

• TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS DRUGS FOR SALE: CERES - A Thursday morning traffic stop in the 1600 block of Hatch Road led to the discovery of marijuana and prescription medications for sale.

Officer Jose Beltran stopped the vehicle at 12:41 a.m. for an expired registration and approached the car and its five occupants. One of them was on probation for a prior drug conviction. The officer searched the car and found marijuana in baggies, scales, Vicodin tablets and a handgun.

Arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia were Joshua Holmboe, 21, of Rancho Cordova; Richard Eskew, 32, of Sacramento; and Nicole Ball, 26, of Rancho Cordova.

A backpack containing a loaded firearm earned Eskew an additional charge of carrying a concealed firearm.