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• MAN FALLS TO DEATH: CERES - A Ceres man fell to his death from atop the Pine Street/Highway 99 overpass on Thursday morning, Jan. 13.

At 10:03 a.m. police received reports of Randal Smith, 38, lying near Railroad Avenue underneath the overpass. The victim sustained extensive injuries and, despite efforts to resuscitate him, expired at Doctors Medical Center.

Police say the investigation into the death is ongoing and the motive or cause of the fall is under investigation. Anyone with information on the death is urged to call Detective Perry at the Ceres Police Department at 538-5131.

• MAN TRIES ROBBING TACO BELL: CERES - A man ended up running from the Herndon Road Taco Bell Thursday empty-handed after he unsuccessfully staged a robbery and was scared away.

An employee said a white man in his 20s, dressed in a black jacket, blue jeans and black gloves, walked into the eatery and handed over a bag and a note demanding cash. The suspect had his hand in his pocket the whole time. Instead of complying, the young employee ran back to his manager, said Lt. Brent Smith, and the suspect ran out of the store.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the 2:01 p.m. crime is urged to call Ceres detectives at 538-5727.

• GAS STATION ROBBED: CERES - A robber made off with cash and a store owner's weapon Thursday morning.

At 9:22 a.m., a white male entered Eagle gas station at 3006 El Camino Avenue and produced a black handgun while demanding "all the money." After the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect walked around the behind counter to look for more and discovered a hidden Smith and Wesson revolver. He ran off with the gun and money.

The suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, and a bandana covering his face.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Ceres detectives at 538-5727.

• MAN ATTEMPTS ROBBERY OF DELIVERYMAN: CERES - A suspect tried unsuccessfully to rob a Little Caesar's Pizza delivery person Thursday morning minutes after police responded to a downtown gas station robbery.

The crime was reported at 9:46 a.m. at Little Caesar's at 2909 E. Whitmore Avenue. The business reported that a light-skinned Hispanic male had been milling around outside since 8 a.m. and confronted an employee on his way to make a pizza delivery to a school. The suspect pointed a gun at the employee in the parking lot and demanded money. When the employee explained he didn't carry any money the suspect ran off toward northbound Louise Avenue.

The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

• GUN FOUND IN NOISY VEHICLE: CERES - A man went to jail early Saturday morning after police found a stolen gun in his car after someone initially reported a noise disturbance outside the La Cueva bar on Central Avenue.

Police received a call at 2:29 a.m. about loud music coming from a white Chevy Tahoe parked in the lot. Officer Brian Peterson found Raymond Burciaga, 33, in the vehicle. He explained that he was an employee of the bar and had been celebrating his birthday. Burciaga also warned the officer that he had a gun. Peterson searched the Tahoe and found a loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun between the front seats. The gun proved to be stolen property.

Burciaga was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun.

He first went to the hospital after it was learned that Burciaga broke both ankles earlier after jumping from a second story balcony.

• HUGE FIGHT AT BAR: CERES - One man was knocked unconscious early Sunday morning after a large brawl took place at the La Cueva bar.

At 1:46 a.m. a call was placed to 9-1-1 about a large fight at the bar, located at Punjab Plaza at Central and Pine streets. Police arrived and observed about 40 vehicles in the parking lot with many being started up and exiting.

Inside the bar police found a 30-year-old Stockton resident who was knocked unconscious. Officers learned that a fight broke out between two females with others joining in the fray until it was a "free for all," said Lt. Brent Smith.

The man was taken to the hospital.

No suspects were identified nor arrested.