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• 'TIS THE SEASON FOR DRUNK DRIVERS: CERES - Ceres police have made a number of drunk driving arrests in recent weeks.

Officer Dan Fairchild arrested Ernesto Ceja, 47, of Ceres in the 2100 block of Hatch Road for DUI at 11:05 p.m. on Dec. 7. Ceja was originally spotted by AMR ambulance personnel who was riding behind Ceja and saw Ceja pull over believing the ambulance was a police patrol car. Ambulance personnel called police to assist.

On Thursday, Dec. 9 an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer called Ceres police to report following a vehicle weaving all over the road in the area of Mitchell Road and Whitmore Avenue. Officers responded and found Cesar Ramos, 35, of Ceres, under the influence in the 3600 block of Spruce Avenue. A DUI investigation was performed during the 5:04 a.m. traffic stop and Ramos was arrested and booked for drunk driving.

Anthony Chhoeum, 23, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI after he crashed into a utility pole on Saturday, Dec. 11 and then made a false 911 call in an attempt to divert officers from the drunk driving accident call. Chhoeum crashed at 4:49 a.m. into the pole at Service and Morgan roads. The registered owner then called in a bogus call of a fight at Whitmore Avenue and Morgan Road.

Annette Embry, 49, of Modesto, was arrested for DUI after she was spotted in the Dollar Tree parking lot on Hatch Road with children in her car. An officer responded to the call made at 11:10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and saw Embry's car began to drive away. She was stopped and arrested.

• RIDER BREAKS LEG IN CRASH: CERES - A motorcycle rider broke his leg in a solo crash at Moffet Road and Calcagno Street at 9:51 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Wet pavement contributed to the loss of traction, police noted.

The man sustained a broken lower leg and was transported to a local hospital..

• STOLEN LOTTERY TICKETS FOUND ON PAROLEE: CERES - Bradley Evans, 52, of Modesto, was arrested by Ceres police Dec. 9 after he was pulled over by an officer at Bystrum Road and Latimer Avenue and found to have 35 lottery tickets traced back to a commercial burglary.

At 10:53 p.m. Officer Lorenzo Beltran made a vehicle stop on Evans, who is on probation for possession of stolen property. The officer found 35 lottery tickets on Bradley who nervously was unable to explain where he got the tickets. Beltran called the lottery hotline and ran the serial numbers on the tickets; they traced back as ones stolen from Fairview Market in Ceres on Dec. 8. Evans was arrested for felony possession of stolen property.

• TEENS THROW ROCKS AT CAR: CERES - Officers were sent to the area of Moffet and Mauna Kea for a 2:47 a.m. report of juveniles throwing rocks at passing motorists on Dec. 9. Two juveniles were spotted running from the area through the Harvest Presbyterian Church property across from Mae Hensley School. Officers gave chase and found the teens in a backyard. Apprehended were a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, both who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Both juveniles were lectured and released to their guardians. However, when the girl was released to her grandmother she became defiant and punched her grandmother in the arm. The girl was then arrested her for misdemeanor battery and booked into Juvenile Hall.

• SHOPPER ATTACKED IN PARKING LOT: CERES - A man was punched in the face Sunday evening, Dec. 12 after he parked his car into a parking space that an irate woman claimed she was waiting for.

The man visited the Big Lots parking lot in the 1300 block of E. Hatch Road at 5:55 p.m. and was immediately confronted by a woman in front of the store saying the man stole her parking space. The man was punched by the woman's boyfriend and may have sustained a broken nose in the attack.

Officers found the victim in the store with bleeding wounds to the face.

The suspect fled prior to officers arriving on scene.

The case is currently under investigation and no arrest has been made at this time. Witnesses are urged to come forward as they would be helpful in this case. Officer Chris Melton is handling the investigation and anyone with information related to this incident may call him at 538-5712.

LIQUOR STORE ROBBED: CERES - An armed masked man and an accomplice robbed A1 Liquors in the 2900 block of Hatch Road on the evening of Monday, Dec. 13.

A clerk called 911 at 9:33 p.m. to report that two Latino men entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves, and bandanas covering their faces. One of the bandits was armed with a dark-colored revolver and demanded money out of the register. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspects fled on foot, last seen running toward the Jack in the Box.

Police checked the area but found no suspects.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call police at 538-5712.

vPANHANDLER ARRESTED: CERES - A man who was panhandling atop the Hatch Road overpass on Friday, Dec. 17 was arrested for that crime and for a warrant issued by Modesto Police for possession of methamphetamine.

At 9:15 a.m. officers spotted Richard Tylock, 46, of Modesto, panhandling and when they sought to contact him he fled on his bicycle. Police chased Tylock into the alley on Herndon Court where he jumped off and attempted to jump over a pile of brush. He was apprehended and booked.

vCARL'S JR. ROBBED: CERES - Police are looking for the man who robbed the Mitchell Road Carl's Jr. restaurant at gunpoint on Sunday morning, Dec. 19.

A thin white man in his 30s walked in the store at 6:59 a.m. and approached the counter, drew a black gun from his waistband and pointed it as he demanded cash. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled out a door on the south side of the building. It's unknown if he left in a vehicle.

The suspect had blonde hair, and wore a long sleeved brown plaid shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call detectives at 538-5727.

• STORE RIPPED OFF: CERES - A suspect escaped arrest Thursday, Dec. 16 after he walked into the Factory 2 You store at 1450 E. Hatch Road with two empty bags, filled them with clothing and fled out the door.

The theft took place at 12:20 p.m. Witnesses said the thief was a light complected man wearing a black sweater and blue jeans. He got into a brown Acura with unknown license plates and fled the area.