By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Placeholder Image
• FOUR ARRESTED FOR AUTO BURGLARY: CERES - Four teenagers were arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly burglarizing a car inside the Kmart parking lot of Hatch Road.

At 4:13 p.m. an alert citizen called 911 to report seeing a person break into a parked Honda Civic Accord and then driving off in a silver Toyota Corolla. Officers responded quickly and stopped the car inside the Home Depot parking lot. All four occupants were arrested on charges of auto burglary and possession of burglary tools with gang member enhancement.

Officers located the stereo receiver unit that had been ripped from the dashboard of the Honda, as well as other pieces of stereo equipment taken from other vehicles, said Lt. Brent Smith. One of the males was in possession of a shaved key used to break into the cars.

Arrested were a 17-year-old Ceres boy (whose name was not released because of his age), Jesus Gonzales, 18, Alan Salazar, 18, and Enrique Mora, 18, all of Modesto.

• TEEN ARRESTED IN HOME BURGLARY: CERES - A 17-year-old Ceres boy was arrested for allegedly breaking into his neighbors' house in the 1300 block of Vanessa Court on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

At 11:04 a.m. officers responded to an audible burglar alarm and found a broken bedroom window where the thief gained access. A trail of fresh blood recorded the steps of the burglar. The owners of the home responded and told officers they were missing jewelry and a lap top computer.

Fingerprints lifted from the scene of the crime later led police to identify the teen who lived next door. Police contacted the boy - his name was not released because of his age - who had lacerations on his hands and knees. The missing items were not recovered by police but the teen was booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall for the burglary.

• TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS DRUGS: HUGHSON - Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies assigned to a special burglary suppression assignment with the Hughson Police Services, arrested 23-year-old Modesto resident Gonzalo Vega early Monday morning for several drug-related felonies.

Deputies were patrolling near the intersection of Hatch Road and Gilbert Road at approximately 12:11 a.m., when they saw a 2000 Chevrolet driven by Vega running stop signs and speeding. After stopping Vega, deputies smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Vega was driving on a suspended driver's license, and a black-colored substance believed to be hash, or concentrated cannabis, could also clearly be seen inside of the car.

Deputy Dustin Bruley brought canine Anna which helped uncover numerous bags of hash and approximately 2.15-pounds of marijuana buds. Vega could not produce a medicinal marijuana card, nor could he offer any other lawful reason for possessing the contraband. The drugs were seized, Vega's car was towed, and he was arrested without incident.

Vega is to face several felony charges including transportation, sales, and possession of concentrated cannabis. He was also charged with traffic related offenses including failure to stop at a stop sign and driving on a suspended license. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

• DRUGS FOUND IN MOBILEHOME: SOUTH MODESTO - Ceres patrol officers executed a search warrant Monday evening on a suspect's mobilehome unit and seized drugs and cash.

At 10 p.m. officers visited the trailer park home of Aaron Bailey, 45, in the 800 block of Bystrum Road outside of Ceres and with the assistance of canine Suzi located methamphetamine, heroin and approximately $11,000 in cash.

Bailey was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sales.

The search stemmed from an earlier traffic stop made earlier in the day in Ceres, said Lt. Brent Smith.

SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED: SOUTH MODESTO - Sheriff's investigators arrested a 23-year-old man believed to have been one of the shooters in a Nov. 30 gang shoot-out in the 800 block of Glenn Avenue in south Modesto.

One person was hit when bullets were exchanged between Modesto area Nortenos and Surenos. There were no other injuries reported even though several children were in the area as Hanshaw Middle School is located across the street from the shooting site.

The shooting occurred at a residence known to be a house frequented by gang members.

The shooting victim was only identified as a male juvenile from Modesto. He is a self-admitted Norteno gang member and was hospitalized out of the area for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Sheriff's SWAT executed a search warrant at 808 Glenn Ave., which eventually led to the arrest of one of the suspects, 23-year-old Juan Carlos Mendoza of Modesto. Mendoza was arrested during a vehicle stop as he was seen leaving the residence just prior to SWAT's arrival. Patrol deputies were able to safely take Mendoza into custody at that time.

Mendoza was booked into the Stanislaus County Men's Jail for attempted homicide and criminal street gang activity. He will be held in lieu of at least $500,000 in bail.

Detectives stress the case is still open and the investigation continues, both in terms of who was involved in the shooting, and precisely what specific gang affiliations all of the involved parties may or may not have.

Detectives have identified a second suspect and are in the process of identifying a third.