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• ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - Ceres police captured a homeless man Thursday afternoon who was wanted for a Modesto attempted murder case.

At 4:09 p.m. police received an anonymous caller that Denny Wasson, 35, was at a residence in the 2800 block of Whitmore Avenue. Police surrounded the property and found Wasson hiding in the back yard but began jumping fences in an attempt to get away. Wasson was captured at Whitmore and Rose avenues and was booked on charges of resisting arrest and the warrant for attempted homicide.

• PETTY THEFT FROM STORE: CERES - A 51-year-old Ceres man in a wheelchair was arrested Thursday evening for allegedly stealing a food item.

John Thompson, 51, of Ceres, was arrested at 7:23 p.m. at Cost Less Foods in the 1600 block of Hatch Road. Thompson has been accused of habitually stealing booze from the store and was ordered by employees to not return. They say he stole food this time.

Thompson was charged with petty theft and trespassing.

• POT CHARGES FILED: CERES - Reports of trespassers at a vacant house in the 1900 block of Jewel Street resulted in a 24-year-old transient being arrested for marijuana possession on Friday afternoon, Oct. 15.

At 1:24 p.m. a neighbor called police to report people in the back yard of the house. Officer Allen McKay located and arrested William Nunes who was wanted on a Modesto police warrant for sales of marijuana and transportation of marijuana.

• AUTO BURGLARY SUSPECTS NABBED: CERES - Two men were arrested early Friday after a newspaper carrier was suspicious about their activity in the 1600 block of Richard Way. The suspicions proved warranted at 3:47 a.m. when police found Mitchell Gruber, 26, of Modesto, and Parpal Johal, 23, of Ceres, in possession of burglary tools. The two also had property taken from a nearby locked vehicle.

Police separated the two for their stories, which did not match up. A search produced shaved keys and property taken from the car. The suspects began pointing fingers at each other and one said the car wasn't locked but stated the car door was ajar.

Both Gruber and Johal were booked for auto burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property.

• THREE CITED FOR FIGHT: CERES - Police cited three men for publicly fighting in the Punjab Plaza shopping center at Pine Street and Central Avenue Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at 1:49 p.m. when firefighters saw three men fighting and intervened while calling police.

All three men - Rusty Flowers, 21, of Modesto, Christopher King, 22, of Ceres, and Todd Orrin, 52, of Ceres - were either on probation or on parole. The fight started when King was spotted by Orrin riding a bicycle allegedly stolen from King's friend. Orrin grabbed the bike, which King said he borrowed from a friend and didn't know it was stolen. The owner of the bicycle never reported the theft. When Orrin came back to confront King, a fist fight broke out between the three.

• ROBBERY AT MARKET: CERES - A customer and employee of La Sequoia Market were victims of an armed robbery late Friday evening, Oct. 15.

Two Latino men walked into the store at 9:12 p.m., one holding a gun and the other a knife. Both of the suspects were wearing bandanas to cover their faces. One suspect put a knife to the back of the head of a clerk and ordered them to drop to the floor and hand over a wallet and money. The victim heard the other clerk being ordered to give money from the cash register. A 39-year-old female customer was ordered to surrender her cash, too.

The first suspect was holding the gun and described as wearing a yellow bandana and light colored jeans, standing 5-foot-9, weighing 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The second suspect was 5-foot-10. Their ages were undetectable.

After taking money from their victims the men fled westbound into an alley between Sequoia and Hollister. No vehicle was seen.

Anyone with information to apprehend the men are urged to call Ceres detectives at 538-5727.

• FOUR FACE DUI CHARGES: CERES - Four men face drunk driving charges after being picked up by Ceres officers in four separate traffic stops over the weekend.

The first DUI arrest came at 10:02 p.m. on Friday when Santiago Rico, 62, of Keyes, was stopped at Whitmore Avenue and Morgan Road. Rico was also driving on a suspended license.

At 11:31 p.m., Juan Alvarez, 20, of Ceres, was seen driving recklessly in the area of Eastgate Avenue and White Oak. Alvarez was booked on charges of DUI, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

At 2:07 a.m. on Saturday morning, Michael Sedra, 23, of Modesto, was stopped while driving erratically in the Mitchell Road and Nicholas Way area. Sedra was arrested on charges of DUI, and resisting arrest. Deputy Chief Mike Borges said Sedra got irate with officers and demanded a blood test. While at the hospital he continued being irate and combative. He continued putting up a struggle until jail staff had to help escort him to his cell.David Flores, 31 of Turlock was arrested for DUI at 3:59 a.m. at Service and Moffet roads.

vRASH OF SCHOOL BURGLARIES: CERES - Police responded to a rash of school burglaries over the weekend, but in each case no suspect was located.

The first break-in occurred early Sunday morning at Blaker Kinser Junior High School where a classroom window was broken to gain entry and take a ceiling-mounted projector. Chief Borges said the break-in was reported at 6:28 a.m. but probably occurred at 12:38 a.m. when the alarm company called a school employee but the call was not followed up on with police.

The next campus crime was reported at 6:09 a.m. when someone at Walter White Elementary School saw where a classroom was broken into and a computer stolen. Police had been to the campus at 5:38 a.m. with the reports of an alarm but officers could not locate room 8 because of a change to the room number assignments, said Borges.

The campus of Argus High School was deprived with use of a security camera taken at 2:25 a.m. Monday morning, said Borges.

• WARRANTS CATCH UP: CERES - A bicycle traffic violation resulted in two women being stopped Saturday afternoon, which led to non-related warrant arrests.

Officers Brittney England and Jason Brock spotted the violation at 12:17 p.m. at Stanford and Tenth streets. Marjorie Fox, 44, of Modesto, was arrested and booked for no-bail warrant for failing to show up to an alternative work program.

Police say Bradina Crabtree, 52, lied about her real name because she had a felony warrant for attempting to possess a controlled susbtrance and possession of a hypodermic syringe kit. Crabtree also was in possession of pills that were illegal for her to possess as well as heroin. Crabtree was booked for the warrant and impersonating another person, and possession of a controlled substance.

• RECKLESS DRIVER BARELY MISSES PATROL CAR: CERES - Reckless driving landed Daniel Woodall, 36, of Ceres, in jail on Sunday evening after an attempt at passing a slower car nearly resulted in a collision with an approaching patrol car.

The incident occurred at 8:11 p.m. on the Whitmore Avenue /Highway 99 overpass. Officer Freddie Ortiz reported almost being struck by Woodall's car and intiated a pursuit that ended at Fifth and Whitmore. Deputy Chief Borges said Woodall tried to run inside a house but unable to open the door and was arrested. Woodall was charged with reckless driving and violating parole, and was wanted by the Sheriff's Department warrant for felony vandalism.

• MAN JAILED AFTER THREATENING FAMILY: CERES - Amritpal Sohal, 24, of Ceres, was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill members of his family on Sunday evening.

Sohal was involved in an argument at a Manteca bowling alley earlier in the day but things continued until the evening. Police were called at 11:25 p.m. by the family who said Sohal was calling members to say he was coming over to kill them.

Police arrived in the 2300 block of Venus and found Sohal and two others out in front. Sohal was arrested for public drunkeness and making threats with the intent of terrorizing.