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• LIQUOR STORE ROBBERS APPREHENDED: CERES - A Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy arrested two men who pulled off a high drama liquor store robbery in Ceres and guns blazing escape Sunday evening.

At 7:09 p.m. a robbery occurred at Liquor King, 3240 Mitchell Road. A white man with a chrome skull mask entered the store holding a handgun and demanding money from store owner John Georgis, 43, of Ceres. Georgis, however, decided to take the robber on with a gun he had behind the counter and chased the suspect out of the store and parking lot. The robber removed his mask to see where he was running and ran to a 1984 gray primer Chevy pickup with a get-away driver behind the wheel. They sped off onto southbound Mullen Way, not realizing that it was a looped street which has no exit so the driver had to come back onto Roeding Road. Georgis was waiting for them to come back through and got a good look at the suspect and driver. The passenger squeezed off two rounds at Georgis but the owner did not fire back. Two witnesses, however, decided to chase after the suspects all the way to Faith Home Road where the passenger fired two rounds at them to scare them off. The witnessed broke off the chase as the suspects continued northbound on Faith Home Road.

Minutes later Deputy Barry Ballance spotted the suspects' pickup on Santa Fe Avenue near Empire and chased it. The chase ended at Yosemite Boulevard and Fairland Avenue east of Empire when the pickup developed mechanical problems.

The passenger, Kevin Lee Walker, 23, of Oakdale, nearly bolted from the Chevy but stayed put after seeing a canine officer nearby. The driver, Clinton Wilson, 32, of Modesto, was booked for robbery, attempted murder and evading arrest.

Walker faces charges of two counts of robbery, one count of attempted murder and parole violation.

Walker is believed to have robbed Wally's Houka smoke shop in Modesto Sunday afternoon.

• DUI CRASH SUSPECT APPREHENDED: CERES - A 21-year-old Modesto woman was jailed Saturday after she allegedly drove drunk into a pole at the Chevron gas station.

Miriam Ramirez, 21, had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent after she was stopped in her red 2000 Ford Taurus by Officer Brian Petersen at Hatch and Herndon.

After the 4:07 a.m. traffic stop, Ramirez was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for DUI.