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• CHS LOCKDOWN: CERES - Ceres High School was locked down for about 10 minutes for safety purposes Wednesday morning, May 5, because a man had made threats to shoot someone at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

Police later arrested the man who was without a weapon and the lockdown was lifted.

According to Sgt. Dennis Perry, Kentucky Fried Chicken on Whitmore Avenue had a man enter the store and exchanged words with the manager. Matthew Gallardo, 34, of Ceres, was overheard leaving the store saying he "had a gun and would come back and shoot some people," according to Perry. Police were called at 11:05 a.m.

Gallardo was located at Whitmore Avenue and Second Street and would not comply with officers' orders to show his hands. He was pushed to the ground and arrested.

No weapons were found. Gallardo was charged with resisting arrest but not making threats to terrorize since he did not make a threat to shoot anyone specific, said Perry.

"The law says the threat has to be specific," said Perry.

• CHASE ENDS IN DRUG ARREST: CERES - A rural Ceres drug operation was discovered by sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning after someone reported shots being fired in the 5300 block of Moffet Road and a police chase resulted.

A Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy responded to the area south of Turner Road after a 911 call was placed at 1:40 a.m. and as he arrived saw a suspicious vehicle speeding away. The deputy tried to stop the driver but was led on a six-mile chase. During the pursuit deputies saw occupants of the vehicle tossing items out the window. The chase ended and driver Omar Perez Delgadillo, and passenger Benjamin Synder, both 24, were arrested on drug charges.

Along the chase route deputies found approximately 1,000 to 1,500 pills of Percocet and Vicodin.

Deputies returned to the neighborhood where shots were heard but located no victims. At a neighboring house, however, they stumbled upon approximately 600 marijuana plants growing inside of four rooms. The plants were seized by members of the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.

No arrests have been made in connection with the marijuana growing operation.

• THIEVES TAKE FROM CHARITY EVENT: CERES - A large amount of food and kitchen items (knives, towels, pots, etc.) were stolen from the Ceres American Legion Memorial Building Friday evening intended for a spaghetti fundraiser the next day.

The dinner was put on Saturday by the American Legion Post 491 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10293. The groups managed to replace things stolen at the last minute and are served spaghetti.

The proceeds were to benefit the Iraq veterans who are in rehabilitation.

• DUI ARREST MADE: CERES - A 64-year-old Ceres man was nearly passed out intoxicated behind the wheel of his 2006 Toyota Camry early Friday morning.

At 1:19 a.m. officers responded to Moffet and Caswell for reports of a drunk driver stopped in his car eastbound at the stop sign. Officer Pat Dayton found Thomas Schmidt, 64, behind the wheel with his head leaned back against the headrest. Bystanders had turned off the vehicle and taken Schmidt's keys. There was a strong smell of alcohol on Schmidt's breath and there was an open bottle of gin in the passenger seat next to him.

Because of concern for other medical issues, Schmidt was taken to the hospital to be checked out. A DUI investigation is pending but Schmidt was charged with DUI.

• DRUNK DRIVER STRIKES FENCE: CERES - The fence surrounding Colony Park Mobilehome Estates at 3939 S. Central Avenue sustained heavy damage when an alleged drunk driver ran into it early Sunday morning, May 9.

Officers arrived shortly after the 1:48 a.m. call and found a black 1989 Corvette into the fence and driver Donald Creek, 60, of Ceres, uninjured. The car sustained moderate damage but the fence sustained heavy damage. A bike was also damaged.

Creek was arrested on charges of DUI.

• BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED: CERES - Two Ceres men were arrested for attempted burglary after they were seen fleeing Hidahl Elementary School early yesterday morning.

An alarm went off at the rural school at 12:44 a.m and when Officer Jason Brock arrived he saw a darkened out 1994 Pontiac Sunbird leaving at a high rate of speed. He got the driver to pull over in the 5000 block of Central Avenue.

Brock arrested Charles Love, 26, and Nicholas Goss, 19, both of Ceres, for attempted burglary.

Police say the pair attempted to get into classroom #2 next to the school office and found a crowbar located next to the window.