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• KEYES MAN ARRESTED FOR AUTO THEFT: DENAIR - A Keyes man was arrested Thursday for stealing a Ceres automobile while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet placed on him by the Probation Department.

Joshua Best, 21, of Keyes, was arrested after he bailed from a stolen car spotted by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy Ken Barringer. The deputy was patrolling the area of Swanson and East Service roads near Denair at 11:17 a.m. He saw a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition that looked like one stolen in Ceres recently. The deputy followed and pulled over the Ford and Best and two others ran from it. The first to be apprehended was Shelley Horton, 31, of Hughson,.

Other deputies helped secure the area and launched a search for the second suspect. At 12:53 p.m., a Good Samaritan called 911 after seeing the suspect hiding in tall grass in the 4300 block of Gratton Road. A Sheriff's canine located Best. Apparently he had texted friends on his cell phone to come to his aid.

Best had the ankle bracelet as part of being on probation for a prior theft conviction. The device would have allowed authorities to connect him to the auto theft had he eluded arrest that day.

He was booked on charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and conspiring to commit a crime. Best was jailed on $40,000 bail.

Horton was booked on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy. She also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a switchblade knife.

The third suspect, a man, eluded capture.

• DUI ARREST: CERES - A Springfield, Ore., man was arrested for drunk driving Jan. 27 after he was seen swerving in his lane in the 2600 block of Blaker Road.

At 10:58 p.m. Michael R. Holly, 62, was stopped, arrested and charged with DUI.

• DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAIN: CERES - Steven B. Allen, 48, of Ceres, was arrested for domestic violence for the second time in nine days.

At 8:54 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, police were called by Allen's wife who was being assaulted in the 2700 block of Charlotte Ave. Allen was at the house - despite a court order to stay away from his victim - after being released from jail following his Jan. 19 domestic violence arrest. As the woman tried calling police she was allegedly grabbed by Allen and put into a head lock to prevent the call. Allen fled before police arrived but was apprehended a short distance away.

Allen's new charges are attemptng to dissuade a witness, violation of a court order, and spousal violence/battery.

• TWO ARRESTED AT LARGE FIGHT: CERES - Two males were arrested Thursday for their role in a large fight that occurred near the skatepark at Smyrna Park.

At approximately 3:43 p.m. a large fight developed in which an estimated 75 people had gathered. Police arrived and found a 20-year-old victim had been knocked unconscious. A 15-year-old Modesto boy was arrested and booked at Juvenile Hall for felony battery. Bruce W. Hooper, 18, of Ceres, was arrested for battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The fight started when one youth verbally slighted another boy's girlfriend near Foster Freeze on Whitmore Avenue and made its way over the the park.

• CHARGES FOR FEMALE DRIVER: CERES - Megan R. Lively, 20, of Turlock, was arrested Friday afternoon after she was spotted driving in the 1700 block of Magnolia Street by Officer Brinton Moore. Her car license plate had expired registration tags. During the 3:41 p.m. traffic stop Moore learned that Lively had two outstanding warrants for traffic and drug charges, and was driving on a suspended license. A search of the car also turned up copper wiring which, however, could not be linked to any theft.

• HUGHSON DRIVER FACES DUI: CERES - Noey A. Lopez, 32, of Hughson, faces DUI charges after being stopped while allegedly intoxicated on Saturday morning.

At 1:30 a.m. Officer Dirk Nieuwenhuis saw Lopez make a screeching halt far past the stopping line while at an intersection in the 2200 block of Calcagno.

• HANDGUN FOUND IN CAR: CERES - A 22-year-old Modesto driver was arrested on weapons charges after he was pulled over early Saturday morning for expired car registration.

At 3:23 a.m. Jan. 30 Officer Dan Fairchilds stopped the car at Boothe and Whitehaven. Driver Habib M. Sahid had a suspended license and was on probation. His car was searched a handgun was found concealed in the center console.

Sahid was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a concealed weapon in public, probation violation and driving on a suspended license.

• EMPLOYEE ROBBED: CERES - Police are searching for the man who robbed a Blockbuster Video store employee Sunday morning as she was making her way to make a deposit.

The robbery took place at 9:51 a.m. Sunday in the store parking lot on Hatch Road. The woman had the store deposit in her purse and was coming up to her vehicle when a black male in his 20s asked her for change, then grabbed her purse and ran off eastbound on Hatch Road.

The suspect was described as 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and sporting long side burns that connected at the chin. It's believed that he got into a nearby car to escape.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Ceres Police detectives at 537-5727.

• DISORIENTED WOMAN FOUND: CERES - Ceres police found a lost and disoriented woman with dementia Sunday evening about an hour after she was reported missing.

Police received a call at 6:48 p.m. from the 81-year-old woman's daughter saying she wandered off from the house in the 2600 block of Blaker Road. The woman was barefooted.

Police used an automated phone calling system to alert residents in the area and began receiving calls. One person reported the woman was seen in the area of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Whitmore Avenue near the freeway. Moments later officer Pat Dayton saw the woman walking on the shoulder of northbound Highway 99. She was reportedly trying to find her way home.

• HOUSE SHOT AT ON GIDDINGS: CERES - Three Hispanic men walked up to a house in the 1500 block of Giddings Road Sunday evening and fired numerous rounds into it, Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges reported.

The incident happened at 9:14 p.m. Witnesses said the three, all wearing black hooded sweatshirts and all of thin build between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, ran off after firing at the house. Police found numerous spent casings at the house. It's believed that the gunmen made off in a vehicle that was heard a distance away.

The house sustained damage, said Borges, but no one was hurt.

• WIRING STOLEN AT SCHOOL: CERES - Someone stripped about $800 in copper wiring from light poles in the parking lot of La Rosa Elementary School sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday.

The theft was reported at 9:24 p.m. by school staff.