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• AUTO THEFT SUSPECT HAS MEAT CLEAVER: CERES - Officer Coey Henson arrested a Modesto man who had a large meat cleaver in his back pocket while driving a stolen vehicle Jan. 4.

At 12:38 a.m. Henson was on Crows Landing Road when he saw a 2000 Dodge Intrepid almost go off the roadway while traveling northbound. Henson saw the tags were expired and stopped the car at River and Windsor where dispatchers informed him that the car had been stolen in Modesto two days prior.

Kenneth R. Wagner, 55, of Modesto, was arrested and charged with auto theft and possession of an illegal weapon.

• MUD ON THE PLATES FOR A REASON: CERES - Officer Coey Henson's suspicions about mud on the license plate of a 1988 Toyota pickup proved valid on Jan. 5 when on patrol in the area of River Road and Avon Street. The truck had been stolen from a Modesto owner on Jan. 2.

A jacket that had been draped over the driver's lap contained shaved Honda, Chevy and Ford vehicle keys as well as a glass pipe commonly used to smoke illegal drugs.

During the 2:06 a.m. arrest, Jeffery Sullivan, 34, of Modesto, was charged with auto theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

• JUNIOR HIGH GIRL ARRESTED FOR THREATS: CERES - A Blaker Kinser Junior High School student was arrested Jan. 6 after she was overheard making threats by a teacher.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. School Resource Officer Art Hively called for an officer when it was learned that the 13-year-old girl threatened to kill two other students and had brandished a three-inch bladed knife. The student allegedly carried a knife to school each day inside of her bra. A teacher heard the threat but did not see a knife.

The girl ran when she saw the officer and was arrested after a short pursuit. The girl flipped off officers and yelled "F--- the cops." Hively had to pepper spray the girl to get her under control.

She was booked into Juvenile Hall for brandishing a weapon, having a weapon on campus and resisting arrest.

No knife was found and officers believe that she ditched it somewhere.

• PAROLEE ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT WITH MOM: CERES - John P. Wilson, 24, of Ceres, was arrested Jan. 7 after he got into a physical altercation with his mother in the 1600 block of Richland Avenue.

After arriving at 2 a.m. officers detected that both Wilson and his mother were under the influence and both were bleeding from facial injuries.

Police were unable to determine how the fight started but they arrested Wilson because he violated the terms of his parole.

• MAN ROBBED OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE: CERES - A 53-year-old resident of the 1100 block of San Pedro Avenue reported to police that he was robbed by two men wielding a baseball bat early Thursday morning.

The man was moving his trash can from the curb to the house and then found the trunk of his car was ajar. On the way back to his house he was confronted by two Latino males.

The attack was called in at 2:29 a.m. The victim saw that his trash can still out and took it in. He also found the trunk of his car was ajar and on way back to the front door he was confronted by two males armed with bats. They demanded his wallet and said they would hit him if he didn't turn it over. He threw down the wallet, the pair grabbed it and took off toward a brown colored sedan with loud exhaust pipes parked about four houses down. They sped off toward Brown Avenue.

The suspects were both described as Hispanic around 25 years of age. One man had brown hair, was 6-foot tall and weighed approximately165 pounds and was wearing a dark beanie, a white T-shirt, dark jacket and pants. The other was described as 5-foot-5, 140 pounds and wearing dark clothing.

• RASH OF WIRE THEFTS: CERES - Wire thieves continued to wreak havoc on taxpayer owned facilities last week as Marie Neel Park in the 1900 block of Boothe Road was struck.

According to Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges, approximately 300 feet of wiring was stripped from lighting poles sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday.

This was the second time the park was hit.

Police said that in the last six months city parks have taken a $15,000 hit in damages in wire theft and repairs at all costs.

Thieves also inflicted $10,000 in damages to Costa Fields facilities, said Borges.

Strawberry Park has also been victimized as well as Westport School which sustained $25,000 in copper wiring damages.

Thieves also struck the parking lot lighting poles of Central Valley High School between 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

• AM/PM ROBBED: CERES - Police are seeking the two masked men who held up the AM/PM Mini Mart at the corner of Whitmore Avenue and Ninth Street early Friday morning.

The two men came into the store at 2:48 a.m. with one holding a sawed off rifle demanding money from the cash register.

The robbers fled on foot southbound on Ninth Street. A police canine tracked the scent of the criminals to the field in the area on Magnolia Street west of Ninth Street. Their scent stopped at car tire tracks in the field. Police would like to talk to a Hispanic female who was at the store who may have clues about the men.

The robbers were both described as black men and both wearing black zipper hooded sweatshirts, long white T's sticking out on bottom, dark jeans, and ski masks. One of the suspects was described as being 6-foot tall, 190 pounds; the other being 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds.

• DUI ARREST: CERES - Benjamin D. Carlson, 28, of Ceres, was arrested on DUI charges early Monday morning after an officer spotted him driving erratically.

Officer Chris Melton was in the area of Hatch and Mitchell at 1:21 a.m. and noticed that Carlson's car had a darkened license plate bulb. He then observed Carlson nearly hit a curb as he rounded the corner.

Melton arrested Carlson for DUI as well as an arrest warrant issued by Tuolumne County where he was on probation for DUI.