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• FELON LEADS POLICE ON CHASE: CERES - Police helped Merced County Sheriff's deputies to apprehend a felon wanted for armed robbery on Wednesday afternoon, At approximately 3:11 p.m. Ceres Police received word that Merced Sheriff's detectives were in pursuit of a felon who they lost sight of near Faith Home and Keyes roads. Ceres police officers Jason Brock and Jose Beltran found the suspect driving in the area of Boothe and Fowler roads in Ceres. Officers were warned that Armando Vasquez, 22, was also wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and was possiby armed with a rifle and two handguns.

When Vasquez saw the red lights of the patrol car he tried to flee. The pursuit traveled through east Ceres then on northbound Mitchell Road into Modesto. During the pursuit the suspect caused a non-injury crash at Mitchell and Yosemite. Vasquez crashed his car into a power pole at Hanble and Riverside in Modesto and then tried to flee on foot. However, he was apprehended in a backyard in the 2500 block of Encina Avenue.

The vehicle he was driving had been stolen in Merced County.

Vasquez was charged with auto theft, reckless driving, evading an officer, delaying and obstructing an officer and hit-and-run as well as the felony warrants from Merced County.

• WOULD-BE MAIL THIEF GETS AWAY: CERES - A man who was trying to break into a cluster mailbox on Park Lane was nearly nabbed by an off-duty Modesto police officer on Nov. 2.

The officer was in the 2600 block of Park Lane in Ceres at 11:07 p.m. when he saw the suspect trying to pry open the mailbox. When confronted the suspect ran away. Police don't believe the suspect got any mail from the box.

The suspect was described as either white or Latino in his 20s, wearing a black beanie cap, and black sweatshirt. He got away in a red 1990s Ford Bronco SUV type vehicle red in color.

• PAIR OF DUI ARRESTS MADE WITHIN THREE HOURS: CERES - Two men were jailed for driving drunk in two separate incidences.

At 11:46 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, Jose L. Gonzalez, 44, of Modesto, was observed making an unsafe lane change and failing to signal in the 2800 block of Hatch Road.After he was stopped the officer noticed that Gonzalez was intoxicated.

Several hours later - at 2:37 a.m. on Nov. 3 - Lionel A. Aranda, 22, of Modesto, was arrested after an officer saw him stop at the wrong place at a intersection. Aranda was arrested in the 400 block of Avon for DUI.

His passenger, Miguel A. Zuniga, went to jail for public intoxication. Police were planning to release Zuniga to his family who lived on the block but he refused to get out of the patrol car and was taken to jail.

• ASSAULT & ROBBERY: CERES - A 35-year-old Ceres man was arrested Nov. 3 after he allegedly beat his neighbor and stole his bicycle.

At 10:25 p.m. a 911 call was placed about a man being assaulted in the 2000 block of Industrial Way just outside of Ceres. The 37-year-old victim sustained abrasions to his head inflicted by a neighbor, Jeramy Crosthwaite, 35, of Ceres. Police were told the two were in a dispute and that Crosthwaite pulled the victim off his bike and started punching him. The fight ended up inside a nearby convenience store where the suspect was hitting him. The store owner confronted the assailant which prompted him to leave. The victim's bicycle was missing when he went back outside.

A store surveillance tape showed Crosthwaite striking the victim. He was arrested and charged with robbery and battery. Crosthwaite said he gave the stolen bike away to another neighbor.

• ATTEMPT TO STEAL TIRES HALTED: CERES - Two Modesto teens were arrested Nov. 4 after they attempted an early-morning theft of tires from a pickup in the 3700 block of McIntosh.

Someone called 911 at 2:45 a.m. to report that the men were stealing tires from a black Chevy pickup. Police found Adrian R. Banuelof and Hector G. Barajas, both 18 and both of Modesto, sitting inside a blue 1995 Honda Civic. The Honda had been reported stolen from the 1300 block of Hackett Road at about 12:30 a.m.

Police said the teens were trying to steal wheels from the pickup. Inside the Honda was a "key" made from a modified oil dipstick. The car also yielded burglary tools.

Banuelof was charged with auto theft, auto tampering, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Barajas was charged with auto theft, auto tampering, and possession of stolen property.

• DUI SUSPECT LIES ABOUT NAME: CERES - When Luis P. Berber, 25, of Modesto, was pulled over on Thursday, Nov. 5, and suspected to be drunk, he gave up a fake name but identification in his wallet revealed otherwise.

At 6:43 p.m. Berber was removed from his car in the 1900 block of Mitchell Road and taken to jail on charges of driving on a suspended license, impersonating another and a warrant for DUI.

• DRUG CHARGES: CERES - Officer Jon Vera pulled over a Modesto driver on Friday for expired car registration tags and ended up taking two of four occupants to jail on drug charges.

At 4:25 a.m. Vera pulled over Daniel J. Adams, 24, of Modesto, and arrested him on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

His passenger, Nicholas Brasuell, 20, of Modesto, was also arrested for possession of controlled substance.

Vera saw Brasuell wearing a clear iPod case in which a glass smoking device and some methamphetamine were stored. Brasuell also had Vicodin pills in his pocket without a prescription. Police said he may have been bagging them up to sell.

• BODY REPORTED BUT ONLY DRUNKS FOUND: CERES - A report of a body being dumped behind Richland Market Saturday was unfounded but police found and arrested two men who were intoxicated.

At 2:02 a.m. dispatchers received a call about a body being dumped behind the store on Whitmore Avenue. There was no body located but police noted that John Velasquez, 30, and Anthony Sandoval, 30, were intoxicated behind the store. They were arrested and charged with public drunkenness.

• SHOTS FIRED: CERES - Seven spent bullet casings were found in the area of Running and Calcagno Saturday evening after someone called 911 to report shots being fired.

The 8:32 p.m. call indicated that two white men in a white 1990s Chevy pickup rolled by as an occupant stuck a gun out the window and fired at least seven rounds. The casings were found in the street. Police could not locate any struck vehicles, homes or persons.

Anyone with information on the shooting may call Ceres detectives at 538-5727.

• CLERK PUNCHED IN THE FACE: CERES - A 16-year-old Ceres teen was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall Saturday evening after he allegedly punched a Quik Stop clerk in the face.

The boy went to the store at Service and Morgan roads and got into a dispute with the clerk over a refund on a phone calling card. The clerk claims he was punched without provocation in front of the store. The teen says he was pushed first but only the clerk was injured.

The boy was arrested at 8:37 p.m. and charged with felony battery.

• TEENS CAUGHT WITH BOOZE: CERES - A group of teenage boys gathered and drinking booze in Independence Park Saturday evening was broke up by police and two were cited.

Officer Chris Melton spotted the youth at 10:52 p.m. and as he approached they scattered. Melton apprehended two 14-year-old boys, one from Ceres and one from Modesto. Both had been drinking. They were released to their parents with citations for being minors and consuming alcohol, public drunkenness and curfew violation.

• THREATS LEAD POLICE TO DRUG ARREST: CERES - Tab A. Lomoljo, 45, allegedly threatened to kill himself Sunday morning in the 2100 block of Promenade. He ended up being arrested on drug charges.

At 11:31 a.m. police were notified that Lomoljo made the threats and that people were trying to block his access to guns in the house. Officer Ron Collins and Sgt. Trenton Johnson showed up and Lomoljo denied making the threats. Found inside the house were a shotgun and rifle and methamphetamine. Lomoljo was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

• WOMAN PUNCHED AT BAR: CERES - A 20-year-old Waterford man was arrested Sunday evening after he reportedly punched his girlfriend in the face while at La Cueva bar in the 3500 block of Mitchell Road.

During the 7:32 p.m. incident, Pedro S. Cortez, 20, allegedly confronted his 22-year-old girlfriend and struck her in the face and vandalized her vehicle. Cortez was charged with spousal abuse, vandalism and public intoxication.

• DRUGS FOUND IN CAR: CERES - Jimmie Goforth Jr., 49, of Turlock, was arrested Sunday evening after Officer Brian Peterson pulled him over for faulty lights and found him in unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

During the 10:05 p.m. traffic stop at El Camino and Magnolia, Peterson saw that Goforth was driving on a suspended license. A search of the car produced two bottles full of pills that may have been oxycodone. Goforth said he only found the pills and they weren't his. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription medications without a prescription and driving on a suspended license.

• DUI DRIVER NEARLY HITS BICYCLIST. CERES - An intoxicated 21-year-old Hughson driver was arrested early Monday morning after he nearly struck a bicyclist in the 1600 block of Hatch Road.

Davinder Dosanjh was stopped at 12:09 a.m. and arrested by Officer Josh Klinge after Dosanjh nearly struck a bicyclist. Dosanjh was on probation for a prior DUI and he was driving on a suspended license. Alcohol and marijuana were found in his vehicle.

Dosanjh was arrested and given an additional DUI charge.