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CAUGHT STEALING A CAR: CERES - Officer Jason Brock has a reputation for apprehending many stolen car and car thieves. But on Wednesday, Aug. 19, it was sheer luck being in the right place as Allen L. Wade, Jr., 30, of Modesto, had just been caught driving off a 1991 Nissan Sentra he allegedly was stealing in the area of Ninth and Hosmer.

At 3:12 a.m. Brock was in the area with his headlights off as he was doing surveillance work. He spotted a vehicle pull away from the curb without its lights on so he followed the car, flipped on his headlights and then Wade turned on the headlights of the stolen car. Brock pulled the suspect over and noticed Wade had trouble turning off the ignition and pulling out the keys. Brock inspected the keys and notice that they had been modified.

Brock went back to the residence and woke up the occupants to learn that Wade did not have permission to take the car. Wade was arrested for auto theft, possession of stolen property, burglary tools and driving on a suspended license.

TWO ARRESTED ON DARRAH: CERES - Two men were arrested in the 1900 block of Darrah Street on Friday, Aug. 21 after residents there reported possible drug activity.

At 3:38 a.m. officers responded to walk the neighborhood where they spotted a vehicle containing marijuana and a gun partially hidden under the seat. The officers waited for the occupants to return to the car and arrested Juan C. Garcia, 21, of Ceres, on charges of possession of a concealed weapon and warrants for possession of dangerous drugs and trespassing. The car's owner, Climon Adari, 21, of Hughson, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed firearm.

SMYRNA PARK ARREST: CERES - Police were called to the Rotary Grove section of Smyrna Park on Friday afternoon with reports that a group was smoking pot at the picnic tables. When they arrived at 1:19 p.m. the group scattered but officers saw Jessie C. Gallion, 41, who was wanted for numerous warrants, including for a DUI charge and possession of dangerous chemicals.

DARRAH GANG FIGHT HALTED: CERES - Two persons were arrested after police intervened in an alleged gang fight on Friday. Citizens called in at 1:31 p.m. to report a gang fight in the 1900 block of Darrah Street with one man armed with a gun and the other with a knife.

Four persons were detained but only two arrested. A 17-year-old Modesto boy was arrested on charges of possession of a loaded firearm and brandishing a weapon. Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said that the teen was in possession of a .357 Magnum in a backpack containing dope. Adolfo Chavez, 19, of Ceres, was charged with possession of a handgun, possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

The incident unfolded when one party was outside playing music deemed by another party to be Sureno gang music. The other party charged that the music was disrespectful and a fight ensued.

TRESPASSING IN BALL FIELD: CERES - Four persons got into trouble early Saturday when they were caught trespassing inside the Costa Field ballpark complex at Smyrna Park.

Two juveniles, aged 16 and 17, were cited as minors in possession of alcohol and trespassing. Cases on two 19-year-olds were forwarded to the District Attorney's office for possible trespassing charges. One of the teens told police that he was homeless and living on the bathroom roof for about a week and others were bringing him food.

Police made the discovery at 12:31 a.m. after a citizen called to report a crazy talking man in the skatepark. The person was not located.

FIGHT ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - A 21-year-old Ceres man was arrested early Saturday in the 2500 block of Fourth Street after a domestic disturbance in which he challenged others to fight.

Deputy Chief Borges said that Casey S. Rich was creating a disturbance with his girlfriend at 3:19 a.m. When neighbors intervened on behalf of the female for her safety, Rich began to challenge them to a fight in his boxer shorts. Officer Dan Fairchilds tried to get Rich to calm down but he kept yelling. When Fairchilds attempted to cuff Rich he pulled away from the officer, earning him a resisting arrest charge. Rich was arrested on other charges that included disturbing peace and public intoxication.

SEVERAL DUI ARRESTS MADE: CERES - A number of persons were arrested over the weekend on separate charges of driving under the influence.

At 1:36 a.m. Phillip M. Munoz, 32, of Riverbank, was found allegedly driving drunk in the 1100 block of Mitchell Road. His passenger, Sergio Dominguez, 35, was arrested for a DUI warrant.

At 2:48 a.m. Jason C. Evans, 23, of Modesto, was seen recklessly running stop signs in the 3000 block of Payne Avenue. He was charged with DUI.

Ramo Koeut, 33, of Stockton, was arrested at 4:37 a.m. allegedly driving drunk in the area of Highway 99 and Mitchell Road.

Early on Sunday morning, at 1:54 a.m., officers made another DUI arrest after checking out a report of a fight in the parking lot of La Cueva Bar. There were no signs of a fight but when officers went inside to check the bar, several persons decided to leave. Police observed Marcos Hernandez, 24, of Empire, get behind the wheel of a car that had mechanical problems and stopped him. Hernandez was arrested for DUI. His passenger, Oscar Del Valle, 26 of Auburn, was arrested for public intoxication.

REPORTS OF RECKLESS DRIVING ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - Several persons called 911 at 5:03 p.m. on Sunday to report two vehicles driving recklessly in the Walmart parking lot at Hatch and Mitchell roads. Officer Coey Henson found one of the two pickups and began to watch them. As they exited the store parking lot he saw the driver blow through a stop sign and pulled him over.

Alfred Flores, 25, of Waterford, gave consent for a search of the pickup which yielded a .32-caliber handgun hidden under the seat. The weapon turned out to be stolen.

Flores was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of a concealed weapon.

MAN SHOT WITH PLASTIC BULLET: CERES - Gregory Azevedo, 52, of Ceres, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot another man in the chest with a plastic bullet on Monday afternoon.

Officer Jeremy Caron was waved down in the Raley's parking lot on Hatch Road at 4:46 p.m. by a 31-year-old man and a woman. The man was in the parking lot since he spotted an ambulance in the parking lot and sought care for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Caron learned that the shooting allegedly took place in the 3100 block of West Street. After interviewing several people, Azevedo was arrested.

Borges said the bullet was likely one used on a shooting range and that it caused significant injury to the victim, who was treated at a Modesto hospital.

Police said Azevedo made a statement that the shooting was a "lesson about running off his mouth."

SHOOTING AT KEYES PARTY: KEYES - A party in the 1400 block of Anna Avenue turned ugly Saturday night when a 29-year-old was shot during an argument.

The wound is not life threatening.

The victim was attending the birthday party of a family member when a group from a nearby home got into a heated confrontation at 7:51 p.m. Someone from the neighboring home opened fire on the man.

He was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated.

The suspect fled the scene.

SUSPECT ASLEEP IN VEHICLE: KEYES - A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning when he was found asleep inside a vehicle at Don's RV Center north of Keyes.

Baljinder Singh, 20, was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and trespassing. He was in possession of a stolen car stereo.

Singh resisted deputies and a canine was used to get him under control at approximately 9 a.m.

Singh had just been released from the Stanislaus County jail on Saturday night.