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BEER IN HAND LEADS TO MORE SERIOUS CHARGES: CERES - Raymond M. Barajas, 40, of Ceres, may think twice next time about openly violating the city's alcohol use policy and carrying around a crank pipe at the same time. It contributed to his arrest at 4:40 a.m. on July 21.

Barajas was spotted by officer Brinton Moore walking in the 3000 block of Sixth Street with a beer can in his hand. Since it's illegal to drink beer on the street, Moore went to give Barajas a citation. The suspect then tried to run away and then attempted to swing at the officer before he was taken to the ground. Moore saw Barajas trying to reach into his pocket for something. The officer later found a methamphetamine pipe in the pocket.

Barajas, who was also on parole, had meth residue in the pipe as well as a stolen check. He was booked on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a smoking device, resisting arrest and parole violation.

FAKE BILL PASSED AT STARBUCKS: CERES - Shade A. Brackett, 32, of Modesto, landed in jail on July 21 after he allegedly passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the Starbucks at Herndon and Hatch.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said that Brackett walked into the coffee house at 11:27 a.m. and handed the clerk a $5 bill which had $100 copied over it. "Obviously not a very good fake because the clerk caught it," said Borges.

Police arrived and found Brackett in possession of a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and $1,000 cash. He was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal smoking device and possession of counterfeit money.

TEEN WANTED TO BE KILLED: CERES - A 17-year-old Ceres boy was taken in for a mental health evaluation on July 22 after he allegedly tried to get himself hit and killed by walking on the road in the dark while wearing dark-colored clothing.

At 12:06 a.m. the Ceres 911 dispatch center received calls about a man walking in Whitmore Avenue. The callers thought the man was drunk. The teen was found in the intersection of Whitmore Avenue and Fourth Street. Police said the boy was very depressed and was hoping to be hit by a car.

MAN CAUGHT DRIVING WHILE 'HIGH': CERES - A 26-year-old Ceres man was arrested on July 22 after an officer witnessed him driving recklessly through the Longs Drugs / Cost Less Foods parking lot. It was later determined that Edward Rathbun was possibly under the influence of marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription drugs.

At 8:59 p.m. officer Josh Klinge spotted Rathbun speeding through the parking lot and zipping onto southbound Richland Avenue. The driver then cut off an oncoming vehicle as he made a rapid left turn onto Richard Way. Rathbun was captured in the 1700 block of Richard Way. He was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a crank pipe.

DRUG SUSPECTS ARRESTED: CERES - An anonymous tip phoned into Ceres Police on Thursday netted the arrests of three persons who were using drugs at an apartment in the 2500 block of Second Street.

The call came in at 7:13 a.m. and was responded to by officers Brian Peterson and Chris Melton. One of the suspects was on probation and searchable. Officers found Marco A. Aguilar, 32, of Ceres, with illegal narcotics. He was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and violation of probation.

Jessika Leon, 22, of Ceres, was arrested for possessing crank as well as a smoking device.

Shawn O. Hepstall, 22, of Modesto, was arrested for possession of stolen 1998 Ford pickup discovered stolen on July 23 in Modesto. Stolen tools inside the apartment were also linked to Hepstall. He also had a Modesto police warrant for possession of narcotics, possession of an illegal weapon, and possession of stolen property.

MYRTLEWOOD BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: CERES - Two of three burglary suspects caught ripping off a Myrtlewood Drive resident were arrested Thursday morning.

At 8:53 a.m. a call was placed to police informing them that a home in the 1700 block of Myrtlewood was being pilfered. Sgt. Deidre Borges arrived and saw three men leaving the house with property. They tossed the goods in the car and bolted on foot. Borges chased after the suspects as additional units arrived. Officer Pat Dayton ran after them on an adjacent street going over fences.

Jesus N. Cervantes, 37, of Modesto, was arrested for burglary and resisting arrest, and for a Manteca police warrant for burglary. Luis A. Galvan, 33, was booked for burglary and resisting arrest as well as numerous Turlock charges, including auto theft, evading arrest, hit and run, possession of narcotics, being a felon in possession of a weapon, burglary and vandalism.

The third suspect got away.

Stolen property taken out of the white 1990 BMW was returned to its owner.

TWO ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO OFFICER: CERES - Two men were arrested Friday afternoon for making threats to Ceres Code Enforcement Officer Paula Redfern.

At 12:20 p.m. Redfern was in the area of Nadine and Richland checking out whether a strawberry vendor had a permit to sell produce. At that point a car rolled up with two men who were shouting obscenities at Redfern. She told them to leave and they kept yelling. She called a patrol unit for assistance as they pulled over and both got out.

Ben E. Gallego, 31, of Ceres, walked over to Redfern and told her leave the vendor alone. Deputy Chief Mike Borges said she had to back up from Gallego, fearful of being hit. Juan M. Dimas, 19, of Ceres, stood by the car.

Both left the scene but were stopped by an officer and booked for assault and disturbing the peace.

Gallego said he bought strawberries from the vendor the day before and didn't feel that Redfern had a right to check him. Borges said the vendor was not licensed.

OFFICER SPOTS WANTED PAIR: CERES - The loud black motorcycle gave it away. Alert officer Pat Dayton spotted two suspects riding on the chopper as he was northbound on Mitchell Road Friday afternoon.

When he pulled over the motorcycle at 3:30 p.m. he arrested the two previously committed crimes.

Lorenzo Valdez, 32, of Riverbank, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and parole violation. His passenger, Adriana M. Quezada, 22, of Modesto, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, forgery, burglary and a probation violation.

The pair are suspects in a July 10 crime in which they took a woman's purse from her car as she was dropping off dinner for a friend in the 1900 block of Hackett Road at approximately 4:20 p.m. and fled on a loud black motorcycle.

The second incident occurred on July 17 at 10:48 a.m. in the 1600 block of Hatch Road when the two dropped off a check which later proved stolen. In both cases the victims identified an "Angel" which is the name that Quezada goes by.

BIKE STOP NETS GUN ARREST: CERES - An officer pulled over a 17-year-old Ceres teen on a bicycle early Sunday and found him with a loaded revolver tucked inside of his waistband. The gun was found in a pat-down search at 4:11 a.m. at Winepress and Cognac Way in north Ceres.

One round was previously fired.

The teen was booked into Juvenile Hall for having a concealed firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

HALLUCINOGENIC MAN TAKEN IN: CERES - Officers subdued a Ceres man who was on drugs and knocking on doors of houses early Monday morning claiming to be shot.

Miguel Fernandez III, 24, of Ceres, was arrested and booked on charges of being under the influence, and violation of probation.

A resident of the 3400 block of Ninth Street called police at 1:52 a.m. saying a man knocked on the door saying he had just been shot. The caller didn't see any blood and didn't let Fernandez in. Apparently Fernandez had been under the influence of methamphetamine and had been up for days and was hallucinating. When the officer tried to get Fernandez out of the patrol car the suspect didn't want to get out of the car as he thought he was going to be killed and didn't believe the officer was an officer.