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• MEN CAUGHT IN A STOLEN VEHICLE: CERES - Two men were arrested Tuesday, Sept. 25, after they were stopped in a stolen car which had been spray-painted in an attempt to change its appearance.

Officer Freddie Ortiz made the traffic stop on a 1990 Honda Civic at 11:08 p.m. at Hatch and Mitchell roads. The license plates turned out to be stolen independently of the theft of the car. Ortiz noticed that the car had been partially painted white over black.

Inside the car the officer found 115 grams of marijuana contained in two separate bags, a meth pipe and a large knife. He also found the vehicle registration belonging to another stolen vehicle. A cell phone on one of the suspects contained texts inquiring about stolen cars and parts.

William Mitchell, 24, of Modesto, was arrested for auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a dagger, driving on a suspended license and transportation of marijuana for sale.

His passenger, Deangel Olivera, 34, of Modesto, was also arrested on charges of auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a dagger and transportation of marijuana for sale.

• INFANT RESCUED FROM INTOXICATED MOM: CERES - Several 911 calls were made on Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, about a woman who was pushing a baby stroller in lanes of traffic with drivers having to swerve to miss her.

Officer Kiashira Ruiz responded to the 10:24 p.m. call and found Amanda Stoneking, 27, of Keyes, walking in the road at Central Avenue and Service Road. A child was in the stroller and Stoneking displayed obvious signs of intoxication. Stoneking blew into a breathalyzer and was found with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.23.

Stoneking was arrested on charges of public intoxication, child endangerment, and warrants for drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.

The child was turned over to the care of an aunt.

• TEEN KICKS WINDOW IN: CERES - A 16-year-old Ceres teenager was cited for vandalism Friday morning after he kicked in a large glass window at Radio Shack on Hatch Road.

The window breaking occurred at 7:26 a.m. Police found the suspect in Independence Park. He told police that he kicked the window in because he couldn't control his anger but officers suspect he may have been attempting a burglary. Because there was no evidence of an entry or theft, the boy only faced vandalism charges.

• ATTEMPTED ALUMINUM CAN THEFT: CERES - Officers found a crank pipe on a man who was caught Friday in the act of taking aluminum cans from the side yard of a Richard Way residence.

Brian Griffin, 21, of Ceres, was stopped at the residence where he was pilfering through recyclables. He was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The stolen property was returned to the homeowner in the 3:12 p.m. crime.

• DRUG CRAZED MAN STOPPED: CERES - A man who was chasing traffic while holding a knife on Sunday morning was believed to be under the influence of drugs, said Police Lt. Brent Smith.

Calls came in at 10 a.m. about the strange acting man at Musick and Nadine avenues. Officer Ron Collins found Charles Irelan, 46, who initially was not complying with officer orders until a bean bag shotgun was leveled at him.

Irelan was subdued and arrested for possession of methamphetamine and violating the terms of his parole.

• METAL THEFT AT SCHOOL: CERES - An alert citizen tipped off police to a Monday evening metal theft in progress at the site of Lucas Elementary School in east Ceres.

At 7 p.m. police dispatchers were called about a suspicious man inside the construction grounds who was taking metal out of bins and vehicles and tossing it over a chain-link fence. Officer Ross Bays found Brandon Adams, 26, of Modesto, who was uncooperative and held at gunpoint until other officers arrived. Adams arrived in a pickup pulling a trailer, which he loaded up with scrap metal.

Adams was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, petty theft and trespassing.

• DRUG FOUND ON ACORN LANE: CERES - Officers Lorenzo Beltran and Kiashira Ruiz checked out a suspicious vehicle in the 2500 block of Acorn Lane on Monday evening, which led to the discovery of drugs.

As the officers approached the car, a man took off running. Felipe Ramirez, 31, of Keyes, was eventually caught in a foot pursuit that ended on the grounds of Harvest Presbyterian Church. During the chase Ramirez was seen throwing down a large baggie of methamphetamine. He put up a fight with the officer but was handcuffed.

Angelica Rodriguez, 26, of Hughson, was detained at the vehicle, which yielded several pounds of marijuana.

Ramirez was treated for cuts and bruises sustained in the physical struggle and then arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana for sale and resisting arrest.

Rodriguez was also arrested on drug charges.