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STABBING INVESTIGATION: CERES - Police are still investigating the Dec. 27 stabbing of three persons at a party in the 3700 block of Waynesboro Drive. They are hoping that more persons who were at the party come forward to speak to police.

Sgt. Pat Sullivan said that approximately 50 to 75 were at the party when the stabbing occurred.

"Most left prior to our arrival," said Sullivan.

About 10 to 15 persons remained after three innocent victims were stabbed trying to prevent an uninvited crew of about six man from entering the house.

"It appears that nobody knew the subjects who came into the party and started a fight," said Sullivan. It's possible that the men were invited by someone who left the party before police arrived.

"It's not uncommon for word of parties to leak out through a friend texting a friend," said Sullivan.

It's believed that the men who crashed the party were gang affiliated. Possible suspects have been located, he said.

"We have located a matching vehicle, served a search warrant and collected evidence," said Sullivan. "We need people at that party to come forward to help with this investigation."

Persons who were at the party are urged to call investigator Jeremy Caron at 538-5740.

Police said that residents at the house were hosting a party for a man who just completed boot camp when a carload of six to eight persons showed up at 11:38 p.m. and forced their way inside the home. The party-goers put up a fight to stop the men after realizing they were up to no good. A fight ensued outside the house and worked its way inside. A melee ensued.

One suspect pulled a knife and stabbed three men. One victim was stabbed 10 times and one man was stabbed in the scrotum. A third man who was stabbed was released after treatment. All three were treated at Modesto hospitals.

A suspect showed up at a Modesto hospital seeking treatment for a stab wound but left after becoming spooked.

WOMAN MAY BE CHARGED IN CANE BEATING: CERES - The district attorney's office is considering charges against a 50-year-old Ceres woman who is accused of striking a man in the head with her cane.

The woman, whose name was not released, got into an argument over a thermostat with a 31-year-old man. She apparently took her cane and whacked him in the head. The incident occurred in the 2300 block of Moffet Road and police were called at 9:14 p.m. on Dec. 26.

The woman may have some mental issues, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

THREE ARRESTED IN TRAFFIC STOP: CERES - A brother and sister and friend were all arrested when they were found with drugs in a Dec. 27 traffic stop in the 2700 block of El Camino.

At 12:32 a.m. Ceres patrol officer Brian Peterson pulled over Eunice Franco, 32, of Merced, who was found with methamphetamine. She was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance for sales.

Her passengers were also arrested. Lydia Rodriguez, 43, of Modesto, was arrested for possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violation. Her brother, Pablo Rodriguez, 48, of Modesto, was arrested for violating the terms of his parole.

TWO MEN FACE ASSAULT CHARGES: CERES - Two men were arrested on felony battery charges in connection with a Dec. 28 incident at a home in the 2300 block of Moffet Road.

At 1:05 a.m. Ceres police received a call from a female resident reporting a burglary in progress. Police arrived and found a different situation, however. Apparently Andrew Feliciano, 33, of Ceres, showed up at the house to retaliate for a prior alleged assault against a member of his family.

The victims, a 25-year-old woman and a 31-year-old male, told police that they came home and heard noises in front of their house. The man said he saw a man jumping up and down on his girlfriend's car. He went outside to stop Feliciano and the two fought, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges. The fight with Feliciano pushed inside the house. His friend, Kyle St. John, 30, of Turlock, joined in the fray, and allegedly punched and kicked the victim on the ground. The female also was hit in the fight. When she told the men that police were on the way the suspects ran. They were located by police in a side yard in the 2100 block of Eloise Avenue.

St. John was tasered twice for failing to comply with officers' commands, said Borges. He was arrested and charged with felony battery and resisting arrest.

Feliciano was arrested for burglary and felony battery.

WEAPONS CHARGES: CERES - Two men were arrested for firing guns in a backyard in the 1600 block of Evans Road minutes after the new year began.

Police Chief Art de Werk was patrolling the area and heard numerous rounds going off at the house. At 12:03 a.m. he called the residents out of the house. A search of the property yielded five different guns. At least 55 spent casings were found in the backyard, noted Borges.

Ramon Ferrales, 40, and Raymond Ferrales, 24, both of Ceres, were arrested for illegal discharge of a firearm in the city limits and possession of stolen property. At least one of the guns in the house had previously been reported stolen.

The men said they were shooting into the ground. No matter, said Borges, it's illegal to fire guns inside the city limits.

Police received multiple calls of weapons being fired and fireworks going off in celebration of the arrival of 2009.

PICKUP CRASHES ON CANAL: CERES - Police investigated a hit-and-run rollover crash on the TID canal bank east of Wal-Mart on Jan. 1.

The vehicle was reported crashed at 4:51 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hatch Road. The driver apparently lost control of the pickup, hit a "No Parking" sign, and up onto the canal. When police arrived the pickup was hanging over the edge of the canal.

Officers located the registered owner but he said he was not the driver.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR AUTO THEFT: CERES - A 16-year-old Modesto boy was arrested Jan. 1 for auto theft after he was pulled over by a Ceres officer.

At 3:46 p.m. officer Ron Collins was patrolling in the area of Service and Blaker roads when he followed a 1994 Honda Accord, a popular target of auto thieves. When Collins ran the license plate number it came back as stolen out of Merced County. Collins pulled the Honda over at Carpenter and Whitmore and with backup units arrested three persons.

Shaved keys were in the ignition.

The boy's name was not released because of a state law that protects the identity of youth charged in crimes.

POLE GETS IN THE WAY OF DUI SUSPECT: CERES - Saied Rivera, 22, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest after he ran into a metal police while trying to run from an officer.

The DUI arrest was made at 2:32 a.m. on Saturday at Tenth and Standford.

Officer Dirk Nieuwenhuis spotted a vehicle weaving in the road and pulled over the driver, who bolted and tried to get away on foot. As Rivera was looking back to check on the officer hot on his tail, he ran into a metal street sign pole.

A passenger was arrested for public intoxication but later released.

POTENTIAL BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: CERES - An officer was credited with halting a burglary in progress on Monday morning.

At 2:18 a.m. officer Jonathan Vera spotted a suspicious man sitting in a car in the 2300 block of Central Avenue. He learned that Danny Jenkins, 28, of Ceres, was inside car that didn't belong to him. He was arrested for vehicle auto tampering and for violating his parole.