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ANOTHER METH LAB DISCOVERED: CERES - The newly formed Street Crimes Unit discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab while assisting federal agents in executing a search warrant on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Officers went to a house in the 3100 block of Moore Road at 7:25 a.m. to find a second suspect who was allegedly running the illegal drug lab.

"Inside they located what appeared to be an extraction lab where people take cold pulls and extract the amphetamine substance out of it as well as a lab to create hash oil," said Ceres Police Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

Police arrested Steven Thornsberry, 34, of Ceres, who was not the target of the search warrant. He was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and a felon in possession of ammunition.

WOMEN CONFRONTED BY MAN WITH A KNIFE: CERES - Two women were accosted by a man armed with a knife at their sliding door at 11:02 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Police dispatchers received a call from two women, aged 22 and 46, who were inside their apartment in the 1700 block of Richland Avenue. Both reported hearing noises outside their apartment but when one woman opened the slider to check out things, she saw a man standing there with a knife. He yelled for her to return inside and both women ran to a bedroom where they locked themselves inside and called police.

Officers arrived, formed a perimeter and searched but the suspect was gone. Missing was a lap top computer.

The burglar was described as between 40 and 50 years of age, standing 5-foot-9, weighing 180 pounds, with blonde hair and grey facial hair. He was wearing a red and white striped jacket.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Ceres police detectives at 538-5727.

BUSINESS WINDOWS SMASHED: CERES - A number of Ceres business windows were smashed last week, with the suspect or suspects at large due to the heavy fog that has hung in the night air.

Police are unsure if the windows were broken for intended burglaries or just plain vandalism.

"We don't think they were acts of vandalism," said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges. "Alarms could have scared them off but nothing had been discovered taken at this time."

Heavy evening fog has helped the potential burglars get away.

"Every time I see the fog it's burglar weather as I refer to it," he said.

On Wednesday morning officers responded to three cases of window smashing. At 1:32 a.m., someone broke the windows of Radio Shack in the 1400 block of Hatch Road. At 4:33 a.m. the windows of Fields Fabric in the 2900 block of Fourth Street were smashed. At 4:40 p.m. the alarm at Ceres Floral on Whitmore Avenue went off as the windows were smashed.

Three more cases of window smashing were reported to the day shift on Saturday. At 7:18 a.m., Cazares Tax Service in the 3600 block of Mitchell Road reported the first, followed by a 9:30 a.m. call for service at Penske rental in the 1900 block of Rockefeller Drive. Three vehicles there had been broken into. Golden Phoenix Chinese restaurant in the 2900 block of Hatch Road reported a smashed window at11:13 a.m.

Detectives staked out different commercial areas that night in an attempt to catch culprits but were empty-handed. On Sunday police had four more cases to deal with. The first was at 7:33 a.m. at Blockbuster Video, 2900 block of Hatch Road; the second was Sub & Deli and Nail Tech, side by side in the 2900 block of Whitmore Avenue; and the last at 8:30 a.m. at El Palenque in the 1600 block of Hatch Road.

TEEN CAUGHT IN CHASE: CERES - A La Grange teen was arrested Sunday afternoon after he led police on a chase in rural Ceres.

Justin Jacob Cooksey, 18, was arrested in the felony vehicle pursuit that started at 5:18 p.m. at Service and Faith Home roads.

Officers spotted Cooksey riding a dirt bike on the roadway without headlights and taillights. He also had an 18-year-old female sitting on the front of the bike. Cooksey allegedly tried to elude officers by taking off through a number of orchards. He eventually was stopped in the 3900 block of Moore Road.

Cooksey was booked on numerous vehicle code violations, felony evasion of an officer, and driving on a suspended license for DUI.

LOUD PARTY INTERRUPTED: CERES - Officers arrested a Ceres man early Saturday morning for hosting a party that could have gotten uglier than it did.

At 12:35 a.m. patrol units responded to a neighbor's 911 call about a large party in the 3600 block of Tenth Street. The caller also described a fight in the street where beer bottles were being broken.

As officers arrived they spotted several juveniles running into the residence and noted that the street was littered with beer cans and broken beer bottles. Officers knocked on the door and one of the owners said she was asleep and that her brother had been throwing a party. To check to find any injured persons, officers searched the house and found 20 persons hiding.

Thirteen were under the age of 18. Four were cited for curfew violation, eight for being under the infuence, curfew violation and possession of alcoholic beverages and one cited for curfew violation and possession of alcohol.

Adam Gusman, 18, of Ceres, was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The man throwing the party, Ismael Alvarado, 44, of Ceres, was arrested for impersonating another person when he gave the name of his brother to officers, and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said that the minors ranged in age from 15 to 17 and were from neighboring cities of Modesto, Patterson, Merced and Riverbank.

Borges said that officers later learned that an estimated 20 persons left prior to the arrival of the first officer.

A gun located inside the house was seized since nobody claimed ownership of it, said Borges.

The party was a suspected "Norteno gang banger party," said Borges.

"Something like this ties up a lot of resources."