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EX-CON ARRESTED OVER GUN, DRUGS: CERES - Police officers were close to gunning down a suspect Wednesday evening after he produced a handgun from his waistband during a domestic call.

Deputy Chief Mike Borges of the Ceres Police Department said officers Dennis Perry and Mike Perez arrived at a home in the 3000 block of Sixth Street at 7:40 p.m. to check on the welfare of a woman. Police received reports that the female was texting others that she was cutting herself and possibly suicidal.

The officers were greeted by Corey Chappell, 20, of Modesto, outside the house. Chappell followed the officers inside the house and as they were walking in, Chappell put his hand into his waistband. When officers ordered Chappell to show his hands, they noticed he was holding a .22-caliber pistol, said Borges. Officers were able to get Chappell to drop the weapon without incident. He was found in possession of .22- and .38-caliber ammunition and two syringes, one filled with liquid methamphetamine. Chappell said the contraband didn't belong to him and he was trying to figure out how to get rid of it as officers arrived.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a concealed firearm, and an ex-felon in possession of narcotics.

Borges said the female was "having issues but not trying to kill herself."

GANG MEMBER ARRESTED: CERES - Officers arrested a documented Surreno street gang member for allegedly driving drunk Wednesday evening, Aug. 13.

Donovan Saldana, 20, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI, auto theft, and probation violation with gang enhancements. Deputy Chief Borges said that Saldana was in a vehicle reported stolen in Modesto three days prior. The car had six recent bullet holes in the rear of the body.

The arrest was made by the newly formed Street Crimes Unit. Sgt. Pat Sullivan and officer Jeremy Caron were patrolling at 10 p.m. when they spotted Saldana driving erratically in the area of Collins and Don Pedro.

Borges said police had prior contact with Saldana as his behavior has drawn complaints from neighbors who live near him.

STORE BURGLARIZED: CERES - For the third time in six months, the Mrs. Wireless store at 1530 Hatch Road has once again been burglarized.

At 10:12 p.m. Thursday someone pried open the front door to the business and emptied a display case of cell phones.

Police are looking for a tall, thin, white man who was wearing a light colored baseball cap, jeans, and long white T shirt. He fled in a dark blue or black Jeep Cherokee type vehicle.

Anyone with information on the suspect or crime are urged to call Ceres Police detectives at 538-5727 or to Crime Stoppers at 572-9543.

CARJACKING ARRESTS MADE: CERES - Two persons were arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of a South Modesto carjacking.

Paul Ramirez, 30, of Modesto, and an unnamed 15-year-old Ceres boy were arrested for the car jacking. The arrests came at 11:32 p.m.

Ramirez was also in possession of methamphetamine, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

A man reported to authorities that he was robbed of his vehicle and cash at Sumary Market near Sonora Avenue in South Modesto. The crime occurred at 11 a.m. but he didn't report it until much later because he was frightened.

An acquaintance informed the victim that the robber may be living in the 700 block of Foster Drive. The victim was then driven to Cullen and Foster in Ceres and walked down to the suspects' home for a look. He told police that he saw the suspect push his stolen car into the garage.

A bit later, the victim and his brother from Palo Alto drove by the suspect's house at which time someone fired two shots at the car. That's when officers were called. With guns drawn, officers called 12 people out of the house.

The victim identified the two assailants who stole his car but was unable to say who shot at him and his brother.

Police also recovered a large amount of cash which the victim said had been taken from him during the carjacking.

PURSUIT ENDS IN CERES: CERES - Ceres police helped net two persons who tried to flee Turlock Police during a high-speed pursuit early Monday morning.

Turlock officers were chasing a parolee at 4:43 a.m. when the vehicle chase entered Ceres. Ceres officers picked up on the chase in the Central and Service area. The suspects' vehicle drove off the roadway in the area of Collins Road and then over the railroad tracks, and across the freeway. After the car crashed into the center median of Highway 99, both occupants fled on foot.

Carlos Vigil, 37, of Turlock, was arrested in the 3400 block of Tenth Street after a Sheriff's Department canine tracked his scent. The driver of the car was identified as Chelsea Webb, 18, of Turlock. She was spotted in the area of Railroad and Kinser by an officer who happened to be gassing up his patrol car at the city's cardlock filling station.

Vigil was charged with parole violations.