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SEVEN ARRESTED IN BAR FIGHT: CERES - Ceres Police arrested seven persons after a fight got out of hand at the Midway Club on Mitchell Road. The incident happened at 2:02 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Someone called 911 to report a fight in the parking lot at the Midway Club. As Officer Joe Wren pulled up to the scene, he saw Ryan Mazzariellokemplin, 21, of Oakdale, and Orlando Vargas, 33, of Modesto, on the ground fighting with Nyda Dunlap, 31, on top of them. Wren yelled to break it up and managed to cuff two of them. As he was making the arrest, several others were screaming at him to let them go. Other units arrived, to take in five more into custody.

Joshua Bowman, 24, of Modesto, told Officer Wren that if he didn't let go of his friends that he would kick the officer's "a- -. " Bowman was arrested for public intoxication.

Dunlap was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Mazzariellokemplin faces charges of public intoxication, while Vargas was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The others arrested were Emmeline Soriano, 33, of Modesto, for public intoxication and resisting arrest; Hoeun Ting, 31, of Modesto, for public intoxication; and Keith Thomas, 48, of Ceres, for public intoxication.

Vargas was in a fit of rage during his arrest, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges, and was banging his head against the cage inside the patrol car and attempting to break out the windows of the patrol car. Vargas also allegedly tried to get involved in a fight in the holding cell with another detainee.

NO DOG NECESSARY THIS TIME: CERES - A 40-year-old man was arrested Saturday, Dec. 22 for again violating a restraining order protecting his ex-wife. This time it was not necessary to unleash a police canine. On Dec. 7, Pedro Martinez, 40, violated a court order at Casa Grande Apartments and was aggressive towards police. He was arrested after defying an officer and a canine was unleashed on him.

However, in this latest incident, Martinez decided he didn't want to be subdued again by the same police canine unit and voluntarily surrendered to the officer.

He was arrested at 10 p.m. for a second charge of violating a restraining order.

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER ARRESTED: CERES - Ceres Police arrested Benjamin Velasquez, 22, of Modesto, for allegedly crashing his car into a tree in a yard in the 1600 block of Waterlily and fleeing.

At 1:43 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, a resident reported hearing a crash into his yard which snapped his tree in two. He saw a gold-colored Acura Legend on the grass and noticed the passenger was his neighbor but didn't recognize the driver.

The driver put the car in reverse and left the scene. When Officer Vanessa Garcia went to investigate, she spotted the vehicle driving down Waterlily. Velasquez was arrested for hit and run and drunk driving.

CAR THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - An alert officer apprehended a car theft suspect in an east Ceres neighborhood the day before Christmas.

At 5 a.m. on Dec. 24, Officer Josh Klinge was patrolling on Boothe Road when he saw a car pass by him and immediately turned down Whitehaven. Klinge thought the turn was so abrupt that he became suspicious and decided to follow the black Honda Civic. Klinge saw the car pull into a driveway and the driver quickly turn off his headlights, exit the car and walk toward the house. The officer stopped the driver, Francisco Hernandez, 39, of Modesto, and found out that he did not live at the residence. The license plates on the car did not match the car. The officer learned that the car had just been stolen out of Salida. The car had a "shaved" key in the ignition. Hernandez was also found in possession of approximately 30 shaved keys.

He was booked on auto theft charges.

VICTIM OF DRIVE-BY THREE TIMES: CERES - A resident on Hackett Road has been the victim of driveby shootings three times in recent days, say Ceres Police. The last shooting was on the day before Christmas, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

The victim's house in the 1400 block of Hackett or his cars has been hit on three days. Police have no information to go on.

MCDONALD'S SAFE LIFTED: CERES - On Christmas eve, the only night of the year in which McDonald's at Whitmore and Morgan is closed and unoccupied, somebody made off with the store safe.

Ceres Police reported that someone forced entry into the restaurant and stole the whole safe with an undisclosed amount of money.

"Somebody knew what they were looking for," said Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

The store closed at 9 p.m. for Christmas eve and not even a janitorial crew was present.

When the restaurant opened the next morning on Christmas Day, the safe was missing. Police were called at 9:45 a.m.

Officers are looking at video surveillance for clues as to who committed the burglary.


A Sonora man went to jail Christmas eve for calling 911 three times with false reports and for being wanted for a prior drunk driving offense.

Jesse Gonzales, 31, reportedly called 911 from where he was in the 2700 block of Pyramid Avenue with different scenarios, each which proved false. In his last call, Gonzales reported that he was having chest pains or a heart attack. When authorities arrived they broke the door in to search for a victim.

He was arrested at 8 p.m.