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SHOTS FIRED DURING SECURITY CHECK: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested Friday after he tried to shoot at firefighters who were performing a security check on his residence in the 3800 block of Old Oak Drive.

Neighbors of Lorenzo Aguilar, 50, called police at 8:24 p.m. because they hadn't seen him for several days and wanted them to check on him. His vehicle was half in and half out of his garage.

Officers knocked on the door of the two-story home and announced they were there to check on him. Firefighters were called to the house and set up a ladder for possible use to get to a second floor window.

As Captain Eric DeHart attempted to open a window on the first floor, three shots were fired at him from the inside.

Deputy Chief Mike Borges said that the 9 mm bullets did not penetrate the wall and that no one was struck.

The personnel - including officers Joe Wren and Chris Perry and firefighter Mike Miller - backed up and took cover. Officers were able to talk Aguilar out of the house and arrested him for negligent discharge of a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon.

A search warrant was obtained and the handgun was located as well as an AK-47 with a fully loaded magazine.

Aguilar, who appeared to be intoxicated, did not provide a statement to police. The investigation is ongoing and a blood sample was taken for analysis to detect any drugs in his system.

CRITICALLY INJURED BY BULLET: SOUTH MODESTO - A man was critically injuredin a drive-by shooting that took place at 7:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Adrian Arozco Quezada, 26, of Modesto, was shot in the 800 block of West Whitmore Avenue, near Dallas Street. Quezada was found shot in a blue Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car in the road.

Witnesses said the shooter left in a small, dark vehicle.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can leave an anonymous tip and may be eligible for a reward.

GAS OLINE LEAK: CERES - Ceres Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials clean up in the 1000 block of Aristocrat Drive at 11:12 p.m. on Saturday.

Neighbors reported gas leaking from the garage and down the driveway of the vacant house. Firefighters found the gas was leaking from a 55-gallon drum and discovered another drum inside the garage.

Authorities are unsure why the gas was being stored at the vacant house and Deputy Chief Mike Borges called it "very weird."

CASA GRANDE INCIDENT: CERES - A transient was arrested Friday at 6:50 p.m. when he violated a court order at Casa Grande Apartments, 3100 Whitmore, and began fighting a groundskeeper.

Officer Joe Wren said Pedro Martinez, 40, was intoxiated and was uncooperative. Wren told Martinez to stop in his aggression towards him or he would release his police canine. Martinez did not stop, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges, and Wren released the dog.

Martinez was arrested and faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest, violation of a court order, assault and battery, trespassing and public intoxication.

WALGREEN'S TAGGERS ARRESTED: CERES - Two youths were arrested Friday evening for spraypainting graffiti on the walls of Walgreen's on Hatch Road, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

Vuthar Rith, 21, Ceres, was cited and released for contributing to the deliquency of a minor and vandalism. A 17-year-old juvenile was cited for vandalism as well as possession of vandalism tools.

The incident occurred at11:53 p.m.