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Crime Digest
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STOLEN PICKUP RECOVERED: CERES - Ceres Police recovered a stolen Nissan pickup in broad daylight in front of Richland Ace Hardware Monday morning.

Officers spotted the dark blue pickup, stolen earlier in the day in Ceres, and watched Daniel Showen, 19, of Modesto, and Latausha Young, 26, of Turlock, get into it and drive off. Officers conducted a felony traffic stop at 11:56 a.m.

OFFICER INJURED, SUSPECT AT LARGE: CERES - Ceres patrolman Joe Wren was hurt Friday evening as he wrestled with a suspect he was attempting to arrest at a check cashing business.

Wren was kicked in the face and sustained cuts and bruises but insisted on finishing out his shift. Suffering also from a sore knee, Wren also refused time off.

Ceres Police Division Commander Mike Borges said Wren was called to Ace Cash Express, in the Whitmore Plaza at 6:42 p.m. An employee said that Timothy Cordaway, 44, was attempting to cash a stolen check. Wren tried to make an arrest but Cordaway began fighting. The two wrestled to the ground where Cordaway, wearing work-type boots, kicked Wren in the face. Borges said that Wren tackled Cordaway again, with the both tumbling though the business' front door. Cordaway managed to get in his white 1980s model Blazer as the two exchanged blows, said Borges. As the suspect backed up, Wren broke out his window but Cordaway fled southbound on Mitchell.

Detectives are searching for Cordaway, who last known address was in Manteca.

"He's going to be looking at serious charges," said Borges, mentioning feloneous assault on a peace officer.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: CERES - Police investigated a drive-by shooting in the 3100 block of Vernal Drive early Saturday at 12:44 a.m.

Witnesses said at least three shots were fired outside of a party. Police reported that the person hosting the party was uncooperative in the investigation.

Police found at least one 9mm casing at the scene but there was no evidence found that indicated anything had been hit. Nor was anyone injured.

Witnesses told police they saw a gold-colored Honda hatch back leave the scene. Reports about who was inside were conflicting. One party said the car contained four Asian males while another said four black men.

FELONY DRUNK DRIVING CRASH: CERES - A police canine helped to locate the man responsible for a drunk driving crash early Thursday morning at Mitchell and Fowler.

At 1:49 a.m. Thursday a 37-year-old woman was hit from behind by a white Dodge pickup. The driver fled on foot but the police dog tracked him down nearby where he was hiding beneath another vehicle.

Kevin Heytz, 27, of Ceres, was charged with felony hit-and-run and felony drunk driving.