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Crime Digest
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• Man fires shot, barricades himself in house briefly

Ceres Police flushed an armed San Pedro Avenue resident from his home Thursday night after he threatened suicide and fired one round inside his bedroom.

The incident involving 69-year-old James Tanner ended peacefully, said Ceres Police Division Commander Mike Borges. Tanner was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Ceres Police were called at 9:17 p.m. by Tanner's wife, saying he was talking suicide inside of their home in the 1300 block of San Pedro. As officers were enroute to the scene, the dispatcher was advised that a gunshot was heard in the bedroom. Tanner hadn't taken his life but did fire a round. Police arrived and immediately pulled the woman from the home and evacuated homes in the area.

Police called in the crisis negotiations team as well as the SWAT team, all housed inside the department's impenetrable armored vehicle. Negotiators convinced Tanner to come outside and surrender. He did. As Tanner was being arrested they noticed that he appeared to be intoxicated. They also located the .45-caliber handgun that he fired.

"He didn't go to Mental Health because he appeared to be intoxicated," said Borges. "Mental Health generally won't deal with someone who has been drinking. That evaluation is left to the officers at the scene."

Borges said the incident proved the value of the department's armored vehicle. The department took a hit in the Courier's "Sound Off!" section this month by someone who called it a big toy.

"Here's a perfect example that allowed us to approach the residence in safety and put us in conatct with someone who was armed and we ended a situation with no injuries and no further shots being fired," said Borges. Without the armored personnel carrier officers would have had to negotiate from behind the questionable shield of patrol vehicles, he added.

• Four arrested in attack with bat

Three juveniles and an adult face charges of assault with a deadly weapon after they allegedly beat a 14-year-old with a baseball bat Friday afternoon.

Dispatchers were told at 1:10 p.m. that six suspects were attacking the boy at Central and Walnut in Ceres. The assailants were reported to get into a vehicle and take off.

Police found four subjects in a vehicle matching the description given by witnesses. One of them was Yakoop Yakow, 24, of Modesto. The names of the three minors could not be released due to a state law that protects their identity. They were booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim was reportedly accused of being a member of the Surreno gang but he told the assailants that he quit last year.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of head injuries.

• Teens lead police on chase

A high-speed pursuit early Monday ended when a stolen car crashed into a tractor-trailer rig.

None of the four occupants of the car were injured and all ran from the scene. Three of the teens, all from the Bay Area, were captured.

The pursuit began at 3:30 a.m. when an officer spotted the stolen vehicle in the Blaker-Kinser area of west Ceres. When the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver tried to lose the officer. The chase went westbound on Kinser Road, south on Morgan Road, north on Carpenter Road and then eastbound on Whitmore Avenue. The driver got a bit reckless and ran into the tractor of a big rig at Whitmore and Crows Landing roads.

The names of the juveniles could not be released because a state law protecting their identities. They were treated of minor injuries and booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle. The driver will be charged with felony evasion of a police officer.

• Bullets hit cars, Southwood home

The peace and quiet of the 1600 block of Southwood was shattered Saturday night when four shots rang out, striking a home and two vehicles.

Ceres Police Sgt. Brent Smith said that his officers found where three of the bullets in the drive-by shooting hit objects. A window was shot out of a Suburban parked in the neighborhood and a neighbor reported the fender of his pickup was hit. Police discovered that a bullet struck the stuccoed side of a house, too.

Also on Saturday evening, a Zinfandel Place resident reported that someone shot out a window. The bullet only shattered one pane of a dual-pane window.

Police have few clues to go on in both cases.

• Man arrested in model home

A man was arrested in a Ceres model home Monday, allegedly for possessing cocaine and being under the influence. Shamalta Rommel, 55, was inside a model at an Eastgate subdivision masturbating, said police.

He was taken into custody and will face charges of being under the influence of narcotics and possession of cocaine. Rommel was not being charged with lewd behavior because he was not trying to masturbate in a public fashion, said a Ceres Police sergeant.