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• MISSING FRONT PLATE LEADS TO GUN, DRUGS - A Ceres man was arrested Friday evening after he was found with a loaded handgun during a traffic stop which in turn lead to a search warrant served on his house where drugs were discovered.

At 10:16 p.m. Ceres Police Officer Brian Albonetti stopped a black Mercedes 300-E in the Cost Less Foods parking lot at 1610 Hatch Road because the car was without a front license plate. As the officer approached the driver's side he noticed a loaded Smith & Wesson .45 caliber handgun laying on the floorboard.

Richard Nichelson, 28, of Ceres, had a suspended driver's license and was removed from the car, which yielded $2,600 in cash.

Officer Keith Griebel wrote a search warrant to be executed at Nichelson's house on Richland Avenue where they found six three-foot-tall marijuana plants, methamphetamine, a plastic baggie of drugs, meth pipe and a Remington .12 gauge shotgun.

Nichelson was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hallucinogen, possession of a loaded concealed gun, and driving on a suspended license.

• TEEN FOUND WITH LOADED GUN - Anthony Cleveland, 19, of Ceres, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a loaded concealed firearm after an anonymous person called police to report him standing outside the Punjab Market, 3505 S. Central Avenue on Wednesday, July 25.

The tip came in at 8:10 p.m. that Cleveland possibly was armed with a handgun tucked inside his waist band.

Officer Brian Peterson arrived and confronted the juvenile, then did a pat down search that revealed a loaded .22-caliber Ruger gun in the front waistband.

• STORE WINDOW SMASHED - Police are investigating a possible commercial burglary of Payless Shoe Source, 1520 Mitchell Road, that occurred early Thursday morning, July 26.

Police responded to a 1:48 a.m. burglar alarm and discovered that while the front window was smashed, nothing appeared to be taken.

• SHOE STORE ROBBED - Police are searching for two persons who robbed the Payless Shoe Store at 1366 Hatch Road on Tuesday, July 24.

A woman and man entered the store at 2:43 p.m. and handed a clerk a note saying the store was being robbed and to hand over cash. They were given a small amount of cash and fled in possibly a dark colored mini-van.

The woman was described as a white female with blonde hair, wearing sunglasses and a T-shirt turned inside out. The white male had an unshaven face and wore black pants and black vest.

• GIRL DRAGGED BY CAR - An 8-year-old Ceres girl sustained serious injuries Monday afternoon when rode her razor scooter into the path of an SUV and was dragged a short distance.

The accident occurred in the parking lot of the Pheasant Run Apartments, 1301 Richland Avenue.

Battalion Chief Brian Hunt said the girl was taken to Valley Children's Hospital near Madera.

The driver of the beige Ford Expedition was not licensed, police said.