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• MOM ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT: CERES - A Ceres mother was arrested and booked on child endangerment charges last week after a complaint led to officers discovering deplorable living conditions at the home.

Rebecca Gipson, 36, of Ceres, also admitted using illegal narcotics after officers discovered a syringe loaded with heroin inside the house.

A landowner adjacent to Gipson's home in the 3100 block of Crownview Drive called police to report the illegal parking of an RV on his property with electrical cords running from Gipson's house to the RV. Police investigated at 2 p.m. on Friday and noted sewage running out of the house and trailer and spilling out onto the ground and onto the neighboring parcel. Officers reported that unlivable conditions were occurring inside the home too.

Child Protective Services responded and took the children, aged 13, 5 and 1, from the home.

Gipson was apparently high on drugs when officers contacted her. She was arrested and booked on charges of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

• 'JOHN' VICTIM OF ROBBERY: CERES - A 35-year-old Modestan was robbed Tuesday, March 13 during an encounter with a prostitute at a Ceres motel.

The victim had contacted a female escort through an internet website and met the 33-year-old sex provider in Modesto and the pair drove to the Howard Johnson Inn on Herndon Road.

Both the man and woman were in the shower stall when there was a knock at the door. The woman answered the door and two Hispanic males, aged approximately 25 years old, entered. When the victim came out of the restroom he was confronted by one of the suspects who produced a chrome revolver from his waistband and placed it against his head. The victim was pushed to the floor as the men rifled through his belongings. They took his wallet, ID, $400 cash, cell phone and clothes.

All three fled the motel. The victim called police at 9:05 a.m.

Lt. Brent Smith said his officers are seeking the arrest of the woman, who has been identified as Christy Freeman, 33, of Modesto. Along with the two men she is being sought on charges of armed robbery. Freeman was described as a black female, standing 5-foot-3 and weighing about 220 pounds. She goes by the handle of "Perfect P" on a local escort website.

The men were described as Latino in their 20s, both with black hair and brown eyes and wearing sweaters.

• TRAFFIC STOP NETS POT, ARREST: CERES - A 21-year-old driver drew the attention of officers when he was speeding near Barbour's Save Center and was stopped and found with illegal drugs.

Christian Padilla, 21, was pulled over at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 in his 2000 Buick LeSabre. Padilla is on felony probation and police can search him without a warrant. Officer Brian Peterson located a small amount of pot and hash and a kit to extract and make concentrated cannabis.

Padilla was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of concentrated cannabis.

• BAD CHECK WRITER ARRESTED: CERES - Carlton Schuster, 21, of Modesto, admitted to police that his addiction to heroin prompted him to pass a number of bad checks on a closed bank account in the Ceres area.

Cost Less Foods personnel called police at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 to report that Schuster was passing a bad check at their store on Hatch Road. Police arrested Schuster who admitted passing bad checks at CVS, Save Mart, Winco, Walmart and Raleys. He was booked on writing bad checks.

Ceres detective are following up on the businesses that were victimized.

• OFFICERS INTERVENE IN SUICIDE ATTEMPT: CERES - Ceres police officers intervened in an attempted suicide of a Ceres teenager who slashed his wrists and ran Police were called at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 after the 18-year-old cut his wrists at a house in the 2900 block of Crete Court. Officers had to chase down the suspect who then collapsed in the west end of Smyrna Park. Officers applied pressure and bandages on the wounds until paramedics arrived.

"Our officers pretty much saved him even though he didn't want to be saved," said Lt. Brent Smith.