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• KEYES MAN KILLED IN HIT AND RUN: KEYES - A Keyes pedestrian was killed over the weekend in a hit-and-run crash on Keyes Road.

The California Highway Patrol said Donnie Coyle, 35, of Keyes, was found dead on Keyes Road near Carpenter Road by a passer-by at approximately 10:22 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

The CHP said the man was walking northbound direction crossing Keyes Road when he was struck by a westbound vehicle. The impact sent Coyle sailing some 275 feet from the point of impact. An investigation is taking place but there are few clues since the accident occurred at night and there is no description of the vehicle involved, however.

The suspect's car should have significant front-end damage. Anyone with possible tips on a damaged car and the hit-and-run suspect may call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tips may be e-mailed through the Crime Stoppers Web site,, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.

• ARREST MADE IN FATAL SHOOTING: SOUTH MODESTO - Sheriff's deputies arrested a suspect who they say on Feb. 21 shot and killed a man at Shiva's Motel in the 700 block of S. Ninth Street near Ceres.

The shooting occurred at 3:01 p.m. in the parking lot of the motel. When deputies arrived they found the body of a black male adult who sustained a mortal gunshot wound.

During the investigation Jose Angel Cervantes, 22, of Modesto, turned himself in to detectives. Cervantes was interviewed and has been arrested for homicide.

Detectives continue to work on leads and interview witnesses. They know there were more witnesses to the shooting and ask them to come forward and speak with detectives. Anyone with information about the homicide may contact Detective Jon McQueary at 525-7099. Callers may also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

• CERES MAN ARRESTED IN HOMICIDE: MODESTO - Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Spangler has been charged in the Feb. 10 shooting deaths of two teenagers in a north Modesto area.

The shooting occurred after a 9:15 p.m. confrontation at Vera Cruz Drive and Floyd Avenue. Killed were Rolando Luna, 15, and Andrew Ensey, 19, both of Modesto.

Also charged in the killings is Robbie Blackwell, 20, of Modesto.

• BURGLAR CAUGHT IN THE ACT: CERES - Jeffrey Ferris, 25, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 22 and charged with residential burglary after he was caught inside of a home in the 3400 block of East Lane near Roeding Road.

Community Service Officer Patty Maloy happened to be in the area at noon when she saw a bike parked in front of a residence and then saw Ferris walk into the back yard. At the same time the homeowner had arrived and walked around and found a white male standing in his kitchen.

Officer Keith Kitcher saw the suspect come around the corner and start jumping fences in an attempt to get away. The suspect was caught at an apartment complex at 2717 Roeding Road.

Ferris, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, was also charged with resisting or delaying an officer.

• PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - A teenager on parole for prior car thefts was apprehended Tuesday, Feb. 22 after he led Ceres police on an 18-mile chase lasting for 24 minutes.

The pursuit started at 2:07 a.m. when officers spotted a 1998 Honda Civic in the area of Herndon Road and Whitmore Avenue with a headlight out. The driver, Jose Herrarte, 19, of Modesto, accelerated instead of pulling over.

The chase went through Ceres before moving into the south Modesto areas of Dallas and Butte and ended when Officer Brittany England spun out the Honda in an alley off of Washington and Paradise Road.

Herrarte was taken into custody after a brief scuffle with officers.

Lt. Brent Smith said the suspect threw a Taurus .38 revolver out the window in the area of Blaker Kinser Junior High School during the chase. It was later recovered by officers.

Herrarte, a documented gang member, faces charges of leading officers on a pursuit, driving on a suspended license, possession of a loaded concealad handgun, possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violation.

• DRIVE BY SHOOTING: CERES - Bullets from a Sunday night drive-by shooting struck a home and an apartment complex a block away, reported Ceres police.

Nobody was reported injured.

The shooting took place at 4:40 p.m. in the 1700 block of Norwood Heights Lane. However, some rounds hit the apartments at 1625 Richland Avenue.

Several spent rounds were found by police in the street.

• AUTO THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - An incident of road rage on Highway 99 led officers to arrest a man for driving a stolen vehicle on Monday evening.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. police received a call about two men about to engage in a fight in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Whitmore Avenue. Two motorists had an engaged in some kind of roadway aggression and pulled off to go to the fast food place.

As Officer Chris Melton arrived, one of the drivers walked into KFC and locked himself in the bathroom. When both license plates were checked, the silver 1995 VW Golf was reported stolen from a San Jose address.

Officer Steve Carvalho tried to get the suspect out of the restroom by knocking on the door and Raymond Trillo, 24, finally came out 20 minutes later. Trillo was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and a parole violation.