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• RASH OF MANHOLE COVER THEFTS: CERES - Police say someone is performing a very dangerous theft of manhole covers in public places in the dark.

On Thursday police took reports of thefts of drain covers at the Del Taco parking lot, the Ceres post office and three large manhole covers taken from a church on Service Road.

"Metal collectors are stealing manhole covers which is very dangerous for drivers," said Lt. Brent Smith. "All of this is taking place in the middle of the night."

• SUSPECT ACCUSED OF OBSTRUCTING OFFICER: CERES - Alexander Ramirez, 18, of Modesto, was arrested Monday, Oct. 24 after he fled a car pulled over by an officer but returned showing signs of intoxication.

Ramirez was riding in a white SUV which was pulled over by Officer Hector Pulido at 10:39 p.m. in the 1300 block of Holm Avenue. All the occupants fled on foot with officers searching for them. An intoxicated Ramirez returned to the scene and refused to follow directions from officers.

He was arrested and charged with being drunk in public, and obstructing or delaying an officer.

• DUI ARREST MADE: CERES - Carla Rodriguez, 28, of Ceres, was arrested and charged with drunk driving Saturday after she was pulled over at Central and Whitmore avenues.

At 1:51 a.m. Officer Brian Peterson made a stop on Rodriguez who appeared heavily intoxicated and refused a field sobriety test. Her blood was later drawn for proof of alcohol level.

• FELON WRESTLES OFFICER: CERES - A routine check on a man drinking beer openly in front of the 7-Eleven store on Herndon Avenue Saturday resulted in an altercation between a Ceres officer and suspect.

At 1:21 a.m. Sgt. James Yandell spotted a man drinking beer in front of the store and decided to cite him for drinking in public. Miguel Loza, 20, of Turlock, put the beer down and tried to dodge the officer inside the store. Yandell saw him place an object on the shelf, which later proved to be a loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun. Yandell tried to place cuffs on Loza but the suspect fought. The tussle match resulted in crashes into store merchandise and then spilled out the front doors. Other officers arrived and assisted in cuffing Loza. Lt. Brent Smith said 11 customers and two clerks inside the store at the time offered no assistance to the sergeant.

Loza, a felon on probation, was arrested and booked for carrying a loaded concealed handgun, assault on a peace officer, obstructing or delaying an officer and a probation violation.