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• CRASH ENDS IN ARRESTS: CERES - Two persons involved in a rural crash were arrested Sunday after drugs and stolen bank checks were found inside the car.

The collision occurred at 9:15 a.m. as a 2001 BMW 330 crashed through a road barricade and came to rest in the front yard at 1747 Faith Home Road. The driver, Melicho Castrez, 36, of Ceres, said he was southbound on Faith Home Road when an oncoming vehicle cut in front of him, forcing him off the road. He said he swerved to avoid a collision but investigating officers felt he was under the influence of a controlled substance. Castrez did admit he had smoked some methamphetamine prior to the crash.

A search of the driver of the crashed BMW turned up a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as stolen checks and other pieces of property suspected of being stolen.

Police arrested Castrez and his passenger, Olga Rubio, 38, also of Ceres.

Castrez was booked on charges of driving while under the influence, possession of stolen property, and possession of meth. Rubio was booked on charges of possession of stolen property, and possession of meth.

Both occupants were cleared medically by paramedics before they were arrested.

• CLERK THWARTS ROBBERY: CERES - A west Ceres liquor store clerk thwarted armed robbers late Saturday evening, July 16 when he pulled a gun on them and they fled.

The would-be robbery occurred at 11:09 p.m. at Stop U Save, 1578 Whitmore Avenue.

The clerk said the suspect came into store wearing a face mask, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was armed with black handgun which he pointed at the clerk.

When his masked accomplice walked in the door carrying a white bag, the gunman looked away long enough to give the clerk time to pull his own gun and aimed it at the suspect. The men were spooked and ran out the door and fled in a small red vehicle.

Police responded and searched the area but did not locate the suspects nor the car.

•HOME INVADER SCARED OFF: CERES - Three suspects who broke into a Ceres home on Tuesday, July 12, possibly to steal items, ended up running off after they learned someone was home.

The home invasion occurred at 11:35 a.m. in the 1800 block of Columbard Way. The homeowner reported three Hispanic men rang the door bell several times and then kicked in the front door. When they saw the man of the house running down the hallway, they ran back out of the house and fled without taking anything, said Lt. Brent Smith.

All of the suspects were described as Latino men in the 20 to 25 year old range. The first suspect was described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with a mustache and wearing a white T-shirt and baggy shorts. The second suspect was stocky, 6-foot tall and weighing 230 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap. The third man was described as fat, 5-foot-10, weighing 220 pounds and wearing a black polo shirt and khaki shorts.

• MAN ARRESTED OVER ASSAULT: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested two days after he allegedly threw a hot or caustic liquid on a woman at his front door who was attempting to repossess a refrigerator held in his possession.

Ceres police said the assault occurred at 8:11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 at a home in the 1600 block of Bridgewater. The victim said she went to get back a refrigerator for a friend and that she got Kevin Watts to come to the door. Watts opened the door but kept the screened door shut. Watts allegedly told her to get off his property, then threw a hot liquid on the woman, splashing her on the right side of her body and face. He then allegedly told the woman, "How do you like that b----? F--- off!" He then slammed the door.

The victim went back to her vehicle where she attempted to remove the liquid as it burned her skin. Watts apparently took off in a 2002 Chevy Trail Blazer.

At 5 p.m. on July 14, Sgt. James Yandell went by Watts' residence and saw Watt's vehicle parked in front. Yandell was allowed in the house by a woman and with Officer Keith Greibel they located Watts hiding under box spring mattress. Watts was arrested without incidence and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation. Watts also had an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court.