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• DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: CERES - A 21-year-old Ceres resident living in the 2700 block of Soleado was fired upon by an unknown assailant on Tuesday, May 24. The man reported that at 10 p.m. two suspects in a dark-colored Honda Accord or Civic drove by. Police found three spent 9 mm casings at the scene.

• PAROLEE PEPPER SPRAYED: CERES - A man on parole for manslaughter found himself in jail Sunday evening after he resisted a search by an officer in the area of Central and Industrial avenues.

At 9:31 p.m. Officer James Riley stopped Hector Soliz, 40, of Ceres, and gave him a pat down. Riley noticed that Soliz was trying to swallow an item and broke free from Riley. The foot chase went northbound on Central Avenue and then eastbound on Pine Street. Riley reportedly threw something in the bushes but the item was not recovered. Soliz was apprehended near Harold Street where a physical struggle ensued and Soliz had to be pepper-sprayed to be handcuffed.

Soliz was arrested for parole violation, and delaying and obstructing an officer.

• TEST DRIVE ENDS UP AS THEFT: CERES - Country Ford Trucks of Ceres allowed a man posing as a customer to test drive a Ford F-150 pickup Friday but the man didn't return the vehicle. At 7:50 p.m. police found Harold Taylor, 38, of Ceres, with the stolen truck in the 5200 block of Central Avenue and watched as he was removing the license plates and stickers.

Taylor provided five or six different names to the arresting officer. He was charged with auto theft and providing a false ID to an officer.

• ARRESTS MADE AT VACANT HOME: CERES - A vacant house in the 2500 block of Thomas Avenue which has been used by persons for drug activity, saw police action twice last week.

At 10:16 a.m. on Wednesday, code enforcement officer Frank Alvarez called police to report someone inside the house, which has been declared unsafe to occupy. Megan Overcash, 23, of Ceres. was reportedly inside the house and high on a stimulant. She was arrested for trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Then on Friday, Officer Jose Beltran located George Adcock, 67, of Ceres, inside the house and booked him on charges of trespassing and possession of meth.

•MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT: CERES - A Modesto parolee was arrested Saturday afternoon, May 28, after a Kmart store security officer saw him cutting open video game boxes and removing the CDs from them.

The loss prevention officer called police at 2:20 p.m., fearful to confront the man because he had a knife. Ceres officers waited outside where parolee Demus Woodward, 28, emerged and immediately saw them and took off running. Woodward darted across Hatch Road with officers in pursuit and ran into the 99 Cents Only store where he entered a storage room. Officers had to fight Woodward in order to arrest him. He was charged with commercial burglary and obstructing and delaying an officer.

• HIT AND RUN DUI ARREST: CERES - A 28-year-old Sacramento man was arrested Saturday after allegedly drinking while intoxicated and striking another car and leaving the scene.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:49 a.m. at Central Avenue and Hatch Road and was reported when someone flagged down a member of Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS). The VIPS member followed the suspect and gave location updates to a dispatcher. An officer arrived and found Jesse Riley, 28, of Sacramento, highly intoxicated behind the wheel of his vehicle. He was arrested for hit and run and DUI.

No one was injured in the crash.

• NEIGHBOR ADMITS STEALING: CERES - A children' swing set taken from the yard of a Ceres police chaplain was found around the corner in the yard of an admitted thief.

Joy Avenue resident David Janz, 34, admitted taking the swing set on May 24 from the 2900 block of Aster Court. Janz, who was hiding on the side of the yard when police arrived, also admitted taking DVDs and vases from a neighbor.