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• NEIGHBOR STABS NEIGHBOR OVER CAT-KILLING DOG DISPUTE: CERES - A dispute over an owner's dog killing cats in the neighborhood led to a fight and the stabbing of a man in the 2500 block of Don Pedro Road Wednesday morning, March 30.

The 33-year-old male victim, whose name was not released by police, is in stable condition at a local hospital after undergoing surgery. He sustained stab wounds to his abdomen at approximately 11:09 a.m.

Police say the suspect, Louis Lombardi, 49, of Ceres, fled the scene but was arrested at a home in Modesto later in the day. Lombardi was arrested for attempted murder and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

Ceres detectives served a search warrant at Lombardi's residence and seized a sawed-off shotgun. Stacey Sylvetta 46, of Ceres, was taken into custody for possession of the illegal weapon.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the fight started over the suspect's dogs killing neighborhood cats which they stated appeared to to be an ongoing problem.

Investigators are still investigating. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Ceres Detective Perry at 538-5630.

•DEVICE FOUND, DESTROYED: CERES - The Sheriff's Department's Bomb Squad was called out Thursday to Woodward Automotive, 2120 Pine Street, after an employee found a suspicious looking device laying on the ground near stored vehicles.

At 3:30 p.m. police were called to take a look at the device, which appeared to include a cell phone wrapped in black electrical tape with a fuse. The device was destroyed after Pine Street was partially closed down. The device appeared to be an altered firework, said Lt. Brent Smith.

•METH POSSESSION CHARGED: CERES - A 54-year-old Modesto man is being charged with possession of methamphetamine and a $3,500 drunk driving warrant after he passed out in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday evening.

Police were called at 8:42 p.m. by bystanders who saw James McCoy passed out and half hanging out of his open door. McCoy was roused and found to be in possession of the illegal drug. The warrant was issued by the Modesto Police Department.

• ARREST FOLLOWS PURSUIT: CERES - A suspect was arrested Friday evening after he engaged in a high-speed pursuit with an officer in a car chase but was apprehended by a police canine.

The incident unfolded at 10:30 p.m. when Officer Keith Kitcher attempted to pull over a 1994 Mercury Cougar at Hatch Road and Herndon Avenue. The suspect, Nathan Rios, 48, of Modesto, accelerated onto southbound Highway 99, then steered off the freeway at Mitchell Road. The suspect turned northbound onto Mitchell Road but Officer Joe Wren maneuvered his patrol car to cause the Cougar. to spin out. Rios started running westbound across a field opposite Rhode Road but was stopped by police canine Zeus which bit Rios. Rios, who remained combative, kicked the dog and inflicted injuries on the dog. Rios was booked for a $40,000 warrant issued by the Sheriff's Department for auto theft, for leading an officer on a pursuit and resisting arrest. Lt. Smith said Rios will also be charged for assaulting the police canine.

•DRUGS FOUND IN CAR: CERES - Smyrna Park bystanders called police Friday evening after they saw Bernard Banks, 24, of Ceres, drive by, and heard him yelling at people in the park. Officer Chris Melton arrived after receiving the 10:01 p.m. call and pulled Banks over. He was in possession of 60 "ecstacy" pills and a half-ounce of mushrooms. Banks was booked for possession of a controlled substance, possession for sales, and transporting a controlled substance.

•HIT AND RUN ARREST: CERES - Abinesh Kumar, 29, of Modesto, was arrested Wednesday after an officer saw him crash into another vehicle and failing to stop.

At 10:50 p.m. March 30 police dispatchers received a call about a reckless driver in the area of Jordanolo Drive. Officers began to search for the car when Officer Vanessa Gomez saw a silver 2005 Nissaan Titan strike a white van at Blaker Road and Whitmore Avenue. Kumar was followed and pulled over at the Chevron station at Whitmore Avenue and Central Avenue. Kumar was arrested and charged with felony hit and run and drunk driving.

The driver of the van had complaints of pain to head.

•CAR JACKERS POSE AS CAR BUYERS: CERES - Police are seeking clues in a failed car jacking attempt staged at Whitmore Park on Thursday evening.

The victim had listed his car on craigslist and was contacted by a man who stated that he was from the Bay Area and acted interested. The two set up a meeting for Whitmore Park, one block south of the Ceres Police Station. A short time later a black or dark blue Corvette pulled up with a driver and passenger. The man who stayed in the car had on a black mask. While showing the car, the suspect sprayed the victim in the face with blue-colored mace but able to run to police headquarters as the men drove off. The victim was found by police at 10:52 p.m. very upset over what took place.

The suspect was described as a black man or Latino male, with dark hair, standing 6-foot-2, weighing 230 pounds with a pony tail.

•MODESTAN DROWNS: SOUTH MODESTO - Modesto firefighters pulled a drowning victim from the cold water of the Tuolumne River near Carpenter Road on Monday morning at 11:39 a.m. The man was in a small boat that capsized.

Witnesses stated that they saw the man quit struggling and slip under water.