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• BOYFRIEND ARRESTED IN RURAL SHOOTING: CERES - Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives arrested Robert Vandeheiden, 33, of Ceres, following an investigation of a shooting that occurred Monday evening in the 4000 block of Warner Road in rural Ceres.

Deputies responded to home after receiving a call at 9:45 p.m. that a woman had been shot. Upon arrival they found the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. She was transported to a local area hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

Vandeheiden and the victim were in a dating relationship and were living together at the residence. Vandeheiden was booked at the Stanislaus County Men's jail for attempted murder and domestic violence.

• STRONG ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED: CERES - Police arrested two persons Friday after a 47-year-old Ceres woman was pushed to ground and her purse snatched in front of Raley's at 1611 Hatch Road.

A witness to the 2:25 p.m. crime saw the suspect climb into a Lincoln Navigator and wrote down its license plate and reported it to police. Police learned that the registered owner lived in the 1600 block of Eureka Street in South Modesto. The Sheriff's Department located the vehicle and made contact with a man and woman.

Joel Saldivar, 21, of South Modesto, was booked on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. His 19-year-old companion, Jessica Meyerdirk, 19, of Modesto, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy.

The victim positively identified Saldivar.

Authorities recovered the victim's purse and its contents, which included an iPod Touch, iPhone, driver's license and credit cards.

Lt. Brent Smith gave praise to the alert citizen for taking down and reporting the license number of the get-away vehicle.

• TRAFFIC STOP NETS GUNS, DRUGS, CASH: CERES - Officer James Riley stopped a car near the Whitmore Overpass early Thursday morning, March 17, and located a handgun, methamphetamine and nearly $6,000 in cash.

All three occupants were arrested in the 12:40 a.m. traffic stop.

Jose Ortiz, 24, of Turlock, handed Riley a falsified driver's license that actually belonged to a female. Police learned Riley's true identity and that he did not possess his own license. Also in his possession was a handgun, an ounce of methamphetamine, $5,955 in cash and a bag of SIM cards from multiple cell phones.

Ceres police processed an asset seizure on the money and car.

Ortiz faces multiple drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a concealed handgun, and driving without a license.

Janeth Larios, 23, was booked on charges of drug possession and possession of drugs for sale.

A 17-year-old male was arrested for drug and gun possession as well.

• HOME INVASION ROBBERY SUSPECTS AT LARGE: CERES - Police are searching for three men who staged a home invasion robbery in the 3400 block of Hollowell Drive on the evening of Monday, March 14.

The men burst into the house wearing bandanas, one armed with a gun and wearing a bulletproof jacket, and tied up a 32-year-old mother and her 9-year-old son. At one point the woman was struck in the back of the head. The suspects ransacked the house looking for valuables and stole various electronic devices, including a Sony Play Station, cell phone, and DVD player, before fleeing the scene.

The crime was reported at 10:11 p.m.

The home may have been targeted since the occupants have a license from the state to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

• SECOND TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUGS, CASH: CERES - A traffic stop made by new Officer James Riley on the evening of Wednesday, March 16 at Collins and Don Pedro roads resulted in the discovery of three ounces of methamphetamine and $3,600 in cash.

Andrew Leffler, 41, of Ceres, was arrested at 9:45 p.m. and charged with drunk driving, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance for sale and transporting narcotics for sale.

• SCHOOL TRASH FIRES SET: CERES - A female student was arrested and charged with arson March 17, two days after two separate fires were set in bathroom trash cans.

School Resource Officer Sergio Jimenez arrested the girl who allegedly set both fires inside the restrooms.

The first fire was set at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, while the second one was reported at 12:30 p.m. in another female restroom.

• PROSTITUTION SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - A traffic stop made at the Howard Johnson Inn by Officer Brittany England ended up with the arrest of a 21-year-old woman who had a warrant for her arrest for prostitution in Southern California.

Destiny Curry told the officer that she came up to the Ceres area to work the area.