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• SHOOTING SUSPECTS APPREHENDED: SOUTH MODESTO - Ceres police officers helped capture two men who were involved in a South Modesto shooting on Friday.

The shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. in the 300 block of El Paso in South Modesto. A Sheriff's deputy was the first to respond and saw suspects running with handguns.

Ceres Police Officer Coey Hensen chased down one of the suspects into the backyard at 209 El Publo while Sgt. Trenton Johnson tracked another suspect to 220 Pecos where a short struggle took place. Johnson found ammunition on the suspect he arrested.

Few other details were available as of press time.

• SUSPECT ELUDES OFFICER: CERES - A man wanted for two felony warrants eluded an officer in the area of Whitmore Park last week.

Officer Josh Klinge attempted to stop the driver of a black 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic violation at 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Whitmore and Central avenues. Instead of pulling over the driver fled southbound on Central Avenue and lost control on El Camino just south of North Street. His car struck the sidewalk near the southbound Hwy. 99 onramp, causing fluids to escape from his car. The driver then bolted from the damaged car.

The officer's patrol vehicle hit the fluids and Klinge lost control, sliding sideways and slamming into the sidewalk and cement wall near the onramp. The suspect continued to run to the west side of the freeway. Klinge was not injured but his patrol car sustained moderate damage.

The driver, identified as Anthony Gene LeBlanc, 25, is being sought for the new charges as well as answering to the felony warrants.

Anyone with information on LeBlanc's whereabouts is urged to call the Ceres dispatch center at 538-5712.

• TRAFFIC STOP NETS ARREST: CERES - A 45-year-old Ceres man was arrested on drug charges after being stopped on the Pine Street/Highway 99 overpass on Saturday evening, Feb. 12.

Mike Mabrey was driving when he was pulled over at 11:13 p.m. for a traffic violation. Mabrey was found with methamphetamine and pipes to smoke methamphetamine. He was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

• HIGH SCHOOL BURGLARIZED: CERES - Ten engines valued at $300 apiece were stolen from Central Valley High School during a night-time break-in on Monday, Feb. 7.

A suspect or suspects entered the school premises and broke into a locked storage container near the agriculture department. Wheelbarrows belonging to the school were used to cart the stolen goods to an area where they were likely loaded onto a vehicle.

The theft was reported at 9 a.m. Officers have no leads on suspects.

• DRIVE BY SHOTS FIRED: CERES - Police have little to go by in apprehending the person who fired 9mm bullets into the house at the corner of Whitmore Avenue and Morgan Road early Saturday morning, Feb. 12.

Police located eight 9mm shell casings on the street, and counted five holes in the house after the shooting was reported at 1:48 a.m. The house was occupied but nobody was injured.

Lt. Brent Smith said residents in the house were uncooperative and have been visited by police numerous times in recent years.

The house was the site of a similar drive-by shooting last year.