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Ex-boyfriend charged with assault of Ceres woman
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Randy Provencia, 39, of Ceres was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly violated a restraining order and showed up at an ex-girlfriend's residence and punched her repeatedly in the face.

Police said it was the second time in a week that Provencia violated a court order to stay away from the 31-year-old woman who lives in the 1700 block of Lois Way.

A call came in at 12:21 a.m. about the alleged assault. The woman had evidence of being struck and had dried blood on her face.

Provencia was located at the woman's house and arrested for assault and violation of a restraining order.

Ceres Police reported the other noteworthy crimes:

• VAN HIT IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: CERES - Police investigated a drive-by shooting on Sunday evening but the occupants of a home targeted were not cooperative with police.

The shooting occurred at around 9:27 p.m. in the 1000 block of Musick Avenue.

A white mini van parked in front of the residence sustained a bullet hole and a broken window as a result of the shooting. Nobody was hit.

Police said people standing in front of the house were laughing amongst themselves about the incident and did not appear eager to cooperate with the investigation.

• WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI: CERES - A woman with a history of drunken driving found herself behind bars once again for the same criminal charge on Thursday, Aug. 29.

At 10:13 p.m. a citizen reported a suspected drunk driver who was southbound on Morgan Road near Aristocrat Drive. Officer Jeremy Lewis pulled behind the blue 2002 Saturn and watched as the driver swerved in her lane. He pulled over driver Sandra Estevam, 41, and detected that she was drunk. Estevam registered a blood alcohol content of 0.122.

She was arrested on charges of drunken driving, driving on a suspended license because of prior DUI convictions, and violation of probation.

• MAN ARRESTED AT QUIK STOP FOR AUTO THEFT: CERES - Reports of a possible drunken driver led Ceres police to arrest a Modesto man for being in possession of a stolen vehicle early Saturday morning.

At 2:10 a.m. Officer Jeremy Caron was dispatched to the Quik Stop at Service and Morgan roads for the possible intoxication of a driver of a blue Chevy pickup. The driver came inside the store after it came to a stop on Service Road.

Caron quickly learned that the pickup had been stolen in Modesto on Aug. 26. He arrested Randel Baughman, 38, of Modesto, inside the store and charged him with auto theft, and and possession of stolen property.

The truck was returned to its owner - without gas in the tank.

• STOP SIGN VIOLATION LEADS TO ARREST: CERES - A 22-year-old Merced man was arrested Saturday evening after he allegedly ran a stop sign and then tried to outrun a police officer.

At 11:16 p.m. Officer Kiashira Ruiz witnessed the driver of a 1992 Honda Prelude fail to stop at a stop sign on Pompei Lane at Malik Drive. When she attempted to pull over Aaron Chahhoe ung, 22, of Merced, he sped off as he traveled up to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. The pursuit went onto westbound Aristocrat Drive, onto northbound Valley Brook Drive and then stopped in front of 829 Allacante Drive. Ruiz performed a felony car stop on the driver and arrested him for vehicle pursuit, failing to stop at a stop sign, driving on a suspended license and possession of a small amount of marijuana.