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Monday, 07 December 2015 11:31

Ceres Police Toy Drive Under Way

CERES - Officers with the Ceres Police Department are holding their annual "Beards for Kids" toy drive for underprivileged children in the city.

Officers grow beards for awareness of these children and collect toys for a giveaway. The program aims to bring a joyous Christmas to children that would otherwise not receive a toy for the holiday.

Last year, the community donated hundreds of toys to be delivered to children throughout the city. The gifts are delivered by Santa Claus, who exchanges his sleigh for a police SWAT vehicle. The officers donate their time to help deliver to the kids.

If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy, you can drop them off in the collection bin at the Ceres Police Department lobby during business hours, the Dollar General store at Whitmore Avenue and Moffet Road, the Ace Hardware on Whitmore Avenue, or the Cost Less supermarket on Hatch Road.

Click the video above to watch last year's event.

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Published in Life & Social
Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:30

Shooting Victim Critically Injured

MODESTO - A man was critically injured and rushed to a hospital after being shot Thursday afternoon.

The shooting was reported shortly after 4:00pm near the area of Arboleda Drive and Los Olivos Way. Police arrived and established a perimeter in an attempt to locate and apprehend the shooting suspect.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. According to Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves, the man was critical but stable.

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Police evacuated an elderly woman with health issues from the home and an infant in a vehicle parked in the driveway. An armored police vehicle and K-9 were used to call out anyone inside the home. After a search of the area, the suspect was not located.

Authorities indicated a suspect may have been identified but the identity would not be released yet. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where you can remain anonymous.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Ceres Standoff Ends in Deadly Blaze

CERES - A standoff lasting several hours involving a barricaded man believed to be armed came to a fiery end early Sunday morning.

Police received reports of a disturbance at a home on the 1600 block of Flower Garden Court near Blaker Road Saturday night. During the course of the investigation the Ceres Police SWAT team was activated. Authorities believed that a man had barricaded himself in a home and was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Officers evacuated neighboring residents to a safe distance as police surrounded the area and tried to reason with the distraught man. He was reported to not be a resident at the home. His connection is still being investigated.

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Some witnesses reported hearing a resident flee the home seeking help at the beginning of the incident.

As the standoff rolled into early Sunday morning, a gun shot was heard from inside the home just before the building erupted into flames.

Fire crews were called to the scene to combat the flames which caused the home's roof to collapse. SWAT officers trained in fire operations pulled hoses to the front of the house as firefighters pumped water from a safe distance.

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Once the flames were extinguished, the SWAT team made entry into the home. The gunman was initially not found and presumed killed in the incident. It is unclear what started the fire. Early indications suggest the man may have shot himself as the fire started in the home. He was last seen by officers on the second floor, where most of the roof had collapsed.

A body believed to be that of 32 year old Stephen Epperson of Ceres was found in the remains of the home. A coroner was requested to the scene later Sunday morning.

The incident is still under investigation. We will post further updates as they become available.

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Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Apartments Evacuated During Standoff

MODESTO - Police arrested a man who was identified as a parolee at large after a standoff at a Floyd Avenue apartment complex Tuesday night.

Police officers arrived to an apartment near Floyd Avenue and Vera Cruz Drive to serve an arrest warrant. The man became agitated and barricaded himself in the apartment.

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As police tried to reason with the man, a woman who was inside the apartment ran out. A negotiator responded to the scene and began attempting to make contact with the barricaded suspect.

During the standoff, the man began breaking windows to the apartment and throwing items out. Officers evacuated neighboring residents and activated the SWAT team. After about an hour, the man surrendered peacefully to officers.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

2 Arrested, 3 Sought in Ceres Homicide

CERES - Two men arrested Wednesday afternoon appeared before a judge Friday, charged in the shooting death of a man at a bar in December.

Derrick Farrow, 33, was shot during an altercation at a bar near Hatch and Mitchell Roads on December 26th. He was transported to a hospital where he died.

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Wednesday morning, multiple SWAT teams including one from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served several warrants at six locations between Ceres and Modesto in connection to the case.

Arrested were Gabriel Enrique Gallardo and Richard Isaac Monroy, both 18. Three others who are wanted in connection to the case were identified as Luis Emeterio Martinez, Jesus Prudente Ramirez, and Eric Sanchez-Padilla, all 20 years old. Authorities believe Sanchez-Padilla is the shooter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Arthur Hively at (209) 538-5728 or Detective Travis Hudson at (209) 538-5743. You can also call CrimeStoppers at (209) 521-4636 where you can remain anonymous.

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Published in Crime
Saturday, 20 December 2014 00:00

Ceres Police Toy Drive Giveaway

CERES - A police convoy carrying precious cargo traveled through city streets saturday afternoon. It had ten locations scouted out and targeted specific age groups.

They weren't out for probation searches or drug raids. Several officers with the Ceres Police Department and a small group of volunteers gave up their Saturday to make a difference in the community.

Their mission was simple but important. They were out to spread some holiday joy to some children and families who may not have had much for Christmas.

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Armed with bags of toys, bicycles and a few clothing items the group hit various parts of the community. Sirens blaring, they entered apartment complexes, with children rushing out to greet them.

"It was heartwarming to see the kids opening up the gifts," said Officer Jason Coley.

Coley is one of several officers who helped spearhead the "Beards for Kids" toy drive, raising awareness for underprivileged children during the holidays.

The effort also helped build community relations between law enforcement and the community. One family that benefitted from the toy drive had several adopted children with a rough background.

"They came from a home that had negative contact with law enforcement in the past," said Officer Greg Yotsuya. "We really want to show the little kids that we're not the bad guys. We're the good guys and we're here to help you."

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Parents who brought their children out to see Santa Claus in the SWAT truck also appreciated the efforts of the officers.

"It's a beautiful thing," one parent said. "Christmas is for kids and they need to believe that there's some good in the world. I think this is something they'll remember all their lives."

The toy drive was made possible through donations from the community, who dropped off toys to be wrapped. The Ceres WalMart also donated $2,000 to the toy drive, which officers used to shop with a group of families earlier in the week.

"Although our job is to enforce the law, we also have hearts and souls," Coley said. "We really wanted to bring out an awareness to the underprivileged in the community, and bring them a good Christmas."

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Published in Life & Social
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

Man In Custody After Shooting, Standoff

EMPIRE - A man who authorities say barricaded himself in a home and fired a gun at officers during an hours long standoff was taken into custody early Wednesday morning by a SWAT team.

The incident began at about 7pm after a family disturbance in a home. The suspect, identified as 33 year old Raul Rubio was involved in a verbal argument with family members. Shortly after the argument, shots were heard in the home, prompting the family members to flee for their safety.

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Deputies arriving to the home on the 4000 block of Summit Way heard additional gunshots being fired inside and through windows. A perimeter was established and neighboring homes were evacuated.

Authorities tried to reason with the man to surrender peacefully, but officials say he fired on deputies through windows.

The Stanislaus Sheriff and Modesto Police SWAT teams responded to the scene, where after firing gas into the home, forced the suspect to exit and surrender. Rubio was taken into custody at about 12:30am.

Rubio was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail and faces multiple charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. No injuries were reported.

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Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Suspect Search Under Way in Oakdale

OAKDALE - Authorities searched for a man reportedly armed with a weapon Saturday morning near a trailer park.

A significant law enforcement presence was in the area of H Street and Loma Lane near a trailer park searching for a male last seen wearing a Raiders jersey.

Officials have a command post established. Tactical officers and the Sheriff's Air Support Unit is assisting.

Reports indicate a shooting injured a man in the area last night. A relative of the victim say the shooting happened near the 7-11 and the victim was hit in the leg.

We will have further updates as information becomes available.

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Published in Crime
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Man Arrested in September 11th Shooting Case

CERES - Officials say a man who was considered armed and dangerous and wanted in connection with a September 11th shooting was arrested this week.

Authorities from multiple agencies served an arrest warrant at about 1:30am on September 23rd, at an apartment on Darrah Street where officials say the suspect was hiding out.

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Esteban Godoy, 33, was identified as the third suspect in this case and taken into custody at the apartment without incident. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges including attempted murder, shooting at a vehicle and criminal conspiracy.

Officials say Godoy was on Post Release Community Supervision probation and failed to report to his probation officer.

The initial shooting injured two persons who are currently recovering from their injuries.

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Published in Crime

STOCKTON - Police Chief Eric Jones announced a recent arrest in the ongoing investigation of a July 16th bank robbery and gun battle that left two of three suspects and a hostage dead.

The press conferenced was held with officials from the ATF, and announced the arrest of a 16 year old who allegedly took and abandoned the Buick that transported the suspects to the bank. That teen was booked into juvenile hall on accessory after the fact and gang charges. The arrest was made on Thursday September 11th.

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Investigators were looking for Pablo Ruvalcaba as a person of interest, who met with officials Tuesday. Ruvalcaba was later released.

Officials from ATF annonced a $5,000 reward for information regarding how the gunmen obtained the AK-47 used in the incident.

Police say there is still a $50,000 reward for information in this case. Anyone who may have knowledge about this case is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers where you can remain anonymous at (209) 946-0600.

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