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Merced County 2-year-old drowns in above-ground pool, police say
The boy was sleeping in a bedroom with an older sibling at their home in the 2200 block of Johannisburg Drive after a day of swimming, according to police. The child's father went out front to wash a car and the mother went by a neighbor's house, police said.
Tractor-trailer overturns on Highway 99 in Merced. Gravel spill shuts down traffic
A tractor-trailer hauling gravel overturned Monday afternoon on the on-ramp of southbound Highway 99 in Merced, spilling gravel onto the roadway, the California Highway Patrol reported.The driver, 70-year-old Daniel Souza of Merced, was trapped in the 2016 Peterbilt for a short time before he was fr
Merced County jail inmate killed in apparent homicide
A Merced County inmate was found dead Monday inside the main jail in Merced, a victim of an apparent homicide, the Sheriff's Office reported.The victim's identity was not released pending notification of his family.Deputy Daryl Allen said it was too early to comment on many details of the case, incl
Woman injured as car hit by train in Merced County, CHP says
A 41-year-old woman suffered moderate injuries on Monday after stopping her car on railroad tracks west of Merced as a train approached, according to the California Highway Patrol.The woman was driving eastbound on Santa Fe Drive about 3:46 p.m. when she tried to turn right onto Franklin Road and cr
Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park Set to Open at Central Valley’s Lake McSwain
Located at the Central Valley’s Lake McSwain in Snelling, CA, Splash-n-Dash Aqua Park gets ready to open the hottest thing to hit the beach since the surfboard. Made up of giant slides, towers, trampolines, ramps, wiggle bridges and other play features,Splash-n-Dashoffers people of all ages the chan
Letting Atwater’s dogs run loose is going to result in injuries
Atwater has a problem with loose dogs that attack people. It has happened to me more than once. I haven’t been hurt yet, but when a pit bull spots you walking down the street half a block away and runs full speed, then lunges at you snapping its jaws, it is an attack. It is worse on weekends, when p
Investigation underway after body discovered in Merced
A man was found dead Saturday afternoon near 16th street and Bear Creek in Merced.Investigators say a resident was crossing a bridge when they noticed the body floating.Authorities tell Action News there were no obvious signs for the cause of death and right now they are working to identify him.The
Stories of alleged sexual harassment continue as Merced high school board addresses policies
The national "#MeToo" discussion that has reinvigorated conversations on sexual assault and harassment came to Atwater on Wednesday, as teachers, students and supporters continued to come forward and claim the Merced Union High School District administration mishandled complaints.During a school boa
2-year-old boy suffers major injuries after being ejected in Merced County crash
A 2-year-old boy suffered major injuries after being ejected from a vehicle in a Highway 99 crash Saturday morning, according to California Highway Patrol.The boy was reportedly not properly restrained in his carseat as his 25-year-old mother from Winton was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Astrovan north o
Possible dead body found in Merced creek, police say
Shortly after 3 p.m., a passerby reportedly was walking on the 16th Street bridge over Bear Creek when an unusual smell led to the discovery of what appeared to be a male body floating face-first in the creek about 12 feet off the edge of the bridge, Sgt. Joseph Weiss said.
Friday crash kills Ceres bike rider
The California Highway Patrol determined that the victim was riding his BMX bike on Service Road and for some unknown reason entered the intersection at Moffet Road in the path of the vehicle, possibly a dark gray or black GMC Sierra crew cab pickup, possibly a 2014 or 2015 model. The impact sent th
Drowsy driver, cemetery rededication, pre-dawn raid, elevator
The 50-year-old female driver, whose name was not released by Monday afternoon, and her 15-year-old female passenger, who was asleep at the time, also suffered minor injuries and were sent to Sutter Roseville for evaluation, CHP officials said.
Two injured during 'incidents' at federal prison in Atwater
An inmate at U.S. Penitentiary, Atwater, suffered "non-life-threatening" injuries early Thursday and a staff member also suffered a minor injury during an incident, prison officials reported.Few details were available. Neither the inmate nor the staffer were identified.In a brief statement issued Th
Authorities looking for driver who struck and killed a bicyclist and fled in Ceres
According to the CHP, a dark gray or black GMC Sierra crew cab truck, believed to be model year 2014 or 2015, was traveling westbound on Service Road when it struck the bicyclist. The driver of the GMC Sierra then continued westbound on Service Road before turning northbound on Blaker Road.
Family mourns loss of 17-year-old
The investigation into the shooting death of a 17-year-old Turlock resident continues as his family makes funeral arrangements for the young man.The deceased was identified as Richard Lee Short III.Short was fatally shot Monday evening in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue.Turlock Police officers foun
Driver in fatal Merced County bus crash now charged in child sex-crimes case
The case against the driver of deadly 2016 bus crash in Merced County has been put on hold while the 59-year-old Los Angeles man faces dozens of new sex crimes charges in an unrelated case in Southern California.Mario David Vasquez has pleaded not guilty to four counts of vehicular manslaughter and
3 men charged with battery on police officers in 2017 hookah lounge melee in Merced
Misdemeanor charges were filed against Isa Bey, 23, of Oakland, Nedir Bey, 21, also of Oakland and Ciasonne Ratto-Foster, 21, of Richmond following a nearly yearlong investigation, prosecutors said in a statement.
Jump for joy, or just fun, at world's biggest bounce in Turlock this weekend only
If you feel like bouncing off the walls this weekend, you're in luck.The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock is hosting "the world's biggest bounce house" through Sunday. The touring attraction, called The Big Bounce Experience, is a 10,000 square-foot bounce house for all ages. The supersized
Deputies responding to report of pipe bomb in front of Merced County fire station
Shortly after 11 a.m., law enforcement authorities received a call of someone who may have dropped off a pipe bomb in front of the fire station at Highway 165 and 3rd Avenue, Deputy Daryl Allen said, adding that the area has been evacuated and a bomb squad was on its way to investigate the suspiciou
New candy chocolate-dipping candy shop opens in downtown Merced
The staff had 1,200 apples placed on trays, laid out on top of counters and shelves in the store on Wednesday afternoon as employee Evaristo Rivera constantly stirred a kettle of caramel. Each apple is hand dipped as they prepare for the grand opening of their new shop The Chocolate Dipper, which op