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Two arrested following officer-involved shooting in Atwater

MERCED COUNTY, California - Two people were arrested following an officer-involved shooting in Atwater. On February 21, the Merced County Sheriff's Office, Merced Police Department, Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) and the Merced County Probation Department served a search warrant in the 1800 B


Guns, cocaine, Ecstasy seized in Merced County home. One man was arrested, police say

A Los Banos man was arrested this week after police found numerous firearms along with cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy, which police said were packaged for sale. has been arrested in connection with multiple weapons and narcotics allegations, according to authorities.


MAGA-hat wearing teen claims California high school wouldn't permit her to wear hat

A high school student who reportedly wanted to sport her “Make America Great Again” hat at her California school this week wasn’t able to because of the dress code. Clovis North High School senior Maddie Mueller sought to wear the hat bearing President Trump’s campaign slogan on Wednesday upon the r


Head-on crash in Merced County causes SUV to turn over with woman, two children

A sports utility vehicle with a woman and two children inside was struck head-on and turned over after a truck crossed lanes from oncoming traffic in Merced County, authorities said.


Former Merced County area mayor, ex-school board member pleads guilty to bribery

Tommy Jones, a former Los Banos Unified School District board member and city mayor, has pleaded guilty to bribing a fellow ex-school board member for his vote on a school contract.


Here’s when Merced and Atwater Payless Shoes stores are set to close for good

The final two Payless ShoeSource locations in Merced County are set to close along with the remaining stores in North America following the company’s filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


Trump administration ends talks with California on emissions, climate change

The Trump administration Thursday broke off negotiations with California over limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars, blaming state officials for failing to offer “a productive alternative” to the White House’s plans.


Man shot in south Merced, police say. Few details immediately available

Few details were immediately available Wednesday evening related to a man shot in south Merced, according to police. The man was taken to an area hospital after being shot at least once about 5 p.m. in the area of R and 12th streets, according to Sgt. Chris Russell. The extent of his injuries was no


California sheriff releases graphic video of deadly police shooting

A man pulled over for a traffic stop, rolled his window down, drew a handgun and opened fire on cops before being fatally shot by a deputy, graphic video released Wednesday by a sheriff's department in Northern California shows.


Southern California doctors arrested in opioid prescription crackdown

A yearlong investigation by federal drug agents has resulted in criminal charges against several physicians and other healthcare providers accused of writing bogus prescriptions or selling painkillers and other drugs on the black market.


No speed limit? That could become a reality for two California highways

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make the state part of an exclusive club: The state would become one of the rare places in the world with highways with no speed limit.


A tax penalty could help shore up Obamacare in California. Gavin Newsom wants to try it.

When Kate Green calculated her health care costs last year, it just didn’t add up for her to stay insured. The 30-year-old worker in a real estate referral company had signed up for the lowest-cost plan possible, but it came with high out-of-pocket costs. Premiums ate up money Green had planned on s


Family of ‘ER’ actress Vanessa Marquez files $20 million wrongful death claim against Southern California city

Attorneys representing the mother of actress Vanessa Marquez, who police shot and killed in August 2018, filed a $20 million wrongful death claim against South Pasadena on Wednesday, alleging that officers acted negligently and unlawfully during the incident that began as a welfare check call. Autho


GPD looking to finalize body-cam grant

GUSTINE - Local police officers have been using loaned body-worn cameras on a trial basis for several months. Police Chief Milt Medeiros recently advised the Gustine City Council that the department has secured federal grant funds to help pay for the purchase of body-worn cameras and a five-year pro


California prisons to drop $5 fee they charge to inmates for doctor visits

Starting in March, California inmates will no longer need to make copayments when they go in for medical help. The payments are no longer necessary, as they offer “minimal fiscal benefit” and “may hinder patients from seeking care,” according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilit


Dos Palos shooting: Officer may have been shot, killed by Merced Police

Authorities have released more information on the events leading up to the death of a Dos Palos officer after a chase by and standoff with police and sheriff's deputies last week.


California prosecutors will hit legal roadblock in seeking death penalty against suspect in 1973 murder

California prosecutors have said they're weighing capital punishment for the man accused of strangling an 11-year-old girl in 1973 — but legal experts insisted Thursday that's not possible.


It’s almost time for California’s super bloom!

That sound you hear from Southern California in the coming days and weeks could be the deserts exploding in Technicolor. Desert-watchers say the Golden State is likely in for another ”super bloom” of wildflowers like the one we experienced in 2017. All the ingredients for the colorful cocktail are i


Arrests made in decades-old killings of 2 California kids

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Authorities said Wednesday that they solved two decades-old cold cases that stunned Southern California, arresting suspects in the separate killings of a boy and a girl who disappeared while walking home from school.


See all that water flowing into the ocean? California bill aims to save it

In stormy winters like this, residents of drought-prone Southern California fret about how much rainfall flows into the ocean, a reminder of the amounts of water the region is wasting instead of saving for good use.