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Merced County gang member captured after manhunt, two car chases, deputies say
A man described by authorities as a dangerous gang-member was captured Saturday after two car chases through Merced County - including a slower-speed chase with an infant inside the car - ended with damaged police vehicles and an injured sheriff’s canine deputy, officials reported.Carlos Villegas, 2
Driver saved from flaming truck hauling wine in Highway 99 big rig crash, CHP says
A 27-year-old big rig driver suffered major injuries and was pulled out of a flaming truck cabin by California Highway Patrol officers after the truck crashed into another big rig on Highway 99, north of Atwater, CHP officials said.A 2019 Freightliner big rig with a trailer was stopped on the right
15-Year Old Local Girl Found with "Marijuana Store" in Her Bedroom
MERCED, Ca - Merced, CA - A 15-year old girl is in custody after police found, what they call a marijuana store inside her bedroom.
One man dead in officer-involved shooting after car chase from Ceres to rural Denair
A man who allegedly brandished a handgun at a Ceres skate park Saturday afternoon was shot and killed by Ceres Police after a pursuit, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tom Letras said Ceres police received a call at 3 p.m. that a man in a da
Armed suspect shot by Ceres officer identified as 15-year-old from Hughson
The armed person fatally shot by a Ceres police officer on Sunday afternoon was a 15-year-old Hughson boy, Carmen Mendez, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.The shooting occurred in a rural area between Hughson and Denair after a pursuit that began when police responded to repor
Teen daughter given marijuana by mom to sell, deputies learn in search of Delhi home
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office confiscated and eradicated large marijuana plants, packaged marijuana, marijuana edibles a loaded AK-47 firearm and other items from a Delhi home Friday, deputies said.Deputies served a marijuana cultivation search warrant at a home in the 15000 block of Roseann Co
Here’s who is running for city council in Merced County cities
The list of people running for elected office in Merced County’s six cities has been finalized, and some races are more crowded than others.Merced’seven-numbered city council districtsare up for election this time around.District 4 pits sitting CouncilmemberKevin Blakeagainst newcomerKarla A. Seijas
Fresno man, teens injured in Merced County crash, snarling commuter traffic, CHP says
A 33-year-old Fresno man and two male teenagers suffered injuries early Friday morning after a big rig crashed on Highway 152 west of Los Banos, shutting down westbound commuter traffic for about three hours, according to California Highway Patrol.The driver, 33-year-old Fresno resident Socka Van IV
First human case of the year of West Nile Virus reported in Merced County
In addition to the human case, the County Mosquito Abatement District has detected West Nile Virus in seven chickens and four mosquito samples to date. As of August 10th, 19 human cases have been confirmed in California.
Accident claims life of Newman woman
A Newman woman injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon at Hills Ferry and River roads has died, the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office confirmed today.Authorities identified the deceased as Brittainy Maki, 32.
Move-in day at UC Merced, hundreds unpack their bags and say goodbye to their parents
"In the parking lot, it was hectic. Even though we got here early at 8:30 a.m. and our move in time was at 9 a.m. It was like a lot of people all at once rushing," said Freshman Zachary Mauri.
When will Atwater’s Target store reopen in wake of arson fire?
The AtwaterSuper Target damaged last weekin an arson fire is expected to remain closed for “at least a few more weeks,” the company announced Wednesday.Police and fire crews were sent to the Target in the 1000 block of Commerce Avenue just after 9 p.m. Aug. 7 after someone set fire to items on the t
McCaughan leads Modesto to 4-1 win over Inland Empire
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- Darren McCaughan allowed just one run over six innings, leading the Modesto Nuts over the Inland Empire 66ers in a 4-1 win on Friday.
Fresno State, UC Merced partner to increase diversity in STEM faculty
FRESNO — California State University, Fresno and University of California, Merced are teaming up over the next five years to train and mentor underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to teach at colleges and universities.The partne
Major injuries reported in rollover crash on Highway 99 in Merced County
A truck left the roadway on northbound Highway 99 in Merced County and overturned multiple times on Thursday, throwing both the driver and a passenger from the cab, according to California Highway Patrol.
Merced Co gang member speaking with deputy when he dropped a stolen gun, deputies say
A Planada man was arrested this week after a handgun fell out of his sweatshirt in front of a deputy, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.A deputy stopped 21-year-old Andres Lopez Romero in an alley behind the 400 block of Carson Street in Planada about 10:26 p.m. Tuesday, because he wa
In ‘bad news’ for gangs, Merced County sheriff announces return of special unit
On the heels of the hiring of seven new Merced County deputies, Sheriff Vern Warnke announced the return of special unit aimed at reducing gang-related and other crimes.The Merced County Sheriff’s Tactical and Recognizance Team, which the sheriff described as “walking Sequoias” and “bad news” for ga
‘Last year was a wakeup call for all of us.’ Deleon, Atwater ready to take next step.
There’s reason for optimism, however, entering head coach Seneca Ybarra’s second season at the helm. The Falcons have numbers (62 on the roster), size and seemed to figure some things out to close the 2017 season. A young Atwater squad went 3-4 in their last seven games, turning in increasingly more
In California, you can be sick and not know that the dust you inhaled caused it
In the central San Joaquin Valley, blowing dust can carry a deadly fungus, and 2017 was a bad year for breathing the fungal spores.
Atwater elementary school adds seventh graders after $4.36 million expansion
Last year’s sixth graders at Peggy Heller Elementary came back to school Wednesday to a familiar scene.They are part of the first seventh grade class to walk onto the Peggy Heller campus in years after the Atwater Elementary School District completed expansion of the school to alleviate overcrowding