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She found a dead newborn on her deck. Neighbor had tossed the baby over a fence, Colorado cops say | Merced Sun-Star

A Colorado woman was getting ready to use the hot tub on her deck in January when her dog smelled something unusual - leading to a horrifying discovery. There was a dead newborn on the back deck of the woman's Highlands Ranch, Colo., home on Jan. 2, KDVR reports. When the woman found the child, its

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-20 21:43:00

Woman's Warrant Arrest Leads To Multiple Felony Charges

Sonora, CA - Although few case details are available due to the ongoing investigation, a local woman initially arrested on a pair of failure to appear warrants is facing fresh felony charges including auto and firearm theft. According to Tuolumne County sheriff's officials, deputies took 37-year-old

MYMOTHERLODE.COM - 2018-03-20 23:18:00

Pipe Bomb Arrest In Sonora

Sonora, CA - Deputies conducting a probation search at a Sonora home made a scary discovery - a pipe bomb in a closet. Tuolumne County's High Risk Supervision Team carried out the raid at the in the Starr Mobile Home Park in the 20100 block of Jamestown Road in Sonora. Both residents, a mother, 39-y

MYMOTHERLODE.COM - 2018-03-20 21:08:00

An Atwater inmate found unresponsive has died, officials say

A prisoner at U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater was pronounced dead Tuesday, a day after being found unresponsive in his cell, according to prison officials. Thomas Douglas Smith was discovered in his cell at about 7 a.m. on Monday and staff began life-saving measures, officials said in a news release.

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-20 19:46:00

Slain toddler from Chowchilla identified by family. Suspect to appear in court. | Merced Sun-Star

The 2-year-old boy who was beaten, killed and left at Madera gas station has been identified by family members as Emmanuel Burton. The child was in the care of "family friend" Cornell Jackson, when he died last week, Chowchilla Police Department Lt. Jeff Palmer said. Police are waiting for the autop

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-19 23:17:00

Deputies looking for 10-year-old with special needs who walked away from Merced County school

The Merced County Sheriffs Office is currently searching for a 10-year-old special needs child who walked away from Joe Stefani Elementary School in Merced County. Mason Drury is an Autistic student at the school who was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey sweatpants. He has brown hair, bro

ABC30 FRESNO - 2018-03-19 19:19:52

During driving exam, he made her watch porn videos of himself. Now she's suing Iowa | Merced Sun-Star

A woman forced to look at pornographic photos of the man giving her a driving exam in Ankeny, Iowa, has sued the Iowa Department of Transportation. In the case dating back to February 2016, police said then-60-year-old DOT examiner John Wayne Alexander was in a car with a 47-year-old woman when he t

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-20 18:26:00

Update: 10-year-old Merced boy found safe

A 10-year-old Merced boy with special needs who went missing this morning for about two hours has been found safe, the Sheriff's Office confirms. Mason Dury disappeared around 10:20 a.m. at Joe Stefani Elementary School in the Beachwood/Franklin area of unincorporated Merced. He was found just befor

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2018-03-19 19:23:00

Life-threatening injuries reported after sedan collides with big rig south of Hilmar | Merced Sun-Star

A 25-year-old man suffered major injuries after a car he was driving collided head-on Saturday morning with a big rig on Highway 165 near the Merced River, according to California Highway Patrol. Barry Diaz, whose city of residence wasn't known Saturday morning, was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze at


Burglars poisoned a police dog. An accomplice tried to get a $20,000 reward out of it, California cops say | Merced Sun-Star

Tarro the police dog was supposed to be retired - but this time, the crime came to him. Burglars broke into a police officer's home in Redding, Calif., on the afternoon of March 7, and stole a handful of guns that were secured inside the house, according to Redding police. And as soon as the homeown


Goat heads and chicken blood: Texas deputies respond to 'some kind of unknown ritual' | Merced Sun-Star

No one likes an animal cruelty case, but the scene inside one garage in the suburban Far West Side of San Antonio Friday night was downright gruesome. Dismembered carcasses. Goat heads. Someone draining the blood of a chicken into a container. According to the Associated Press, Bexar County Sheriff


Officers on scene at Sierra Vista Mall after some kind of disturbance, police say

CLOVIS, Calif. - About a dozen Clovis Police officers are on scene at Sierra Vista Mall, investigating some kind of disturbance, according to officials. Police tell us, several 911 calls came in around 5:12 p.m. Saturday, regarding a large fight inside the MB2 Raceway business, near the Sierra Vista


Around Town (03/17/2018)

The Atwater VFW will host a St Patrick's Day meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 17. They support Gold Star Mothers, Disabled Veterans Girl Scouts, Police Cadets and others. Call 209-761-0967 for further information.St Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner Ballico American Legion will be serving their t


Madera County District Attorney struck while driving

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. - The Madera County District Attorney is recovering after he said someone intentionally threw a metal object through his windshield while driving home from work. District Attorney David Linn provided pictures showing his damaged windshield. Linn said he was driving eastbound


Street vendor attacked in Madera shares his story

Arturo Felix Ventura makes a living as a street vendor in Madera, well known in the community for his cooked corn, called elote. But an average day at work last Saturday took a turn for the worse. Around 2 pm, Ventura says an intoxicated customer was unhappy with the corn he bought. "He started comp


Train crashes into car in Atwater. Road remains closed.

The intersection of Atwater Boulevard and Shaffer Road in Atwater will be closed for several hours Friday after a train hit a car, according to the California Highway Patrol. The intersection is expected to be closed until 6 p.m., Officer Eric Zuniga said. Traffic is being diverted and "choosing an


Power Outages Plague Mother Lode

Sonora, CA - Power outages continue to plague the Mother Lode as Mother Nature pounded the area with rain and snow. The Arnold and Avery areas in Calaveras County still have the majority of customers without power totaling over 5,000. Those impacted stretch from Avery to Cottage Springs along Highwa