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Merced-area shooting kills two, sends one to hospital. Deputies continue investigation

Updated 10:25 a.m.: A shooting late Saturday between Merced and Atwater claimed the lives of two people and sent a third person to a hospital. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Two gang members captured by Merced police for allegedly having firearms and drugs

Two gang members were arrested by the Merced Police Department on Saturday morning for allegedly having firearms and narcotics for sale. The arrest came at 7:30 a.m. at the Merced … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

It’s such a strange thing to see’: Photos show Lake Mead on the verge of becoming a ‘dead pool’

The sun began to set but the temperature hovered around 106 degrees. I was there to document one of the latest objects to emerge from Lake Mead, the largest reservoir … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Police seeking public’s help in locating 56-year missing man in Merced

The Merced Police Department is seeking help from the public to locate a missing 56-year old man. The family of Rodney Rodriguez reported him missing on Friday. They are concerned … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Speeding stop leads to the seizure of illegal fireworks in Merced, police say

A speeding stop led to the seizure of illegal fireworks on Friday in Merced, according to police. An officer witnessed a driver of a pick up truck traveling 75 mph … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Driver, 21, arrested in Merced County after intentionally running over man, police say

A 21-year old Los Banos man wanted for attempted murder is in custody after he turned himself into detectives at the Los Banos Police Department on Thursday, according to police. … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Noxious algae prompts warnings for visitors to stay out of water at Central Valley reservoir

California officials warned of dangerous algae growing in a central San Joaquin Valley waterway on Friday just days before people head out to play in the water on the Fourth … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

As Merced County July 4 festivities draw near, here’s what to expect for weekend weather

While blue skies and sunshine continue to gleam over Merced County, residents celebrating the Fourth of July can expect cooler temperatures to prevail during their holiday activities. Friday’s high of … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Coroner identifies driver killed in Merced County collision near Delhi

The Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office has identified a driver killed in a head-on collision in Merced County on Tuesday, as 56-year-old Mark Keach of Atwater, according to Deputy Daryl … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Man shot and killed Sunday in Atwater identified by Merced County coroner’s office

A man shot and killed in Atwater on Sunday, has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office as 20-year-old Kevin Arias of Atwater, according to Deputy Daryl Allen. … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Atwater police investigating late night homicide reported at Buhach Colony High parking lot

Update: Atwater police are investigating the city’s fourth homicide of the year and second within a week, after a man was shot and killed in a high school parking lot, … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Nation’s most sweeping law to phase out single-use plastics approved by California lawmakers

LOS ANGELES — Striking a blow against a pernicious form of pollution, California lawmakers on Thursday passed the nation’s most far-reaching restrictions on single-use plastics and packaging, with Gov. Gavin … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Food 4 Less employee stabbed after confronting thief, Merced police say

An employee of the Merced Food 4 Less is in stable condition after a theft suspect who was fleeing the store with items stabbed him. Police said the incident happened … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Merced County certified its primary election results. Why did so many residents sit it out?

Election results for the June 7 primary were certified by the Merced County Registrar of Voters this week — and much like the rest of the state, the number of … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Residents of Merced, Los Banos other cities can see COVID-19 data for free in real time

Residents of Merced and other counties in the Central Valley have a new way of checking surveillance data for COVID-19. A project called Healthy Central Valley Together began displaying data … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

The Bus is offering free fares to riders throughout Merced County this summer

The Bus is offering free rides to passengers on all services in Merced County this summer, according to the Merced County Association of Governments. Beginning July 1, all general fare … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Look out, Pasco: Here come giant African land snails

A gardener in Pasco County recently found a giant African land snail — or what Florida officials call “one of the most damaging snails in the world.” The giant African … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Thousands of illegal fireworks seized by Merced police, as July 4 holiday approaches

The Merced Police Department has seized thousands of illegals fireworks and officers have made multiple arrests in the weeks leading up the July 4 holiday, according to authorities. The department’s … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Newsom, California legislators reach $4.2B deal to continue high-speed rail construction

A budget deal forged over the weekend between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders includes an agreement to release $4.2 billion in high-speed rail bond money to continue construction in … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Making Independence Day plans in Merced County? Celebrate with these local July 4 events

Communities across Merced County are preparing for big summer bashes commemorating the Fourth of July. Fireworks will brighten the skies and parade-goers will march the streets from Merced County’s east … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading