ATWATER What started as a routine traffic stop Wednesday resulted in the arrest of two suspected gang members and the confiscation of weapons and drugs. Officer Matthew Haywood of the Atwater Police Department made the stop that led to the arrest of 23-year-old Luis Tinta and a 17-year-old, whose name isn't being released because he's a juvenile, said Lt. Sam Joseph.
ATWATER A man who led officers on a high-speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods Tuesday was arrested after a three-minute chase that lasted over a mile, Atwater police said Wednesday.
ATWATER Jimmy Zhu says he wants to make the most out of his life and be the best he can be. Those around him have no doubt the 14-year-old eighth-grader is capable of many things.
MERCED As temperature gauges go up, so does the graffiti.Police from Merced and Atwater are reporting an increase in the form of vandalism, but they also have plans in place to fight back against those defacing their communities.
ATWATER -- Two men were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a string of burglaries at the Castle Gardens apartment complex, Atwater police reported.
MERCED A shooting that left three teenagers dead recently prompted a set of concerts aimed at increasing awareness about youth violence.
MERCED A man digging a post hole to repair a fence hit an underground natural gas line near a Merced home, causing a leak that took about an hour to handle Wednesday night, Fire Department officials reported.
ATWATER A confrontation between two groups of people Wednesday led to shots being fired at Determine Drive and Bellevue Road, Atwater police reported. Officers received the call around 2 p.m., and arrived to find a running car that had bullet holes in it, said Lt. Sam Joseph. The front doors of the car had been left open, he added.
ATWATER City officials are coming close to selling two pieces of land -- a move that could ease the tax burdens of some residents. Staff is moving forward with the sale of a 9-acre lot and a 20-acre lot near the intersection of North Buhach Road and East Juniper Avenue. The area is part of a Mello-Roos special taxing district in Atwater, and some city officials are hoping the sales of the properties will help alleviate those extra taxes.
ATWATER There's a hairy situation developing in Atwater. A dispute over looming utility rate increases has prompted one councilman to shave his head in protest of what he labels as an "unjust" burden to residents. During a meeting late last month, the City Council selected a new garbage rate model and voted to start the Proposition 218 process, which lays the groundwork for rate increases.