MERCED A statewide program aimed at spurring job growth in Merced County may soon be on the chopping block. The Enterprise Zone Program, which offers tax incentives to businesses that hire disadvantaged employees within a designated area, might be reformed under a state Senate bill that's on the table.
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MERCED The Merced County Association of Governments says it will not abandon the Continuum of Care until a replacement agency can be found to direct the homeless program. It brings in roughly half a million dollars a year in federal funding to area nonprofits to support the homeless services they provide, such as temporary housing.
ATWATER A man was arrested this week after a stolen pickup truck was crashed, police reported. Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Cedar Avenue in Atwater about 3 a.m. Wednesday after a black 1994 Chevrolet pickup hit a parked vehicle and crashed into a grassy embankment.
The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation throughout the Central Valley today in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where multiple crashes have occurred.
MERCED This weekend, area residents will likely be lining up for free emissions testing for their cars and trucks, potentially qualifying for $500 in repair vouchers, under a popular government program to improve air conditions. The valleywide "Tune In & Tune Up" event has grown dramatically in recent years, according to regional air quality officials.
MERCED A 33-year-old Merced man who was fatally shot at Fahrens Park early Monday morning has been identified by the Merced County coroner's office as Raymond Ramos.
LOS BANOS A 23-year-old Los Banos man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an Army reservist in a hit-and-run crash in March. Jesse Ryan Fuentes stood up in court in a green-striped jumpsuit and was asked by Judge Harry Jacobs if he wanted to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. Fuentes' response: "Yes sir."
MERCED A Merced man was shot multiple times Tuesday evening while sitting on a bench near the Willowbrook Apartments, police reported. About 9:30 p.m., police received several calls from neighboring homes in the 1600 block of Willowbrook Drive.
MERCED Bright red poppies were popping up everywhere in Merced this week. It was all part of the American Legion Auxiliary's annual fund-raiser to benefit disabled veterans throughout California.
ATWATER It's like an open house, only better. That's the way Elizabeth Phonesavanh, Buhach Colony High School activities director, describes tonight's Thunder Fair in the campus amphitheater.
One of five men accused in the robbery of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum entered a not guilty plea Tuesday, according to his attorney.
MERCED A 33-year-old Merced man died after being shot at Fahrens Park early Monday, Merced police reported.