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Merced police urge holiday shoppers to take precautions

Merced law enforcement officials urged resident to take “common sense” steps to protect themselves as the holiday shopping season kicks off and stores anticipate a crush of customers looking for price deals on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

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Merced girls take to baking to help the needy

Three third-grade girls heard that some people in Merced have a hard time affording a Thanksgiving meal, so they did something about it – a bake sale. They raised more than $500, which will feed the equivalent of about 286 people during the Merced County Rescue Mission’s free holiday meal for the less fortunate.

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Weapons, drugs seized in house search

A Merced man who was serving a jail sentence on a work-release program was arrested again Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies found a loaded handgun, a stun gun and two bags of crystal methamphetamine at his home, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department said.

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