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Court orders Patterson hotel owner to pay city tax

Patterson officials claimed victory in a lawsuit to force a hotel owner to pay the city’s transient occupancy tax. A judge ruled that Patterson Hotel Associates LLC must pay the city $237,147 in overdue hotel taxes, plus interest. The corporation owns the Best Western hotel near Intestate 5.

Crime

Ceremony held for outgoing Sheriff Cavallero

Sheriff Tom Cavallero on Wednesday formally passed command of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department to incoming Sheriff-elect Vern Warnke during a brief Honor Guard ceremony in front of the office he commanded for one year.

Local

Giveaway helps Merced families have a Christmas dinner

People waited as many as 10 hours to be one of the 500 households to have a bigger Christmas dinner thanks to a food giveaway Tuesday in Merced. The line of people looking for a helping hand waited, holding their vouchers in hand, to grab a turkey, a pound of almonds and a 5-pound block of cheese during the giveaway by developer Greg Hostetler and business owner Mike Gallo.

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