Trial delayed in 2015 slaying of Merced taxicab driver

Joseph E. Castrillo, 20, has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the Jan. 5, 2015, slaying of 59-year-old Dean Barker, a driver for the Merced Taxicab Co. and a former Dos Palos police officer. Barker was shot and killed in the front seat of his cab in the 300 block of Mimi Lane, according to the Merced Police Department.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Merced Union High School student Mina Lopez, 14, has her wish granted by The Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic, during a ceremony at Yosemite High School in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Lopez, who is battling leukemia, will travel to San Francisco to meet Yankovic.
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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

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Atwater High's Valencia Twins

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children 1:26

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children

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Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase

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