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.


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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