Chowchilla appointed an interim city administrator last week. Carolyn Lehr will take over from Police Chief Jay Varney, who was serving in the position but just won his bid for Madera County sheriff. The former city administrator, Mark Lewis, agreed to resign in September after being placed on leave for about a month.
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.
As millions of immigrants across the country seek federal protection from deportation, community advocates in Stanislaus County and the state attorney general are warning residents to be wary of scammers and opportunists looking for a big payday.