A 37-year-old Atwater man will stand trial in January for the slaying of his former cellmate last year outside an Atwater city park. David Lastra has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in connection with the death of Richard Valentine.
The Merced Police Department and Merced City Fire Department are working together to make sure children in Merced who don’t usually have anything to open on Christmas receive a toy donated by community members.
Sylvia Castro Garcia says she was simply helping her jailed brother by posting his thoughts on his Facebook page. Fresno County prosecutors, however, say the information she posted jeopardized the life of a witness in her brother’s murder case – and could have cost another witness her life.
Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades, beloved for zipping alongside lonely boaters in the remote bays and rivers chiseled out of the vast marshes, have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found.
The mother caught trying to cross the Canadian border with her Merced daughters was arrested in San Francisco and booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Center in the early morning hours of Tuesday, authorities said.