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Modesto man wanted in south Merced homicide case

A warrant has been issued charging Joseph Onate, an 18-year-old Modesto man, with murder in connection with the November 27, 2016, stabbing death of Luis Gonzalez. The 33-year-old Merced man was killed in an alleyway in the 1200 block of West 12th Street in south Merced. Three other people, including Onate’s brother, Toby Onate, already have been arrested in connection with the slaying and robbery.

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TID hopes to prolong spillway releases; Tuolumne River over flood stage

The Tuolumne River, struck by a surge of water from the Don Pedro Reservoir’s spillway, rose well above the flood stage Tuesday, though it did not result in major flooding. The situation remained precarious, with a full reservoir and swollen rivers downstream. The Turlock Irrigation District is trying to get approval for a plan to lower the reservoir to a more manageable level in the next week.

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Merced firefighters train for water rescues

Merced city firefighters trained on Bear Creek on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, for water rescues with crews from Los Angeles City Fire and Ventura County Fire.
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Merced firefighters train for water rescues

Woman killed in Winton 0:34

Woman killed in Winton

Atwater teen impresses with singing voice 1:29

Atwater teen impresses with singing voice

Le Grand woman dead in Highway 140 crash 1:01

Le Grand woman dead in Highway 140 crash