The Merced Police Department investigates a homicide in the 3300 block of San Mateo Court in Merced, Calif., on Friday, April 28, 2017. According to Detective-Sgt. Curt Gorman, a Hispanic male is dead after suffering multiple gunshot wounds following a verbal argument with three men outside an apartment complex.
Rescue dogs and their inmate trainers celebrated their accomplishments at a graduation ceremony on Friday at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. The dogs will go on to the next level of training before becoming service dogs for military veterans. The prisoners learn responsibility and training the dogs provides a sense of purpose during their rehabilitation.
Employees at the Foster Farms Livingston chicken plant protested on Thursday, April 27, 2017, for better wages, affordable insurance and a new labor union contract. (Monica Velezfirstname.lastname@example.org)
People walk through Yosemite National Park during the March for Science in Yosemite, Calif., on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Scientists and science supporters across the nation and the world are marching this Earth Day to support scientific research.
A murder mystery that began two months ago when the body of a 30-year-old Chinese immigrant was found in a trash bin in a dark Merced alleyway ended Friday with the arrest of a 50-year-old San Francisco man in a case police say involves romantic entanglements, human trafficking, and deadly violence.
Lijun Wang came to the United States from China in February 2016 and worked in an “indentured servant capacity” as a prostitute to pay off her debt to the people who helped pay her way across the Pacific Ocean. A year later, she was dead, her body dumped in a trash bin in an alleyway in the 3100 block of G Street.
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The California Highway Patrol, Merced County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Merced County, respond to the scene of a fatal crash involving a bus and a minivan in the 5900 block of North Highway 59 in Merced, Calif., on Friday, April 14, 2017.