The number of housing starts in Merced County have jumped by 132 percent compared to last year, making it the county with the biggest increase in the central San Joaquin Valley, according to a Wednesday report from a building industry publisher.
A Gustine man hallucinating under the influence of methamphetamine landed in jail Monday after calling 911 saying several people were trying to kill him, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office reported. Those killers probably were imaginary. The guns and drugs deputies found in the man’s home, however, were real, Undersheriff Jason Goins said.
New federal regulations intended to promote healthy eating could make it harder to use food stamps at convenience stores – a change that opponents say will leave disadvantaged people with fewer places to buy groceries.
A Merced Superior Court judge denied a motion Thursday to release jury contact information to the attorney of a Livingston police officer convicted in June of assaulting a man in handcuffs, but the judge continued the sentencing hearing to next month.