Carports are popping up in front of countless Atwater homes and the issue is dividing some city residents. The city’s ordinance outlines specific requirements for the size, measurement and location of carports, but city officials said most carports don’t meet those standards – and don’t even have a building permit.
Katie Koehn is almost at a loss for words about what today’s Winter Wishes Rally at Buhach Colony High School means. Koehn, the Atwater school’s activities director, said more than 39 wishes will be granted to deserving students at today’s midday assembly in the gymnasium. It’s the third year the benevolence program has been observed.
The California Highway Patrol will host a Christmas toy drive on Saturday in Atwater. The department’s annual “Cops for Kids” programs aims to help disadvantaged children during the holiday season, Officer Jason Schoonhoven said.
A holiday drunken-driving crackdown kicks off Saturday in Atwater. A DUI checkpoint is scheduled Saturday night and motorists should anticipate additional police patrols on the streets, according to an Atwater Police Department news release.
A former loan officer and current assistant Buhach Colony High School football coach faces more than two dozen real estate fraud charges in connection with the suspected theft of more than $13,000. Sammy C. Parker, 63, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement and 23 misdemeanor counts of fraud, according to Merced County Superior Court records.
A woman accused of sending threatening text messages to herself and her boyfriend and lying to police about it was arrested this week. Atwater police detectives traced the threats to the woman's own prepaid cell phone.
A 27-year-old man was shot and wounded over the weekend at a residence on Fifth Street, police reported Monday. The incident was reported about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and the victim is expected to survive, according to Lt. Samuel Joseph.
There's a hairy situation developing in Atwater. A dispute over looming utility rate increases has prompted one councilman to shave his head in protest of what he labels as an "unjust" burden to residents. During a meeting late last month, the City Council selected a new garbage rate model and voted to start the Proposition 218 process, which lays the groundwork for rate increases.