A Merced County jury decided Friday a Livingston police officer acted outside the law when he handcuffed a man during a child custody exchange before throwing him to the ground and shoving the man’s face into a concrete porch. The jury found Officer Tyson Perry, 38, guilty of felony assault by a public officer.
The jury began discussing the case behind closed doors at the Merced County Superior Courthouse on Thursday but did not come to a decision by the end of the day. The jurors are deciding the fate of Officer Tyson Perry, 38, who has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by a peace officer in connection with a 2012 incident.
Jury deliberation begins Thursday for the Livingston police officer who prosecutors accused of being a “rogue cop” and “bully” while using too much force against a man who claims to have once dated the officer’s wife. The prosecuting and defense attorneys gave their closing statements Wednesday in Merced Superior Court for the criminal case for Livingston Officer Tyson Perry, 38, who faces felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by a peace officer in connection with a 2012 incident.
A Livingston police officer accused of excessive force is on trial this week and could find out his fate as early as Wednesday, according to the judge overseeing the jury trial. Alleged victim Dwight Larks, 39, also has filed a lawsuit against Officer Tyson Perry and the city of Livingston, arguing the incident was the result of a past relationship Larks claims he had with Perry’s wife.
Expansive absenteeism data was released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for the first time ever, tracking students who frequently miss class at nearly every public school in the U.S.
Two days of live music, fruit picking, camping and other activities are set for this weekend at Riverdance Farms in Livingston. The 12th annual Pick and Gather and Merced River Fair is all day Saturday and Sunday at the farm on 11801 Livingston Cressey Road.
The newest member of the Livingston Police Department is a horse of a different color – literally. Sonny, a white police horse, recently joined the department’s mounted patrol, which already includes brown-coated Lobo and Moe.
William Marroquin, the principal at Livingston Middle School, will be one of only 25 people to begin an education doctorate program at Harvard University this summer, a step forward to realizing his personal “American dream.”
Representatives of the Merced County Association of Governments gave a presentation in Livingston on Tuesday about the proposed tax, which would amass $450 million over 30 years in the county for local and regional transportation projects.
A collision between a big rig and a Dodge Ram killed at least one passenger around 5 p.m. Tuesday, California Highway Patrol reported. There were few details immediately available on the crash on Lincoln Boulevard near Atwater Jordan Road, officers reported.
The family of Raymond Martinez, the 16-year-old who was hit by a car while riding his bike outside Livingston, is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the driver who killed their son.
The fifth annual family gathering that celebrates getting outside and flying a kite is Saturday in Livingston. The free Kite Festival, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Livingston Middle School, 101 F St. The festival has been known to draw about 5,000 people, who take part in flying kites of all shapes. Organizers also bring enough materials for about 500 children to make kites.