Allegations of misconduct against Marilouise Hawks first surfaced in October when she was allegedly caught passing notes between two teenage inmates at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex. The more serious allegations involving Hawks and juvenile inmates came to light a month later, according to Scott Ball, Merced County’s chief probation officer.
Merced prosecutors this week asked for additional evidence from police investigators in the case against a father and son accused of beating a neighbor’s dog earlier this month. Prosecutors said they were seeking a full-length copy of surveillance footage, as well as additional documents and other unspecified evidence.
A Merced County teacher has been arrested on suspicion of “inappropriate touching” of least two juvenile hall inmates and posting gang-related photographs to their social media accounts, the Merced Sun-Star has confirmed.
A routine traffic stop ended Tuesday in Merced with a Los Angeles man behind bars after officers found about six kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment in his vehicle, the California Highway Patrol reported.