Atwater police are looking for a group of men believed to have gang raped a Merced County teenager over the weekend. One man has been identified as a suspect. Police believe the attackers are all involved in a criminal street gang in Atwater.
A suspected gang member from Merced was arrested late Sunday after he abandoned an allegedly stolen vehicle, leaving behind a loaded firearm, ammunition and about two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, the Police Department reported.
The on-again, off-again drunken driving trial of an Atwater police detective was delayed again Tuesday as a result of injuries suffered recently by one of her co-workers in an on-duty vehicle collision.
A 19-year-old Atwater man narrowly avoided injury early Tuesday when at least one bullet fired during a drive-by shooting passed through his clothing but missed his body, the Atwater Police Department reported.
A former Merced resident and Tuolumne County high school teacher received a four-year prison sentence Friday for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. He faces similar charges in an unrelated San Luis Obispo case and is expected to plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
An Atwater man was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in state prison for the beating and attempted rape of his partially paralyzed wife when she refused to have sex with him, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Michelle Gray wiped tears from her cheek Wednesday morning as Merced police officers raised the American flag above the memorial to her fallen husband, Stephan, on the 11th anniversary of his line-of-duty death.