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Gustine man reports imaginary killers, jailed for guns, drugs

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.

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Trial set for 2013 Merced County homicide case

A September jury trial is scheduled for a Chowchilla woman charged with killing a man nearly three years ago. Olivia Florenza Ramos, 27, has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the Sept. 9, 2013, death of Ernesto Estrada Perez.

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Probe continues into Merced court commissioner’s death

The bizarre sequence of events that began on a June night with retired Merced County Court Commissioner Ralph J. Cook being injured in a fight outside a Merced bar hours before he was killed in a possible drunken-driving crash remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office and the Merced Police Department.

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Deputies: Gang members, high on pot, fall asleep at crime scene

Deputies say two teenage gang members smoked enough marijuana Friday morning to pass out in their getaway vehicle while it was still parked in the same Winton neighborhood they’d just finished burglarizing. The two boys also were found with a stolen handgun, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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Detectives Raid Homes In Delhi

Dozens of law enforcement officials raided homes in Delhi on Friday, searching for weapons in connection with a string of recent gang shootings in the area. rparsons@mercedsunstar.com
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Detectives Raid Homes In Delhi

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Marijuana Plants Seized In Merced

Shooting On Denver Avenue 1:55

Shooting On Denver Avenue

Merced CHP Officer Indicted For Child Molestation 1:27

Merced CHP Officer Indicted For Child Molestation