Since the last time Merced County’s public safety committee met in 2012, the slaying rate has hit a record high and topped the state rankings, prompting top law enforcement officials to declare a “public safety emergency.”
The Merced County district attorney and sheriff teamed up Tuesday to criticize the Board of Supervisors for inaction on low pay and vacancies in the Sheriff’s Office and gang violence in the county that the DA called a “public safety crisis.”
A game described as the world’s largest treasure hunt was interrupted Monday in Merced when a business owner on G Street called the police about a “suspicious” person putting a package near a bush on his property.
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.
A farm laborer killed this week when his vehicle struck a tree has been identified as a Chowchilla man, Madera County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Fredy Ramirez-Orellana, 32, of Chowchilla was killed between 8 and 9 a.m. Sunday when the John Deere Gator utility vehicle he was driving struck an almond tree in the 22000 block of Avenue 24 on Campos Bros. Farms property.
A farmworker riding a motorcycle was killed early Sunday when he struck a tree while on the job, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies received a report around 11:30 a.m. that a man riding a motorcycle crashed near Avenue 24 and Road 24, which is about 10 miles east of Chowchilla.