Atwater, California, police Chief Michael Salvador said detectives are looking for anyone with information on 22-year-old Ethan Morse’s whereabouts in the 24 hours before he was murdered Friday, March 15.
Nikko Adolfo Perez, 26, of Atwater CA pleaded guilty Monday to charges of sexual exploitation of children, coercion and enticement of a minor, and receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to the US Attorney McGregor W. Scott.
The final two Payless ShoeSource locations in Merced County — one in Atwater and one in Merced — are set to close with the remaining stores in North America following the the company’s filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections.
Coalinga (CA) Police Chief Michael Salvador accepted the tentative offer, which must still be approved by Atwater City Council. He’s been chief in the Fresno County city of nearly 17,000 since October 2015.
The Merced Sun-Star has launched a community Facebook group, Tipping the Scale, dedicated to a discussion on childhood obesity in Merced County, which California and county data shows is a big problem.
All six cities in Merced County were given an F, scoring few points on the 2019 American Lung Association report card, as were the cities in Madera County. Some Mariposa and Stanislaus areas did better.
The termination letter for former Atwater Police Chief Samuel Joseph alleges he did not properly secure the department’s evidence locker, routinely bullied or threatened subordinates, hired a felon as an officer and supplied a gun to a code enforcement officer who failed a psychological exam.
Prison guards & other staff at the US Penitentiary in Atwater, California, are required to work during the government shutdown even though they are not being paid, leaving staffers facing financial hardships.
The U.S. Department of Justice asked residents again this week for more help in the indictment of an Atwater man accused of bribing and threatening boys younger than 11 to provide him with child pornography.
While thousands of mail and provisional ballots remain to be counted, it appears that a significantly higher number of people voted this week in Merced County than the last gubernatorial ballot, according to the registrar of voters office.
Investigation reports on high-speed fatal hit-and-run on March 10 in Los Banos, California on Highway 152 state driver Ivan Andrade had alcohol, marijuana before crash, and has many driving violations.