The state Police Officers Standards and Training submitted its report on the police department in June 2010 with recommendations related to the evidence room, according to audit obtained by the Merced Sun-Star.
The city of Atwater will be formally monitored by the state over the next six months while leaders try to get control over the city’s financial problems that have lingered for years, according to officials.
Two brothers were in custody Sunday after allegedly stealing a Honda Civic, according to Atwater police. The drover of the stolen car was identified as 26-year-old Johnny Thao of Merced, and the Yaris driver was 28-year-old Ricky Thao.
A second inmate in U.S. Penitentiary Atwater CA has died this week after being found unresponsive in his cell, prison officials said Thursday. Officials said the incident will be investigated as an apparent homicide.
Family gathered at an Atwater home on Monday for fellowship and to pull together as they remembered a respectful and obedient 16-year-old Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran slain days before in an unsolved shooting.
The 40-year-old Arthur Hudson Jr. of Merced died outside an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Kelso Street after he was shot more than once around 11:09 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Armando Echevarria.
Smoke is cascading into Merced County from the huge fire in the northern part of the state leading to poor air quality, and fireworks are about to make it significantly worse, according to health officials.
The Atwater City Council adopted a $13.9 million spending plan this week with projections to put more than $1.2 million towards its longstanding debt while making a number of cuts to services, according to officials.
Atwater will move on to another interim police chief with the hiring of a retired officer, city staffers announced Wednesday. Drew Bessinger, who has been an interim in Fowler, Parlier and Kingsburg, takes over as interim chief in Atwater on July 2.
Dairyman Scott Silveira said he's "confident" he has claimed the Merced County District 5 Supervisor race with more than 60 percent of the vote. He said he's "excited" about digging into the county's inner workings and figuring out how to "get out of the way" of Merced County business.