A roundup of all the Atwater and Merced candidates for City Council and how much money they raised, and who their biggest contributors are. Money is rolling into local elections in Merced, but less so in Atwater.
The city of Atwater released several text messages and emails on Friday that show the mayor and mayor pro tem openly violating rules and inappropriately sharing confidential information, according to elected officials.
An officer noticed a man riding a motorcycle erratically in the 200 block of E. Bellevue Road around 2 p.m., according to a news release. The officer checked the plates and found the motorcycle had been reported stolen.
Interim Chief Drew Bessinger said the rumors say a plan is in the works to turn the city of Atwater over to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Vern Warnke said there are no plans nor discussions about taking over the city’s police department.
The Merced County Association of Governments recently named a new executive director. Stacie Dabbs joined the association in 2014 and has served as the deputy executive director and interim executive director in the past two years, according to a news release.
An effort that uses a team of deputies weekly to cut down thousands of plants, many of which are connected to a drug cartel, is expensive and law enforcement officials are looking at options to put those costs back on landowners, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office.
A 2012 autopsy determined gunshot wounds to be the cause of death of Bryan Sanchez, who was found in an orchard near South Highway 59 and Dickenson Ferry Road on Nov. 21 of that year, according to the Sheriff’s Office. His death “remains a mystery.”
The 1,900 acres that make up Castle Airport and its surrounding area has grown in popularity, especially among companies looking to test autonomous vehicles, according to Mark Hendrickson, Merced County’s Community and Economic Development director.
A Golden Valley High student tells the MUHSD school board about her fears Oct. 10, 2018, after reading about boys varsity basketball coach Keith Hunter sexually harassing a coworker but continuing to teach and coach, according to school records.