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.
A 25-year-old Fresno man was driving eastbound on Highway 152 west of Volta Road near Los Banos with a 26-year-old woman and a 1-year-old girl about 3:35 p.m. when he allowed the car to drift into the center median, CHP said.
More than a year has passed since a man in Los Banos took a gun from a police officer and shot two officers before being killed, and Los Banos Police Chief Gary Brizzee has repeatedly declined to answer questions about the fatal incident.
The man killed during the weekend in an exchange of gunfire was identified on Monday as a 19-year-old Los Banos resident, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office. The office confirmed Dillon Thomas Macias was killed.
A man with a hatchet was arrested in Los Banos Thursday shortly after stealing a bicycle, according to police. An officer on patrol about 9 a.m. in the 900 block of the Rail Trail near H Street saw two men in a car chasing a man on a bicycle, according to officers.
Police said 24-year-old Cesario Gonzalez of Newman and 23-year-old Chaz Anthony Davis of Gustine are believed to have used a black BB gun that appeared to be real to commit three armed robberies this month.
Los Banos residents will vote in November on whether the city’s retail sales and use tax should increase from 8.25 percent to 8.75 percent to help fund a wide range of city improvements, including police, fire and emergency response.
The list of people running for elected office in Merced County’s six cities has been finalized, and some races are more crowded than others. Merced’s even-numbered city council districts are up for election this time around.
Albert Castro, an Uber driver, said he had to battle with a drunk passenger for control of his steering wheel in West Sacramento, California. The video provided by Castro contains blurs over a face and captions.