Wednesday Aug 27
Sacramento Bee Newspaper
Six people convicted for 2012 'Sharpie party'
Six people pleaded no contest Tuesday for their roles in severely vandalizing a foreclosed home in 2012 during a "Sharpie party."
Fri Aug 22, 2014
The Fresno Bee
Arrested Merced woman says fake 'baby' is a training tool
Tonya Whitney was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, a misdemeanor. Whitney, 41, was not booked into jail, but was cited and released, the Merced Police Department said.
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance
The topic of groundwater is a complicated one, but regulating the scarce commodity – which is as precious as liquid gold for struggling farmers in a drought year – is even tougher.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Around Town, Aug. 20, 2014
The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. today and every Wednesday at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets.
Merced County's Most Wanted: Carlos Lynn Bowker, possession of controlled substance
Possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting controlled substances, maintaining a place to traffic controlled substances and conspiracy to commit a crime.
No charges filed in Merced homicide
Merced County prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against a man who said he was defending himself last week when he killed another man with a baseball bat.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Merced County supervisors vote to allow dogs at Lake Yosemite
The Board of Supervisors approved an amended ordinance to allow dogs at Lake Yosemite Park on a temporary basis, but the proposal drew criticism from some supervisors who worried owners won't take responsibility for their pets.
Two arrested for Delhi toddler's death
Kalena M. Olson, 22, of Delhi, was arrested Saturday by the Turlock Police Department in connection with the death of her daughter, Hennessy Fagin, who was found dead April 21 at a home in the 9600 block of Hillside Drive in Delhi, the Merced County Sheriff's Department told the Sun-Star on Monday.
Sex ed can be harmful
The story "Battle of the Bands" describes a lack of sex education for youths. One person was quoted saying LGBT youths especially need such education, advocating the idea that sexual activity can be engaged in at anytime with anyone.
Delhi man sentenced in father's death
Jason C. Reed, 37, pleaded no contest Aug. 7 to a single felony count of manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 1, 2013, death of his 67-year-old father, J.D. Reed.
Sun Aug 17, 2014
The Fresno Bee
The fifth annual Run for the Fallen, honoring U.S. military men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, is scheduled for Saturday in Applegate Park, near 26th and M streets.
Merced County's new mental health director brings passion to job
Yvonnia Brown didn't "choose" a career devoted to helping those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse – she believes it chose her.
Merced eyes alcohol ed for young people
The Merced City Council on Monday will weigh an agreement to address excessive and underage drinking with the help of a county agency, as well as award maintenance contracts and hear more on the proposed youth council.
Sat Aug 16, 2014
Chowchilla man dies in crash
A 28-year-old Chowchilla man died Friday in a single-vehicle crash that ended with the victim's car in a canal just off Highway 152 in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
State schools chief praises lawmakers at groundbreaking for special education building
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, center, breaks ground with local officials on a special education facility at Joe Stefani School in the Beachwood area on Friday.
The Fresno Bee
Fresno County'a unemployment drops to level not seen since 2008
July's unemployment rate was 10.8%. That's a .4 percentage increase from June, but it marked the lowest unemployment total since July 2008, when the rate was 8.8%.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Child abuse charges filed in Atwater baby's death
Amanda Klaas, 19, faces a single felony count of child abuse in Merced Superior Court, the Merced County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday.
Robin Williams' death triggers national discussion about suicide
The death of actor Robin Williams has triggered a national discussion on suicide, a topic too often dismissed, according to mental health professionals.
More than 57,500 county students will head back to school for fall semester
Summer vacation is over in Merced County, with more than 57,500 students due back in classes by Monday.
The Modesto Bee
Two identified in Hilmar fatal
Two people who died in a crash Aug. 8 near Hilmar were identified as 63-year-old Luanne Prouty, of Hickman, and 30-year-old Arnold Anderson, of Hilmar, the Merced County Coroner's office said Friday.