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School Board Members Charged with Bribery

A 10-month investigation by Merced County District Attorney Investigators has culminated in arrest warrants being issued for 54-year-old Greg Opinski and 68-year-old Tommy Jones, two school district faculty members implicated


Report of Armed Suspect Leads to High-Speed Chase

Jose Garcia booking photo On November 18th, Merced Police received a report of a possible armed suspect. At approximately 3:39 PM, an officer noticed a white Acura driving westbound on


Minister Arrested for 3 Counts of Attempted Homicide

Raul Diaz Moreno MERCED — Police recently received a call concerning “shots fired” on the 4600 block of Beckham Way last Friday afternoon. Upon arrival they discovered three shooting victims

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Winton man arrested for DUI related fatality

A young mother of two and her boyfriend, an Iraq war veteran, were killed on Friday, May 8 in an alcohol related traffic accident on the 99 Freeway just north

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Central Valley fight promoters arrested in Northern California

UPPER LAKE, LAKE COUNTY – 5 men and a 17-year-old from the California Central Valley area were arrested traveling through Upper Lake in preparation for a big fighting match. The

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Merced criminals migrating north caught by the law

On Monday this week the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office announced the arrest of a man in the town of Cloverdale, 200 miles north of the Central Valley city of Merced


A little cooking accident results in explosion and arrest

MERCED  – It wasn’t just dinner this guy was fixing. A 23-year-old Merced man is behind bars after his attempt to cook hash oil resulted in an explosion yesterday just before


Gang suspects booked in shooting

MERCED COUNTY – Dos Palos – Two suspects have been arrested for their alleged participation in a gang-related shooting last month. Gilberto Cortez, 18, and Fernando Sigala, 19, are accused


Mom and Dad have a lot of guns…

Merced gangsters stowed guns, authorities say Two gang members were arrested in Merced this weekend with a cache of weapons in their home, according to police. Pedro Garcia, 36, and Marissa

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Unauthorized Copying is Against the Law

34-year-old Juan Carlos Soto of Los Banos filed a petition for release and for formal probation on December 16, and was denied.  On June 21, 2010, Soto had been arrested