Federal water authorities announced Tuesday that Westside farmers in Merced County would receive their full allocation of irrigation water this year, but some say the news comes too late for crops that have already been planted.
William Hammer, 78, of Santa Nella died three days after his pickup was rear-ended by an Oceanside woman on Highway 152. A passenger in Hammer’s truck, Daniel Lawyer, died at the scene. The accident remains under investigaiton.
Scores of pickup trucks, U-Hauls and vans full of household junk lined up along Fourth, Seventh, H and I streets Saturday as people waited sometimes up to 90 minutes to drop off their un-trashable junk during Republic Service’s annual Spring Clean Up event.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office raided eight marijuana grow houses across the county Friday, confiscating more than 3,500 plants on the day and shutting down a reported dispensary that was operating out of a warehouse on Highway 59 south of Merced.
Raids in the last two weeks by the Merced County Sheriff’s Department have busted several marijuana operations in the county, including a medical marijuana dispensary in Atwater on Friday, officials said.