The trial date has been pushed back for a former Catholic priest from Los Banos facing his second child pornography charge in as many years while he and his attorney mulled the possibility of settling the case without a trial.
A Mexican citizen who’d been living in Dos Palos pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to growing massive amounts of marijuana in the Sequoia National Forest, which caused major damage to the federally protected wilderness.
Merced County Judicial Officer Jeanne Schechter suspended criminal proceedings at Melissa Anne Bal's arraignment hearing Wednesday pending a medical evaluation to determine if Bal is mentally competent for trial.
Obdulia Sanchez pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment charges Wednesday morning in connection to a livestreamed vehicle crash that killed her sister, according to court documents.
Melissa Bal, 37, of San Diego, appears before Judge Jeanne Schechter at the Merced County Superior Courthouse for a competency hearing where no decision was made, in Merced, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Bal, who is suspected of killing her mother Lydia Marie Bal, 55, of Dos Palos, in Oct. 2017, has been charged with first degree murder.
Andrew KuhnMerced Sun-Star
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