Copper thieves targeted the Atwater Veterans of Foreign Wars post this week, causing thousands in damages, the second of at least two vandalism incidents affecting Merced County military-service groups less than a week after Veterans Day.
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.
Former Los Banos priest, Robert Gamel, 67, pleaded no contest to charges of possession of child pornography and pleaded guilty to violation of probation at the Merced County Superior Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Gamel was previously arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in June of 2015.
Andrew KuhnMerced Sun-Star
Ex-Los Banos priest convicted of child porn-again
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Obdulia Sanchez appears in court as her trial date is postponed
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