A male driver believed to be in his 50s died Tuesday morning after an SUV carrying his family crashed upside down into a canal at the corner of Nickel Road and Sand Slough Road between Los Banos and Merced, CHP Los Banos Officer Dean Emehiser said. Two children between the ages of 1 and 2, as well as three adults, were rescued by Good Samaritans.
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.
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.
Ramnik Samrao, the public defender representing 19-year-old Obdulia Sanchez Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, stands with Sanchez during her trial setting conference at Merced Superior Court. Sanchez's original trial date was delayed to give her defense more time as critical bloodwork is retested.
A house on the 14000 Block of Volta Road in Los Banos caught fire in the afternoon on Monday July 31, 2017 possibly leaving the occupants displaced, according to Merced County Fire Department officials. One person
Few people in a Los Banos restaurant seemed to notice as the pint-sized bandit in pink slipped up to a woman’s purse and lifted her cell phone.
But two women who were with the little girl and were recorded on video surveillance footage laughing during the alleged theft, may be in serious trouble.
Police said Monday they are investigating the Oct. 22 incident as possible grand theft.
Video courtesy of the Los Banos Police Department