The Department of Water Resources urged people to avoid contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County, CA, in a statement released Aug 10, 2018. Blooms of blue-green algae in the lake have risen to a dangerous level.
Officers and a K9 found $500,000 in cash during a search of a vehicle on Interstate 5 after noting “the driver’s extreme nervousness and strange story,” California Highway Patrol said. Any claimer will need to prove to a judge it’s legitimate.
A motorcyclist was found dead on I-5 in Merced County Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, as emergency personnel responded to a grass fire, according to California Highway Patrol Los Banos. Authorities were not able to identify him at the scene.
Cars located between the 200 and 500 blocks of Birchwood Avenue, the 500 block of Cabernet Avenue and the 500 block of Hardwood Court in Los Banos were reportedly shot at with a BB gun early Sunday July 22, 2018, police said.
A plea deal is in the works for Sandra Haar, the embattled ex-CEO of a string of now-shuttered Merced, CA-area health clinics that served thousands of low-income patients up and down the San Joaquin Valley.
Los Banos residents Alexander Cody Mossell, 22, and 23-year-old Obet Rodriguez, and 20-year-old Olympia resident Jessie James Lewis were arrested on suspicion of drug crimes before officers found finanical fraud equipment, police said.
Police and firefighters responded to a fire at a Los Banos playground Friday afternoon, according to a news release. Police questioned several children who were considered witnesses, but officers had no suspects Saturday.
A Merced County sheriff's deputy responded to reports of a family fight in a home in the 18800 block of Geer Avenue in Hilmar at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, deputies said. Randall Aaron Jones, a 59-year-old Hilmar resident, was "extremely intoxicated."
A man was rescued from the Merced River after a rafting trip with a friend and "large amounts of alcohol" took a wrong turn, deputies said. The two were reportedly separated in different rafts after heavy drinking.
A Los Banos man who was a person of interest in a brutal slaying that killed an Atwater woman in Washington state was charged Friday with second-degree murder after DNA was confirmed on a samurai sword, prosecutors said.
The study found the Valley, including Merced, Fresno, Madera and Stanislaus counties, ranked low in air quality, high in poverty, high in uninsured population and high in Medi-Cal coverage, compared to the rest of the state.
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 d