On August 13 2018, at approximately 5:00pm Los Banos CHP Officer Alvarez was investigating a collision on SR-33 at Village Market, Santa Nella.
An uninvolved party approached Officer Alvarez advising him about an abandoned puppy left on the side of the road. Officer Alvarez took the puppy to the Los Banos Veterinary clinic, purchasing a special blend of food and bottle fed the little guy.
A few hours later, Elizabeth inquired about adopting the puppy, possibly naming him “Chip”.
Did you attend more of the filming of the Merced Police Department lipsyncchallenge video held today at Applegate Park Zoo? There was lots of activities for the kids today, Kiddieland was open, snow cones, drinks and many more items were provided to the community for free.
A large community crowd showed up for the filming of the Lipsync video for the Merced Police Department. Video will be coming out sometime next week according to a MPD officer.
Great job MPD the community had fun!!! Stay tuned for the video!
On August 7, 2018 at 909PM Atwater Police & Cal Fire were dispatched to the Super Target in the 1000 block of Commerce Ave on a report of a fire inside the store. Target Personnel & customers had already been evacuated by store staff when emergency crews arrived.
The interior of the Target was filled with a large amount of smoke. Cal Fire personnel extinguished the fire. No one was injured during this incident.
Target Loss Prevention Surveillance observed the suspect described as being a Hispanic Male Adult in his late 30’s to mid 40s wearing a grey striped tank top,and blue pants. The suspect had a shaved head and a large mustache. The male was seen pushing a shopping cart throughout the grocery area and filing it with merchandise.
At one point he goes out of view into the toilet paper aisle. A short time later he is seen leaving that isle without the cart and exiting the store. The fire is discovered shortly after.
The subject is seen leaving Target and is observed on surveillance video entering Walmart. The Atwater Police Department and Cal Fire Arson Investigators need the public’s assistance in identifying the male pictured. Anyone with information about this crime can call the Atwater Police Department at (209) 357-6396 or contact the Merced Area Crimestoppers at 1-855-725-2420, or go to mercedareacrimestoppers.org to send anonymous information via text or email.
Yesterday around noon we posted about a missing teenage girl in Merced, not 12 hours later she was found thanks to the shares from our viewers and a security guard at an apartment complex that spotted her and called the Merced Police Department. When officers arrived and confirmed the description, the parents were then contacted to pick her up.
Marcus Taylor is currently wanted by authorities in Merced County on a felony warrant issued out of State of California Superior Court, Merced County that has NO BAIL. The charges include revocation of probation on prior charges of domestic abuse, corporal injury to spouse/cohabitant, and violation of a court order to prevent domestic violence.
On August 4th, 2018, Any local families in need can show up between noon and 6pm at Merino Park in Merced located at the intersections of El Redondo Drive and Pacific Drive, for free school supplies and backpacks for their families.
Free snacks and activities for the kids will be available. The event is hosted by Children’s Literacy Foundation of America. For further information check their website at http://Www.clfakids.org
Read the flyer for more information on what to take to qualify for the free school supplies.
Nicholas Valencia is currently wanted by authorities in Merced County on three felony warrants issued out of State of California Superior Court, Merced County. These warrants have NO BAIL and are for Violation of Probation on charges that include driving under the influence, more driving under the influence causing injury, and having a concealed weapon in a vehicle.
Nicholas Valencia is described as 5’ 8” in height and weighs approximately 223 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the Atwater water tower on his right forearm. He is known to live most recently in the area of the City of Atwater.
If you know where Nicholas Valencia is hiding contact Merced Area Crime Stoppers. You never have to identify yourself and if Valencia is arrested because of your information, you will be eligible for a secret cash reward.
On July 22, 2018, Los Banos police responded to the 400 block of Birchwood Avenue for a report of vandalism to multiple vehicles. At least 10 vehicles were damaged with what is believed to be a projectile from a BB gun.
Vehicles were targeted in the 200-500 block of Birchwood Avenue, 500 block of Cabernet, and the 500 block of Hardwood Court. Two males are seen on video surveillance running in the area of the 400 block of Birchwood Avenue with what may be a BB gun.
We ask that residents in these areas check their home surveillance systems for video on July 22, 2018, between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. We are looking for additional video evidence of the suspects in this case.
To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the contact page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org
Madera Officers continue to provide mutual aid to Mariposa County agencies. Last night their officers were providing security to the area of Jerseydale, California on the Ferguson fire. This area has been evacuated, and for good reason, as you can see in the video.
The video provides a glimpse of Federal Hotshot Firefighters performing a back burn in order to keep the fire away from homes. Currently, there are over one hundred homes in Jerseydale that are threatened by the fire.
It was quite an experience on officers, to see the brave firefighters in action as they worked through the night battling the fire. Local agencies will continue to provide mutual aid during this tragedy.
Police Chief Christopher Goodwin administered the oath to the officers in a ceremony held in a packed City Council Chambers before family, friends and City staff. The Department has 89 officers with 98 sworn positions in the budget. The vacancies include a police captain position that was created when Goodwin was promoted to chief, two sergeants, and six police officers.
“We are fortunate to have had this many high quality officers sworn in all at once,” Goodwin said. “This is a result of our recruiting efforts and then the timing of the four trainees graduating from the academy at the same time.”
Goodwin noted the four Fresno academy graduates placed in the Top Five in their class. He said more officers are joining the force shortly.
“We have another officer graduating from the academy this week, and we just hired two other officers last Friday,” he said.”
The new officers are:
Tim Farmer, 36, who was raised in Merced with his two brothers. He is a Merced High graduate who completed the veterinary technician program at Modesto Junior College. He graduated from the Fresno Police Academy where he was sponsored by the Merced MPD.
Farmer is married with two daughters, ages 5 and 2, and a son due in November. When he isn’t studying his police work he enjoys playing golf, basketball, and soccer. He likes all sports including auto racing, and loves spending time with his wife and daughters.
Dominic Saelee, 26, is from Visalia. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Golden West High School in Visalia and attended Fresno State. He is a graduate of Tulare-Kings County Police Academy.
He’s the proud new uncle to baby Charlotte.
In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping and the outdoors. He likes to play recreational sports like soccer and golf and spending time with Christy, his girlfriend of eight years.
Shawn Kramer, 32, of Merced. He graduated Golden Valley High School and also the Fresno Police Academy, where he was sponsored by the Merced PD.
Kramer likes to work with his hands and build things, computers and technology/electronics. He also enjoys hunting and trap shooting.
Tevon Prevostini, 25, from Denair. After graduating high school, he took criminal justice classes in college. He graduated from the Fresno Police Academy where he was sponsored by the Merced PD.
Prevostini enjoys spending time with his wife, fly fishing, upland bird and duck hunting, camping and hiking.
David Benavidez, 27, of Merced. The high school grad is a graduate of the Fresno Police Academy where he was sponsored by the Merced PD. He served five years in the U.S. Army as a cavalry scout.
Benavidez is married with two sons and is expecting his third son in August.
He is an avid soccer player.
Patrick Radke, 31, of Atwater. After graduating high school he took classes at Merced College.
Radke has three years of law enforcement experience with the Atwater Police Department and seven years experience with the Livingston Police Department.
He is married with a son, 6, and a daughter, 8.
In his spare time he enjoys bass fishing and hunting water fowl.
The City is currently recruiting for both police officers and police officer trainees. The position of police officer pays $62,169.36 to $75,566.88 a year. Trainees can earn from $40,264.08 to $48,941.04. More information on the jobs can be found at the City’s website, www.cityofmerced.org.