On August 18, 2018, at approximately 06:20 a.m., a 2019 Frieghtliner with an attached trailer was stopped on the right asphalt shoulder of SR-99 northbound, south of Westside Boulevard. The driver, Fikrie Fente, 34, was outside on the right side checking the big rig tires.
A 2009 Frieghtliner, with fully loaded 6500 gallons of wine, was traveling in the #3 lane, at approximately 60 miles hour, driven by Jose Carranza, 37. For unknown reasons, Carranza allowed his big rig to drift to the right shoulder.
The front of Carranza’s big rig collided with the rear of the box trailer. Both vehicles sustained major damage. The cab of the 2009 freight liner caught fire, but Carranza was assisted out of the burning semi by CHP personnel.
Carranza sustained major injuries and was med evacuated to a Modesto hospital. Fente did not sustain any injuries. CHP says alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be involved. The collision is under investigation.
On August 17, 2018, deputies served a marijuana cultivation search warrant in the 15000 block of Roseann Court in Delhi resulting in the arrest of 44 year old Jose Reyes Martinez and 44 year old Norma Angelica Alvarez. Deputies located a loaded AK-47 and 80 pounds of packaged marijuana for sale in the master bedroom closet.
The deputies eradicated 12 large marijuana plants from the rear yard which were contained in a makeshift green house. During the investigation deputies learned the 15 year old daughter was given marijuana from her mother to use and sell from her bedroom. Deputies located packaged marijuana for sale, marijuana edibles and other items associated with the sales and use of marijuana belonging to the daughter.
CPS responded and interviewed both juveniles in the house and determined they needed to be placed into custody for their protection.
Today deputies eradicated marijuana from eight locations throughout Merced County totaling 180 pounds of processed marijuana, 348 plants and 4 firearms. Deputies have confiscated 77 firearms during marijuana investigations from 125 locations over the last 10 months.
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