CHOOSE YOUR RIDE, POLICE OR TAXI?

A “police taxi” with a distinctive paint job seen in Modesto is deployed around the city to discourage people from drinking and driving. The front half of the Ford Crown Victoria is painted like a standard black-and-white police car, but the back half is painted yellow with the words “taxi” and “choose your ride” on the side of the vehicle.

The police taxi is utilized at DUI checkpoints and placed on display at various locations and events throughout the city. The goal is to increase public awareness, create discussion about the dangers of impaired driving, reminding motorists that they need to make responsible decisions while drinking.

Do you think Merced Police should get one of these?

2-YEAR-OLD EJECTED FROM VAN IN DELHI, HIGHWAY 99 OFF RAMP

On June 16th, 2018, at around 10:46A.M the CHP Merced dispatch recieved calls of an overturned vehicle at Shanks road off ramp exit in Delhi. Upon CHP arriving at the scene officers found a 1998 Astro Van overturned.

Upon further investigation officers said, a 2-year-old boy suffered major injuries after being ejected from the van, he was not properly restrained in  a child car seat. The mother 25-year-old from Winton lost control of the van CHP did not release her name.

The 2-year-old was airlifted to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with major injuries. The mother was not arrested, drugs or alchohol were not a factor, the collision remains under investigation.

Pictures of the area in the comments section.

HOT WINGS AND GARLIC FRIES, AVAILABLE AT CASTLE AIR FORCE BASE

The Hot Spot 209, now has a location to call home. For now until further notice they will be open  Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s, Starting at 11A.M no closing time is available for now, it will go depending on business traffic, they are located at the Atwater Castle Airforce Base, look for a red food trailer and red truck.

If you’re coming down from the Merced area, enter the second gate on bowling alley side…Feel free to tell friends and family to try this place out. Their goal is to keep you full and satisfied.

Catering is also available visit their location for further information and pricing.

BIG RIG OVERTURNS IN ATWATER, APPLEGATE ROAD OFF RAMP

At approximately 7:13 a.m., Steve Edward Anderson , 48, from Oakland was driving a 2009 freightliner hauling a box trailer (unknown what it was carrying) the driver was going appropriately at 55-60 mph on southbound SR99 attempting to exit Applegate Rd exit.

Due to unsafe speed, big rig over turned on its driver side and came to rest blocking to on/off ramp at Applegate. Diver had minor injuries and transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment. No other vehicle was involved, no drugs or alcohol suspected.

NEW BUSINESS TO REPLACE FORMER SAVE MART, STARTS CONSTRUCTION

The former Save Mart that was closed about 6-years ago, located at 1136 W. Main street at the intersections of “R” and Main streets in Merced has a new grocery chain that would occupy the former Save Mart building.

The new business opening is Cardena’s Market, Merced will be their 37th store for the chain. Cardenas Market is a store chain that is taking over some of the former Mi Pueblo stores that have been closed. The store is expected to be opening mid September, no exact day was given by the Manager of the construction company.

According to their website, Cardena’s Market offers Groceries traditional flavors, fruits, Bakery, cooked food, fresh Juice bar and vegetables from across the USA, Mexico and more. Stay tuned for further information about where to apply or visit their website at the following link.
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RENOVATIONS START AT THE TIOGA HOTEL

There is more good news for downtown Merced. The Tioga is now undergoing renovations and will be transformed into a beautiful apartment building for residents wanting to live downtown in our arts and entertainment district.

On Monday June 4th, 2018, a crew was seen boarding up windows. This project is in addition to the renovations of El Capitan Hotel and the Mainzer Theatre that have previously been announced by City Mayor Mike Murphy. The Tioga is on the National Register of Historic Places and the remodel will keep the historic character of the original building. The historic hotel was visited by John Kennedy, Marilyn  Monroe and many movie stars in the 1960’s.

The Tioga hotel opened in 1928. The rooms will be completely remodeled with new kitchens, light fixtures, and flooring.

The renovation is expected to be finished by Fall 2019.

HERE IS WHY CALIFORNIANS ARE LEAVING THE STATE

Californians still love the beautiful weather and beaches, but more and more are fed up with the high housing costs and taxes and deciding to flee to lower-cost states. Rent in California keeps soaring more and more every year.

More Californians are moving from the Golden State, particularly lower-income residents, although even middle-class residents are saying their goodbye to California. Lower cost states such as Arizona, Texas and Nevada are popular destinations for relocating Californians.

Here is a list of Top 10 places Californians are moving to:

*Las Vegas

*New York City

*Phoenix

*Dallas

*Seattle

*Portland, Oregon

*Atlanta

*Houston

*Chicago

*Denver

ABOUT 33 VEHICLE’S VANDALIZED WITH SPRAY PAINT

On June 1, 2018 a group of Officers were assigned to work at the Pacheco High School Graduation when they were alerted that someone was tampering with vehicles in the parking lot.

When the Officers got to the parking lot, they noticed several vehicles had been vandalized with spray paint graffiti. Officers began checking the rest of the parking lot and located 19-year-old Josiah Collins, of Dos Palos, as he was spray painting a vehicle. After Collins was placed under arrest, Officers discovered approximately 33 vehicles which had been vandalized.

Collins was booked into the Los Banos Police Department Jail, pending $5,000.00 bail, charged with felony vandalism. The Police Department would like to thank the concerned citizens who took the time to report this incident.

Anyone who was victimized during this incident but has not had the opportunity to make a police report may call the department at (209) 827-7070. If you have already filed a police report but need to get your vehicle repaired, please don’t forget to provide a copy of the vehicle repair estimate to us.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also 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

MERCED SHERIFF’S DESTROY MARIJUANA, SEIZE 8 GUNS

Sergeant Ray Framstad and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team were busy on Saturday serving six (6) search warrants throughout the county. During the search warrants, the Marijuana Enforcement Team eradicated 3887 marijuana plants, destroyed 115 pounds of finished product, and seized eight (8) guns.

Sheriff Vern Warnke wants to remind everyone that the Merced County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the cultivation laws regarding marijuana that the county has put in place starting in 2018. All outdoor marijuana grows are illegal and will be dealt with immediately and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Additionally, you are only allowed to grow 6 plants indoors. If you have questions about the laws regarding cultivation and possession of marijuana, please call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office 209-385-7445.

The new County Cannabis Ordinance details are as follows:
***Personal Cultivation Restrictions reasonably regulated (Ord. 9.29.060):
***Personal use cannabis plants limited from twelve (12) to six (6)
***Cultivation can occur in either 1) within a single private residence; or 2) inside a fully enclosed and secure structure located upon the grounds of a private residence. Outdoor cultivation of any type, on any parcel is prohibited.
***Cultivation must comply with Building and Construction Code, Title 16.
Cultivation cannot be conducted in a manner that constitutes a public nuisance.
***Enforcement – penalty/consequences for noncompliance unchanged from previous Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance
***Administrative Penalties for unlawful cannabis cultivation(Ordinance 9.29.083)
***All violations deemed a misdemeanor; Sheriff has ability to abate unlawful cannabis cultivation (Ord. 9.29.200)

THREE MEN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ILLEGAL FIREWORKS IN MERCED COUNTY

Illegal fireworks are a zero tolerance in the City of Merced, Use a skyrocket or a barrel bomb and it could cost you up to $2,000. Keep using illegal fireworks or sell them and it could land you in court, as three men learned Friday.

Three men were arrested for sale of illegal fireworks Friday as part of the City of Merced’s Zero Tolerance campaign on illegal fireworks.

Officers from the DART team arrested two Livingston men and a Winton man on charges of selling illegal fireworks, advertisement of illegal fireworks and conspiracy to sell illegal fireworks. The following are the three men arrested, Jatinder Tumber 24-year-old, of Livingston, Baj Singh Chahal, 24-year-old, of Winton and Gurjit Singh 24-year-old, of Livingston.

Officers seized a large amount of fireworks and $666 in cash in an undercover operation. The three men were booked in the Merced County Jail.

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

This year the City of Merced has Zero Tolerance for illegal fireworks in an effort to cut down on fires, injuries, noise, lost pets and neighborhood disruptions.

The Zero Tolerance Policy is in effect for any fireworks not labelled “safe and sane” by the California State Fire Marshall. Basically, if it explodes or leaves the ground, it’s not safe and sane.

Extra officers will be on patrol over the Fourth of July holidays to enforce fireworks violations. There also is a special phone number and email for people to report illegal fireworks.

“The last few years Merced has looked like a battle zone with the sky lit up with skyrocket and the air-filled with explosions. It’s time for that to end,” said Council Member Kevin Blake, who asked for the increase