Winton, CA- The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the victim of the Winton stabbing on February 20th, 2017, was 30 year old Rocio Fierro. She was allegedly murdered by her husband, Juan Carlos Lopez-Esparza, 26. Fierro was the mother of a 5 year old child.

The husbands whereabouts are unknown at this time and a warrant for the murder has been issued. He is listed as 5’8”, 150 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. Emergency medical personnel were unable to revive Fierro when they responded to a domestic violence call in the Chablis Apartments in Winton at about 2:30 p.m. The husband fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.

If you know where Juan Carlos Lopez-Esparza is please call the Merced County Sheriff’s Department at (209) 385-7445.


Merced, CA- Grant funds for bridge repairs and money for an engineering and traffic study are on the agenda for consideration. The Council has approved a project to repair the bridges at G and M Streets that cross Bear Creek. The roadway overlay needs to be replaced, barriers need to be installed, erosion controls need to be improved and the bridges need to be made compliable with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bids opened in August of 2016, for the project were over the engineer’s estimate. Staff secured $1,298,482 in additional federal grants that Council is being asked to accept at the meeting. Total cost of the project will be $3,735,715.

State law requires a speed zone study to be conducted every seven years to determine appropriate speeds for the City’s streets. The engineering and traffic speed survey also allows the enforcement of traffic laws through the use of radar. The study is expected to cost $100,000.

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