The United States Postal Service (USPS) has developed a new program that allows customers to preview their mail online before delivery. Citizens have reported mail theft as well as to USPS. With this program, the customers will have an image of their mail before it’s delivered.
This program will help the fight against identity theft and fraud. This service is only offered to California residents at this time. Here is a link to sign up for the free program. Simply add your zip code in the box to check availability then click “sign up”.
Merced, CA- Merced Rockin’ Jump Trampolin Park is getting closer to opening. Signs are up. They provide fun for the kids (and adults) of all ages. They offer Fitness and competition disguised as fun. Stay tuned for an opening date in the middle of May 2017. For more information call: (209)500-1355 or visit their website at http://merced.rockinjump.com/
Modesto CA – Deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs (STING) arrested two brothers as a result of an armed robbery investigation last week. The robbery was initially reported in the unincorporated area of Ceres, CA in February of 2017. During the investigation STING deputies identified 30 year-old Alejandro Amaya of Modesto as a suspect.
On 04/20/17 STING deputies served a search warrant in the 100 block of Drake Ave in the city of Modesto looking for Alejandro. During the service of the warrant they found the home belonged to Alejandro’s brother, 32 year-old Saul Amaya. Nine firearms were also found in the home and two were reported stolen out of New Mexico. Several of the firearms were assault weapons and considered illegal to possess in CA. Saul Amaya is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.
Also found during the search of the home was several pounds of marijuana, evidence to show the marijuana was being sold and large amount of money. Saul Amaya was later booked into the county jail on various firearms related charges and possession of marijuana for sale.
On 04/21/17 STING deputies discovered that Alejandro Amaya was living in the 2900 block of Keyes Road and he was taken into custody as he left his house. When arrested Alejandro was armed with a loaded firearm. Alejandro is also a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms and/or ammunition.
A search warrant was served at the Keyes Road address and a large amount of ammunition was located in the home along with over 200 marijuana plants. Alejandro Amaya was later booked into the county jail for the robbery and firearms related charges.
Saul Amaya (photo #1) was booked for Ex-felon in possession of a firearm, person prohibited from possessing a firearm, possession of an assault rifle, possession of a short barreled shotgun/rifle, possession of stolen property, possession of metal knuckles and possession of marijuana for sale.
Alejandro Amaya (photo #2) was booked for robbery, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, person prohibited from possessing a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, carrying a concealed firearm, destroying evidence and participation in a criminal street gang.
Madera, CA – This morning the Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant on West 6th Street. Victor Reyes, Angelique Lovato, Ashley Wenrich and Joseph Alduenda were arrested after methamphetamine was located in the house.
The real victims in cases like this are the children. Not only were drugs being sold across the street from North Campus, but Social Services had to be called after very poor living conditions and methamphetamine were discovered in the areas kids were living.
Please call 675-4220 if you observe drug activity. You may be saving the life of a child.
Merced, CA- A farm bus with about 22 passengers was pulling up to a field to their destination when a minivan hit the bus causing it to roll over. One person was killed and two people were flown to the hospital in a helicopter. The condition of the other passengers are unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
With over 100 inches of snow still on the ground at 8,600 feet, it looks like it may be a short summer season in Tuolumne Meadows this year. Wintry weather persists with 26 inches of new snow falling last week, leaving the land with ideal ski conditions.
Visalia, CA-Today in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Judge Gary Paden sentenced Jose Luis Mata-Martinez, age 30, of Orosi, to 21 years to life in prison for the stabbing murder of a man and the attempted murder of a female in 2015.
On March 1, 2017, Mata-Martinez pleaded no contest to one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder without premeditation. Mata-Martinez also admitted the special allegation of using a deadly weapon, which was a knife.
In the late evening hours on January 31, 2015, Mata-Martinez was squatting in a trailer located on the victim’s property in Cutler. Upon hearing noises inside the trailer, the
victim went to inspect it when he was attacked by Mata-Martinez. Mata-Martinez stabbed the victim numerous times with an 8-inch knife. The victim’s wife tried to protect her husband and stop the assault when she was also stabbed in the wrist by Mata-Martinez. A neighbor was able to contact police, who arrested Mata-Martinez at the scene.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt and investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office as well as Rodney Klassen of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.
Merced, CA-Three new officers joined the ranks of the Merced Police Department Friday afternoon during swearing in ceremonies conducted by Chief Norman Andrade. With the additional officers, the Department now has 91 sworn personnel. There still is three budgeted positions to be filled.
The new officers are, Chase Wilson, 30, from Merced, Badge No. 255. He was a reserve officer in with the Merced Police Department while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. He has attended college and received PME (Professional Military Education). In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, music and weight training.
Levi Crain, 23, from Atwater/Merced, is Badge No. 256. He is a former Atwater PD officer who served on the SWAT Team. In 2015 he received the MADD Award and Crain has been honored for his work in recovering stolen vehicles. Crain holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and riding dirt and street bikes.
Israel Garcia, 32, Badge No. 257. Garcia is from Sanger and graduated from the Fresno Police Academy as a Merced Police Officer trainee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Master of Science in Forensic Science. His hobbies include running, reading, and barbeques.
The new officers with enter several months of additional training with field training officers before going on patrol solo. Officers make $59,029.57 a year.
Atwater, CA-The Atwater Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured in these photographs. On April 12th, 2017 just before 9:00 PM, the dark colored sedan pictured here is seen pulling up to the stop sign in front of the 2090/2092 Peace Court community mailbox for Olzack Healthcare and Providence Financial.
The driver is seen exiting the vehicle and then walks up to the mailbox, uses an unidentifiable tool to pry open the mailbox and proceeds to steal the mail inside. He is then seen running back to the car and driving away. The video footage shows there to have been a front right passenger as well.
The suspect appears to be light skinned with a beard wearing a baseball style cap, an Adidas T-shirt, dark pants and shoes. The vehicle license plate was not obtained but the car appears to be a small to medium size sedan, possibly a Honda, VW or Chevrolet.
If anyone has any information as to the identity of this person and/or the vehicle, please contact Detective Cardoza at 209-357-6293. Callers can remain anonymous.