Merced, CA- Officers with the Merced Police Department worked a minor decoy sting operation on Tuesday, May 30th. The purpose of the sting operation was to ensure that businesses are not selling alcohol to underage customers. Under the direct supervision of the officers, minor decoys (juveniles under the legal age to drink/purchase alcohol) entered businesses that are licensed to sell alcohol and then attempted to purchase alcohol.
The following businesses did not sell alcohol to the minor decoys:
• Me n Ed’s Pizzeria, G St
• El Asadero Taco Shop, G St
• Sushi Cuisine, G St
• Hong Kong Restaurant, G St
• Golden Bowl Restaurant, G St
• La Hacienda 2, G St
• Pizza Hut, Olive Ave
• Hibachi Grill, Olive Ave
• Taqueria El Hurache, R St
• AM/PM, G St
• Circle G Mini Mart, G St
• 7/11, Olive Ave
• Village Liquors, G St
• Circle K Mini Mart, G St
“It is encouraging when the employees of these restaurants check identifications and refuse to sell alcohol to minors,” said Sgt. Alan Ward. “This will help keep Merced’s youth safe.”
One business did sell alcohol to a minor. Pizza Factory on G St sold alcohol to a minor. Those who sell alcohol to a minor will have administrative action taken against them. That action may include a fine, a suspension of their liquor license, or the permanent revocation of the license or all of the above.
Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities to as low as 10 percent or even below.
In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that liquor licensees are complying with the law. Funding for this program was provided by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Along with four officers from the Merced Police Department, there were two agents from ABC that assisted with the sting operation.


Merced, CA- A 2016 big rig and a 1997 white Lexus collided at around 12:58P.M. The driver of the big rig, 26 year old Ramiro Vasquez, of Merced was traveling northbound on Franklin Road Vasquez was making a left turn into the driveway of his residence on the 2900 Block of Franklin rd, when the white Lexus was traveling at an unknown speed crashed into the big rig that was halfway in the southbound lane of the Lexus. Witnesses said “The Lexus did not seem to attempt to stop there are no skid marks” he said.

The driver of the Lexus 21 year old Miranda had minor visible injuries,Three other passengers were in the car, For precautionary a 12-year old boy was transported to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera and a 10 year old girl was transported to Regional Medical Center in Fresno,The third passenger, an 18-year-old female, had no visible injuries but complained of some pain. Vasquez went to pick up his rig to get ready to drive to Utah to deliver a shipment of ice cream. Vasquez was not injured just shaken up.The speed limit in the area is 40 mph, witnesses say cars travel through that area at highway speed.

Alcohol and drugs are not a factor in this collision CHP will be handling the investigation.



Merced, CA- On Saturday, May 6 2017, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 900 block of W 13th St in Merced. GVSU officers contacted gang members Christopher Lloyd-Patterson and Darren Abril inside the vehicle.
Officers searched the vehicle and located two loaded 38 caliber revolvers inside the car. Patterson and Abril are convicted felons and cannot possess any firearms. They were both arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of firearms, ammunition, receiving stolen property and gang enhancements.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.


Madera PD is hiring wanted to pass along a few minimum qualifications:
*A high school diploma/equivalent
*Valid CA drivers license
Officer Juarez was able to spend the morning with this little guy, helping him through a tough situation. They shared some cartoon time and chicken nuggets! One of the greatest assets we have in our officers is their compassion toward others. We are always here ready to help.


The Merced Senior Community Center will be offering free Cha Cha Cha dance lessons on Mondays through May 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. No partner is required. Classes will be held at the Senior Community Center, 755 West 15th street. For more information or to sign up please call 209-628-0683 or 209-723-0839.

The City of Merced will be providing another summer of family nights for the “Summer Movies in the Park.” These free movies nights are open to anyone and will be held in different parks throughout Merced. This year there will even be a movie at a pool. These movies will play throughout the summer and end in fall. Come out and join us for a night of fun, bring your family, friends and neighbors. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and a blanket to stay cozy. Movies begins when the sun sets.

Movie Lineup:

May 19th: Moana @ Applegate Park

June 2nd: Fantastic Beasts @ Rahilly Park

June 16th: Star Wars: Rogue One @ Joe Herb Park

June 30th: The Wizard of Oz @ Rudolph Merino Park

July 7th: Marvel’s Doctor Strange @ McNamara Park

July 14th: SING @ Stephen Leonard Park

July 28th: Finding Dory @ El Capitan High School Pool.

August 4th: The Lego Batman @ Applegate Park

Summer Playground Program sign-ups start

Make summer memorable for your youngster with the “Summer Playground Program at Rahilly Park.”

The eight-week program by the City of Merced’s Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer of fun for kids ages K-6th grade in a great outdoor setting. Activities include arts and crafts, science projects, themed days, special events, guest appearances, field trips, and other fun.

The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 5 through July 28. The cost is $15 a week, and $10 for additional family members. The program will take place at the Rahilly Park Outdoor Shelter, 3400 N. Parsons Ave. For more information or to register, call 385-6855.

Tennis H.I.T.S.

The City of Merced is offering a free tennis program for this summer called H.I.T.S., a program developed by the U.S. Tennis Association. H.I.T.S (Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, Sportsmanship) focuses on playing, learning and having fun. This program will help build friendships and engages kids in physical activity. It combines learning tennis with life skills. There will be 4 sessions offered throughout summer beginning on June 6 and ending on July 27th. Each session is 2 weeks long, Monday-Thursday. The H.I.T.S. program will be hosted in different parks throughout Merced and all sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth 6 to 10 are free, 11 and up have a $20 registration fee. For more information or to register, please call 385-6235 or visit our office 678 W. 18th St.

Summer at City Hall

The City of Merced is offering opportunities for students who would like to learn more about local government and the 21st Century workforce skills. This summer program is looking to increase youth knowledge of how local government operates and to strengthen intergenerational relationships. There will be guest speakers and field trips throughout the city in the 2-week period. Students who live in the city or attend a high school in Merced are eligible to apply. Registration is for students who will be in the 9th, 10th, 11th grade and incoming seniors. Students will receive a $100 stipend for completing the program. The program will take place July 10 through 21 at City Hall. For more information, please log onto our website at

or call 385-6855.Youth Council vacancies

The City of Merced Youth Council is looking for motivated youth ages 13-18 years who would be interested in representing youth in the community. Youths who have the desire to engage with the community, create change, promote the livelihood of young people and raise up awareness or concerns that impact youth should take this opportunity. The Merced Youth Council act as a liaison between the youth and City Council and hold their public meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at City Hall located at 678 W. 18th St in the Council Chambers. For more information on how to apply, check out our website at


The weather is certainly getting warmer and they are gearing up for a busy boating season on Bass Lake. Here are a few friendly reminders from MCSO about boating safety on Bass Lake. Boats are required to have valid state registration and a valid 2017 Madera County Pollution Control Permit sticker attached to your boat all year long prior to launching on Bass Lake. You can purchase your Pollution Permit from Bass Lake Boat Rentals, The Forks Resort or Millers Landing.

Please be reminded that during the Fishing Derby on May 6th and 7th all ordinances and codes will be enforced as usual. Please be courteous to fishermen who are boating at slow speeds during the derby.

As always be safe on the water, respect the safety of other boaters and wear your life vest.


Madera, CA- On Wednesday, May 03, 2017, at around 06:14 AM, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino Security notified the Madera County Sheriff’s Office that a patron in the casino displayed a handgun to an employee and threatened to shoot someone. It was reported that the patron told the employee that someone had spilled coffee on him and he almost shot him for it.

Four Deputies responded to the casino and located 21-year-old Donald Pisano of Madera walking on the gaming floor. Due to the information that Pisano was armed, Deputies ordered him several times, at gunpoint, to stop walking and show his hands. Instead, Pisano refused to stop and continued to walk away from the Deputies. At that point, Deputies physically forced Pisano to the ground and attempted to control his hands.

Pisano began to kick and spit at Deputies and refused to comply with any directions. During the fight, Deputies could feel a handgun in Pisano’s pocket. Pisano continued to fight until Deputies were able to place him in handcuffs. Even at that point, Pisano continued to kick and resist Deputies as they removed the gun from his pocket and walked him outside to the patrol vehicles. Pisano was uninjured and was transported to the Madera County Jail where he was booked for the following charges:

· PC 69, 4 counts – Resisting an executive officer
· PC 243b – Battery on a peace officer
· PC 25400(C)(2) – Possession of a concealed, stolen firearm
· PC 25850(C)(2) – Possession of a loaded, stolen firearm in public
· PC 12022.1 – Armed in the commission of a felony

Further investigation resulted in the discovery of Pisano’s vehicle parked in the casino parking lot. Deputies could see a rifle inside the vehicle and obtained a search warrant. A rifle registered to Pisano was located in the vehicle and found to be loaded with a round in the chamber. Deputies were also able to determine that the handgun Pisano had been carrying had been stolen from a vehicle in Fresno in August of 2016.


Merced. CA- On Saturday, April 29 2017, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that convicted felon Wallace Smith was in possession of firearms at his residence. GVSU officers authored a search warrant and served the search warrant at Smith’s residence located in the 900 block of S. Mather Road in Merced.

During the search, officers located two shotguns, two rifles and ammunition inside his home. Smith is a convicted felon and cannot be in possession of any firearms. Smith admitted that the firearms belonged to him. Smith was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of firearms, ammunition and animal cruelty.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.