Merced,CA- Officers with the Merced Police Department worked a Shoulder Tap Operation on July 16th. The purpose of the sting operation was to cite adults for furnishing alcohol to minors. This operation was in conjunction with a statewide enforcement effort in cities all over California done on this same date. Under the direct supervision of the officers, minor decoys stood outside nine local businesses that are licensed to sell alcohol and asked adults entering the stores to purchase alcohol for them.
The minor decoys approached twenty-three people at three different businesses. Three adults purchased alcohol for the minors. The adults were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.
• Ryan Arnsberg, 29 yrs old
• Jose Pimentel, unknown age
• Jose Reyes, 53 yrs old
Businesses that were targeted by the minor decoys included: Circle G, G St; Village Liquors, G St; and Handi Stop, Yosemite Parkway.
Funding for this program was provided by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Merced Police Department officers partnered with ABC in conducting the sting operation.
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang member Javier Guardado was in possession of firearms at his residence. GVSU officers authored a search warrant and served the search warrant at Guardado’s residence located in the 1500 block of Davis Street, Livingston, CA.
During the search, officers located two rifles, ammunition, Xanax pills and gang indicia inside his home. One of the rifles found in Guardado’s home was stolen. Guardado is a convicted felon and cannot possess any firearms. Guardado was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of a firearms, ammunition, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and gang enhancements. A juvenile inside the home was also arrested and booked at juvenile hall for 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.
Planada,CA- Within the past two weeks, there have been six drive-by shootings and numerous reports from residents of gunshots in Planada, and one of these shootings ended in homicide. When deputies arrived, they learned that several houses and vehicles in the area were shot, and littered with bullet holes. To make matters worse, while deputies were speaking with the victims of one of the shootings, the deputies received additional reports of gunshots further down the street. Investigators believe that all six drive-by shootings in Planada are gang related.
The Sheriff’s Office had to pull from several different divisions throughout the agency, most of whom, would not normally be involved in the execution of search warrants. These divisions included the Supervised Release Team (SRT), the Patrol Division, all Sheriff’s Office Detectives, and Sheriff’s Office Command Staff. The Sheriff’s Office served three search warrants on three residences in Planada. During the investigation, three handguns and one illegal sawed off shotgun were seized from known gang members. Additionally, investigators arrested Stephon Graham (27) from Planada for shooting at an inhabited dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and involvement in a criminal street gang.
While serving the search warrants and during the investigation, further information has been developed regarding the shootings and future arrest are imminent. Please contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 209-385-7472 if you have any information regarding the shootings.
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JUST AS WE THOUGHT WE KNEW THERE WAS ANOTHER PART TO THE STORY. MERCED POLICE IS NOT A BAD DEPARTMENT I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN AROUND THEM IN THE PAST.
Merced, CA- On July 9, 2017 at approximately 12:56 am officers of the Merced Police Department received information that a subject wanted for a warrant was at the Hookah Lounge, located at 435 W. Main St. in the City of Merced. When the officers arrived at the lounge the doors were locked but they could hear and see people in the business. The officers knocked on another door and it was unlocked and opened.
Once the officers entered they were able to visually locate the wanted subject and started to walk towards him to take him into custody. The crowd of people then became aggressive and started to challenge the officers. One of the officers was seriously injured when he was assaulted and hit in the face by several subjects that were in the business. Additional officers were called to the scene to assistant in controlling the crowd.
Five people were taken into custody for the assault on the police officer and other violations. Isa Bey 22 from Oakland was arrested and booked for Battery on a Peace Officer Causing Injury, Nedir Bey 20 from Oakland was arrested and booked for Battery on a Peace Officer Causing Injury and obstructing or resisting a peace officer in his/her duties, Ciasonne Olajuwon Ratto-Foster 20 from Richmond was booked for Assault on a Peace Officer and obstructing or resisting a peace officer in his/her duties, Yakub Bey 24 and Majied Jaleel Bey 21 both from Oakland were arrested and later issued a citation for obstructing or resisting a peace officer in his/her duties. Isa and Nedir Bey were released today after they were able to post bail and Ratto- Foster was released earlier this morning from jail.
The officer was transported to the local hospital where he was treated for a head injury. He was released early this morning and will continue further medical treatment. This is an ongoing investigation and further investigation is being conducted.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Capt. Goodwin at (209) 385-6913 or (209) 385-6288, 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.
Modesto,CA-You might not realize how much Macklemore seems to love Modesto thrift shops, tattoo parlors and grocery stores. The hip-hop artist stopped in the Central Valley earlier this month to visit his grandmother Helen who lives in Modesto to celebrate her 100th birthday they filmed at various locations around town.
The visit featured Macklemore, born Benjamin Haggerty, driving with his grandmother around town in a golden Cadillac. Macklemore arrived in town with a small film crew and production trailer. He called ahead to some of the businesses to let them know of their stops. Macklemore and his grandma stopped at Foundation Tattoo off of downtown Modesto were he tattooed his grandmother’s name “Helen”