CALTRANS TO BEGIN PAVEMENT RESTORATION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 99

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing a project to rehabilitate and restore a segment of pavement on State Route 99 (SR-99) between Delhi in Merced County and Turlock in Stanislaus County.

This project will replace the two outside lanes and shoulder, both northbound and southbound SR-99, from just north of the Bradbury Road overcrossing in Delhi to just north of the Stanislaus County line in Turlock.

The purpose of this project is to restore the facility, extend the service life of the pavement and to limit costly maintenance efforts for the future, both for motorists and the state of California.

This $17.5 million project has been awarded to Teichert Construction. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 5, 2018, and to be completed by January 2019.

This work may include long-term lane and ramp closures, and work may be done during both day-time and night-time. No full highway closures are expected, and delays should not last longer than 10 minutes even during peak driving hours.

Due to Senate Bill 1, more projects like this one are under way and in the works across the state to improve roadways. Caltrans has begun construction on 14 maintenance projects worth $50 million and 11 projects have already been completed.

These pavement projects will extend the service life of our roadways. Our fix-it-first approach will help preserve California’s more than 50,000 lane miles of highways and roads.

Construction is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.

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MAN WANTED BY POLICE FOR A HIT & RUN, THAT KILLED A WOMAN

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at about 6:40 A.M., Delano Police Officers responded to the intersection of 11th Avenue and Albany Street in regards to a traffic collision. Passenger Teresa Terrones was airlifted to Kern Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries on May 23, 2017.

The driver of the second vehicle, Ralph Manuel Arvizu, 29-year-old, of Delano, fled the scene of the collision. The Delano Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community to locate Arvizu, who may be staying at the apartment complex located at 430 20th Avenue. If anyone sees Arvizu, please contact the Delano Police Department at 661-721-3377 or if you have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the tip line at 661-721-3369

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECIEVES NEW HELICOPTER

On February 26th, 2018, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims proudly introduced the office’s new helicopter, a MD 530F. This state of the art aircraft will be a valuable resource for search and rescue operations, as well as daily law enforcement duties.

An interesting fact about this helicopter is that all of its parts were manufactured and assembled in the United States.

 

MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN, WHEN RUNNING AWAY FROM ROBBER

Officers responded to what was initially reported as a train VS pedestrian fatality at the intersection of Lincoln and Worth Streets, in the Seaport district, Upon further investigation it was determined the adult male victim was fleeing from a suspect who had just robbed him then pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot him. The victim ran and was struck by a train as he attempted to cross the railway tracks on Lincoln north of Worth Street.

The robber was described as a 25-year-old black male, 6-0’ 150lbs, wearing a black sweatshirt, and armed with a handgun. Detectives responded to the area for the investigation.

BOB CAT DINER RECIEVES A BAD UNSATISFACTORY SCORE

Bob Cat Diner located at 755 East Yosemite Avenue Suite H in Merced, received an“unsatisfactory” score on their health department inspection that took place on February 21st, 2018.

Merced County Department of Environmental Health uses a scale of 1 to 13 points to determine if a restaurant is in compliance (1-6=good, 7-13=satisfactory.

If a business gets over 13 points it is listed as “unsatisfactory” Unfortunately Bob Cat diner received a score of (35) During the inspection the inspector observed Meat sitting on still water in the prep sink.  Bob Cat Diner has been open for a year according to reports. For more of the health inspection issues check out the following pictures.

 

ALAN CHOW, MISSING YOSEMITE HIKER FOUND AROUND NOON TODAY

Alan Chow, the hiker missing in Yosemite National Park since Tuesday, February 20, 2018, has been found safe today. Chow, who was backpacking alone, was spotted from a National Park Service helicopter around Noon today above Wapama Fall in the Hetch Hetchy area after an extensive search the past several days.
He was transported to the Hetch Hetchy Ranger Station where he is doing well. Chow sustained minor injuries and has been reunited with family members
During the last several days, Chow stayed in his tent and was able to stay hydrated and had an adequate food supply. His preparedness and ability to make good decisions were key to his rescue and good health.
Yosemite National Park would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Bay Area Mountain Rescue, California Office of Emergency Services, Marin County Search and Rescue, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Southern California Winter Ski team,and YoDogs (search dogs).
Approximately 60 people participated in the search effort since Tuesday

MULTIPLE DEMONSTRATIONS AT AREA HIGH SCHOOLS TO DENOUNCE GUN VIOLENCE ENDS WITH SEVERAL STUDENTS ARRESTED

On February 23rd, 2018, there were several student-led protests against gun violence at some local high schools. During one Protest on a Stockton High School, over a couple of hundred students walked off campus. While many of those students were demonstrating peacefully against gun violence, several students took this opportunity to commit acts of violence against our community members and officers.

Rocks were thrown by these students which caused damage to uninvolved vehicles and Stockton Police vehicles. During one incident, as a Stockton Police Officer was patrolling the area of a high school which was on lockdown, the officer saw several students leaving campus by jumping a fence.

The officer went to contact the students when the students fought with the officer and took his baton. A citizen saw what was happening and came to the officer’s aid until more officers arrived. The following students were arrested:

 

Verania Cervantes, 18, for battery on an officer and resisting arrest. She was booked into the S.J. County Jail.

A 15-year-old male for battery on an officer, taking an officer’s baton, and resisting arrest;

A 14-year-old male for battery on an officer and resisting arrest;

A 17-year-old female for battery on an officer and resisting arrest; and

A 16-year-old female for battery on an officer and resisting arrest.

All the juveniles were cited to their parents.

Stockton Police Department’s Public Information Officer Joe Silva said, “We do support the freedom to protest peacefully and freedom of speech. While the majority of the students were peaceful today, we don’t condone the violence which was committed by a small handful of students. It’s unacceptable to batter a police officer and especially to take an officer’s baton.”

TWO ARRESTED IN MERCED BY MERCED POLICE DEPARTMENT

On February 22, 2018, the Merced Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) contacted gang member Robert Gonzalez 38-year-old, and Cassandra Miller 32-year-old, inside a suspicious vehicle in the 500 block E Main Street.

Officers searched the car and located a loaded 38 caliber revolver under the seat. Gonzalez admitted ownership of the revolver and was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, and gang enhancements. Miller was arrested for a felony warrant and sales of narcotics. They were both booked at the Merced County jail for the mentioned charges.

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.

AN ATWATER WOMAN’S HAIR CATCHES FIRE, BURNING HER FACE

On February 22nd, 2018, Atwater Police Department officers responded to the 1100 block of Swaps Street to a report of a female who suffered burns to her face while she was smoking narcotics.

Officer Walker contacted Stephanie Szyndler who admitted to having smoked methamphetamine inside of her mother’s bathroom and sustained severe burns to the right side of her face and head after the butane lighter she was using caught her hair on fire.

Officer Walker located a small amount of what was suspected to be methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia at the scene. Szyndler was also found to be on active Probation out of Stanislaus County.

She was air lifted to an out of county hospital to be treated for her injuries. A criminal report will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a violation of her probation.

RENEWING YOUR PASSPORT? FEES WILL INCREASE SOON

Planning a trip out of the country? Be sure to apply for a U.S. Passport at the Merced County Elections Office, Applications are available in Room 14 (basement level) of the Merced County Administration Building at 2222 M Street in Merced.

Information regarding fees and other details are available at http://www.countyofmerced.com/elections

Please note: Effective April 2, 2018, passport execution fees will increase from $25 to $35. Other fees for passport application services will remain the same.