On Saturday March 31st, 2018, at around 9:30A.M.,It rained in Modesto but this time it was not water rain, it was Easter eggs that came down from the sky over at Shelter Cove Community Church located at 4242 Coffee road, where a helicopter dropped about 30,000 eggs over the church’s lawn. There was a large eager basket-wielding egg hunters waiting to scoop them up once dropped.

Children and their families were kept behind a fence as the helicopter flew over and sent the colorful easter eggs pouring down to the field. Once the eggs hit the ground, the kids were let loose. Everyone at the eggstravaganza had a great time and would like to thank the shelter cove Community Church.




The Merced County Sheriff’s Office detectives bureau is still on scene at 2655 Atwater Boulevard in the city of Atwater, in regards to an officer involved shooting. At around 11:30A.M., deputy’s along with probation officers showed up to the residence to serve a warrant, during that time a male subject became combative with a weapon at the officers.

deputy’s and probation officers fired at him, he died from his injuries according to Allen. Probation officers and deputy’s were not injured. No other details at this time considering it is the beginning stages of the investigation. Stay tuned for further updates.



Another successful “Every 15 Minutes” program completed at Merced High School. With the assistance of several other agencies, local business, and the school staff, we had the opportunity to make a real impact on the students.

The Every 15 Minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.

The first day consists of a very realistic and emotional re-enactment of a DUI traffic collision involving actual students from the school. The second day is an assembly that reminds students about how their choices have a far-reaching effect on others.

The CHP Merced Area Office would like to thank all the students and their parents for participating in this event. We would also like to thank all the staff at Merced High School.



At about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, a victim reported a burglary at his home on Ironside Drive in southwest Modesto. The victim’s truck was taken from the garage, along with a handgun and miscellaneous property from inside the home.

Stanislaus County Probation quickly identified the three male teens involved through photographs and officers began a search for the suspects. One of the teens, 15 years old, was taken into custody on Lynne Renee Court several hours after the burglary. He was booked into Juvenile Hall for burglary and conspiracy.

Early this morning, officers found the victim’s stolen truck in a southwest neighborhood and attempted a traffic stop. A short pursuit ensued after the driver failed to pull over and concluded when the truck collided with a patrol car.

A search perimeter was established after the suspects inside the truck fled from the collision scene on foot. Alberto Bautista, 19, who was identified as one of the suspects involved in the burglary and truck theft, was stopped in the area by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Bautista was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for burglary, auto theft and conspiracy.

The third suspect, 17 years old, is still outstanding. The sergeant involved in the collision suffered minor injuries.


The former Save Mart that was closed about 6-years ago, located at 1136 W. Main street on the intersections of “R” street and Main street in Merced has a new grocery chain that would occupy the former Save Mart building.

The new business opening is Cardena’s Market, it’s expected to be opening later this year, no date has been given. According to their website, Cardena’s Market offers traditional flavors, fruits, Bakery, cooked food, fresh Juice bar and vegetables from across the USA, Mexico and more.

Check out their website here: http://AOvVaw15UQ04YHETJJvelt6MTWiL


The new KFC location and  a Arco Gas Station in Merced will be opening this April. No specific opening day was provided.

According to KFC they were scheduled to be opened by the end of March but the opening day has changed.  MGN would provide more information once we receive the opening day of both businesses.


The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for two people missing from the 3/22/2018 Storm Flooding Event.

Missing Person Details:

Carol Brown 72 of Catheys Valley
On March 22nd at approximately 5pm Carol left her house to check on horses due to the heavy rain and flooding. When Carol did not return back to the house after 30 minutes her husband started to look for her and found their side by side utility vehicle she was driving laying on its side in the creek / river.

The area Carol was last seen is typically a seasonal creek that is normally 3-4 feet wide and 0-1 feet deep, searchers on scene have estimated the peak flow of the flooding water reached 150 ft wide and 10 ft deep at peak flood stage. This fast-moving water was riddled with twisted and broken debris and would have been impossible for a person to navigate. This waterway continues to the Bear Creek Reservoir which is located about 10 miles downstream towards Merced County. The debris field in the search area is extensive in size. Searchers guided by CHP H40 did locate what they believe is her jacket she was wearing at time. They have not been able to locate anything else at this time.

John Honesto 67 of Don Pedro
John was reported missing to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on 3/22/18 at 10pm by his wife when he did not return home from his substitute teaching job at the Coulterville / Greeley Hill School, where he is a loved teacher by the students. On Thursday, March 22nd John was last seen as he left the Coulterville area to return to his home in the Lake Don Pedro area. John’s normal route home would take him down Hwy 132 where the large highway washout occurred during the storm. It appears through investigation that John crossed the flooded / washed out section of Hwy 132 at the piney creek culvert.
On Friday, March 23rd, at 10:45 a.m.

Mariposa Sheriff’s Deputies searching for John located his destroyed vehicle over one mile downstream from Hwy 132 from the washout. However, John was not located inside.

Our search teams, supported by all our surrounding cities & state agencies, have search for Carol and John non-stop day and night.

Over 70 personnel have been continuously searching for both Carol and John. This consists of Ground Searchers, Swift Water Teams, Boating Rescue, Drones, Helicopters and Search Dogs. Search management Teams have been organizing and directing the efforts in coordination with the Mariposa County Emergency Operations Center.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted in the search operations by 12 allied agencies, which include: Tuolumne County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff, Kern County Sheriff, Fresno County Sheriff, Merced County Sheriff, Stanislaus County Sheriff, Calaveras County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol H40 Helicopter, CARDA Rescue and Cadaver Dogs, California Office of Emergency Services, CALFIRE and Monterey County Sheriff.

The large-scale search operations for both Carol and John has continued day and night. Unfortunately due to the force of this storm we do presume both deceased.

As of this evening, we are planning to reduce the mutual aid teams. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will continue to liaison with the families and monitor the search area.

We are sensitive to the family and do hope we can effect recoveries soon, however, again due to the destruction evident in the search area, and throughout the entire county, it is unlikely they could have survived their situation.
Both Carol and John will continue to be listed as missing. Both have been entered into Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Mariposa County Government, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office along with the many communities of Mariposa County extend their sincere condolences to both families.


On March 22nd, 2018, at around 10:30PM a van went up in flames at the Chevron Extra Mile gas station located at 655 East Main street.

When the Merced Fire Department arrived on scene, along with the Merced Police Department they disovered pets inside the burning van.

According to a witness there was puppies in the van, firefighters attempted to resuscitate one of the four that died with providing the puppy with oxygen, unfortunately did not make it also. Its unknown how many other pets escaped injuries. No other information was available immediately.

We tried getting a report from the Merced Police Department, No response was provided immediatey. We will try to get an update on this story.

(Video provided by Conrado Noriega)


Arrested Persons: Jerry Vargas (03-18-73), Kou Thao (06-17-86), Lue Moua (05-05-77), Mark Mendez (06-06-89, Charlie Fryar (09-05-70), Hector Acosta-Pacheco (10-02-92) Thai Yang (09-24-93), Eric Cervantes (09-28-78), Eduardo Ochoa (12-27-65), and Mariano Merida-Carrasco (01-17-77).

On March 22nd, 2018 Officers of the Merced Police Department DART and GVSU Team conducted undercover operations targeting those involved in Prostitution. The operation focused on arresting people who engage in prostitution by purchasing sex acts through online advertisements. The Merced Police Department DART Team with the assistance of the MPD GVSU (Gang Violence Suppression Unit) posted online advertisements on known commercial sex web sites.

When contacted through the number posted online, officers negotiated to perform sex acts for money and arrested the subjects when they arrived to engage in prostitution.

Officers arrested ten men for solicitation of prostitution and all were given citations for the violations and released.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding these cases to contact Officer Jenkins at (209) 385-7773, 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.


  • On March 22nd, 2018, at around 5:45P.M., Merced Police Officers were dispatched to Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1158 W Main street, to investigate a strong-arm robbery. It was reported that two suspects had taken prescription drugs during the robbery. Before police arrived at the crime scene, the two suspects Jakob Kenneth Johns, 18-year-old resident of Sacramento, CA and Mills Frank Wesley III, 23 year-old also a resident from Sacramento fled from the store and entered a silver 4-door sedan.

Officers discovered that the suspects were N/B highway 99 from the city limits of Merced. Merced Police Officers pursued after the suspects on highway 99 and the pursuit ended in the 1500 block of W. Colony Road in Ripon, CA. The suspects crashed their vehicle into a light pole at the end of the pursuit.

Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Merced Police Department where Detectives will be interviewing the suspects. A large quantity of prescription drugs were recovered from the vehicle after arresting the suspects. No one sustained any injuries during the robbery of the pharmacy or during the apprehension of the suspects.

The investigation of this case is ongoing to determine if the suspects have committed other robberies in the City of Merced or other jurisdictions. If the public has any information about robberies at Rite Aid Pharmacies, please contact Detective John Pinnegar at 209 388-7712.