LIVINGSTON GANG MEMBER & JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND XANAX PILLS

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.

SHERIFF DEPUTYS PULL ALL RESOURCES TOGETHER TO MAKE THE STREETS OF PLANADA SAFE

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.
#PLANADA #CRIME #SHOOTINGS

UPDATE REGARDING INCIDENT FROM MERCED HOOKAH LOUNGE

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.

DID YOU KNOW MACKLEMORE FILMED IN MODESTO?

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”

CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

MERCED HIGHWAY 59 APARTMENTS CONDEMNED LEAVES OVER 30 TENANT’S HOMELESS

 

Merced, CA- Two apartment buildings have been condemned by the city of Merced leaving over 30 people homeless on June 22, 2017.

The units were condemned for threat, and health issues to the occupants a note on the apartment complex doors were placed. The displaced occupants included children, seniors and adults including two pregnant woman. Tenants were given only 24hrs to leave the premises.

The tenants were transported to the Merced County Department of Social Services. Catholic Charities helped get about 20 occupants shelter through the Merced County Community Action Agency, Merced Rescue Mission, D Street Shelter and county services. Catholic Charities also helped to provide motel rooms and bags of food.

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MERCED POLICE CONDUCTS MINOR DECOY ALCOHOL STING ONE BUSINESS SELLS TO MINOR

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.

VEHICLE CRASHES BIG RIG TURNING INTO HIS DRIVEWAY ON FRANKLIN ROAD

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.

 

TWO MERCED GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED


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 POLICE IS HIRING

Madera PD is hiring wanted to pass along a few minimum qualifications:
*A high school diploma/equivalent
*Valid CA drivers license
*A GREAT BIG HEART
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.

SUMMER FUN FROM MERCED CITY PARKS AND REC

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 Cityofmerced.org

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 CityofMerced.org.

http://www.cityofmerced.org