Winton, CA- The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the victim of the Winton stabbing on February 20th, 2017, was 30 year old Rocio Fierro. She was allegedly murdered by her husband, Juan Carlos Lopez-Esparza, 26. Fierro was the mother of a 5 year old child.
The husbands whereabouts are unknown at this time and a warrant for the murder has been issued. He is listed as 5’8”, 150 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. Emergency medical personnel were unable to revive Fierro when they responded to a domestic violence call in the Chablis Apartments in Winton at about 2:30 p.m. The husband fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
If you know where Juan Carlos Lopez-Esparza is please call the Merced County Sheriff’s Department at (209) 385-7445.
Merced, CA- Grant funds for bridge repairs and money for an engineering and traffic study are on the agenda for consideration. The Council has approved a project to repair the bridges at G and M Streets that cross Bear Creek. The roadway overlay needs to be replaced, barriers need to be installed, erosion controls need to be improved and the bridges need to be made compliable with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bids opened in August of 2016, for the project were over the engineer’s estimate. Staff secured $1,298,482 in additional federal grants that Council is being asked to accept at the meeting. Total cost of the project will be $3,735,715.
State law requires a speed zone study to be conducted every seven years to determine appropriate speeds for the City’s streets. The engineering and traffic speed survey also allows the enforcement of traffic laws through the use of radar. The study is expected to cost $100,000.
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Official sign ups February 18th, 2017, At Big 5 in Merced from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Come out and enjoy the best youth football and cheer organization in the Central valley. Ages from 5-14 are welcome. Unlimited weight 10 play minimum, everyone plays. Please like them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bluedevilsyouthfootballandcheer
Merced, CA- On December 30th, 2016, at around 7:20p.m. A Merced High School teacher was placed under arrest after he was caught by a patrolling Merced County sheriff’s deputy at around 4:30 p.m. On 21st Street by the old court house in a 4 door toyota pick-up having sexual intercourse with a minor.
Blia Yang, 30, was booked into Merced County Jail on one count of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 18 and one count of sexual intercourse with a minor. He posted bail and was released from custody a short time later, according to Merced Sheriff’s booking record.
Yang has taught physics, Advanced Placement chemistry and other classes at Merced High School. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Merced Police Detectives have taken over the investigation.
Merced, CA- The City of Merced Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 630 W. Main Street on December 18th, 2016 at approximately 10:09 a.m. Initial reports from dispatch advised multiple phone calls stating that smoke was coming from 630 W. Main Street.
Approximately four minutes after being dispatched, the first fire resource arrived at scene and advised that heavy smoke was showing from the entire building. An offensive fire attack was initiated by fire personnel. The Incident Commander requested a second and third alarm, as well as mutual aid from other agencies. This fire took approximately three hours to control and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Approximately five engines, one truck, and one Battalion Chief from the City of Merced initially responded to this incident. Mutual aid was provided from Merced County Fire Department and the City of Turlock Fire Department. Merced PD provided assistance with traffic control and street closures.
Riggs Ambulance service provided an ambulance and supervisor to assist with medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation. City of Merced Public works division also responded to ensure the water supply system was not compromised.
The City of Merced Fire Department relied on off duty personnel to respond and staff reserve engines to maintain City coverage. A total of 52 firefighters responded to this incident and to assist with city coverage. 13 police officers, 2 public works personnel, 3 Riggs ambulance service personnel, and one building inspector also provided assistance during this incident.
At this time, fire investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of this fire. As previously stated, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building and the contents of the building have been deemed a total loss. No firefighters sustained injuries during suppression efforts.
The fire department is expected to have Main Street closed between M and N Street until the investigation is complete. During this time, all businesses along this street are open to the public.
Fire investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Battalion Chief Cory Haas at (209) 385-6891.
Livingston, CA- On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 Raymond Martinez was riding his bike on Walnut Avenue, just west of Sultana Drive near Livingston. A silver car struck the bicycle, killing Raymond. The silver vehicle fled the scene without stopping to see whether Raymond was injured.
The suspect vehicle is described as a smaller vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota. Parts of the vehicle were recovered at the scene and are being processed as evidence to identify the vehicle.
If you know anything about this accident, the vehicle or the suspect driver, contact Merced Area Crime Stoppers. No one will ever ask you who you are and you will never be identified. If an arrest is made, you will be eligible for a $1000 cash reward from crime stoppers plus a $5000. Please call Crime Stoppers: 1-855-725-2420
Merced, CA- Merced Police Department is currently hiring. If you would like to become part of the team, with Merced Police Department and you are either a Lateral Police Officer, Basic Police Academy Graduate or are currently enrolled in a Basic Police Academy you are qualified to apply. The Application deadline is August 22, 2016 at midnight. If you have any questions please contact Captain Chris Goodwin 209-385-6288
Lieutenant Jay Struble 209-385-4739 or Lieutenant Don King 209- 385-4188