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2 Central California Men Arrested, Suspected Of Attacking Dog With Machetes

Two men have been arrested in Central California on suspicion of tying a dog to a fire hydrant and slashing it with machetes and leaving it for dead.


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Starbucks Under Fire For Drawing Bottled Water Supply From Drought-Stricken California

A bottle of Ethos water shows a map of the world on its label, but it turns out the water didn’t make a long trip to get to a Midtown Sacramento Starbucks. It was pumped out of Placer County and bottled in Merced.



Alleged Orangutan Touching At Fresno Zoo Lands Merced Man Behind Bars

Authorities in Central California say a 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly scaling a five-foot barrier at Fresno Chaffee Zoo to reach under an enclosure and touch an orangutan.


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2 Arrested In Shooting That Wounded Merced Officer

Police have arrested two men suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer during a traffic stop in Central California.


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Boy, 16, Found Shot To Death In Merced Middle School Parking Lot

Authorities say a young man has been found shot to death in the parking lot of a middle school in Merced.



Pedophile Pediatrician? Merced Doctor Accused Of Hiding Camera In Patient Restroom

His name is still on the front door, but pediatrician Carlos Teran Miranda is out of the office, booked on child pornography charges.


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Merced Pediatrician Accused Of Hiding Camera In Office Bathroom

According to Merced Police, a parent of a patient at the Golden Valley Health Center found a camera hidden inside a flower arrangement on the back of a toilet. The parent took the camera to the administration building.


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Abandoned Fetus In Stockton Prompts Reminders Mothers In Need Have Options

The discovery of the fetus in Stockton comes just a few weeks after two fetuses were found inside a storage locker in Placer County, and a baby was found in a trash bin in Merced.


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Newborn Baby Found Abandoned In Merced Dumpster

A couple discovered the newborn inside a Merced dumpster while they were looking for recyclables at an apartment complex on D Street.



Fresh Out Of College, Man Founds Growing Thrift Shop Chain

Instead of donating items, Esteban Miranda buys things he thinks will sell.



1,200 Square Miles Of Valley Sinking Near Merced Because Of Groundwater Use

If that water isn’t managed properly, or replaced, scientists warn it could spell trouble for canals and other projects.


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Forbes Ranks Sacramento Fifth Most Miserable City In America

Six Northern California cities made Forbes’ list of the worst places to live in the country, including Sacramento at No. 5 for the second year in a row, according to the magazine.