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"ZOMBIE” Drivers Endanger Other Motorists: CHP Crack Down on Distracted Drviers Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 April 2012 14:25

SACRAMENTO – Danger lurks behind the wheel when a driver redirects their attention from the road to some other distracting behavior, like talking on a cellular telephone or text messaging. During the month of April, law enforcement agencies throughout California will be especially focused on taking enforcement action on these inattentive, “zombie” drivers.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) along with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Impact Teen Drivers, and law enforcement agencies statewide are preparing to launch the second annual National Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, “It’s Not Worth It!” During the campaign kickoff month in April 2011, more than 52,000 citations were issued by law enforcement statewide, four times the monthly average. A first time citation will cost a minimum of $159, with a second violation at least $279.

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Merced Police Stop Burglary in Progress: Two Arrested Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 April 2012 13:53

MERCED  - Police were dispatched to the listed address for a burglar alarm at C&S Tow Company. Merced Police Officer’s Eduardo Chavez and Sean Green were the first to arrive at the business. While checking the perimeter of the business the officers found that the back southeast fence had been cut. Officer Green saw a subject inside of a vehicle.

When the suspect saw the officer he began to run in an attempt to escape the scene. Several other officers had arrived securing the perimeter of the business and took the suspect into custody before he was able to make it out of the fenced enclosure. This suspect was identified as Joseph Rivera.

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Seizure of 1,300 Pounds of Marijuana in Multi-State Illegal Drug Trafficking Ring 14 Arrested Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:58

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrests of 14 individuals across three states and the seizure of 1,300 pounds of processed marijuana as part of a multi-state illegal drug trafficking ring. The operation also resulted in the seizure of 8 firearms, $415,855 in cash, $35,000 in gold bars and silver coins and three generators valued at $20,000.

"At the California Department of Justice, our special agents target criminal enterprises running drugs, guns and human beings up and down California," said Attorney General Harris. "In this case, we have shut down a large-scale drug trafficking operation that went beyond California's borders."
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Merced Man Arrested For Auto Theft & Weapons Possession Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:37

MERCED - Merced Police located an unoccupied stolen vehicle parked in the 3200 blk of Dublin Ave early Thursday morning. The 1999 Honda Civic had been reported stolen earlier in the day from an address in South Merced. Officer’s working in the North area set-up on the vehicle hoping to identify the driver.

Within several minutes an unidentified Asian male adult got into the vehicle and drove away. Officer Nelson along with Officer Bowen and Salyers made a felony car stop on E. Alexander & Sycamore Dr. The driver was taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded 38 caliber revolver, a small amount of Marijuana and several stolen car stereos.

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MEGA Millions® Jackpot Hits World Record Territory -- $540 Million Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 23:19
SACRAMENTO – The MEGA Millions jackpot for Friday night’s draw has officially become the largest jackpot in the history of lotteries around the world…$540 million!

Not surprisingly, players took to the internet to find out the winning numbers Tuesday night and the Lottery’s website had 1 million hits between 8-9pm. Also, as expected, “MEGA Millions jackpot” is one of the top trending topics on the worldwide web currently. Although nine Californians matched five numbers without the Mega number, no one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s MEGA Millions draw, making Friday’s night’s jackpot worth the astounding $540 million amount.

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