Blog Posts in 2015

  • Homicide Hearing Provides Details of Shooting

    Los Banos Enterprise || 3-Sep-2015

    LOS BANOS - Whether there were two shooters or one at a Los Banos park in December when Sureños gang members arrived and allegedly killed a member of a Norteño street gang was the focus of a five hour preliminary hearing Wednesday that included police testimony and a reluctant witness who was with the alleged perpetrators at the time of the incident. The hearing has not been ...
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  • LOS BANOS - A gang homicide court hearing was postponed earlier this week in Los Banos, but there were conflicting accounts regarding the reasons for the delay. Attorneys involved in the case said Wednesday’s hearing for homicide defendants Fabian Cruz Roman, 16, and Diego Leal, 18, was tabled, in part, due to the large number of people inside and outside the courtroom. The crowd included ...
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  • MERCED - Jury questionnaires were handed out Tuesday, a week ahead of a trial for two defendants charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of an Atwater man in 2012. Miguel Rivera, 30, and Cindy Maciel, 24, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the Oct. 26, 2012, stabbing death of 23-year-old Ryan Williams during a large brawl at an Atwater bar on Sycamore Avenue. Jury ...
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  • MERCED - The man accused of killing a Merced taxicab driver in January bragged about the incident but also told people he “messed up” and “panicked” during a robbery, running away empty handed, according to Merced police reports examined by the Sun-Star. Joseph E. Castrillo, 18, and Dante M. Woods, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday to murder in the Jan. 5 shooting death of ...
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  • Two Convicted in Merced Human Trafficking Case

    Merced Sun Star || 28-Jan-2015

    MERCED - A man and woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Merced County Superior Court to coercing a teenage runaway into prostitution in Merced. Samuel L. Packard, 32, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of human trafficking of a minor for a sexual act. His co-defendant, Ashley M. Gonzalez, 21, pleaded guilty to a single count of pandering a minor over the age of 16, the Merced County District ...
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