Merced County Times Newspaper
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Chief Cavallero announces his retirement

Merced Police Chief Thomas Cavallero has announced plans to retire this December. Chief Cavallero has served in law enforcement for 37 years. Cavallero was named Merced Police Chief in 2020. Before his appointment, he served in the Merced County Sheriff's Department for 35 years and held the ranks of deputy, sergeant, commander, and undersheriff…

Concern grows over Livingston PD status

The Livingston City Council meeting on Tuesday night was marked by heated exchanges and no real progress to improve the city’s Police Department that is suffering from low staffing, threatened walk-offs, and a long, ongoing recruitment process that has failed to bring on an new chief. City Manager Vanessa Portillo warned the council and…

Mercedians learn to guide, connect with their dogs

Have you ever wondered why your dogs react the way they do? Barking, pulling, and many other problems can confuse and frustrate many dog owners as they try to understand their furry companions. Ancestral Companions, a duo pet training team run by siblings Juan and Maria Luzuriaga, are here to help. They are the top-rated dog…

‘The Community Up There Is Strong’

Editor’s Note: Ian Whitaker of Mariposa is a new Times reporter who was set to start working on Aug. 1. His move to Merced was accelerated due to the Oak Fire that exploded in size last weekend, forcing thousands of residents to flee mountain communities. This is Ian’s account of his own family’s evacuation. By IAN…

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