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City leaders: Keep out of public parks after 7 p.m.

Referencing public safety concerns amid echoes of the catch-phrase “nothing good happens in a park after dark,” a split Merced City Council on Monday night moved forward with an ordinance to change hours of use at public parks throughout the city. The Council voted 4-3 for the drafting of an ordinance to close parks to the public after 7 p.m.…

Andrade named Public Defender for Merced County

Vincent Andrade, a longtime deputy public defender, has been promoted to the top position as Merced County Public Defender. The Merced County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the promotion at Tuesday’s regular meeting. “Thank you for all your support you have shown for our department, and the wonderful office that we get to…

New building would replace aging Merced Police HQ

Editor’s note: The Merced City Council has directed staff to explore the costs of building a new, central police headquarters station, while keeping a strong neighborhood police presence. During the special meeting held Sept. 30, the council decided the new central station would be designed for a larger, more diverse police force that continues…

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