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2013
December 11, 2013 - IRS Phone Scam
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II says his office has recently been fielding a number of calls from all over Merced County...Read more...

September 6, 2013 - Los Banos Shooting
Two Los Banos teenagers have been charged in connection with crimes committed on July 20, 2013 that ultimately resulted in the shooting...Read more...

2012
November 16 - Multi-Agency Gang Task Force
Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force agents arrested...Read more...

October 16 - Victim Restitution
DA's Office locates crime victims who are owed thousands. Read more...

August 30 - Plea in Sergeant Injury Case
Defendant pleas and was sentenced in resisting case resulting in injury to Sergeant Pacheco. Read more...

August 15 - Meth Press Conference Release
Agents from the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force arrested 11 men in recent days and confiscated more than 330 pounds of drugs following a lengthy investigation, dubbed Operation Crystal Clear. Read more...

August 14 - Meth Press Conference Advisory
What is believed to be the largest seizure of methamphetamine by central valley law enforcement will be the subject of a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 15 at the Merced County District Attorney’s office at 550 W. Main St. in Merced. Read more...

June 7 - Merced DA Morse re-elected to CDAA Board of Directors
It was announced Thursday by Executive Director Scott Thorp that Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II was elected to a second term to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the California District Attorneys Association.  Read more...

March 27 - District Attorney says no charges to be filed in death of seven month old
No criminal charges will be filed in the case of Michael Burell, who was arrested following the death of his seven month old son, Jacob, on September 8, 2011, Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced Tuesday.  Read more...

2011
December 9 - Rescheduled Press Conference on Major Bust of Violent Mexican Drug Cartel Operating in the Central Valley
A press conference on a major Central Valley law enforcement operation targeting La Familia Michoacana has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2011 at the Merced County District Attorney’s office, 550 W. Main St. in Merced.  Read more...

December 9 - Mother Sentenced to Prison in Drowning Death of Two-Year Old Daughter
A 25-year old Merced woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison in connection with the drowning death of her two-year old daughter.  Read more...

November 17 - New Merced County District Attorney Offices to be Dedicated
A public grand opening and dedication ceremony for the Merced County District Attorney’s new office will be held at noon Friday, November 18th in the courtyard behind the office at 550 W. Main St. in Merced. Read more...

September 21 - Merced County Becomes Latest Community to Create Crime Stoppers Program
Crime Stoppers is a nationally recognized program that encourages citizens to provide confidential information leading to the arrest of criminals. Read more...

September 20 - Merced County Launches Crime Stoppers Program
Merced County law enforcement leaders will join District Attorney Larry D. Morse II at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 21 on the steps of Courthouse Park at 21st and N St to announce the launch of Merced Area Crime Stoppers. Read more...

July 11 - Merced DA Morse Elected to CDAA Board of Directors
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the California District Attorneys Association at their June conference, it was announced recently. Read more...

March 30 - Robert Carroll Named New Chief Deputy District Attorney
District Attorney Larry D. Morse II today announced the appointment of veteran prosecutor Robert Carroll as the new chief deputy district attorney. Read more...

March 29 - Double Murder Nets 44 Years
District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today that Julio Cesar Bonilla was sentenced to 44 years to life in state prison for the 2009 murders of William & Maria Cisneros. Read more...

January 18 - Merced Prosecutor Chosen Arson Prosecutor of the Year
Merced County Deputy District Attorney Walter Wall has been selected as the Central Valley Arson Investigators’ Association Prosecutor of the Year for his work in obtaining a conviction in the 2003 arson of Big Al’s Steakhouse and Cantina, in Merced. Read more...

2010
September 17 - Welfare Fraud Conviction Results in Prison Sentence
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today the successful completion of a felony welfare fraud case against defendants Jurline Jackson and John Leatherman. Read more...

July 20 - John Goold Named New Chief Deputy District Attorney
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today that John Goold has been promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney to fill the position vacated by Mark Bacciarini, who was recently appointed to the Merced County Superior Court bench by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read more...

June 4 - Court Binds Juan Mendez Over for First-Degree Murder of DeAngelo Smith and Attempted Murder of Second Victim
Following a preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge Carol Ash ruled today that sufficient evidence exists to bind 19 year old Juan Manuel Mendez of Merced over for trial in the murder of DeAngelo Smith, 17, a Golden Valley High School student and athlete. Read more...

May 20 - Firm Build Principals Charged with Exposing Students to Asbestos
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today that new charges, including felony child endangerment, have been filed against three officers of Firm Build, the now-defunct, non-profit construction training company. Read more...

March 15 - Merced Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force Donates Money for "Sober Grad" and "Every 15 Minutes Programs."
The Merced Multi-Agency Narcotic Task Force Council will be making financial donations to area high schools for this year’s Sober Grad night and Every Fifteen Minute programs. Merced Police Chief Norm Andrade announced recently. Read more...

February 24 - U.S. Attorney, Law Enforcement Leaders to Discuss Real Estate Fraud
Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, will join Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, Merced Police Chief Norm Andrade, Atwater Chief Richard Hawthorne and other law enforcement officials to discuss their efforts to battle mortgage fraud in the Central Valley at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25th 2010 at the Riverstone at Bellevue housing development in Merced. Read more...

2009
November 24 - Leavitt given seven consecutive life sentences for molesting four children
George Allen Leavitt (DOB: 3-27-1976) was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences today by Superior Court Judge Carol Ash for molesting four different children starting in November, 2006 and ending in July, 2008. Read more...

November 20 - Steven Magana, Timothy Coronado receive two consecutive life sentences in gang shooting
Steven Magana (DOB: 9-23-83) and Timothy Coronado (DOB: 8-11-87) were sentenced to two consecutive life sentences today by the Honorable Judge John Kirihara of Merced Superior Court for the attempted murder of Ruben Coronado (DOB: 7-16-55) that occurred on March 9, 2009, at Westside Boulevard in Livingston, California. Read more...

November 2 - District Attorney Announces Domestic Violence Grant
The Merced County District Attorney’s office has been selected to receive $300,000 in federal economic recovery act funds to enhance their efforts to respond to and prosecute cases involving violent crimes against women, District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today. Read more...

November 2 - District Attorney Announces Domestic Violence Grant Addendum
The Merced County District Attorney’s office received these comments too late to include in the press release sent out this morning. These comments are from Genevieve Bardini at the Valley Crisis Center. Read more...

October 26 - Los Banos City Employee Sentenced to Prison
On October 20, 39 year old Dos Palos resident Mary Ann Jones entered no contest pleas to multiple felony charges stemming from her embezzlement of over 1.7 million dollars from the City of Los Banos.  Read more...

July 31 - District Attorney Announces Gang Tip Line
In a further response to escalating gang activity in Merced County, District Attorney Larry D. Morse II and other local law enforcement leaders introduce a new tool for the gang unit they established in 2007.  Read more...

June 30 - Merced Sheriff's Investigation Leads to Arrest in 11 Year Old Homicide
An inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison was charged Monday with an April, 1998 murder which took place at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II announced today. Read more...

June 29 - Morse Joins Call Urging Governor to Abandon Dangerous Budget Proposals
Prosecutors’ Group Calls on Schwarzenegger to Retract Plans to Commute Prison Sentences of Criminal Aliens and Reduce Felony Crimes to Misdemeanors Read more...

June 2 - Convicted Swindler Arrested on Washington Warrant
Merced resident Jesse M. Munoz, Jr., 33, was re-arrested by Merced County District Attorney investigators on Thursday for an outstanding Washington State arrest warrant. Read more...

May 28 - Bacciarini Named New Chief Deputy District Attorney
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II has announced that Mark V. Bacciarini has been named Chief Deputy District Attorney, replacing Dave Moranda who was recently appointed to the Merced Superior Court. Read more...

May 22 - Child Molester Enters Plea
On Wednesday, Dos Palos resident Antonio Smith entered no contest pleas to two counts of Lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. Read more...

May 19 - Task Force Arrests Gangster Crips Members
On Monday, members of the Merced Multi – Agency Gang Task Force (MMGTF), assisted by the State Department of Justice Gang Suppression Enforcement Team (GSET), arrested 15 members or associates of the Merced Gangster Crips. Read more...

May 18 - Arrests/indictments of MGC gang members after five month investigation
A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19th at the Old County Courthouse, 21st and N Streets in Merced to announce more than a dozen arrests and indictments in a major gang investigation into criminal activities of the Merced Gangster Crips. Read more...

May 1 - White pleads guilty to all 15 molestation charges; Faces 19 years in prison
Jonathan Harlan White (DOB: 11-10-1979) pled guilty today on the first day set for trial to all 15 counts of child molestation charged in the Information.  Read more...

April 29 - DA testifies in support of State Senate Mortgage Fraud Measure
Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II urged a state senate committee on Tuesday to approve legislation that would give prosecutors new tools to fight an "epidemic" of mortgage fraud in California. Read more...

March 23 - Merced man enters plea in tagging incident
Merced resident Felipe Joe Ramos, 33, entered a no-contest plea to a felony vandalism charge on March 12. Read more...

March 20 - Embezzler tripped up by software switch
A switch in the accounting and case management software uncovered the embezzlement scheme of a long time employee of the Housing Authority of the County of Merced. Read more...

January 26 - Governor's budget proposals endanger public safety prosecutors say
The California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) dispatched letters Friday to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the members of the California Legislature expressing its firm opposition to the proposed elimination of prosecution grant programs "in such critical areas as child abuse, gang violence, the proliferation of methamphetamine, crimes against our vital agricultural industry, and the escalating use of the Internet and technology to exploit children and the elderly." Read more...

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