Thaddeus Miller, MercedSunStar

Thaddeus Miller


Merced, CA, United States

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Past articles by Thaddeus:

Mariposa County wildfire burning in a fire-prone area. Here’s what we know

Called the Lake Fire, 222 acres have burned near the Lake McSwain entrance and Lake McClure road in Hornitos, Mariposa County, according to Calfire. It is about 40 percent contained, firefighters said. → Read More

In a deadly gunfight between Merced police and an off-duty cop, the DA makes a ruling

Merced officer Nate McKinnon, who killed an Dos Palos police officer in Johnny Mathis in an officer-involved shooting, in February has been cleared, according to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. → Read More

Raise your pints. A new craft beer taproom is headed to Castle in Atwater

Ceres, California-based Blaker Brewing has set its sights on a former gas station just inside the entrance to Castle Commerce Center, the former air base in Atwater, California. → Read More

Deputies take down 21 illegal weed greenhouses and rooms on Merced County property

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 27000 block of Ingomar Grade in Gustine and arrested 12 people and confiscated 8,086 plants growing in makeshift greenhouses, deputies said. → Read More

Merced has to pay the county nearly $10 million, court says. Here’s why

The city of Merced lost a legal appeal recently that will end with it paying $9.5 million to the Merced County controller, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. The city spent it on housing. → Read More

New city park coming to Merced. You can help choose where it goes and what it has

The city of Merced is looking to add one new park to a northern neighborhood and is asking for input on the design. The city leaders could accept the $8.5 million grant at a City Council meeting this month. → Read More

ICE isn’t after farmworkers, ag secretary assures farmers gathered in Merced County

Central San Joaquin Valley farmers said Friday they struggle to find enough workers to harvest their crops in Merced County, California due to ICE raids and the Trump Administration’s hard stance on deportation. → Read More

Merced legislator moves to legalize gambling in California. Where would the money go?

Laws that would allow California to regulate sports games wagering independent of federal rules moved forward this week thanks to Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced. → Read More

Merced man was shot but didn’t report any crime. Police say it’s ‘suspicious’

Gunfire was reported at about 6:46 p.m. in the 3100 block of Nottingham Avenue, where Merced police found the man with a gunshot to the torso. He was flown to a Stanislaus County hospital. → Read More

Merced Pride moves to downtown, marking a significant moment in the city’s history

For the first time, Merced Pride will be over three days in the city’s downtown on Main Street and in Bob Hart Square, which will blocked off from K to M streets from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 5 to 7, organizer says. → Read More

Big changes coming to the Merced mall

The massive empty former Sears building at the Merced Mall will be transformed into five separate stores, anchored by Burlington Coat Factory, the mayor announced on Wednesday in a Facebook post. → Read More

A new television show will be set in Merced, reports say. Here’s what we know

Starring Don Cheadle of “Avengers” fame, the show set in Merced called “Don’t Look Deeper” is set to roll out on the Quibi platform next year, according to Variety. It comes out in April 2020. → Read More

57-year-old former Atwater police officer says he was fired because of his age

A 57-year-old Modesto man, Thomas Niederreuther, is suing the city of Atwater claiming he’s being kept from a patrol officer job because of his age. He was fired back in 2015 in his probationary first year. → Read More

Homelessness is Merced’s biggest problem. Will this new housing make any difference?

The 119-unit affordable housing project, which includes 30 for the most vulnerable homeless, is planned for a site of about 5 acres at Childs Avenue and B Street in Merced. A $13.9 million grant will help. → Read More

Popular Merced pizza shop closes after nearly 60 years, marking the end of an era

After nearly six decades of serving pizza in Merced, Pizza Villa closed its doors for the last time, according to a sign posted on the door of the popular eatery on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. → Read More

A new plan to fix Merced County’s homeless problem looks expensive. Will it work?

Merced County is looking at preliminary plans to build a navigation center and acquire other shelters for the homeless but some leaders say they are hesitant to commit millions of dollars to their operations. → Read More

Here’s where you’ll soon be able to buy weed in Merced County, dispensary owner says

Owners of a weed dispensary called Bang Mingo in Atwater said Monday, June 17, 2019, they’ll be the first cannabis shop in Merced County. They expect to open in July at 1780 Bell Lane. → Read More

Merced County man escaped courthouse while chained, police say

A 27-year-old man, Jaime Zavala, escaped from the courthouse in Los Banos, the Robert M. Falasco Justice Center, before he was found in a nearby home on G Street still in ”belly chains,” police said. → Read More

Here are some victories Merced County can count from state budget, state leaders say

The $215 billion budget deal reached this week in California comes with a number of highlights for Merced County, including investments in education, health care and a new fire station in Los Banos. → Read More

Merced County authorities investigating potential ‘HAZMAT’ spill on rural farm

Merced County first responders were on the scene Thursday of what they said they believe to be a hazardous materials spill outside of Los Banos, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More