MAN WHO RAN FROM CRASH SOUGHT: The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday evening was conducting a follow-up investigation and looking for a man who ran away from a crash that resulted in three vehicle rollovers Monday evening on Highway 99 between G Street and Sierra Drive, said officer Tom Killian. Witnesses at the crash site told CHP officers the man appeared to be in his mid-30s and had a shaved head. He was driving a silver 2005 Saturn in the fast lane when he lost control, changed lanes and hit a van in the center lane, according to the CHP. The van spun out, hit the guardrail in the center divider, then spun back and hit a pickup towing a travel trailer in the slow lane. Two people in the crash suffered minor injuries. The crash snarled traffic from 6 to about 8 p.m., the CHP reported.
INVESTIGATION INTO ANIMAL NEGLECT: A member of the Merced Police Department is under investigation for possible animal neglect in Mariposa County, according to the Merced Sun-Star. Merced police officials confirmed Tuesday that the department has opened its own investigation into the incident, but when asked, declined to name the employee. The case stems from a Mariposa County Sheriff's Department investigation into an injured 3- to 4-year-old horse at a residence on Mark Twain Lane. According to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department, earlier this month Mariposa Animal Control officers responded to the home because the horse was unable to stand. The horse eventually had to be killed. No charges have been filed, according to Mariposa District Attorney Bob Brown.