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    • Human remains found in Santa Clarita riverbed
      Human remains found in Santa Clarita riverbed

      Human remains were found Monday in the Santa Clara River in Santa Clarita, authorities said.

      A worker encountered the “human skeletal remains” while cleaning up the portion of the riverbed near Bouquet Canyon Road, said Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

      The identity...

    • Missing girl found in garage of registered sex offender
      Missing girl found in garage of registered sex offender

      A teenage girl was found in the garage of a convicted sex offender early Wednesday, hours after her parents reported her missing.

      About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the parents of the girl -- whose identity was not released -- reported her missing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      ...

    • Quiet Santa Clarita adjusts to recent jump in violence
      Quiet Santa Clarita adjusts to recent jump in violence

      The 911 caller reported a commotion in a yellow home with gray trim in Canyon Country one evening last month. When deputies arrived, they found an elderly man in the garage. He had been beaten to death.

      The man, a 74-year-old named Jack Miller, became the seventh homicide victim this year in the...

    • Search is on for more people posing as Masonic Fraternal Police officers
      Search is on for more people posing as Masonic Fraternal Police officers

      Are there more people out there wearing police uniforms, calling themselves officers and saying they work for a Masonic police force with connections to the Knights Templar?

      The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is trying to find out, following a bizarre encounter a captain in the Santa Clarita...

    • Man killed, woman wounded in Santa Clarita shooting
      Man killed, woman wounded in Santa Clarita shooting

      A man was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in a Santa Clarita apartment complex, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the 27500 block of Sierra Highway, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen.

      A male adult was pronounced...

    • Bizarre fake police force included Kamala Harris aide, prosecutors say
      Bizarre fake police force included Kamala Harris aide, prosecutors say

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn't recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February. One man introduced himself as chief of the Masonic Fraternal Police Department and told Johnson...

    • Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say
      Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say

      A planned Santa Clarita street race was foiled by sheriff’s deputies after an anonymous tipster spotted the details on Instagram, authorities said.

      The tipster saw an invitation for a street race to be held near the 18500 block of Via Princessa in Canyon Country, near the 14 Freeway, according...

    • Off-duty LAPD officer shot at in Santa Clarita, not injured
      Off-duty LAPD officer shot at in Santa Clarita, not injured

      An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot at but not injured Sunday morning in Santa Clarita, authorities said.

      The car the officer was riding in was struck by gunfire about 10:12 a.m. near Rainbow Glen Drive and Swallow Court, said Sgt. Richard Cohen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      ...

    • Valencia restaurant owner accused of slavery, beating employee
      Valencia restaurant owner accused of slavery, beating employee

      An Indian national who was employed at a Valencia restaurant endured three years of slavery -- including regular beatings -- and was so scared of his boss that he feared for his life if he ever tried to escape, authorities said Wednesday.

      READ THE UPDATE: Prosecutors decline to file charges

      The...

    • Ex-Santa Clarita coach captured, faces 20 counts of child molestation

      A former basketball coach at a Santa Clarita charter school accused of molesting five teenage boys has been caught and was extradited to Los Angeles on Tuesday, police said.

      Randolph Jackson, 27, is in jail on $840,000 bail and faces a host of charges in connection with his time at Albert Einstein...

    • Woman suspected of shooting brother, father; brother dead
      Woman suspected of shooting brother, father; brother dead

      A woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of fatally shooting her brother and wounding her father at a Canyon Country apartment complex, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred about 5:15 a.m. in the 18000 block of Danielson Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

      A 28-year-old...

    • Newhall father accused of sexually abusing, killing 3-week-old baby
      Newhall father accused of sexually abusing, killing 3-week-old baby

      A 30-year-old father who reported his infant daughter missing has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing, torturing and killing the girl, who was less than a month old.

      Matthew Warner, 30, was charged Tuesday with murder, assault on a child causing death, torture, oral copulation or sexual...

    • Homeless youth bring bold, confrontational approach to Santa Clarita
      Homeless youth bring bold, confrontational approach to Santa Clarita

      The rumpled young men were sleeping on the ground outside the coffee shop as early morning patrons made their way in. They routinely hogged the store's bathroom, and often left it stinking and littered with the residue of narcotic use. At the market nearby they'd cruise the aisles, buoyed by drug-fueled...

    • Autopsy will be performed on body of 3-week-old girl found in pickup
      Autopsy will be performed on body of 3-week-old girl found in pickup

      An autopsy will be performed on the body of a 3-week-old girl found dead Saturday in a pickup truck in Santa Clarita, a coroner’s official said Sunday.

      Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies found the body of Ellorah Rose Warner after her father, Matthew Warner, led them to the truck, parked outside...

    • Father held in death of 3-week-old Santa Clarita girl
      Father held in death of 3-week-old Santa Clarita girl

      Ellorah Rose Warner was born with gentle blue eyes and a full head of dark brown hair.

      When the 3-week-old went missing Friday, gifts and well wishes were still arriving in the mail, a family member said.

      Her body was found Saturday morning in a pickup truck in Santa Clarita. Soon after, her father,...

    • Man charged with kidnapping 3-year-old girl from family's apartment
      Man charged with kidnapping 3-year-old girl from family's apartment

      A man suspected of snatching a 3-year-old girl through the window of her family’s Newhall apartment was charged Monday with burglary, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, authorities said. 

      After taking the screen off the apartment window Thursday, Ethan Odom, 37, allegedly abducted the girl, said...

    • Man foiled attempting to kidnap 3-year-old through bedroom window
      Man foiled attempting to kidnap 3-year-old through bedroom window

      Authorities believe the attempted kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl who was snatched from a bedroom window in Newhall on Thursday night was random.

      The girl’s family did not know the man, identified as Ethan Odom, 37, of Saugus, said Deputy Joshua Dubin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

      ...

    • Man accused of trying to snatch girl, 3, through window of home
      Man accused of trying to snatch girl, 3, through window of home

      A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of trying to kidnap a 3-year-old girl by reaching through the window of her family's home, authorities said.

      The attempted abduction occurred in the 24200 block of Arch Street in Newhall, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Josh...

    • Man gets 6 months in jail for stealing part of Paul Walker's Porsche
      Man gets 6 months in jail for stealing part of Paul Walker's Porsche

      A 26-year-old man was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for stealing part of a Porsche Carrera GT that actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash last year in Santa Clarita.

      Anthony Edward Janow was also sentenced to three years of formal probation for taking a roof panel...

    • Search on for victim of suspected kidnapping attempt in Santa Clarita
      Search on for victim of suspected kidnapping attempt in Santa Clarita

      Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are searching for the victim of an attempted kidnapping that occurred Wednesday morning, authorities said.

      About 8:30 a.m. a driver reported seeing a man grab and attempt to kidnap a teenage girl at Jakes Way and Sierra Highway in Canyon...

    • L.A. sex offenders living with children arrested in Halloween sweep
      L.A. sex offenders living with children arrested in Halloween sweep

      Law enforcement officers checked the homes of dozens of L.A. County sex offenders on Friday in a predawn Halloween compliance sweep that led to the arrest of several people, including one offender found living at a day-care center, authorities said.

      In Santa Clarita, a 22-year-old convicted sex...

    • Busted: RANE, serial graffiti vandal, sheriff's officials say
      Busted: RANE, serial graffiti vandal, sheriff's officials say

      The alleged serial graffiti artist rained graffiti for five years all over the Santa Clarita Valley. About 750 scrawls, authorities said.

      But on early Thursday morning, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s ominously named COBRA team — or Career Offenders Burglary Robbery...

    • Sex offender sentenced to 12 years for filming girls in stores
      Sex offender sentenced to 12 years for filming girls in stores

      A sex offender who was released from prison after serving 15 years was sent back for 12 more years Wednesday after he was caught following and filming young girls inside retail stores.

      Yale Yurman, 71, was sentenced after pleading no contest in July to annoying a child under age 18 with a prior...

    • Couple sought after selfies appear following Santa Clarita break-in
      Couple sought after selfies appear following Santa Clarita break-in

      Authorities say a Santa Clarita woman whose home was burglarized discovered selfies of an unknown couple uploaded to her online storage cloud days after the break-in.

      Detectives are looking for the couple, which they described as "persons of interest," to ask about the July 30 burglary.

      It was...

    • Man found dead at Canyon High School likely died of natural causes
      Man found dead at Canyon High School likely died of natural causes

      A middle-aged man who was found dead in the parking lot of Canyon High School in Santa Clarita on Tuesday afternoon appears to have died of natural causes, authorities said.

      The 54-year-old man, who was not identified, apparently collapsed and was discovered by a campus deputy about 12:15 p.m.,...

    • Another Santa Clarita Valley teen arrested in school violence prank

      For the second time this week, a Santa Clarita Valley teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting threats of school violence on social media, authorities said.

      In the latest case, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a 13-year-old boy was arrested Sunday night after he used a program...

    • Teen suspected of posting death threats did so as prank, officials say
      Teen suspected of posting death threats did so as prank, officials say

      A 15-year-old boy arrested Sunday on suspicion of posting death threats on social media aimed at students at schools in the Santa Clarita Valley apparently did so as a prank, authorities said.

      Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies began investigating the threats late Saturday after receiving dozens...

    • Teen arrested, accused of threatening to shoot Santa Clarita students

      A 15-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly posting death threats on social media aimed at students at schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, authorities said.

      Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies began investigating the threats late Saturday after receiving phone calls about posts on Instagram...

    • Man gets 6 months for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche
      Man gets 6 months for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche

      An 18-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for stealing part of the Porsche Carrera GT  that Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash last year in Santa Clarita, authorities said.

      The man, Jameson Brooks Witty, was sentenced after pleading no contest to misdemeanor...

    • Officer dies after being involved in off-duty traffic crash, LAPD says
      Officer dies after being involved in off-duty traffic crash, LAPD says

      A Los Angeles police officer who was injured in an off-duty traffic accident earlier this week died Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

      News of the death of Kathleen Talbot was posted on the Internet by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who offered condolences.

      Talbot was a patrol officer...

    • Nude photos apparently of Santa Clarita Valley teens land on Twitter
      Nude photos apparently of Santa Clarita Valley teens land on Twitter

      Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are looking into reports that explicit photos of underage Santa Clarita Valley teenagers were posted on Twitter this week.

      “There was a Twitter page created which involves some explicit photographs of what appears to be underage kids,” Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los...

    • Bank employee arrested for allegedly stealing funds from customers

      A bank employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing funds from customers in Santa Clarita, authorities said Wednesday.

      L.A. County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Samuel Jose Godinez on July 2 on suspicion of felony commercial burglary, theft by access card and for passing checks with...

    • Deputy seeking reinstatement says accounts of crash are exaggerated
      Deputy seeking reinstatement says accounts of crash are exaggerated

      The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who accused the department of retaliating against him after he arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 on suspicion of drunk driving testified Tuesday that other deputies gave exaggerated accounts of a 2011 traffic incident that led to his firing.

      At a hearing in which...

    • Two dead in custody of L.A. County sheriff's deputies

      Homicide detectives are investigating the unrelated deaths Saturday of a man and woman who were in the custody of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, authorities said. 

      In the first incident, an unidentified man whom sheriff’s deputies had struggled to detain outside a home in Lancaster died...

    • Man who tried to hire hit man to kill his model wife gets nine years
      Man who tried to hire hit man to kill his model wife gets nine years

      A 53-year-old Canyon Country businessman was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in state prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, a former runway model.

      Dino Guglielmelli, once the owner of natural supplement company Creation's Garden, pleaded no contest last week to attempting to murder...

    • Man faces prison for trying to hire hit man to kill model wife
      Man faces prison for trying to hire hit man to kill model wife

      A 53-year-old Canyon Country businessman pleaded no contest Friday to trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, prosecutors said.

      In a plea deal, Dino Guglielmelli, former owner of natural supplement company Creation’s Garden, faces nine years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife, former...

    • 3 men arrested in sting operations targeting child predators

      The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced sting operations resulting in the arrest of three men Tuesday on charges of being child predators. The men attempted to use the Internet as a means of engaging children in sexual activity and were arrested by the Special Victims Bureau Sexual...

    • 'Unsafe speed' cited in probe of crash that killed actor Paul Walker
      'Unsafe speed' cited in probe of crash that killed actor Paul Walker

      Investigators find the Porsche that 'Fast & Furious' actor Paul Walker was riding in as friend Roger Rodas was driving may have been going more than 93 mph when it crashed.

    • Search underway for 54-year-old dirt biker in Santa Clarita
      Search underway for 54-year-old dirt biker in Santa Clarita

      Search and rescue crews are trying to locate a 54-year-old dirt bike rider who went missing overnight in Santa Clarita after calling family members to say he was traversing "treacherous trails," authorities said.

      Antonio Marquez was reported missing around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Clarita police...

    • Newhall Land's gift of trucks to Fish and Wildlife raises concerns
      Newhall Land's gift of trucks to Fish and Wildlife raises concerns

      Some environmentalists view the gift vehicles as a symptom of what they say is a coziness between the developer of the Newhall Ranch development and the agency.

    • Gold jewelry found in drug drop-off box at sheriff's station
      Gold jewelry found in drug drop-off box at sheriff's station

      A detective gathering used or old prescriptions from a drug drop-off box found a pill bottle filled with gold jewelry, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday night.

      The drop-off boxes are like mailboxes set up in front of Sheriff's Department stations so that people can drop...

    • Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say
      Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say

      A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night in Santa Clarita was wielding a spear, running in and out of traffic -- striking at least one passing vehicle with the weapon -- and later pulling out a knife, authorities said.

      Witnesses flagged down two deputies on patrol at about 8:25...

    • Man reportedly slain in deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita
      Man reportedly slain in deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita

      A man was reportedly slain Thursday night in a deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita, according to authorities and media reports.

      The shooting was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Soledad Canyon Road near Sierra Highway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

      The department said...

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