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    • Prosecutors decline to file charges in Valencia restaurant slavery case

      Prosecutors decline to file charges in Valencia restaurant slavery case

      A man who was arrested for allegedly enslaving an Indian national to work at a Valencia restaurant for three years was released from custody Friday after prosecutors declined to file charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges against Pardeep Kumar, 47, due...

    • Former Valencia High School baseball coach charged with embezzlement

      Former Valencia High School baseball coach charged with embezzlement

      A former varsity baseball coach at Valencia High School appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling thousands of dollars from the school’s student body government. Jared Snyder, 44, is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one felony count each of embezzlement...

    • Men face jail time for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche

      Men face jail time for stealing part of Paul Walker's crashed Porsche

      Two men pleaded no contest Tuesday to stealing the roof panel from a Porsche Carrera GT that "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash last year in Santa Clarita. Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 26, face up to six months in jail on misdemeanor...

    • Woman shot in eye with BB in alleged road-rage case; man arrested

      Woman shot in eye with BB in alleged road-rage case; man arrested

      A Valencia man was arrested on suspicion of mayhem Monday for allegedly shooting a female photographer in the eye with a BB gun in an apparent road-rage incident in Stevenson Ranch. The 22-year-old woman underwent seven hours of surgery on her right eye following the Saturday night shooting, which...

    • Valencia teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student

      Valencia teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student

      A 35-year-old teacher at a Valencia Christian school was charged Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a student, authorities said. Carl Astrera is accused of engaging in the inappropriate behavior during the last 18 months at Legacy Christian Academy, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

    • Hiker missing overnight in Towsley Canyon is found, airlifted out

      Hiker missing overnight in Towsley Canyon is found, airlifted out

      A 24-year-old hiker who went missing in Towsley Canyon in Newhall late Monday afternoon has been found and rescued, authorities said. Brian Napoli was discovered deep in the canyons around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday by a search-team volunteer, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Josh Dubin.    The...

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