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Posted: June 17, 2008 1:18 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Rothwell sentenced to 16 years to life
A Valencia woman was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison after she was convicted for killing an 18-year-old man in at the Huntington Beach Hotel in 2006, officials announced Monday.

Samantha Elizabeth Rothwell, 21, was convicted in a Santa Ana courthouse in April of murdering Walter Rivas on Aug. 15, 2006, after he said he "saw God." Rothwell responded that she was the devil, and subsequently stabbed Rivas repeatedly until he died.

The two did not meet each other until that day, when both traveled from Valencia to Orange County to visit the grave of Bradley Newell, the former guitarist of popular band Sublime.

Cachuma camp sign-ups starting
The city of Santa Clarita is encouraging families to sign up for the 14th annual Lake Cachuma Family Camp that will be held from July 11 to 13.

The last day to register is July 3 by 5 p.m.

Lake Cachuma is located near Solvang, off of Highway 159 in Santa Barbara County.

The cost is $169 per family for city residents and $185 per family for non residents.

Families interested can register online at or at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, located 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.

Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday
The Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday will feature Susan Tae from the county's Regional Planning Department. Tae will give an overview of the proposed housing developments in the unincorporated areas near the east side of the city.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Activity Center at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. The complex is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.

Fine Craft show this weekend
Old Orchard Park will be the setting for the Fine Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday.

Artists and crafts vendors of all sorts will be at their booths from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Vendors at previous shows sold wind chimes, clothing, decorative wood signs and other handmade trinkets.

The free event will also feature live music and food vendors and the park's playgrounds will also be open.

Old Orchard Park is located at 25023 Avenida Rotella, off Lyons Avenue in Newhall.

For more information about the Fine Crafts Show, contact the Arts and Events Office at (661) 286-4018.


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