An Agua Dulce woman and a fellow "Devil Dog" Marine are among those showing their support for one particular troop - a U.S. Marine who fought at Iwo Jima now asked to pay $4,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wendy, who asked that her last name not be used, wants to set things right between retired Staff Sgt. Carl Diekman of the U.S. Marines Fifth Division and the federal agency demanding he return $3,936 in overpayments made to him.
An employee at a Hart district high school is being investigated for allegedly having an "inappropriate" relationship with a 16-year-old student, it was reported Monday.
Picture in your mind the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph of the Second World War. One of the proudest moments in American history - five brave U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy serviceman working together to erect the Stars & Stripes atop a strategic island in the West Pacific Ocean.
Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency. In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.
Los Angeles County planners designing a 1,000-unit women's jail for the Pitchess Detention Center are excited about its innovative circular design and its promise to address overcrowding in jails across the county. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that sets aside money specifically for new fire stations in Santa Clarita and new barracks at the detention center in Castaic.
John Joseph Gambill's life is falling apart, he says. With a wavering voice, the 48-year-old registered sex offender began to tell The Signal his side of the story but stopped to remove his glasses and wipe his eyes. "My life is in ruins," he said as he unloaded groceries from his car outside his Saugus mobile home Tuesday. "I'm going through a lot of s--t right now. My mother just died. I'm scarred for life because of this."
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility. The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.
Despite a severe drop in expected property tax revenue and a bare-bones budget, Santa Clarita Valley is slated to get new fire stations and a new barracks at the Pitchess Detention Center within the year.
Mothers who want a registered sex offender out of their mobile home community were stepping up their efforts Monday to convince him to move.
A registered sex offender listed on the Attorney General's Megan's Law Web site, which alerts the public about sex offenders, lives less than a tenth of a mile from a Canyon Country school, The Signal has learned. John Joseph Gambill, 48, is a registered sex offender who was convicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Megan's Law sex offender locator Web site.
Security is being tightened around Santa Clarita water plants despite the Castaic Lake Water Agency reporting no direct threats targeting its facilities. When it comes to the agency's buildings and grounds, topping the list of the agency's goals for the 2008/2009 fiscal year is installation of a video surveillance system put in place at each of its two water treatment plants and its two pumping stations.
Scientists and animal specialists are reviewing data today to determine what caused a young American bison to die suddenly Wednesday morning at William S. Hart Park. The bison, about one year old, died suddenly after emerging from a general anesthetic administered by a local veterinarian, as part of a routine castration procedure.
SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence. Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.
SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband, focusing on "contradictory statements" she had made to investigators.
It was a different world on April 6, 1970, when four young California Highway Patrol officers were shot and killed in one of the state's bloodiest gun battles. What's now the Santa Clarita Valley was then a patchwork of farms and ranches, dotted with small businesses. What happened on that day 38 years ago, however, shattered the valley's quiet forever with a violence that echoes today.
SANTA CLARITA - A 16-year-old skateboarder was injured Tuesday and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after a collision with a car at a busy Canyon Country intersection.
Burglars looted and trashed a small church in Val Verde during the weekend, stealing its sound system and a modest offering, ripping up Bibles in an apparent frenzied search for valuables.
Thieves have stolen baby Jesus from the nativity display at Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, and officials said Tuesday they hope the community will help bring him back.
SANTA CLARITA - One woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a four-car crash near the Valencia post office on McBean Parkway.
A multi-vehicle crash in Saugus Sunday morning ended with one of the vehicles flipped onto its roof.
Sheriff's Department officials called in deputies from throughout the county Sunday for the Paul Walker-Roger Rodas memorial, which drew some 6,000 to a business park in Valencia.
An estimated 6,000 people converged on Valencia Sunday for a memorial to "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, jamming traffic around the crash site where the two men died more than a week ago.
Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's Deputy Devin Freeman, who worked as a resource officer at Canyon High School and Sierra Vista Junior High School, died at home on Thanksgiving Day after a six-year battle with cancer, a spokesman said today. He was 38.
More than 100 home-bound seniors gave second helpings of "thank you" to the men and women who brought them not just one Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, but a second turkey dinner for the next day as well - plus dessert.
If you set the table, they will come.
Before lining up for rides, many lined up with boxes and bags of donations Wednesday for the 11th Annual Bag-A-Ticket holiday food drive at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita Valley has a new neighborhood of residents eager to cash in on Black Friday discounts and get their hands on the latest tech toys.
SANTA CLARITA - A 38-year-old Canyon Country man arrested twice in the last five months has been sentenced two years in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.
SANTA CLARITA - A stolen car found at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine in the Angeles National Forest off Sand Canyon Road will be left where it is, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said Tuesday after tow truck drivers convinced the CHP it was too difficult to retrieve.
A 27-year-old Palmdale man has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 182 years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of electronics stores in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, a D.A. spokeswoman said Monday.