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.
A memorial service honoring four California Highway Patrol officers Friday morning caused many veteran law enforcement officers to reflect on one of the bloodiest gun battles ever witnessed in America. On April 6, 1970, four CHP officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.
Are you smarter than a fifth-grader when it comes to environmental issues? Volunteering representatives of local agencies had an opportunity on Thursday to find out at the second annual Rio Vista Elementary School Environmental Awareness and Career Day. "I'm amazed at how intelligent these kids are," said Eduardo Escobedo, counselor for Los Angeles Trade Tech, one of the mentors at the event. "I've talked to high school students and 90 percent of the kids here ...
The Old Road is now the synchronized road. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich met with representatives of Castaic and West Ranch on Wednesday to flip the switch on synchronized traffic signals along the western road that runs parallel to Interstate 5.
The world just got smaller Wednesday with the first ever bus ride to LA/Palmdale Regional Airport from Canyon Country.
Next time you're stuck on the Golden State Freeway inside the Newhall Pass, imagine a beehive of townhomes clustered up along the steep eastern ridge.
SANTA CLARITA - Relatives of a missing Burbank man whose car was found Sunday in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest will have to wait about two months to find out if the bones found next to the crash site belonged to their loved one.
SANTA CLARITA - A man and a woman found sleeping in a stolen van were arrested at gunpoint in Stevenson Ranch on Tuesday, a sergeant said.
SANTA CLARITA - The body of a Castaic woman who went missing last month has been found in the desert near California City, a spokeswoman for the Kern County coroner's office said Monday.
SANTA CLARITA - The sister of a Burbank man missing since July said Monday she fears the body found near a crashed car in the Angeles National Forest is that of her brother.
SANTA CLARITA - Detectives probing the Sunday night stabbing of a man in Newhall suspect the victim's car was intentionally rammed by that of his attacker, who stabbed him after the collision, according to local sheriff's officials.
SANTA CLARITA - Prosecutors presented their case Monday against a Canyon Country man charged with attempted murder in the alleged gang-related stabbing of a 20-year-old man four months ago, a court official said.
SANTA CLARITA - Coming off a summer of public comment about plans to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River, local sanitation district officials say they have one concrete action they can take that will reduce the river's saltiness: crack down on scofflaws who are still harboring water softeners.
A car discovered at the bottom of a ravine along the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday could be a clue in the mystery of a Burbank man who disappeared July 20, officials said.
SANTA CLARITA - A bicyclist was injured on a winding Santa Clarita Valley canyon road Sunday following a traffic collision with a car, a Fire Department inspector said.
SANTA CLARITA - A preliminary hearing has been set for a Valencia registered sex offender accused of following and videotaping young girls at stores in the Santa Clarita Valley, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.
SANTA CLARITA - A convicted murderer facing four felony counts of rape in the alleged attack last June on an unconscious woman was charged with an additional felony count Thursday, the prosecutor said.
The body of a man found burning near Castaic Lake last week was not that of a missing Orange County teenager who disappeared in the area Aug. 30, a homicide detective said Wednesday.
A man selling his SUV was kicked out of the car by a thief posing as a test-driving buyer Wednesday, prompting an immediate search for the lone suspect, a local sheriff's lieutenant said.
SANTA CLARITA - Whether they were packing boxes, painting wall or signing posters, scores of local volunteers got busy Wednesday honoring the 9/11 first responders in recognition of the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
SANTA CLARITA - A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning following a collision with an SUV on Highway 14 near Sierra Highway in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.