Just four and a half years after opening its doors, Northlake Hills Elementary School has joined the ranks of other outstanding schools in the state by being named a 2008 California Distinguished School. Bob Brauneisen, principal of the Castaic school, said the success of the school can be attributed to several components, and praised the school's great families, PTA support and well-trained staff.
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.
College of the Canyons will celebrate Earth Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at its Valencia campus with vendor booths, student presentations and various environmentally-themed panel discussions. The event is sponsored by the COC Sustained Development Committee. The purpose of the event is "to open up a community-wide discussion about the environment and our responsibilities in caring for it," Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, chair of the college's Sustained Development Committee, said in a statement. Panel ...
Local cancer support group Circle of Hope is hosting its fourth annual Walk for Hope 5K walk this Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Castaic Lake.
Jury in Castro trial continues to deliberate The jury in the Esperanza Castro murder trial continued its deliberations in Dept. J of the San Fernando Superior Court Thursday. If the final decision is not unanimous, the result will be a hung jury and Castro may be subject to a new murder trial. Castro was accused of killing her husband, Ramon Castro, on March 22, 2006. Ramon Castro's body was found the next day under a ...
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.
An oak tree dangling over Placerita Canyon Road and a utility line could be just one windy gust or rainstorm away from crashing to the ground. The city of Santa Clarita is scheduled to remove the tree by Monday, according to Byron Moline, general services manager for the city. The tree sits atop a roadside hill and years of water erosion have eaten away at the hillside, exposing the tree's roots. A resident became concerned that the tree could fall at any time.
As they crammed themselves into the small refugee tents Thursday, Canyon High School students got the feel of what it's really like to have to leave one's home and live in a refugee camp - just like the more than 2 million people in Darfur, Sudan, who have been forced to flee since 2003 because of violence in that country. The simulated refugee camp, called Camp Darfur, was made up of eight authentic United Nations ...
The Santa Clarita City Council on Tuesday will consider filing a request with the county to redraw the city's boundaries to include the Hasley Hills portion of Castaic. The annexed portion would encompass 5,000 residents and 1,430 acres of land in the Hasley Hills, Live Oak and North Bluffs communities and Valencia Commerce Center. The area consists of 1,500 homes and 6 million square-feet of industrial buildings.
An Orange County jury convicted a Valencia woman who called herself the devil and stabbed an acquaintance who said he found God of second degree murder, officials announced early Thursday morning. The verdict was announced in Superior Court Judge Daniel Barrett McNerney's courtroom in Santa Ana. Samantha Rothwell, 21, was at a party at the Hotel Huntington Beach on the night of Aug. 15, 2006 when she stabbed 18-year-old Walter Rivas, who was standing on ...
SAN FERNANDO - Formal charges were officially filed against accused rapist Adrian Arriano on Thursday morning at the San Fernando Superior Court. After Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan read 27 total counts to the judge, Arriano entered a plea of not guilty. Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper scheduled a jury trial in the matter for June 13.
Plans to build a giant recycling center along Sierra Highway in Newhall are officially dead. Burrtec Waste Industries has taken the final step to scrap the plans after residents in the area waged a "Stop the Dump" war, citing concerns about the pollution and traffic the plant could bring.
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.
Under a moonlit sky, more than 100 mourners gathered at Central Park on Wednesday to remember the local youth who have lost their lives in traffic collisions. At the third annual Evening of Remembrance at the park's Youth Grove memorial, local high school students read the names of the 71 who have died. Some were as young as 6 years old.
The final results are in and Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar will be taking the two seats open on the Santa Clarita City Council. About 1,000 provisional and absentee ballots tabulated Wednesday did not change the outcome since the unofficial results were released April 8. Ender and Kellar held their significant lead over Bob Spierer, Diane Trautman and Maria Gutzeit.
SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man has pleaded not guilty to charges of animal slaughter and cruelty a little over a year after he was sentenced on similar charges and dubbed the "Backyard Butcher."
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country East:
SACRAMENTO-New amendments to pending legislation call for allowing far more students to participate in field testing of new computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards this school year and suspending the use of most STAR tests, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla jointly announced today.
SANTA CLARITA - A multi-vehicle crash on the southbound interchange between Highway 14 and Interstate 5 this morning prompted swift response from emergency crews.
This week in Zone-4 Saugus we again only had two reported Part-1 Crimes. There was a commercial burglary to a business in the 26200 block of Bouquet Canyon Road between Sunday, 08/23/13 and Wednesday, 08/26/13. Unknown suspect(s) cut the fence to the storage at the location and stole two solar blankets.
Nearly 5,400 firefighters continue to battle six major wildfires burning across California. While a majority of the large wildfires are burning on federal land, CAL FIRE and local fire departments continue to support the US Forest Service.
Shield HealthCare in Santa Clarita announced its 13th annual story contest "What Makes Caregiving Rewarding?"