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 tents, each filled with information about genocide and crimes against humanity throughout recent history.
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 a balcony outside of a room. According to prosecutors, Rothwell, who was on the balcony smoking, stabbed Rivas when he said he "saw God."
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.
A Santa Clarita motorcyclist remained in critical condition Wednesday after being hit by a motor home Sunday night.
A Hart High School graduate was killed late Tuesday evening after his vehicle struck a tree and flipped over in Castaic.
Five newly appointed members will take their places on the Measure V Citizens' Oversight Committee when the group holds its next meeting April 28 in the board room at the William S. Hart Union High School District administrative office.
The 16th annual Santa Clarita Emergency Expo will be hosted at the College of the Canyons on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The jury in the Esperanza Castro murder trial continued its deliberations on Thursday but did not reach a verdict.
SAN FERNANDO - The fate of Esperanza Castro was sent to the jury on Wednesday afternoon, as attorneys on both sides presented closing arguments and rested their respective cases.
Defense attorney Peter Korn told the jury that the prosecution rushed to judgment in charging his client with murder.
"When I felt like I wanted to quit, I kept persevering."
The annual Metrolink Holiday Toy Express has been stopped in its tracks because of budget cuts.
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 city officials are urging residents to stay away from the Rye Canyon Business Park Sunday, where potentially thousands of car enthusiasts are expected for a memorial event for actor Paul Walker and local businessman Roger Rodas.
Local residents in the north Valencia housing communities near the Paul Walker crash site are bracing for heavy traffic today as a memorial for Paul Walker and Roger Rodas gets underway from noon- 5 p.m.
Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine were closed for hours Saturday after a winter snow storm blew through Southern California, dropping snow and rain in its wake.
Work has resumed on the project to add new lanes and lift Highway 126 traffic over Commerce Center Drive in Castaic, several weeks after the discovery of a number of legless lizards stymied work in the area.
A Saugus man is suing a former school board candidate over a campaign robocall he claims was illegally placed before last November's election.
The Santa Clarita Rotary Club planned to "adopt" five families from Single Mothers Outreach this year, providing their children with holiday presents, but Santa apparently had other plans.
Cold and rainy conditions did little to stem the flow of attendees to Santa Clarita's Literacy and Arts Festival at the Newhall Library on Saturday, with thousands turning out during the annual event.
"Pearl Harbor was bombed this morning on this day of December 7th, 1941. Japanese bombers made a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Guam and other United States possessions in the Pacific."
Jeff Preach kicked off the Castaic Santa Float parade for his family and neighbors 24 years ago.