SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The quiet of a normally serene Simi Valley neighborhood was shattered when police said a 29-year-old man killed his mother, set her house on fire and then shot randomly at passers-by before officers, who had confronted him as he attempted to flee by tractor onto an equestrian trail, shot him dead.
This morning more than 8,300 firefighters are battling a total of a dozen large wildfires across California. The Rim Fire, near Yosemite National Park, continues to be the most active and has grown to the 15th largest fire in California's recorded history. 4,500 homes remain threatened by the blaze and today strong winds out of the South will pose a major challenge as the fire continues to advance to the North, closer to several communities that remain under evacuation advisories.
A handful of flowers and a cardboard sign taped to a traffic light fixture in Stevenson Ranch call attention to the perils of riding a motorcycle in and around the Santa Clarita Valley.
The ambitious expansion plan for Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon will go before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during the board's meeting next week.
With the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall's visit to the Santa Clarita Valley only a month away, organizers are looking for volunteers who will help out at any time during the four-day event.
SANTA CLARITA - The city of Santa Clarita's annual Concerts in the Park series wrapped up in spastic fashion Saturday as thousands of people danced and grooved to the music of The Spazmatics, a 1980s and new wave tribute band.
A child was transported to the hospital today after nearly drowning at Castaic Lake, according to an official with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
SANTA CLARITA - With the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall's visit to the Santa Clarita Valley only a month away, organizers are looking for volunteers who will help out at any time during the four-day event.
Santa Clarita Valley detectives hope the public can help them identify a man they want to question in connection with two burglaries, one of them a "hot prowl" case, in the hills above Placerita Canyon this week.
More than 100 were in attendance Friday as the Action Family Foundation held a candlelight vigil to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, a remembrance event for those who have died from drug overdoses.
SANTA CLARITA - Services are scheduled Saturday for Doris May Boydston, a longtime Santa Clarita Valley resident and mother of a Santa Clarita City Councilman and a Valencia High School teacher.
A preliminary hearing date has been set in the case of the "blond scammer," a woman who was allegedly part of a ring that stole wallets from women and impersonated credit card holders to obtain cash or expensive jewelry.
SANTA CLARITA - Two lanes of the southbound Interstate 5 were closed down for about five hours Friday morning in Newhall, along with the Pico Canyon Road off-ramp, due to a collision and fuel spill, California Highway Patrol officials said.
"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.