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Accomplice Sentenced for Stealing Paul Walker Car Part
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014

[District Attorney] – A 26-year-old man was sentenced to six months in county jail today for stealing a vehicle part from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker died, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Anthony Edward Janow entered a no contest plea...

Attorney Accepts Charge of Smuggling Drugs Into Castaic Jail

Beecher [District Attorney] – A Sherman Oaks attorney pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to smuggling $30,000 worth of heroin inside a greeting card he delivered to one his clients incarcerated in the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic in 2012. Stephen Beecher, 63, returns to...

Lake Hughes Road Closing Friday for Storm

County officials are planning to close Lake Hughes Road in Castaic starting very early Friday morning due to a storm forecast. The closure of Lake Hughes Road, from Elizabeth Lake Road to 4.6 miles south, is scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m. Friday, continuing until the storm system has passed and the...

Suspected Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Neenach

Tuesday night at approximately 9 o’clock, deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with personnel assigned to the L.A. County Fire Department, responded to the 49900 block of 253rd Street West, Neenach (unincorporated Los Angeles County) regarding a structure fire...

EPA Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Materials Recycling

[EPA] – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized new safeguards that promote responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and demonstrate a significant step forward in promoting recycling innovation, resulting in both resource conservation and economic benefits,...

Knight Makes House Armed Services Committee

Congressman-elect Steve Knight hasn’t yet taken his House seat, but when he does, he’ll be a member of the House Armed Services Committee – just like his predecessor. “I am truly honored to be a part of this committee,” Knight stated on his Facebook page. “As I promised, I will...

Three Injured in Crash at Bouquet Junction
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014

[KHTS] – Three people were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon after a two-vehicle collision at Bouquet Junction. A Honda sedan collided with a Ford truck around 3:11 p.m. at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road, said Lt. Tom Bryski of...

Homicide Detectives Suspect Fatal I-5 Crash Was Deliberate

Alan Dean Edwards Official statement from L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.: On Monday, December 8, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to a traffic collision investigation on the 5 Freeway at Templin Highway in Castaic. The collision that occurred...

NTSB Releases Facts of Plane Crash That Killed Harry Bell

Harry Bell, 2011 SCV Man of the Year [KHTS] – More than two years after a fatal Piru-area plane crash killed the 2011 SCV Man of the Year and his co-pilot, a federal aviation report shed little light on the circumstances of the incident. The factual findings, which were released recently on the...

2 Children, 1 Man Killed in I-5 Crash Near Templin
Monday, Dec 8, 2014

[KHTS] – Two children and a man were killed in an Interstate 5 traffic crash in the early morning hours Monday, CHP officials said. A 1997 Honda Accord driven by an unidentified man was heading southbound on I-5, and for unknown reasons, his car slammed into a truck parked at a designated brake...

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Filmmaker and CalArts faculty James Benning’s 16mm documentary "13 Lakes" (2004) and CalArts alumnus John Lasseter’s 3D animated short, "Luxo Jr." (1986), are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry.
Films by CalArts’ Benning, Lasseter Make National Registry
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: About 1,000 West Creek Academy students, parents, administrators and teachers created a “living painting” of a piano Friday. PLUS more local news.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, December 19, 2014
AQUILA M8, under development for a confidential customer, Millennium's AQUILA platform product line, supporting missions of up to 3000 kg total mass in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbits.
Tested in Santa Clarita, Satellite Structure is Good to Go
The settlement terms require that T-Mobile pay at least $90 million; of this sum, at least $67.5 million must be paid to consumers—a portion of which may be paid by forgiving debts consumers may owe T-Mobile.
T-Mobile to Pay $90 Mil. to Settle Cramming Charges
Nearly 1,000 West Creek Academy students, parents, administrators and teachers created a “living painting” of a piano.
West Creek Kids Create Living Piano
The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to welcome the New Year at the Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim on Thursday, Jan. 1, at 9 a.m.
Jan. 1: Polar Bear Swim at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
Holiday hiring helped hold Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate at 4.5 percent in November, even with October. The real story is in the comparison to last November’s 5.7 percent.
Santa Clarita Jobless Rate Falls 1.2% Over Year
For the second consecutive year, UCLA ranked No. 5 in Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.”
Kiplinger Rates UCLA 5th Best Value
Deputy Joe Trejo, known affectionately as “the Mayor of Newhall” and “Uncle Joe,” retired this week as community relations deputy for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Trejo, De-facto Mayor of Newhall, Turns In His Badge
Former light heavyweight champion and 1984 silver medalist boxer Virgil Hill, 50, is making a comeback. He took on his son, Valencia High School grad Virgil Hill, Jr., in a three-round exhibition.
Valencia’s Hall of Fame Boxer Fights His Son
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents to the world’s estimated 1.9 billion children, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday.
NORAD Tunes Up Santa Tracking System
1969 - SCV resident Kristy Swanson, original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), born in Mission Viejo [story]
On Aug. 18, nine days after the killing, 78 people were arrested and, depending which news source you read, either 74 or 75 were from out of the area. California and New York were cited often as states sending their best and brightest.
Fools Rush to Ferguson
The folks from Chiquita have been handing out new bikes and toys all over the place. It is Christmas, after all. Never pass up a good chance to ruin somebody’s health by being a “good neighbor” and giving out gifts.
Fluffy Clouds and Kittens
SCV NewsBreak: State Water Board members unanimously approved changes to the chloride compliance requirements for the SCV Sanitation District Tuesday. What does it mean for property owners in Santa Clarita?
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, December 18, 2014
After more than a half-dozen meetings and hundreds of comments, high-speed rail officials say they’re still figuring out how to include the public’s concerns in their multi-billion dollar plan.
Bullet Train Officials Digesting Public’s Concerns
The California State Board of Equalization has conducted a public hearing and moved forward with regulation amendments clarifying that hydroponic farmers qualify for the sales and use tax exemptions for fertilizer.
BOE: Hydroponic Farmers Qualify for Tax Exemptions
Friday night, The Vu in Newhall presents No Small Children; Saturday at Wolf Creek Brewery off Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, it’s the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
SCV Entertainment Beat: No Small Children, Ugly Sweaters
The winning story was submitted by Paula Abbott, whose husband Nathan served as a US Navy Radarman 2/C in the Pacific Theater (1943-45). One of only seven survivors of the USS Monaghan which went down with two other ships during a typhoon off of the Philippines in 1944.
WWII Vet from Whittier Wins Princess ‘Inspiring Stories’ Contest
Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015 premium is dropping, from a maximum of $426 per month to $407 per month. The annual deductible is going up a little, from $1,216 in 2014 to $1,260 in 2015.
Medicare 2015 | Commentary by David Sayen
The next seven-week course runs January 15, 2015 through February 26, 2015 and will teach basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and other life-threatening situations.
Sign Up for CERT, Prepare to Save a Life
The cat, officially named Pascal, but affectionately known as City Kitty, resembles very little of the frightened kitten that was photographed stuck up a tree one year ago.
City Kitty, 1 Year Later: Home for the Holidays
Things to do in and near the city of Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita Arts & Events Calendar (12-18-2014)
The Children’s Bureau invites willing adults to become a resource family to children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or provide legal permanency by adoption if children are unable to be safely returned to their birth family.
Jan. 24: Foster Adoption Info Meeting at COC