[KHTS] – A Valencia man turned himself in to the New York Police Department after fleeing charges in a multi-million dollar online gambling operation.
Andres Arriaga, 41, was able to escape arrest after an indictment on Oct. 28, 2015, in which 17 other people, including five Santa Clarita Valley residents, were accused of running an online gambling operation worth over $30 million.
Officers descended on the 17 suspect’s homes, including Arriaga’s residence in Valencia. However, Arriaga was not at the home when the raid occurred.
Most of the suspects were arrested within 24 hours of the incident.
Arriaga turned himself in to authorities in December, said Hernandez Ricardo, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers from several police agencies worked together for the operation, including organized crime detectives with the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments.
Prosecution for the case is being handled out of Queens County, New York, where the operation was allegedly run from.
The supposed leader of the gambling ring, Cyrus Irani, was placed in custody in New York after waiving his right to an extradition hearing last month, according to LAPD officials.
All of the defendants in the case could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.
After Colleen Shaffer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she decided she wanted to help others who were on the same uncertain journey she was on — so she hosted a tea party in her backyard where supporters showed up for her and on behalf of cancer patients.
Women and men gathered on top of Old Town Newhall’s parking structure Thursday for an evening of drinks and recognition of local leaders in the film industry as part of Zonta’s women’s film festival, Lunafest.
On Oct. 15, Princess Cruises marked the return to service of the cruise line’s third ship in the U.S. – Emerald Princess – departing from the Port of Los Angeles on a 15-day Panama Canal cruise to Ft. Lauderdale.
Two out of five league games have been completed as the Foothill League inches closer to the CIF playoffs. The Saugus Centurions and the West Ranch Wildcats remain the only unbeaten teams, setting up for a showdown in the coming weeks, which may decide the Foothill League champion.
Foothill League girls golfers tested their skills Wednesday at The Oaks Club at Valencia, which is considered one of the longer courses in the league, and the West Ranch Wildcats still prevailed, pulling some of their best numbers from the entire season.
With a Red Flag Warning in effect this Friday, at 6:00 a.m., through Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8:00 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department has implemented its augmented staffing plan by ordering additional staffing and pre-deployment of ground and aerial resources throughout the County.
More than half of Los Angeles County residents, including those in the Santa Clarita Valley, live in a community deemed highly exposed to impending and severe climate impacts, according to a study released Thursday by the County’s Chief Sustainability Office (CSO).
A Stevenson Ranch Elementary School parent filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Newhall School District on Wednesday, alleging the district failed to properly address a multiyear issue of bullying involving his sons.