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Burglaries Up In Some Areas

A few neighborhoods in Santa Clarita are experiencing an increase in break-ins, especially during the day.

Dubbed "door-kick" burglaries, the most common instances involve a suspect knocking at a home's front door, and if no one answers they make entry to the house. Sometimes they enter the home by force, other times through an unlocked door or open window. Read more about door-kick burglaries by clicking here.

Newhall Man Assaults Special Olympian

A Newhall man is in custody for a hate crime today after throwing a metal bolt at a Special Olympian participating in a relay Wednesday.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station were running with the Special Olympics children in the annual Torch Run at approximately 3:30 p.m. As they neared the intersection of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park in Valencia, David Robert Schwartz yelled for the runners to get out of the road, using a derogatory term referencing sexual orientation.

Woman Hangs Herself In Santa Clarita Jail

 

 

 

Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports on a woman who hanged herself Sunday in a holding cell at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Homicide detective Jonas Shipe said that Sharon Lee Pritchard, 60, had been arrested Friday night after she created a disturbance at a storage facility.

Construction Resumes At Providence Holy Cross Hospital

Construction resumed this week on the new four-story, 136-bed patient care wing at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, a week after employees flipped pancakes, sold brownies and engineered a raffle to help raise money for the $181 million project.

Palmdale's Knight Named Assembly Republican Whip

Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee, of San Luis Obispo, has unveiled new modifications to his leadership team, naming four Assembly members to serve as Republican Whips.

“Our team of Republican Whips help coordinate each of our members on the floor to ensure that the voice of the minority party is represented in the legislative debate,” said Blakeslee.  “Each member of the Whip team has earned a reputation as someone who can rally the troops to affect real outcomes.”

Assemblyman Steve Knight, who represents the Antelope Valley, was chosen as one of the four Whips.

Sheriff's Combat Door-Kick Burglaries

Certain neighborhoods in Santa Clarita have recently seen a spike in so called door-kick burglaries, which take aim at unoccupied homes during the middle of the day.

Neighborhoods in Fair Oaks Ranch, off Highway 14, and Hasley Hills off Interstate 5, have reported several instances and Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies from the Santa Clarita station are involved in an active campaign to bring them to an end.

Caddies, Carts, And Clubs For College

This September marks the College of the Canyons Foundation's 19th annual ‘Birdies for Books' charity golf tournament.  All proceeds from this event will aid COC's education programs.   

In an economic downturn, the cost of attending college presents a barrier for many students.  Currently, the cost of attending COC is about $2,100 per year, so support from charity events such as the ‘Birdies for Books' enables the college to continue providing learning opportunities regardless of decreases in government funding.

June Gloom Sets Into Santa Clarita


The old "June gloom" saying usually has little relevance in Santa Clarita, where we measure seasons by the length of our sleeves.

However today's forecast has nothing in the way of sunshine. Dark, thick cloud cover will be the sight out of your window all day today, with temperatures hovering around the mid to low 70's.

Some minor rainfall was reported in the Newhall area this morning, but widespread showers are not predicted.

Tomorrow the clouds are expected to part somewhat, promoting mild temperatures throughout the weekend.

Hail Halts SCGA/CIF Golf Tournament

An unexpected hail storm suspended play at the Southern California Golf Association/CIF tournament yesterday in Murrieta. J.J. Holen of West Ranch, the only player from the Foothill League in the tournament, completed only five holes when play was suspended. He is 2-over par and six shots off the lead. Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills High is the leader through five holes at 4-under par.

Hart Softball Team Loses In CIF Semifinals

The Hart softball team lost to Norco, 2-0, in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. After throwing three straight shutouts in playoffs, Hart pitcher Destiny Rodino finally met her match. Norco scored the first runs off Rodino since May 12, when she gave up two runs and lost to Valencia.

Rodino held Norco scoreless for four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. Hart rallied in the seventh inning, but catcher Jessica Shults was thrown out at the plate to end the game.