Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a July 22 report of vandalism and burglary at Pinetree Community Elementary School, officials said Wednesday. Six iPads were taken, a set of master keys was stolen and several doors were vandalized, according to Lynn David, assistant superintendent of business services for the Sulphur Springs School District. “The break-in was in the early morning hours,” David said. “It was discovered when our custodian came on campus -- and then he reported it to district personnel and law enforcement.”
Trial is underway Wednesday in the case of a Valencia man facing life due to child annoyance charges. Jury selection started today for Yale Yurman, 71, a registered sex offender arrested for child annoyance allegations at three different locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to officials. Testimony is expected to begin Friday, officials said. He faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the charges.
California Highway Patrol officials are seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, for their communications operations. “The communication centers are the front lines of public safety and service, our dispatchers working in these facilities are fielding the vast majority of wireless 9-1-1 calls in the state,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The accreditation process for our communications unit is another excellent opportunity for the public to provide feedback about our operations as we continue to promote transparency and accountability while striving to improve our organization.”
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies made two drug-related arrests Monday night -- one in Castaic and another in Canyon Country, officials said. “Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are always trying to be proactive while on patrol, and we always appreciate the help of residents in the community we serve when it comes to crime prevention,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit. Responding to Santa Clarita residents’ concern about parking lot loitering near a Castaic apartment building, two deputies contacted a transient near the 27500 block of Violin Canyon Road around 9:15 p.m.
While coroners are still working to determine the cause of death, a Los Angeles man believed to have been murdered and then dumped in Gorman was identified by Sheriff’s Department officials Monday. Homicide detectives are still investigating the situation as a murder. Ricardo Lopez, 32, of Los Angeles, is believed to have been shot in the head, perhaps as many as three years before fragments of his skeleton were identified July 15. Lopez, who lived in an area of Los Angeles known as Athens, near Imperial Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, was found with what detectives suspect was a gunshot in his skull.
While flying a remote-controlled helicopter, plane or even a small drone might seem like harmless, all-American park fun, it’s illegal in all Santa Clarita parks, officials said. And flying your remote-controlled devices could earn you a citation. The idea behind the rule banning such devices is a safety consideration, said Rick Gould, director of parks, recreation and community service for Santa Clarita. “The code was adopted some time ago, but those types of devices, just like a golf ball or anything that’s thrown, could hit a park user,” Gould said.