Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials might have arrested six suspects who committed the March 29 “flash-mob” robbery in Santa Clarita. Lashay Denae Beasley, 21; Mercedes Denise Cannonier, 30; Chappell Lachell Turner, 22; Bianca Dreanne Woodson, 23; Nicole Simone Wigfall, 21; and Andera Danita Rose, 39, all of of San Francisco, were taken into custody around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday in Ventura for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. “Deputies responded to the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets for a burglary that had just occurred,” according to a Nixle release from statement from the Camarillo Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
A long-awaited Santa Clarita murder trial for three teen suspects accused of fatally shooting a man during an alleged Halloween robbery in 2011 could see jury selection in June, an official said Thursday. The “Halloween trio,” Diamonte Jerome McGhee, 20, Branden Trevaughn Higgis, 19, and Eric Michael Edwards, 19, were all under 18 when they were arrested on charges they were involved in the death of Alex Sanchez and wounded Ricardo Sandoval during a robbery gone awry Oct. 21, 2011. “We expect (jury selection) to start June 23 or June 24,” said Brad Lieberman, the deputy district attorney in charge of the case’s prosecution. The defendants have a June 16 court date, but that’s a pretrial conference for the attorneys, officials said.
The polls are long closed in Santa Clarita’s City Council election, and city officials plan to tally the remaining results Tuesday, after proper verifications are made. Unofficial election results show a turnout of 14,870 voters, who cast 38,837 votes -- however, the results of the last 965 ballots are likely to decide the election. Santa Clarita officials had all of the verified votes counted as of about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, will all precincts reported. These preliminary, unofficial results show Mayor Laurene Weste garnered 5,822 votes and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean had 5,363 votes. And then the margins narrow significantly.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are seeking the public's help in finding eight suspects who stole more than $20,000 worth of merchandise from a Sunglass Hut in Santa Clarita on March 29.
There are trial updates for several Santa Clarita Valley court cases in the news this week, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office. The cases for a woman accused of fatally shooting a former Hart district special education assistant, a man accused of stabbing his son and a man accused of murdering his neighbor after an argument were all in court this week.
Santa Clarita residents took an opportunity to meet with Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson and Deputy Jonathan Wilson on Wednesday for Coffee with the Captain. Coffee with the Captain is a series of meetings Johnson is holding throughout the community as he begins his new role as captain of the station. Johnson took the helm of the Sheriff’s Station in March, and said he was planning to hold the informal meetings in all eight of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station crime zones. The next meeting will be held at It's A Grind on Tuesday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a domestic violence call resulting in deputies finding a grenade and conducting an hours-long search Monday night. Deputies responded to a report of a spousal assault on the 17300 block of Sarita Avenue, in Canyon Country, around 5:30 p.m. The suspect allegedly hit his girlfriend, who is nine months pregnant, and then apparently fled the scene. When deputies responded, they had information leading them to believe the suspect might still be on the premises, so an aerial unit was called, as well as a K-9 unit to search for the suspect.