Santa Clarita City Council candidates Alan Ferdman and Dante Acosta might be able to relate to the famous Yogi Berra saying “deja vu all over again” more than most. After tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures, months of campaigning and a very long election night, they’re still in the same spot they were in Tuesday. “It’s like waiting for the election date again,” Ferdman said, in an interview at the KHTS AM-1220 newsroom Friday. “I have to stay positive, and this time I have a little bit of a hurdle to get over.”
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.