Officer Eric Priessman of the Newhall office of the California Highway Patrol generally begins his shift with coffee and a 5 a.m. briefing. After discussing concerns, such as traffic hazards, road conditions, Amber Alerts or any other information Priessman and his fellow officers might need to know, they hit the roads. The Santa Clarita Valley office -- which is in Castaic, but dubbed Newhall because that’s where it used to be -- covers a pretty wide berth.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials have arrested a seventh and final suspect in connection with a series of armed robberies, officials said Tuesday. Raymond Gatica, 21, of Canyon Country, was arrested in June in connection with three reports of armed robberies committed in May. Pedro Palacios, 19, of Canyon Country, was arrested in July. The last suspect, a juvenile, was arrested over Labor Day weekend, according to Sheriff's Station officials.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a Santa Clarita woman after a fight with her in-law led to an alleged false police report Thursday, officials said. Tania Pena, 56, of Saugus, called sheriff’s deputies to her mother-in-law’s house on the 23300 block of Lady Linda Lane, after an argument, according to Sheriff’s Station offiicials. “We responded to a 911 call, and the woman calling said her mother-in-law was pointing a shotgun at her,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
A Santa Clarita teen received a 45-day jail sentence for petty theft Friday, after requesting a trial on two charges for a Walmart burglary and losing the case. Joseph Munoz, 19, of Canyon Country, was accused of going into the Walmart on Carl Boyer Drive with the intent to steal. “He was found guilty on two counts -- petty theft and second degree commercial burglary,” said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “Both (charges) are misdemeanors, and in both, the victim is Walmart.”
Editor’s Note: The media, in general, does not report on suicides or details because studies have shown media coverage tends to increase “copycat” attempts. The details from the reports describing the cause or manner of death have been withheld as a result. We write this story only in an effort to raise awareness and dialogue about the resources available in our community. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a second suspected public suicide in a 24-hour period Monday, the third in as many weeks. The No. 1 cause of suicide is untreated depression, according to suicide.org. In the Santa Clarita Valley, several organizations offer services for those who might be suffering from depression. Information regarding phone numbers and agencies to call for help are available at the bottom of this story.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a reported assault Thursday they suspect might be a hate crime that took place outside a Valencia restaurant. The victim reported to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials he was attacked in the parking lot of The Alamo restaurant on the 25900 block of McBean Parkway, according to Sheriff’s Station reports. “We’re investigating this as a possible racially motivated assault -- a possible hate crime,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
A group of Happy Valley residents upset over a business that recently opened in their residential neighborhood brought concerns Tuesday to Santa Clarita City Council members. One of the business’s co-owners said he’s done everything he can to respect the neighbors and their concerns, and his sober living facility is operating within the confines of the law. Santa Clarita officials issued a notice of violation Tuesday regarding a city ordinance regulating how many tenants are in the home.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of using identity theft to steal tens of thousands of dollars, officials said Wednesday.