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    CORRECTION: Suspects In Alleged Sand Canyon Fatal Crash Sentenced

    Two men pleaded no contest and received sentences Thursday in a fatal crash that killed Dakota Demott the night of Jan. 10, 2012.


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    Golden Valley Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Criminal Threats Charge

    A Santa Clarita Valley teen was charged with one count of criminal threats for his alleged Instagram postings, a District Attorney’s Office spokesman said Tuesday.


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    “The juvenile has been charged with one count of a felony of criminal threats,” said Greg Risling, a representative for the DA’s office.

    Santa Clarita Valley Rape, Murder Cases Have Court Dates Wednesday

    Two murder cases with Santa Clarita Valley ties were in the courts Wednesday, as was a convicted murderer being tried for rape.

    Murderer Gets 40-Year Sentence In 2013 Acton Shooting

    A Santa Clarita Valley man received a 40-year sentence Friday for the second-degree murder of Christopher Demyen, as several family members provided tearful testimony Friday at his killer’s sentencing in Lancaster.Scott Shipley, 57, of Acton, was found guilty back in April, after a brief trial. “I think that the verdict reached by the jury was the correct and just verdict and the sentence that the defendant received was just,” said Tom Trainor, deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County. "While no sentence can ever bring Demyen back to his family, this can hopefully provide them with some finality in this chapter of their life."

    Trial Underway For Valencia Sex Offender Accused Of Child Annoyance

    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.

    Santa Clarita Questions Legality Of Voting Rights Lawsuit Settlement

    Santa Clarita officials questioned the legality of their own settlement in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit in a briefing filed this week. The filing is a result of Santa Clarita officials’ uncertainty over whether their agreed-upon settlement is legal and feasible, said Joe Montes, Santa Clarita city attorney. “If cumulative voting is not permitted and we’re not allowed to change the election date, then the parties will have to confer again as to how the matter will proceed,” Montes said. “It could mean that the litigation resumes, it could mean settlement talks could have to resume -- that’s just too far off to speculate at this point.”

    Court Officials Decry Budget, Say Delays Will Continue

    A county court official criticized California’s 2014-15 budget in response to its recent approval by Gov. Jerry Brown. And while the effects of past cuts are likely to continue, additional cuts aren't expected, an official said Monday. The courts don’t anticipate any further reduction of service, a court official said Monday. However, the new spending plan won’t allow for the restoration of “painful” self-inflicted budget cuts the courts have undergone over the last few years, said Mary Hearn, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Superior Court. “Those were all very painful, but now we’re on solid footing,” Hearn said. “The amount allocated to the trial courts in the budget that was just signed won’t allow us to restore those cuts.”

    Santa Clarita Valley Superintendent Reacts To Teacher Tenure Decision

    A Santa Clarita Valley superintendent praised a “historic” decision in the Vergara v. California trial regarding teacher tenure, which struck down portions of the state’s Education Code deemed unconstitutional.


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    Judge Orders Palmdale To Pay $3.5M For Voting Rights Act Violation

    A judge ordered the city of Palmdale to pay a little more than $3.5 million to settle the costs of a California Votings Rights Act lawsuit. The city still has the option to seek a review of the appellate decision by the state's Supreme Court

    Trial For COC's Governing Board In Voting Rights Act Lawsuit To Begin Wednesday

    A trial is set to begin Wednesday over a lawsuit alleging the Santa Clarita Community College District is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act with its at-large elections.


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