LOS ANGELES (AP) — California wildfires briefly forced the evacuation of a university and closed a freeway Wednesday as temperatures soared to record-breaking levels.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California brush fire (all times local):
Firefighters have stopped the spread of a brushfire that caused the evacuation of...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman in a stolen recreational vehicle led authorities on a wild chase in Los Angeles on Tuesday, smashing into cars and a palm tree before finally coming to a halt with a...
FBI investigating death of American woman on cruise ship
MIAMI (AP) — The FBI is investigating the death of 52-year-old woman who was a passenger on a cruise ship heading from Florida to Aruba.
The Santa Clarita, California-based cruise line said in a statement that the American woman died early Tuesday aboard the Royal Princess.
Cruise officials said her death was reported to the FBI and local authorities in Aruba. The statement says local authorities met the ship when it arrived in Aruba and cruise officials are cooperating with investigators.
California basketball coach arrested on molestation charges
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A basketball coach who worked at several Southern California high schools was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting at least eight teenage boys he coached.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Jeremy Haggerty, 34, molested the children while working in the Santa Clarita Valley.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Eight employees at a Southern California aerospace facility were taken to a hospital after being exposed to an unknown chemical that caused them breathing problems.
Los Angeles County Fire spokesman Sal Alvarado says 31 employees at TA Aerospace in Santa Clarita were exposed to powder chemicals in the process of being mixed on Monday night.
Fire in Southern California Threatens Apartments
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California congressional aide who took a $5,000 bribe after promising to help keep an illegal marijuana business open has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Michael Kimbrew of Santa Clarita was sentenced Monday for bribery and attempted extortion. He also was ordered to pay $9,000 in fines and restitution.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving brush fire in Santa Clarita has prompted mandatory evacuations and closed at least two lanes of Interstate 5.
Los Angeles County fire officials say the fire reached about 160 acres (0.25 sq. miles) Saturday afternoon.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say 12-year-old boy stabbed another boy during an altercation at an elementary school.
Sheriff's Lt. Ignacio Somoano says the incident occurred Friday morning at Pico Canyon Elementary School in unincorporated Stevenson Ranch near Santa Clarita.
The boys were quickly separated and the victim, also 12 years old, was taken to a hospital for treatment of wounds that were not life-threatening.
LEGGETT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a family whose vehicle plunged into Northern California river (all times local):
Searchers have found the body of the last missing person from a family that perished after their SUV plunged into a rain-swollen river in Northern California.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says that around 4 p.m. Monday, searchers found the body of a boy submerged in the Eel River about 6 miles downstream from where the SUV crashed.
Memorial held for Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Fighter jets flew overhead in the missing-man formation during a Southern California memorial for a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who was killed in a crash during training.
Family, friends and fellow pilots remembered Maj. Stephen Del Bagno during the gathering Sunday at Saugus High School, his alma mater.
LEGGETT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing family whose SUV plunged into a California river (all times local):
Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a Northern California river have found the body of a woman.
Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman says the body was found Friday morning about 7 miles (11 kilometers) south of where the family's SUV fell into the rain-swollen Eel River last week.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting seven women while posing as a ride-hailing driver.
Nicolas Morales of Santa Clarita entered the plea Thursday to 27 felony counts including rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, kidnapping and assault.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff's recruit has been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars while working as an armored car guard.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that Julio Jimenez of Santa Clarita is charged with grand theft, arson and vandalism.
Authorities contend that Jimenez was a Brinks security guard last fall when he stole money that he was supposed to deliver to a bank ATM in the San Fernando Valley, then burned the machine to cover up the theft.
4 killed in California plane crash were family members
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Three adults and one child killed in the crash of small airplane in northern Los Angeles County were members of a family.
The single-engine plane went down and broke apart Sunday near Agua Dulce.
Woman held in half-million-dollar cash, gold theft
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman they say stole nearly a half-million dollars in cash and gold from a Southern California home and drove the owner to suicide.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says Yelena Kellum of Santa Clarita was arrested last week as she was preparing to leave the country. She's jailed Tuesday. It's unclear if she has a lawyer.
Authorities say deputies went to a Lake Elsinore home on Jan. 27 after a resident tried to commit suicide.
Man accused of stabbing Los Angeles sheriff’s detective
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A man was arrested Monday after he walked up to a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective outside a fast food restaurant, asked him if he was a law enforcement officer and then stabbed him in the chest, investigators said.
The Latest: Suspect arrested after detective stabbed
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective (all times local):
A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is accused of stabbing a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective at a fast food restaurant in Santa Clarita.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the suspect was taken into custody shortly before noon Monday after about a manhunt that lasted about two hours.
California coroner IDs 3 victims in apparent murder-suicide
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A coroner's official has identified three of four people shot to death inside a Southern California home in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide involving family members.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies found the bodies at the house in Santa Clarita Friday after getting a call from someone concerned about the family.
California family found dead in apparent murder-suicide
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a man shot and killed his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself in their Southern California home, where their bodies were found Friday.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies went to the house in Santa Clarita early Friday after getting a call from someone concerned about the family, Lt. Rodney Moore said.
The Latest: 4 die in suspected California murder-suicide
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on four people found shot dead in a home in Santa Clarita, California (all times local):
Authorities believe a man fatally shot his wife, two children and himself in their Southern California home.
Lt. Rodney Moore with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says deputies went to the home in Santa Clarita early Friday after getting a call from someone concerned about the family.
Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy, suspect wounded in shootout
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and a suspect were both shot and wounded in a gun battle late Tuesday, authorities said.
Deputies were called to an apartment complex in Santa Clarita — about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Los Angeles — after a woman reported that two men walked up to her car as she was parking the vehicle. One of them pointed a gun at her, sheriff's officials said in a news release Wednesday.
The Latest: LA deputy released from hospital after shooting
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy (all times local):
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been released from the hospital after being shot and wounded in a gun battle with a suspect.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell says the 29-year-old deputy was released Wednesday and will continue his recovery at home.
Man suspected of attacking 70-year-old female hiker
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies say they've arrested a man suspected of attacking a 70-year-old female hiker along a Santa Clarita trail.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2fyanwS ) two cyclists claim they saw the 29-year-old man strangle the woman until she lost consciousness on Tuesday morning. The cyclists detained the man until law enforcement arrived to the scene.
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Deal for new city fuels Los Angeles County development boom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new city of 58,000 residents could rise in Southern California now that a deal has been reached to end a decades-long development battle.
Environmental groups on Monday agreed to the pact, clearing the way for the Newhall Ranch project involving the construction of thousands of new homes in the Santa Clarita Valley. The deal requires 10,000 solar installations and stringent measures to cut greenhouse gases, according to a statement from the Center for Biological Diversity.
Man arrested in death of missing California student
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities said a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, and family members identified the victim as a college student missing for two days.
Sheriff's deputies responded Sunday to reports of a man not breathing at a home in Santa Clarita, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and investigators believe he was strangled, Saldana said.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Traffic is moving again on a Los Angeles County freeway that was shut down after a weekend car crash sparked a smoky fire that ripped through dry brush amid stifling heat.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for about 100 canyon homes briefly threatened by flames near Santa Clarita.
The fire Sunday consumed nearly 1.4 square miles (3.6 square kilometers) of brush and closed State Route 14 before crews stopped the forward progress. It's more than half contained Monday.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Southern California brush fire (all times local):
The California Highway Patrol has announced that the all lanes of northbound State Route 14 are now open.
The CHP made the announcement late Sunday in a tweet.
All lanes of State Route 14 had been closed as crew fought the fast-moving wildfire that was sparked when a car crashed in southbound lanes of the freeway.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in Utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said Sunday night. In Southern California, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of nearby homes in the city of Santa Clarita.
Car crash sparks brush fire along LA County freeway
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven brush fire sparked Sunday when a car crashed on a Los Angeles County freeway quickly spread, prompting authorities to temporarily shut down all lanes of a highway and order mandatory evacuations.
The blaze was reported along southbound State Route 14 near Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, fire officials said.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say two juveniles found in a car with guns and live ammunition told authorities they were attempting to take part in a kidnapping prank.
The male suspects were arrested Saturday near Santa Clarita after someone reported a suspicious vehicle in a residential neighborhood.
Sheriff's Lt. Doug Mohrhoff tells the Santa Clarita Signal newspaper (http://bit.ly/2s5nGdb) that the firearms belonged to the boys' fathers.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer is hospitalized following a collision with an SUV that shut down all lanes of southbound Interstate 5.
The California Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Tuesday near Santa Clarita. Television news showed an LAPD motorcycle on its side and commuter traffic backed up for miles.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a driver has died on a Southern California freeway after a tire flew off another car and smashed through his windshield.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Route 14 in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles.
The California Highway Patrol says the front driver's side tire came off a Cadillac in the northbound lanes, flew over the freeway divider and struck a Hyundai Sonata.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Evan Huffman had spent nearly the entire day in a breakaway with four other riders at the Tour of California, his energy drained and his legs pushed to the limit in an effort to stay away.
VAL VERDE, Calif. (AP) — Some 7,000 birds were seized in one of the largest raids of illegal cockfighting in United States history, authorities said Tuesday.
About 100 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies conducted the raid on Monday, seizing roosters, hens and chicks in a remote area northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said at a news conference.
SANTA CLARITA, California (AP) — The two things Colt Romberger and his father had most in common, the ones that made them best friends as well as father and son, were a deep affection for horses and an equally deep pride in having served their country in times of war.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say a woman stabbed her girlfriend to death and then went to the victim's mother's house.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say it happened Saturday in Santa Clarita.
Investigators said they received a call from the victim's mother who told deputies her daughter's girlfriend showed up at her home and said she had assaulted the daughter.
Woman missing 2 months found dead in north LA County
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles police say a young woman who vanished two months ago has been found dead in the city of Santa Clarita.
The Police Department said Wednesday that human remains found in the northern suburb were positively identified by the coroner's office as those of 26-year-old Marisela Garcia.
The woman was last known to have been seen on Jan. 13 in the Reseda area of Los Angeles, about 20 miles south of where the remains were located.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard rain and hail are falling and lightning is striking in northern Los Angeles County, where a flash-flood warning is in effect.
The National Weather Service says the warning will last until 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the Sand Fire burn area in Santa Clarita is especially in danger.
Earlier Wednesday, commuters faced slick roads as the second in a series of wet and cold spring storms hit much of California.
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DA: LA probation officer inappropriately touched teen girls
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles County probation officer has been arrested and is accused of inappropriately touching four teenage girls he supervised at a probation camp.
Oscar David Calderon Jr. was expected to be arraigned Thursday on charges of committing lewd acts upon a child and assault by a public officer.
Prosecutors say Calderon inappropriately touched the girls, who were between 15 and 18 years old, beginning in 2014 while working at Camp Scudder in Santa Clarita.
CHP: driver runs, is arrested after crashing big rig on I-5
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested the driver of a big rig who ran off after crashing his big rig off the side of Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County.
California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos says the crash was reported late Tuesday near Santa Clarita. Responding officers found the truck in a ditch and its cardboard load spilled across lanes.
Tour of California to race from Sacramento to Pasadena
The 12th annual Tour of California will race from the state capitol in Sacramento to the finish in Pasadena with seven stages covering 600 miles from May 14-20.
Other host cities are Big Bear Lake, site of the individual time trial, Modesto, Morro Bay, Mount Baldy, Mountain High, Ontario, Pismo Beach, San Jose, Santa Barbara and Santa Clarita.
Marijuana grow found in Southern California strip mall
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigators have seized nearly 2,500 marijuana plants at a Canyon Country strip mall.
The Sheriff's Department says a search warrant served Wednesday revealed an elaborate indoor marijuana growing system occupying several of the strip mall's units.
Son arrested in Santa Clarita stabbing death of his mother
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's officials investigating the stabbing death of a 56-year-old woman at her Santa Clarita home have arrested the woman's son.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2d0jqTh ) Jesse Lucatero was taken into custody Monday, several hours after his mother was found with stab wounds to her upper torso. Maria Acevedo died at the scene.