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Bill To Raise ‘Legal Adult’ Age In Court To 20 Introduced In California Senate

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Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced Friday legislation that would raise the age limit for when a person could be tried in court as an adult, officials said. Currently, 18- and 19-year-olds are tried as adults; however, if Senate Bill 889 becomes law, criminals would be charged as adults at age 20 instead, the bill reads. “When teenagers make serious mistakes ...

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Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Denied Supreme Court Appeal

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Denied Supreme Court Appeal

The United States Supreme Court denied to hear the appeal of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s conviction on federal charges of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, according to court documents. Baca had previously been sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations at the jail that ...

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Saugus Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Lewd Acts Upon A Child

A Saugus man pled not guilty on New Year’s Eve to charges of lewd acts upon a child that stems from an incident at the Westfield Valencia Town Center in late December. Andres Madrigal, 69, of Saugus, is charged with one felony count of a “lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body and certain parts of … a ...

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Santa Clarita Girl Scouts Treasurer Back In Court For Allegedly Embezzling $90K

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A Santa Clarita Girl Scouts treasurer returned to court Tuesday for a continuation of a preliminary hearing setting after she allegedly embezzling over $90,000, officials said. Patricia Cascione, 52, of Santa Clarita, pled not guilty in October 2018 to two felony counts of embezzlement by a public or private officer, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County ...

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Santa Clarita Wrong-Way Driver Returns To Court For Murder, Assault Charges

A Santa Clarita woman who allegedly stole a car and caused a fatal wrong-way five-vehicle collision on the 210 Freeway returned to court Wednesday. In Fall 2018, the defense declared doubt as to Nicole Thibault’s mental ability to assist in her own defense, causing the case to be suspended until a mental evaluation could be done, according to officials from ...

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Jury Trial Set For Sex Offender That Led Law Enforcement On 100-Mile RV Pursuit

A paroled sex offender who led law enforcement on a 100-mile RV pursuit that went through Santa Clarita had his jury set Tuesday, officials said. Stephen Houk, 47, is charged with two counts of kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse and child detention, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Houk allegedly kidnapped his ...

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More Delays In Case Of Valencia Man Accused Of Murdering Boyfriend

A Valencia man accused of strangling his boyfriend to death appeared in Friday, only to face another delay in a case that has been on-going since 2017. Christian Ortiz, 23, is suspected of strangling Brayan “Brian” Rodriguez, 20, and hiding his body at a Valencia home in September 2017. The couple had been arguing the last time Rodriguez was seen, ...

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Newhall Man Returns To Court For 2017 Attempted Murder Of Sheriff’s Deputy

A man accused of shooting a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in Newhall in 2017 returned to court for yet another preliminary hearing on Monday. Monolito Guerra, 29, allegedly shot and wounded Deputy Albert White at an apartment complex on Bottletree Lane in Newhall on Nov. 28, 2017. On the day of the incident, a woman called authorities to report ...

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Santa Clarita Wrong-Way Driver Returns To Court For Murder, Assault Charges

A Santa Clarita woman who allegedly stole a car and caused a fatal wrong-way five-vehicle collision on the 210 Freeway returned to court Tuesday. In Fall 2018, the defense declared doubt as to Thibault’s mental ability to assist in her own defense, causing the case to be suspended until a mental evaluation could be done, according to officials from the ...

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