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October 6, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and wounded two men in unrelated incidents Sunday in Los Angeles and Castaic, authorities said. Deputies opened fire in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles about 3:48 p.m., hitting a man at Venice Boulevard and Cadillac Avenue, said Sheriff's Deputy Kim Manatt. In a separate incident just after 6 p.m., deputies shot a man in the 28600 block of Cloverleaf Place in Castaic, an unincorporated area northwest of Santa Clarita. No deputies were injured, Manatt said.
August 10, 1989
The Civil Service Commission found Wednesday that a former sheriff's deputy who was fired for taking part in horseplay and pranks at the Pitchess Honor Ranch in Castaic should be reinstated because he was singled out for dismissal. Hearing officer Karen Orren found that former deputy Brent P. Talmo was treated more harshly than other deputies who engaged in similar acts. Talmo was fired three years ago after completing his probationary period.
August 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
An 8-year-old boy who was found last week in a washing machine filled with water is on life support with "death imminent," officials said Monday. The Castaic boy's condition was pronounced Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Per protocol, as a result of the impending death, the sheriff's department Homicide bureau has taken over the case from the Special Victims unit. Detectives from the bureau went to the hospital Sunday afternoon to learn more about the circumstances.
January 13, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The roadblock facing Harrison Scott and his aging band of volunteers as they try to preserve the Ridge Route north of Los Angeles isn't just the heavy steel gate across the historic paved roadway that was the first to link Northern and Southern California. As Scott tells it, it's also the U.S. Forest Service, which technically owns the two-lane road that was created by horse-drawn scrapers in 1914 across ridge tops dotting the Sierra Pelona mountain range north of Castaic. The Ridge Route's place in California history is well-documented.
There it was, shiny and new and free for the taking: an expensive-looking leather briefcase, lying in a Castaic dumpster. And when retired handyman Irving Greenhouse spotted it Saturday, he figured it would bring top dollar at the hospital thrift store where he works as a volunteer. But after Greenhouse, 73, showed his prize to the manager of his nearby mobile home park, the man told him he had a problem on his hands: the briefcase was stuffed with explosives.
November 4, 1989
A 75-year-old man apparently despondent over medical problems barricaded himself in his Castaic house for 4 1/2 hours and fired at least two shots before surrendering Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Jack Neely was taken to Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar for a 72-hour psychiatric observation after he walked out the front door of his house with his hands above his head about 4:30 p.m., authorities said.
December 7, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A winter storm on Saturday morning forced the closure of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine at Tejon Pass, temporarily blocking California's main north-south artery. The heavily traveled stretch of freeway was shut down shortly before 10 a.m. because of snow and ice, making the steep grade difficult to navigate, officials said. It's unknown when the road will be reopened. “That's up to Mother Nature,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Priessman said. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol shut down the northbound I-5 at Parker Road in Castaic, along with Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Pass, because of icy conditons, Priessman said.
June 7, 1987 | Steve Springer
Never mind Watergate. Don't worry about Contra gate. The biggest threat to our way of life might have been Stonegate. For the sake of that small segment of our population unfamiliar with this burning issue, it seems the homeowners association of Stonegate, a housing tract in Castaic, had outlawed basketball hoops in driveways after complaints from a small group of residents in the 250-home development.
October 2, 1988 | Staff Writer Jerry Hicks
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
It was the light fixtures that turned off the Castaic school district trustees. Since September 1994, they have been trying to secure millions of dollars in federal earthquake-mitigation funds to move the 638-student Castaic Elementary School, which sits in the shadow of the dam that holds back half-mile-long Castaic Lake and is bordered by high-voltage power lines and oil pipelines to boot. The paperwork pace has been maddeningly slow, board members say.
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