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May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A 12-year-old boy made his first appearance in Juvenile Court on Wednesday after being charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a second-degree murder charge along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the Valley Springs, Calif., stabbing. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case until after he and his legal partner have reviewed the evidence, but said they "have the same questions as everyone.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
After 18 years as girls' basketball coach at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, Gail Hale finally got to celebrate a Division I state championship. "I was close to tearing up," Hale said after winning the regional championship. "It's been a long season, a blessed season. I knew these kids could do it. " Canyon Springs finished 25-6, and lots of credit goes to Hale, The Times' girls' basketball coach of the year. She had a team with plenty of talented athletes, but they also needed a firm reminder at times about what to do and how to stay focused.
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May 13, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - On any given day, this is a quiet, rural town surrounded by miles of hills stacked with golden hay bales. But on Sunday, the sun was hot and weeks of fear had pivoted into confirmation of a sickening suspicion: the brother of a slain 8-year-old girl, Leila Fowler, was now the suspect in the April 27 stabbing death. The community of 7,500 southeast of Sacramento let out a collective breath now that a suspect was in custody. Longing for normalcy, most people took their children to the nearby lake.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO - Coaches were handing out tiaras to the Division I state champion girls' basketball team from Moreno Valley Canyon Springs on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena, but standout guard Cheyenne Greenhouse politely declined. "It gets stuck in your hair," she said. Greenhouse didn't need to wear a tiara to let people know she was the queen on the court. The San Diego State-bound senior scored 24 points and had eight rebounds in Canyon Springs' 56-30 win over Elk Grove Pleasant Grove, giving the school its first state title.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Authorities on Sunday identified the 8-year-old girl found stabbed to death in her Calaveras County home and said a manhunt was continuing for a suspect who reportedly was spotted fleeing the rural crime scene. Leila Fowler was found in her Valley Springs home Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead at a hospital. Her 12-year-old brother had called for help, saying said he'd encountered a male intruder in the house. (The girl, a third-grader, was previously said to be 9 years old.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Authorities have not ruled out homicide as they investigate how twin brothers dependent on breathing ventilators died during a power outage in the Northern California town of Valley Springs. Calaveras County coroner's officials believe identical 22-year-old twins Ryan and Joshua Hall may have died from asphyxiation when their back-up ventilators also failed during the power outage Tuesday night, Fox's KTLX-TV in Sacramento reported. The brothers had  muscular dystrophy  and were unable to breathe without the ventilators.
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April 28, 2013 | By Fox 40 and Times staff writer
A 9-year-old girl was fatally stabbed Saturday in Northern California, and police are looking for the assailant. According to Calaveras County sheriff's officials, the girl was killed at a house on Rippon Road in Valley Springs. The girl's 12-year-old brother was also in the home at the time. He called his parents to say that there was an intruder in the house. They then called 911, according to Fox 40. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the girl had been stabbed.
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November 2, 1986
Calaveras County investigators hunted for a motive in three "execution-style" slayings that took place in a rural subdivision. The victims, who were shot repeatedly outside a camper trailer in Valley Springs, were identified as David Miller, his wife, Donna Miller, 36, both from West Valley City, Utah, and Dennis Hiebe of Bennion, Utah. The suspect fled shortly after the shootings in a red 1979 Ford Mustang II, apparently stolen from the victims.
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April 28, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Authorities in a rural area of Northern California have launched a sweeping manhunt for an intruder who fatally stabbed an 9-year-old girl Saturday. "It is a difficult area to search. It's rural, remote," Calaveras County sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo told Associated Press on Sunday. According to sheriff's officials, the girl was killed at a house on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, a town of about 2,600 residents about 60 miles from Sacramento. The girl's 12-year-old brother was also in the home at the time.
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May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
The 12-year-old brother of Leila Fowler was expected to make his first appearance in juvenile court Wednesday after being charged with second-degree murder in his 8-year-old sister's death. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client also faced a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the April 27 stabbing. The boy is due in court at 11:45 a.m., Reichel said. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case, saying he had not yet received evidence from prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Authorities have not ruled out homicide as they investigate how twin brothers dependent on breathing ventilators died during a power outage in the Northern California town of Valley Springs. Calaveras County coroner's officials believe identical 22-year-old twins Ryan and Joshua Hall may have died from asphyxiation when their back-up ventilators also failed during the power outage Tuesday night, Fox's KTLX-TV in Sacramento reported. The brothers had  muscular dystrophy  and were unable to breathe without the ventilators.
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November 14, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The deaths of twin 22-year-old brothers whose ventilators shut down in the Northern California town of Valley Springs is being investigated by authorities. Meanwhile, neighbors were distraught over the deaths and seeking answers. “It could be medical … possible homicide. It can go in any direction. We're just not far along at this point and time to make any good determinations,” Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said. The brothers, Ryan and Joshua Hall, had muscular dystrophy  and were dependent on the breathing ventilators for life support,  Fox 40 reported . On Tuesday night, a widespread power outage hit the area, prompting their mother to call authorities for help.
AUTOS
September 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
September is a big month for supercar maker McLaren: not only is the company celebrating its 50th anniversary, but deliveries of its 903-horsepower P1 hypercar also kick off soon.  To highlight this, and under the guise of “final durability testing,” McLaren brought a Carbon Black P1 right into our own backyard. On the track at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, as well as throughout Death Valley, the British automaker “tested” the car with a full film crew tagging along.  PHOTOS: McLaren P1 heads to Death Valley for testing The result are 10 gorgeous photos of the plug-in hybrid car, as well as a video in which you can hear just what makes the P1 so fast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A 12-year-old boy accused of stabbing his little sister, Leila Fowler, to death in Valley Springs was described as a “shy, quiet and reserved boy” by his attorney. The boy, whose identity was not released because of his age, is charged with murder and made his initial appearance Wednesday in a Calaveras County juvenile court. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a   second-degree murder charge   along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the stabbing of his 8-year-old sister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A 12-year-old boy made his first appearance in juvenile court Wednesday after being charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler . Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a second-degree murder charge along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the Valley Springs, Calif., stabbing. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case until after he and his partner had reviewed the evidence, but said they “have the same questions as everyone.” “This involves a 12-year-old who supposedly committed a crime that didn't result in his immediate arrest,” Reichel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Diana Marcum and Rosanna Xia
The 911 call from the day 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found stabbed to death in her Valley Springs home was made by the girl's stepmother, who said, "My daughter started screaming. " “My children are at home alone and a man just ran out of our house and my older son was in the bathroom and my daughter started screaming,” a woman told the 911 call operator. The caller was Leila's stepmother, Crystal Walters, who was at a Little League game when she called 911, according to CBS Sacramento . “Did they see the man?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Andria Borba and Kate Mather
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. -- On the driveway to Jenny Lind Elementary in Valley Springs, two pink and purple hearts bookend the name “Leila,” one of many tributes across campus and Calaveras County to 8-year-old Leila Fowler. While the ribbons and stuffed animals holding flowers are artistic expressions of a community's grief, inside the school, the verbal expressions of a childhood lost are all around. “We're just letting kids talk. Letting kids talk about their fears, letting them talk about their concerns,” Jenny Lind Principal Amy Hasselwander said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Scott Glover
Details were scarce Sunday on the investigation that to led to the arrest of a 12-year-old boy in the stabbing death of his younger sister, a case that sent Northern California authorities on a frantic search for a supposed intruder the boy had blamed for the killing. The boy was arrested on a murder charge Saturday at the Valley Springs substation of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department, two weeks after investigators began the manhunt for the killer of 8-year-old Leila Fowler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
The 12-year-old brother of Leila Fowler was expected to make his first appearance in juvenile court Wednesday after being charged with second-degree murder in his 8-year-old sister's death. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client also faced a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the April 27 stabbing. The boy is due in court at 11:45 a.m., Reichel said. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case, saying he had not yet received evidence from prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A 12-year-old boy made his first appearance in Juvenile Court on Wednesday after being charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a second-degree murder charge along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the Valley Springs, Calif., stabbing. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case until after he and his legal partner have reviewed the evidence, but said they "have the same questions as everyone.
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