[CHP Press Release]– Thousands of children in California travel daily by school bus. With their safety in mind, the California Highway Patrol joins with schools throughout the country in recognition of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 22-26. The… Continue reading

Oct. 19, 2012 (Week 8 | League Game 3)

Power Valencia-SCVTV Game of the Week:

Hart 35

Saugus 0


Valencia 54

Canyon 41


West Ranch 35

Golden Valley 13

Matt Moore; Courtesy of

The William S. Hart School District not only has outstanding academics, but is also known to produce some of the best athletes in the country.

Matt Moore, current quarter back for the Miami Dolphins, graduated as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation from William S. Hart High School. During Moore’s senior year, he received attention from numerous universities, interested in his football talents, and was also drafted by the Anaheim Angels. Continue reading

After attending UCLA and Oregon State, he played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers before moving to Miami. While his talents had much to do with his good fortune, the Newhall native accredits much of his work ethic and determination to the coaches at Hart.

“[Hart] is a place of winners [and] champions… for this to happen to me means the world,” Moore said.

Although football season is in full swing, Moore is taking time to thank his coaches and school, who will be acknowledging him tonight at the Hart vs. Saugus game. As a proud part of

“I never really prepared for football before I got to high school,” Moore said. “Looking back, I didn’t realize how lucky I was.”

Chuck Osborne

Chuck Osborne, a defensive star at Canyon High School who went on to play for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL, was found dead in his home in La Jolla on Tuesday. He was 38.

Osborne played for Canyon coach Harry Welch in high school and at the University of Arizona in college. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in 1996. Continue reading

He led Arizona in sacks with 11 in the 1994 season. Had recorded 21 sacks in his college career and was No. 10 in sacks at Arizona.

Osborne was an all-state selection at Canyon in his senior season. He was an All Pac-10 selection at defensive tackle in his senior season at Arizona.

After his rookie season with the Rams, Osborne played professionally in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals. He returned to the NFL and played for the Oakland Raiders before being traded to the Green Bay Packers and ended his career with the New England Patriots. He played 37 games in the NFL

Canyon football coach Rich Gutierrez, who played against Osborne when he was at Saugus High, said Osborne was a tenacious player.

“It’s a devastating loss to the Canyon community,” said Gutierrez, who graduated from high school the same year as Osborne. “I know he was extremely close to Coach Welch.”

Gutierrez said Osborne returned to watch several of Canyon’s games when his NFL career was over. Osborne was at the CIF State Bowl game against Concord De La Salle in 2006 and watched Canyon beat the top-ranked team in the state.

“Chuck was always around,” Gutierrez said. “Chuck was such an exceptional player. His grittiness was a staple of the program.”

Go to the Tucson Citizen for more on Osborne and his football career.

The West Ranch girls volleyball team did something no other team in the Foothill League has done.

The Wildcats beat Valencia in four games and moved into a first place tie in the Foothill League standings.

Valencia entered the match with an undefeated record in league play. West Ranch was tied for second place with Hart.

West Ranch’s Alexis Clewis led her team with 25 kills and setter Carly Carapella had 44 assists. Continue reading

The Saugus girls volleyball team won its second match in a row, a three-game sweep over Golden Valley. Ashley Guthrie had 24 assists, nine kills and three blocks for the Centurions, the reigning Foothill League champs.

In high school football, Trinity bounced back in a big way. The Knights beat Milken, 51-0, in the Heritage League opener for both teams. It was Trinity’s first win in the Heritage League.

Dakota Prochnow scored two touchdowns, one on a 70-yard punt return, and threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Brooks. Spencer Klehn also scored two touchdowns.

After a Trinity touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Milken decided to stop the game.

In the Foothill League, Hart, the No. 1 team in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division, plays Golden Valley at Canyon High tonight. Hart has won five games in a row, including their Foothill League opener last week.

Golden Valley is 0-6 and has not won a league game.

Canyon, the No. 9 team in the Northern Division, plays Saugus at College of the Canyons. Listen to the game between the Cowboys and Centurions tonight on AM-1220 KHTS. Pregame starts at 7:15 p.m.

In the NFL, the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-23. Rob Bironas hit a 40-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, as time expired to give the Titans their third win of the season.

In preseason NBA, the Heat beat the Clippers, 94-80, in a game played in Beijing, China. LeBron James had 20 points for the reigning NBA champs. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points.

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome back the Santa Clarita Marathon on Sunday, November 4 at 7  a.m.  The race event will include a marathon as well as a half marathon, 5K run, Mayor’s Walk, and Kid’s K fun run, each beginning at various times and locations around the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The City’s marathon, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, is a challenging race designed to test the physical boundaries of the human body while promoting health and fitness among residents. This year, the race will use new trails along the San Francisquito Creek, which will provide scenic views and reduce the amount of street closure on McBean Parkway. Continue reading

In anticipation of the event, the City will also host a pre-race Health and Fitness Expo from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located on Town Center Drive. The free Expo will feature various health-related vendors, running gear, and information booths.  Participants will also be able to register for the race as well as picking up race bibs and T-shirts.

In addition to bibs and t-shirts, event participants will receive a link to “Virtual Race Bag” containing online information about the Santa Clarita Marathon as well as special offers from participating businesses and sponsors.

To participate in the Santa Clarita Marathon or other race events, community members can register online, by mail or in person at the Fitness Expo. Participants who register online will save $3 processing fee and can pick up their race bibs at the Expo.  Online registration is open now through Sunday, October 28.  Mail-in registration packets must be postmarked by Monday, October 22.  Registration will not be offered the day of the race.

For more information on the Marathon and registration, please contact Arts and Events Supervisor Patrick Downing at (661) 250-3783 or visit

Oct. 12, 2012 (Week 7 | League Game 2)

Power Valencia-SCVTV Game of the Week:

Valencia 55

West Ranch 7


Hart 56

Golden Valley 14

Canyon 41

Saugus 14

[LASD] – On October 2, 2012, three Los Angeles area residents were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in connection with a complex scheme that defrauded Bank of America and Fidelity National Title Company out of $1.5 million.

On October 5, 2012, the suspects were arrested at their homes by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Real Estate Fraud Team, and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

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The suspects are identified as:

Saliya “Sal” DeSilva, male, 49, of Northridge;

Nora Yefima, female, 50, of Santa Clarita;

Vahe Hayrapetian, 45, of Burbank.

In July, 2009, the owner of a residential property on Gould Avenue in La Canada-Flintridge defaulted on $3.5 million in loans which were secured by the property.

Bank of America foreclosed on the property and took possession of it. In February, 2010, it is alleged that Saliya “Sal” DeSilva contacted Bank of America posing as the prior owner, provided Bank of America with counterfeit documents, and convinced Bank of America that the foreclosure was improper.

As a result, Bank of America rescinded the foreclosure, and DeSilva, a licensed real estate salesperson, listed the property for sale without the consent or knowledge of the prior owner.

In August, 2011, the property was eventually sold in a fraudulent short sale transaction after a title insurance company was given false information regarding the condition of the property, and was provided with counterfeit documents, including a fake Bank of America Short Sale Approval Letter stating that Bank of America had approved a sales price of $250,000.

The buyer used Loan Broker Vahe Hayrapetian to obtain a $1.5 million loan for the “purchase,” and the funds were wire transferred by the lender to Oshana Escrow in Encino.

It is alleged that Loan Broker Vahe Hayrapetian submitted materially false and fraudulent documents to the lender order to secure the $1.5 million loan.

It is also alleged that the owner of Oshana Escrow, Nora Yefima, sent false documents to the title insurance company, wire transferred a relatively small portion of the loan funds to the title insurance company for the fraudulent short sale, and then disbursed the rest of the funds, an amount exceeding $1 million, to several other parties who had nothing to do with the transaction.

The buyer of the property then defaulted on the loan which was fraudulently obtained by Vahe Hayrapetian, and since Bank of America never approved the short sale and continues to assert the validity of their $3.5 million in liens, there is insufficient equity in the property to compensate the subsequent lender for their $1.5 million loss. Fidelity National Title Company insured the lender and may have to reimburse them for the loss.

The charges in this case include Bank Fraud and Wire Fraud, United States District Court Central District of California, case numbers CR12-0959 and CR12-0960.

The investigation was conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Real Estate Fraud Team, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Hart football team cracked the top Cal Hi Sports state top 25 for the first time this season.

Hart is ranked No. 23 after winning its fifth game in a row. The Indians beat West Ranch, 49-6, in the Foothill League opener. Continue reading

Hart has lost only one game, 10-7, to Tesoro, the No. 7 team in the state as ranked by Cal Hi Sports, in Week Zero.

Since then, Hart has won five games in a row, including 49-7 over Ridgeview from Bakersfield, so far the signature win for the Indians.

Hart quarterback Brady White is coming off one of his best games of the season. His updated stats from the West Ranch game: 18-for-19 for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He completed his last 16 pass attempts of the game.

Concord De La Salle is the No. 1 team in the Cal Hi Sports top 25. Rancho Santa Margarita, the team coached by former Canyon coach Harry Welch, is the No. 2 team in Cal Hi’s top 25.

Alemany is No. 10. Crespi of Encino is No. 17.

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