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Posted: February 19, 2008 5:44 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Here are the latest Signal News Briefs:

Woman Accused of Stealing Television
A woman believe to be in her 40s was accused of stealing a 32-inch Vizio flat-panel television from the Canyon Country Costco early Sunday afternoon.

The suspect was still at large as of Monday afternoon and no arrests have been made. Deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were continuing their investigation. Anyone with information was asked to call (661) 284-2-TIP.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal Hit-and-Run
Julia Elena O'Connor, 25, of Canyon Country, who fatally struck a 70-year-old pedestrian in Sylmar last May, plead guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene and possession of methamphetamine over the weekend.

O'Connor, who has been in jail since the incident, reportedly failed to stop at a red light before hitting Jose E. Ortiz of Sylmar as he tried to cross Glenoaks Boulevard near Polk Street on May 24, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

She will return to San Fernando Superior Court for sentencing on Feb. 28.

Newhall School District Runs for Fitness
Students from across the Newhall School District will participate in a non-competitive Fun Run March 8 at Valencia Valley Elementary School in Valencia. The run will include warm-up activities, fitness stations, fitness festivities and is open to all Santa Clarita Valley students in grades K through six.

The run is designed to promote health and fitness among young people. The proceeds will benefit Newhall School District libraries and physical education programs. The registration fee is $10 and entry forms are available at all Newhall School District schools and at

High School Reunions Scheduled
The Reunion Committee has scheduled the following high school reunions: Saugus High class of 1988, June 21; Hart High class of 1988, July 12; Canyon High class of 1988, Sept. 13; Canyon High class of 1978, Sept. 20; and Hart High class of 1998, Nov. 28. Those interested in attending should call (661) 259-5999 or visit

Command Spanish Training Available at COC
The Employee Training Institute at College of the Canyons is now certified as an official registered provider of Command Spanish, Inc. language and cross-cultural training programs. As a provider, the institute can offer on-site, job-specific Spanish language training in more than 30 occupational areas including nursing, law enforcement, construction, banking and retail sales. Classes on the college's Valencia campus will be offered based on local business interest.

To learn about the availability of Command Spanish classes, contact Kristin Houser at (661) 362-3245 or at

COC Gives the Gift of Sight
Along with other colleges and universities, College of the Canyons conducted a drive to collect used eyeglasses for the Lions Recycle for Sight project last December. The college collected 392 pairs of used sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses to donate to the program.



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