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Power lines pose problems

Some Valencia residents who chose to spend the latter part of their lives in Santa Clarita Valley, enjoying the view from their homes of sunsets setting over low rolling hills, vistas dotted with oaks and sycamores, didn't plan on taking in big black hydro-electric towers.

October 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fistfight leads to gunfire

PALMDALE - A pleasant Sunday afternoon drive turned into a harrowing experience for a Quartz Hill family caught in the middle of gunfire that erupted on an open street.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lanes closing in Castaic

Early morning commuters may want to sleep in a bit this week as workers demolishing the Hasley Canyon Bridge prompt the shut down of lanes in both directions.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials form panel to deal with drought

Local water officials, as well as city and country decision-makers, have banded together to form a Drought Committee in response, in large part, to the deepening state-wide drought declared by the governor two months ago.

October 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘High fire hazard zone’?

Elderly Stevenson Ranch folks shouldn't be living in a middle of a high fire hazard zone, say those opposed to a senior citizen complex slated to be built next to Towsley Canyon.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district reviews financial concerns

The Newhall County Water District is holding a special finance meeting tonight to review a report on post-employment benefits and other financial concerns.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lyons Canyon hearing Wednesday morning

Stevenson Ranch residents concerned about plans for a senior citizen complex next door to Towsley Canyon will have another opportunity to express their concerns publicly.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse snatchers meet their match

An elderly shopper outwitted a elusive gang of persistent wallet-lifting thieves at every turn recently in a harrowing aisle-to-aisle cross-store encounter.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mentryville vs. chain saw

History is being wiped out in Mentryville, one pepper tree at a time, says a man who grew up in the hilly historic area tucked away in a corner of the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Brothers re-arrested for murder of Mugsy's Bar owner

Two brothers arrested and released two years ago in connection with the beating and stabbing death of Mugsy's Bar owner Louis Campanelli have been arrested again for the same slaying, this time charged with first-degree murder.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


UPDATED: Mentryville vs. chain saw, part II

On an early morning hike through Mentryville recently with Darryl Manzer, past the big house, the wrought-iron pen he said he built to contain pigs, the gray splintered and crumbling shed by the school, past the school itself and through wisps of swaying pepper-tree branches laden with clusters of peppers, it becomes clear that Manzer has done his research.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nine line up for water board race

Experienced local insider water officials running for a seat at the Castaic Lake Water Agency have seen the numbers on water scarcity and say sound leadership is more important now than ever before.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pomeranian, undergarments stolen

A series of luxury items stolen in the last couple of weeks suggests some Santa Clarita Valley residents are trying hard to maintain a high standard of living.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tenth anniversary of drive-by shooting death

The night he was shot and killed in a drive-by gang shooting, 20-year-old Robert Aguilera had learned he was going to have a son.

October 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Camera images may help ID thugs

Detectives hunting for three wallet-lifting thieves who steal from elderly shoppers at local grocery stores hope enhanced images taken from store surveillance cameras will identify them.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Bombshell Bandit’ suspected in third bank robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in a third bank robbery, this time in San Diego, FBI officials said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bombshell Bandit now suspect in Ariz. robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in an Arizona bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A weekend of RC racing

The 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout has become not only a tradition for remote car competitors in the Santa Clarita Valley but for enthusiasts across the country, according to some faithful returnees.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in single-car crash

Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle crash near the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road Sunday, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

July 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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