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Tragedy touches SCV family

Earl Biggs had just left his 77th birthday party - blew out his candles, ate the last piece of a cake specially made for him, said goodbye to his friends - when he stepped onto the street where he was killed.

January 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mother of murder victim to face trial

The mother of a 5-year-old girl found battered and naked on the sidewalk of a Castaic cul-de-sac more than six years ago is expected to stand trial Tuesday on charges of murder, torture and child abuse.

January 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district stays committed to the canyon for Castaic

Rick Patterson is president of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that buys land for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

January 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district stays committed to the canyon for Castaic

Editor's note: Last in a series on properties near the proposed Castaic high school site.

January 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Visions of rolling green hills

Editor's note: Second in a series on properties near the proposed Castaic high school site.

January 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon plans to tighten the belt

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, got back to work in the nation's capital Wednesday, adhering to new rules while pursuing old policies and seeking to keep last year's election promises.

January 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic high school may help spur growth

Editor's note: First in a series that examines possible effects of the Castaic high school site selection and reaction from local landowners.

January 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: The year of chloride ends with no resolution

Editor's note: Third in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: Murder trial rivets SCV

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valleywide raid nets a variety of arrests

Gang members were arrested, guns were seized and marijuana confiscated in an early morning dragnet carried out across Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday.

December 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall library plans shovel-ready

Shovels will go into the ground by Valentine's Day for construction of the Old Town Newhall Library, said an official with the company that will build it.

December 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State casts a shadow over city

If you break the little laws in Santa Clarita - get a parking ticket, build without a permit, make too much noise - it's going to cost you more money than before.

December 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City may contract premier consultant

Santa Clarita is considering buying the "Ferrari" of environmental consultants to create a plan to meet state goals on reducing greenhouse gases, a city planner said Monday.

December 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wading through wages

There's a lid for every pot, the old adage goes.

December 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic lot nears milestone

Government officials monitoring the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite property in the heart of Santa Clarita could deem a portion of that land clean as early as February, an official said Wednesday.

December 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Into the wells

For more than 100 years, people have been drilling holes in the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Missing Castaic girl found in Louisiana

A 2-year-old Castaic girl missing since November - and her father now charged with parental abduction - were living in a Louisiana mobile home park inside a newly purchased RV when a sheriff's deputy found them Wednesday during a routine traffic stop, a sheriff's spokesman said.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing set for two Palmdale men accused of robbery in Valencia

A preliminary hearing has been set for two Palmdale men arrested in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse snatcher, Newhall resident, sentenced to 32 months

A man who smashed the window of a car parked in a Valencia shopping center and stole a purse has been sentenced to 32 months in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

January 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sex offender scheduled to be released

A Canyon Country woman wants to know why the man convicted of molesting her son is being released from prison - again.

January 30, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man accused of stabbing Valencia man to death found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

A California man who stabbed a Valencia man to death in New Mexico 19 months ago has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the prosecutor in the case told The Signal Wednesday.

January 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


OLPH to get new pastor replacing Father Martini

Any day now, parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help are expected to learn who will replace Pastor Richard Martini who was transferred to Carpinteria in November, a church staffer said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Blond Scammer' misses court appearance in Ventura

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and convicted of identity theft earlier this month for a crime committed in the Santa Clarita Valley a year ago failed to appear in court on a similar charge in Ventura, a court clerk said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Spilled gravel causes SCV traffic delays

A gravel truck spilled its load of gravel Tuesday morning, prompting lane closures and a traffic backup in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing set for SCV pair charged with attempted murder

A preliminary hearing has been set for a man and a woman each charged with attempted murder in the September stabbing of a Newhall man, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

January 28, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial wraps up for three accused of SCV bank robbery

Closing arguments are expected today in the case involving three men identified by prosecutors as Rollin 40s Crips gang members accused of robbing a Bank of America in Canyon Country a little more than a year ago.

January 28, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Zumba brings dollars in for Saugus dance team

They jumped, they swayed, they danced, they yelled - all in an effort to raise money so that they can jump, and sway, and dance and yell competitively.

January 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man, woman charged with attempted murder, SCV robberies

A man and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with a knife attack during a robbery two weeks ago have been charged with six other robberies that occurred last month, according to a copy of a criminal complaint filed Monday by prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office

January 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals hit Castaic Middle School

Acts of vandalism and a fire believed to be deliberately set at Castaic Middle School over the weekend are currently being investigated by local sheriff's detectives, school and sheriff officials said.

January 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI checkpoint nets one arrest

A sobriety checkpoint set up in Canyon Country by the California Highway Patrol Friday night resulted in one arrest and four misdemeanor citations, a CHP spokesman said.

January 27, 2014 | by Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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