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UPDATED: A wild night ends in deadly confrontation

A wild drunken night of screaming, fighting, shattered glass, screeching cars and spilled blood three years ago was described in further detail at the murder trial of Michael Dean Stephens on Tuesday.

October 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Police raid home in Canyon Country

Police investigators with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office raided the Canyon Country home of a military woman who runs a business regularly contracted by the United States Department of Defense, causing alarm and concern among some neighbors Monday.

October 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The trail of blood

Joshua Pipho's blood was found inside the Stevenson Ranch home - in the garage, laundry room and upstairs bathroom - where his alleged killer, Michael Dean Stephens, lived, a DNA analyst told San Fernando Superior Court on Friday.

October 23, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problem found in the flush

The Santa Clara River is salty, in part, because more and more people upstream in Santa Clarita Valley are urinating.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Great California ShakeOut

The imaginary earthquake hit at 10:21 a.m. Thursday.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts explain blood, tire markings

Police photographs of tire marks and blood stains painted a graphic picture of the deadly brawl that claimed the life of 20-year-old Joshua Pipho three years ago.

October 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country library left dark

A 10-year "marriage" between the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County over books and libraries now has some officials wishing they had signed a "pre-nup."

October 19, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


All library bids are off

It's back to the drawing board for all those construction companies who put in a bid to build Newhall's new library.

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


Tesoro prompts water concerns

No one living in the next planned phase of the large Tesoro del Valle development is going to be left high and dry, water officials said of the Newhall County Water District earlier this week.

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


Smyth and challengers spar in debate

A depressed economy, the loss of jobs and the state budget dominated a three-way televised debate Thursday night among candidates vying for the seat in the state Assembly.

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


Magic Mountain hit with water fines

State water officials have fined Magic Mountain $57,000 for contaminants in storm-water runoff that was released into the Santa Clara River.

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


Father honors son after death

The father of a young local chess champ struck down by leukemia four years ago is expected to visit young hospitalized cancer patients in the next couple of weeks, presenting them with magnetic chessboards as gifts.

October 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Letter flap blows up

A Santa Clarita city councilman's letter opposing a water-board candidate has left both the councilman and the candidate under scrutiny, but the candidate said Friday it's given his campaign a boost.

October 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Faith-based intiatives

A downtown Newhall building that used to serve as the U.S. Post Office is in escrow to an Islamic organization, several sources have told The Signal.

October 01, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Faith / Religion


Ferry takes aim at candidate

Local water-agency candidate Kevin Korenthal said Thursday he is weighing his legal options after learning City Councilman Frank Ferry sent a letter - on city of Santa Clarita letterhead - to Korenthal's employer criticizing his campaign.

October 01, 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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