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Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

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


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

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


500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Groundwater bill examined

Groundwater is stirring up deep opposition and resentment among some Santa Clarita residents who fear the resource is being manipulated by local water officials in order to facilitate more urban development.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Back to court for Castro

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines ordered a new trial for Esperanza Castro Friday morning, three full weeks after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

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


Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

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


New war on water bubbling locally?

The hydra, according to Greek mythology, is an ancient serpent-like water beast with many heads that guarded the entrance to the Underworld.

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


Castro to be retried for husband's murder

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

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


Pedophile may still be stalking SCV kids

He likes little girls.

He likes to watch them at parks, in libraries, at bowling allies - anywhere little girls play.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Web site to warn about predators

The fight to oppose self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan has become a battle in cyberspace as concerned mothers take a stand on the Internet.

Since the beginning of the year, McClellan, 45, has repeatedly set up Web sites catering to pedophiles, creating new sites as his existing ones are shut down.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyers seek injunction against pedophile

Parents concerned about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan returning to Santa Clarita can join lawyers in court Friday when they ask a federal judge for an injunction against the man.

Area lawyers Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson filed a restraining order against McClellan on Tuesday in a bid to bar him from places in Santa Clarita where children gather and stop him from taking photographs of them.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile incites action

Two local lawyers are mad as hell about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan promising to return to Santa Clarita and they're not going to take it anymore.

Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson, who each have law offices in the Valencia Oaks Building on Valencia Boulevard, on Tuesday filed a restraining order against McClellan in Los Angeles Superior Court at the courthouse in Chatsworth.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile plans to revisit SCV

Self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan plans to return to Santa Clarita but not anytime soon.

"I will be back there one day," he told The Signal in a phone interview Monday. "But, I want to assure everyone that I'm not going to do anything crazy."

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


40 years later: A return to Vietnam

Vietnam War veteran Bill Reynolds stood in a rice paddy on June 19, 2007, holding a piece of paper with the names of fallen American soldiers.

His hands shook and his voice flattened as he steadied himself, ready to read the names after 40 years.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Escape from tyranny

U Mya Win steps into the sunshine at his home in Canyon Country, 12,000 miles from Burma and from what the world officially calls Myanmar.

He stands by a row of healthy low-hanging plants, arms behind his back.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Sylmar man killed in crash near Calgrove Saturday night

A Saturday night single-vehicle traffic collision on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard has claimed the life of a 33-year-old Dale James Starn of Sylmar.

May 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect sought in Newhall cold case

A man nearly killed 16 years ago when he was viciously stabbed in his Newhall home called a local sheriff's lieutenant recently with a simple message for investigators, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

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


Jury selection begins in trial of Valencia man accused in jail corruptions probe

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Valencia man named as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

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


UPDATE: Two sheriff's deputies injured in Castaic traffic collision

Two local sheriff's deputies were injured, and one was taken to the hospital, Wednesday morning when their cruiser and a glass company truck collided in Castaic.

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


UPDATE: Valencia man charged with shooting woman, others with BB gun

A 28-year-old Valencia man was charged Wednesday for an alleged road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye. The suspect, if convicted, could face multiple life terms in state prison, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


McKeon steps in on Bouquet Canyon water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

May 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit filed in death of man killed during deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country

The family of a man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country in January has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, a member of the man's family said Tuesday.

May 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Meeting set on Bouquet water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

May 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Replica gun near Valencia High School prompts swift response

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies detained a young couple at gunpoint near Valencia High School Tuesday morning in response to reports they were seen shooting at signs from their moving car, a lieutenant said.

May 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burglars steal horse riding equipment

Burglars stole everything but the horse it seems when they made off with close to $10,000 worth of saddles, bridles and other horse riding equipment from stables in Acton recently, according to local sheriff's deputies.

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


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested in apparent road rage incident

A 28-year-old Valencia man has been arrested in connection with an alleged road rage incident Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 19, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy who allegedly fired revolver in response to prank is arrested

A sheriff's deputy who allegedly fired his service revolver into the air after neighborhood kids pulled a prank has been arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


Bands battle it out in Canyon Country

Despite which band came out on top, the real winners of Sunday's Battle of the Bands were the more than 75 spectators who got a fresh, free and exciting concert of new music at College of the Canyons' Canyon Country Campus.

May 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bikers ride to support Guide Dogs of America

Guide dogs in yellow vests and bikers in black leather met Sunday for the 11th Annual Ride For Guides to raise money for Guide Dogs of America.

May 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Authorities ID man found in Newhall fire

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have identified the man whose body was found inside a burning Newhall apartment last month as 61-year-old Clyde Wayne Henderson, a spokeswoman said.

May 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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