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For some in the Santa Clarita Valley, Black Friday began on Sunday

SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita Valley has a new neighborhood of residents eager to cash in on Black Friday discounts and get their hands on the latest tech toys.

November 27, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three-time felon imprisoned for possessing firearm

SANTA CLARITA - A 38-year-old Canyon Country man arrested twice in the last five months has been sentenced two years in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Leave it there, say officials who found car down a ravine

SANTA CLARITA - A stolen car found at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine in the Angeles National Forest off Sand Canyon Road will be left where it is, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said Tuesday after tow truck drivers convinced the CHP it was too difficult to retrieve.

November 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 6 life terms in prison for SCV electronics store robber

A 27-year-old Palmdale man has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 182 years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of electronics stores in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, a D.A. spokeswoman said Monday.

November 25, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robots to the rescue

Children using just Lego bricks, computer boards and a lot of brain power demonstrated how they would respond to natural disasters.

November 25, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Soup for the Soul fundraiser draws hundreds

Soup for the Soul provided soup for the belly Sunday as hundreds turned out to support the Bridge to Home shelter's inaugural fundraiser.

November 25, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV high school marching bands win big at state championships

A chorus of half a dozen local marching bands sounded like winners this weekend at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association championships, with gold medals going to the bands from Hart High School and Valencia High School, according to local school officials and a competition representative.

November 25, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


2014 water allocations are lowest ever

SANTA CLARITA - One of the driest years in the history of California has left State Water Project contractors with just a trickle of the water they requested, and expect, from Northern California.

November 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rain brings with it crashes in SCV

Rain, heavy at times, and hail played a part in at least half a dozen traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, prompting a mud slide in Canyon Country and flooding in parts of Castaic, officials said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hot-prowl burglary suspect has prior arrest

SANTA CLARITA - A 19-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and one Valencia home has been re-arrested and charged with burglary, a local sheriff's deputy said Thursday.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


19-year-old arrested in Valencia vandalism case is re-arrested

SANTA CLARITA - A 19-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and one Valencia home was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, a local sheriff's deputy said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed crossing street at Valencia intersection

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives investigating a crash in Valencia that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man were trying to notify his family about the fatality today, a detective said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Caltrans worker injured in I-5 truck crash

A Caltrans worker was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-truck collision on Interstate 5 just south of the Highway 126 overpass, fire and law enforcement officials said.

November 20, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple remembered in ‘celebration of life’ service

All the photos of the smiling couple on display Tuesday at Real Life Church - riding dirt bikes, swimming, tossing a baseball and riding horses - reminded hundreds of friends that the funeral service was a celebration of life.

November 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads not guilty to murder attempt

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife pleaded not guilty today to a charge of attempted murder, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

November 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Who needs the Super Bowl?

For one local couple, Super Bowl Sunday meant having a whole movie theatre to themselves.

February 03, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot on Canyon Country street identified

A man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country Thursday night has been identified as 47-year-old Steven Burke Pettersen of Canyon Country, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

February 02, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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