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Chloride plan means $140 more per household

The chloride-reducing plan chosen by local sanitation district officials in the 11th hour last week is moderately more expensive than Phase 1 of the initial plan chosen but vastly cheaper than its second phase, according to a review of the district's projected costs.

November 07, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in mobile home fire in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Fire in the bathroom of a Canyon Country mobile home Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

November 06, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CalArts reopens with clean bill of health

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts reopened Wednesday following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing to rid its Valencia campus of a virus that sickened more than 60 people.

November 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CalArts to reopen on Wednesday

California Institute of the Arts officials are reopening the institute Wednesday morning following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing in a bid to rid the campus of a bug that sickened at least 16 people.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial in Halloween murder continued to next year

SANTA CLARITA - A judge Tuesday rescheduled a court hearing to next year in the case of three young men charged with murdering a "good Samaritan" on Halloween in 2011.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured as trash truck runs off freeway

SANTA CLARITA - A man was injured and taken to the hospital this morning after a trash truck northbound on Interstate 5 left the freeway and went down an embankment in Valencia, officials said.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inmates trained in fire suppression

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce jail overcrowding, more than 500 Los Angeles County inmates now in custody are slated to be transferred to county "fire suppression" camps beginning Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

November 04, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cases against alleged scammer put off

Criminal cases in two counties against a woman suspected of being the so-called "blond scammer" - one in a ring of thieves who lifted women's wallets from shopping carts and immediately charged expensive items on their credit cards - have been put off until the new year.

November 04, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands pound the pavement at Santa Clarita Marathon events

More than 3,200 runners turned out for the Santa Clarita Marathon Sunday, some running 26 miles, others half of that and still others meandering behind Mayor Bob Kellar.

November 03, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler rushed to hospital after losing consciousness at soccer game

A two-year-old girl was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Sunday morning after she was reported unconscious at a soccer game in Newhall, said officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

November 03, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


20-year-old gets six months in drunken skateboard incident

SANTA CLARITA - A 20-year-old Valencia man was sentenced to more than six months in jail Thursday for driving his car drunk while towing a friend on a skateboard - and then crashing.

October 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 arrested with suspected stolen car in Val Verde

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people at gunpoint in Val Verde on Thursday after locating what they believed was a stolen car, a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

October 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Remembering a ‘good Samaritan’ on Halloween

SANTA CLARITA - Two years after a "good Samaritan" was shot and killed on Halloween 2011 as his trick-or-treating son looked on, the three young men charged with his murder have yet to stand trial.

October 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Bicyclist killed in SCV collision

SANTA CLARITA - One man was killed and another critically injured Wednesday in two separate collisions involving bicyclists and trucks in the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local sanitation officials bow to Ventura farmers

After years researching and months perfecting one of four plans to reduce salty chloride in the Santa Clara River, local sanitation officials abandoned that plan and chose another following one meeting with Ventura County interests, The Signal has learned.

October 30, 2013 | Jim Holt | 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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