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Acclaimed for handling the flames

Local stuntman Jayson Dumenigo can now say he survived being set ablaze longer than any human being on record.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies engage in brief chase

Local sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen car for a short time through Valencia this morning, but called off the chase due to restrictions placed on such pursuits.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in connection with June gas station crash

Local detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with a June crash that sent a car careening into a Newhall gas station, toppling the canopy, destroying two pumps and starting a fire.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial honors champion spirit

About 150 people turned out to support the memory of Santa Clarita Valley's young chess champion, Sean Reader, and to contribute to a fund set up in his name.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire protection tax goes up slightly

County officials boosted the cost of fire protection for Santa Clarita Valley property owners this week by a little less than $5 a year.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman pleads not guilty in fatal July 4 car crash

SAN FERNANDO - A young woman accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Newhall woman during the 2010 Independence Day fireworks show pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested for indecent exposure on city bus

Local sheriff's detectives have arrested and charged a 30-year-old Canyon Country laborer with indecent exposure in relation to two incidents that allegedly occurred on transit buses and involved children.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of Expo, Community Expo slated this weekend

A meet-and-greet featuring the hot and tasty gets under way Friday as a kick off for the SCV Community Expo this weekend.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk eyes seat, focuses on board

The race for state Assembly in 2012 is shaping up so far to be a battle between Republicans, with Republican activist Scott Wilk seeking the nomination along with Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon's wife, Patricia.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Smyth cuts red tape for local health center

By cutting through red tape in the state's capital, Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and his team enabled a local medical agency to recoup more than $100,000 from the state's Medi-Cal program, officials said Tuesday.

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


Events help local residents learn about, remember the attacks of 9/11

From Stevenson Ranch seniors cooking up chili for Patriot Day to Boy Scouts planting American flags in Newhall, Santa Clarita Valley residents made it clear Sunday they are not about to forget the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

September 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A hero who didn’t come home

Many of the 9/11 heroes died the day terrorists attacked America.

September 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Library spot tops concerns in user survey

The location of the library planned for Stevenson Ranch continues to top the list of concerns voiced by local residents, a county spokeswoman says.

September 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Antonovich chides USFS, says it's failed to adopt fire fighting reforms

Federal agencies probing the deadly Station Fire of 2009 are dragging their feet, says Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich.

September 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime down 15 percent in SCV during past year

Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley is down at least 15 percent over last year and more than 30 percent compared to five years ago, according to Sheriff's Department figures released Friday.

September 09, 2011 | 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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