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Uprooting problem plants

City workers are gearing up to fight a tough plant that's taking over precious Santa Clarita Valley watershed.

October 15, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Westridge sheriff’s deputy relieved of duty following shooting

SANTA CLARITA - An off-duty sheriff's deputy who allegedly fired his service weapon in the air after prankster kids rang his doorbell has been temporarily relieved of duty and is under investigation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

October 14, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country businessman held on murder-for-hire charge

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country businessman who heads a natural products company remains behind bars without bail today, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, according to officials and court documents.

October 14, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A fair for furry friends

There was plenty of "wow" at the 13th Annual Bow-Wows and Meows pet adoption event Sunday after hundreds of pet owners showed up at William S. Hart Regional Park with their furry four-legged loved ones for a variety of reasons.

October 14, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annual Kids Expo offers fun services to families

If there was any doubt the Santa Clarita Valley was a family community, then a trip to Sunday's Kid Expo at Golden Valley High School would convince them.

October 14, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


One man hurt in solo crash on I-5

A man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after his car crashed into the center divider on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 13, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman sentenced to drug program under Prop 36 plea agreement

SANTA CLARITA - One of two people arrested in a Valencia drug raid three months ago was sentenced Monday to a drug-diversion program and to three years' probation, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

October 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grenade found in Friendly Valley house

Explosives experts were called Monday to dispose of a grenade found in a Newhall house, a local sheriff's lieutenant said.

October 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blessing of the Animals ceremony held at local church

SANTA CLARITA - Every dog has its day, so the saying goes, but Sunday was it for more than a dozen local canines - big and small, shaggy and not - who were blessed at an annual ceremony at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

October 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus 18-year-old gets probation for possession of controlled substance

SANTA CLARITA - A Saugus man arrested on suspicion he concealed the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl struggling with drug abuse has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to a lesser crime, according to court officials and documents.

October 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Homicide detectives: Man shot in Castaic was pointing rifle at deputies

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man shot and killed at his home Sunday following a brief confrontation with sheriff's deputies is remembered today by coworkers as a film industry veteran committed to the craft of audio post-production.

October 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bra fundraiser supports breast cancer research

Scores of women, many of them breast cancer survivors, showed up Sunday for the Soroptimist of Santa Clarita Valley's 10th annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser, themed "Bras of Broadway" this year.

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


UPDATE: Man's body found in Newhall identified

Coroner's investigators have identified the man whose body was found in Newhall Sunday morning as 26-year-old Travis Newman, according to coroner and sheriff's officials.

October 06, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Firefighters get jump on Gorman brush fire

Firefighters prepared for a wind-driven fire season got the jump on a small brush fire near Gorman Sunday morning, an inspector for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 06, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride option resurrected

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October 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

January 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

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


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

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


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