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Closing arguments in Stephens murder trial

Alleged killer Michael Dean Stephens sat still as a stone Wednesday as lawyers addressed the young man's intentions on a night three years ago when one man was left dead and another nearly dead after a drunken brawl.

November 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Notes draw ire in murder trial

Lawyers in the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens wrestled over how best to handle last-minute evidence Tuesday, as closing arguments are scheduled to begin today.

November 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘It’s about survival’

Jurors at the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens got a crash course in the fight-or-flight syndrome, "high fear" and how our bodies respond to life-threatening situations.

November 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A compensation comparison

Whoever wins a seat on the local water board can bank on receiving a monthly paycheck from the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

October 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hit mailers don’t faze water-board candidate

Hit mailers and other attacks on Kevin Korenthal are doing nothing but good things for the water board candidate's campaign, he said Thursday.

October 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Raid leads to cache of medical equipment

Sheriff's detectives raided a Saugus home Wednesday and seized $200,000 worth of stolen emergency medical tents that were meant to go to California hospitals, along with a recreational-vehicle trailer and jet skis, authorities said.

October 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: A wild night ends in deadly confrontation

A wild drunken night of screaming, fighting, shattered glass, screeching cars and spilled blood three years ago was described in further detail at the murder trial of Michael Dean Stephens on Tuesday.

October 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Police raid home in Canyon Country

Police investigators with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office raided the Canyon Country home of a military woman who runs a business regularly contracted by the United States Department of Defense, causing alarm and concern among some neighbors Monday.

October 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The trail of blood

Joshua Pipho's blood was found inside the Stevenson Ranch home - in the garage, laundry room and upstairs bathroom - where his alleged killer, Michael Dean Stephens, lived, a DNA analyst told San Fernando Superior Court on Friday.

October 23, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problem found in the flush

The Santa Clara River is salty, in part, because more and more people upstream in Santa Clarita Valley are urinating.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Great California ShakeOut

The imaginary earthquake hit at 10:21 a.m. Thursday.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts explain blood, tire markings

Police photographs of tire marks and blood stains painted a graphic picture of the deadly brawl that claimed the life of 20-year-old Joshua Pipho three years ago.

October 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country library left dark

A 10-year "marriage" between the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County over books and libraries now has some officials wishing they had signed a "pre-nup."

October 19, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


All library bids are off

It's back to the drawing board for all those construction companies who put in a bid to build Newhall's new library.

October 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tesoro prompts water concerns

No one living in the next planned phase of the large Tesoro del Valle development is going to be left high and dry, water officials said of the Newhall County Water District earlier this week.

October 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Teens in SCV weekend collision recovering

Two Santa Clarita Valley teens injured in a late-night crash last weekend were resting at home Monday, a third was due to go home and a fourth was released, although it was unclear whether she went home or to another hospital, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV sheriff’s detectives looking to snare mouse trap bandit

Bank robbers used sticky mouse traps to try to catch themselves some loot recently through the slot of a Santa Clarita Valley bank night deposit box.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ performances canceled at The Rep

Persistent heckling from an audience member during a performance of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" led to the shut-down of the production's remaining Santa Clarita Valley run.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red-tagged house has rich history

Behind the shutters and the boarded up windows of a house on Bernina Avenue in Canyon Country, now red-tagged with "No trespassing" stickers, lies the history of a man who devoted his life to helping the unfortunate.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nonprofit gives old dogs a new home

Everyone wants a puppy, no one wants an old dog - unless you happen to be Nancy Koch.

June 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 teens injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four teenage girls were hurt – one with serious head injuries – when the driver of a Honda Accord apparently lost control of the car late Saturday night and slammed it into a light post on Newhall Ranch Road.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck fire burns quarter acre near Pyramid Lake

A Sunday morning truck fire on Interstate 5 sparked a small brush fire, just north of Pyramid Lake, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four people, at least two of them juveniles, were injured and taken to the hospital Saturday night following a traffic collision on Newhall Ranch Road, where the road becomes Golden Valley Road, near the overpass that crosses Soledad Canyon Road, emergency response officials said.

May 31, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bypass to Bouquet Canyon water impasse unlikely

There's no getting around the laws that protect endangered critters such as the unarmored threespine stickleback - even if you're one of a dozen state, county and local agencies seeking a solution to the water impasse in Bouquet Canyon.

May 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV detectives investigating 2 reports of child predator

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating reports of a possible child predator cruising the Santa Clarita Valley in a black BMW, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station spokesman said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested in Canyon Country purse snatching

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested three robbery suspects at gunpoint Wednesday who were sought in a Canyon Country purse-snatching, a spokesman said.

May 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in Saugus collision

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after 11 a.m. today following a multi-vehicle crash in Saugus, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

May 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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