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Mentryville vs. chain saw

History is being wiped out in Mentryville, one pepper tree at a time, says a man who grew up in the hilly historic area tucked away in a corner of the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Brothers re-arrested for murder of Mugsy's Bar owner

Two brothers arrested and released two years ago in connection with the beating and stabbing death of Mugsy's Bar owner Louis Campanelli have been arrested again for the same slaying, this time charged with first-degree murder.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


UPDATED: Mentryville vs. chain saw, part II

On an early morning hike through Mentryville recently with Darryl Manzer, past the big house, the wrought-iron pen he said he built to contain pigs, the gray splintered and crumbling shed by the school, past the school itself and through wisps of swaying pepper-tree branches laden with clusters of peppers, it becomes clear that Manzer has done his research.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nine line up for water board race

Experienced local insider water officials running for a seat at the Castaic Lake Water Agency have seen the numbers on water scarcity and say sound leadership is more important now than ever before.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pomeranian, undergarments stolen

A series of luxury items stolen in the last couple of weeks suggests some Santa Clarita Valley residents are trying hard to maintain a high standard of living.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tenth anniversary of drive-by shooting death

The night he was shot and killed in a drive-by gang shooting, 20-year-old Robert Aguilera had learned he was going to have a son.

October 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Camera images may help ID thugs

Detectives hunting for three wallet-lifting thieves who steal from elderly shoppers at local grocery stores hope enhanced images taken from store surveillance cameras will identify them.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seek trio of purse snatchers

Local law enforcement is advising senior shoppers to beware of thieves who rob their victims by distracting them.

October 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Take the conservation challenge

Shower with a friend.

October 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Name draws sheriff's attention

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it's actually a simple working guy trying to run a business fixing motorcycles.

October 11, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart moves forward with bond

The Hart district school board has rebuffed a bid by some district parents to remove a $300 million bond measure from the November ballot.

October 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck driver recalls final moments with 2 killed in I-5 collision

It was all he could do as two young lives slipped away from him.

October 09, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Check forgery suspect chased, caught

There were some exciting moments Thursday afternoon at the Bank of America branch on Valencia Boulevard at the corner of Citrus Avenue, across from Santa Clarita City Hall, when a man ran from the bank after allegedly trying to pass a forged check, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reported.

October 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime declines in SCV

Statistics released Wednesday by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station show an overall drop in almost all crimes locally during the first half of 2008.

October 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's report: SCV crime down in 2008

The latest crime statistics released today by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reveal an overall drop in almost all crimes in the SCV during the first half of this year.

October 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Two wheeling to work on Bike to Work Day

Bike To Work Day is pretty straight forward. I get it.

May 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 nabbed in probation/parole sweep

Local sheriff's deputies conducting an early morning probation/parole sweep Thursday arrested two men at two of four locations, a deputy involved in the sweep said.

May 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV firefighters prep for worst day yet

Los Angeles County fire officials upped firefighter staffing countywide and extended a fire danger warning into Thursday, preparing for the crescendo of the current Southern California heat wave.

May 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


20-year-old vandal serves 1 month, gets 3 years probation

A 20-year-old man found guilty in December of spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and a Valencia home was placed on three years probation Wednesday after serving 28 days in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

May 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Canyon Country man arrested in gun club theft

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies acting on a tip have arrested the man they believe is the gun club burglar, recovering all the loot stolen from a Newhall gun club - except a bottle of water, a sheriff's deputy said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday

It's time to leave your car at home, dust off that bike in the garage and peddle to work because Thursday is the 11th annual Bike to Work Day.

May 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man gets 10 days in jail for failure to appear

A Santa Clarita Valley man convicted two years ago of pointing a laser at an aircraft has been sentenced to 10 days in county jail for failing to appear in court to update the judge on his community service.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup plan set for public comment

State officials prepped to unveil their seven-year plan to clean up contaminated groundwater on the Whittaker-Bermite site have extended the public comment period from 30 to 49 days in anticipation of an enthusiastic response from the community.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father pleads not guilty in son’s stabbing

A 56-year-old man ordered to stand trial for the stabbing of his son has pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus stuntman planning record-breaking firewalk

Three years ago, Saugus stuntman Jayson Dumenigo set the world record for being on fire for the longest period of time - and surviving.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grieving moms get a Mother's Day gift

Some Santa Clarita Valley mothers received an unexpected Mother's Day gift from the folks at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary Sunday as part of the park's annual Mother's Day raffle.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman arrested at gunpoint in mall parking lot

An intoxicated woman who allegedly stole a taxi cab at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall Sunday was arrested at gunpoint by local sheriff's deputies, a sheriff's spokesman said.

May 12, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red flag warning issued in SCV

High winds and low humidity whipped up a brush fire at a homeless encampment Sunday afternoon, prompting firefighters to get a quick jump on it, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Presidential security buzzes the skies of the Santa Clarita Valley

The thunderous noise of fighter jets "buzzing" some Santa Clarita Valley homes Wednesday night turns out to be the byproduct of presidential protection during Barack Obama's visit to Los Angeles.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tips received in Newhall gun club theft

The release Wednesday of a video surveillance image depicting a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ammunition from a local gun club has produced tips from the public that are now being pursued by detectives, a deputy said.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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