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Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

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


Castro prosecutor: 'This was a murder'

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband, focusing on "contradictory statements" she had made to investigators.

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


Newhall Incident: The day that shook our valley

It was a different world on April 6, 1970, when four young California Highway Patrol officers were shot and killed in one of the state's bloodiest gun battles.

What's now the Santa Clarita Valley was then a patchwork of farms and ranches, dotted with small businesses. What happened on that day 38 years ago, however, shattered the valley's quiet forever with a violence that echoes today.

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


Stretch of I-5 dedicated to slain CHP officers

A memorial service honoring four California Highway Patrol officers Friday morning caused many veteran law enforcement officers to reflect on one of the bloodiest gun battles ever witnessed in America.

On April 6, 1970, four CHP officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

June 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rio Vista kids attend environmental, career fair

Are you smarter than a fifth-grader when it comes to environmental issues?

June 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | SCV Kids


Miles of traffic lights synchronized

The Old Road is now the synchronized road.

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich met with representatives of Castaic and West Ranch on Wednesday to flip the switch on synchronized traffic signals along the western road that runs parallel to Interstate 5.

June 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV to Palmdale airport link up and running

The world just got smaller Wednesday with the first ever bus ride to LA/Palmdale Regional Airport from Canyon Country.

June 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The failed dream of Las Lomas

Next time you're stuck on the Golden State Freeway inside the Newhall Pass, imagine a beehive of townhomes clustered up along the steep eastern ridge.

June 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


You'll have to get past this man

If a line is being drawn in the sand anywhere in Los Angeles County, Sandor Winger is the man who draws that line.

His official title is "Executive Director of the Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles."

May 31, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rio Norte drama teacher sings praises of musicals

"High School Musical" isn't just a hit kid's movie, it's a way of life for the drama students at Rio Norte Junior High School.

May 30, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeowners getting rebate

It's not just a federal stimulus check that's going to be in the mailbox this spring.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Santa Clarita homeowners are expected to receive refunds averaging around $660 per household following an ongoing reassessment of diminished local property values.

May 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency offers toilet rebates

The rush for a better flush has prompted local water officials to offer Santa Clarita Valley homeowners a second batch of toilet rebate vouchers.

May 28, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local agency looks to buy 3.7M bath tubs of water

There's a sale on water right now in Yuba County, and local water officials are expected to take full advantage of the deal.

May 27, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


State panel reviews anti-pervert bill

An anti-pervert bill drafted by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been reviewed by the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

May 27, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk working on water agency project wish list

Lobbyist Scott Wilk is assuming a key role at the Virginia-based consulting firm hired by the Castaic Lake Water Agency to secure funding for key projects such as perchlorate cleanup and wastewater treatment.

May 26, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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