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Scott Wilk's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Scott Wilk posts a running log online of the people who have endorsed him for the 38th Assembly District seat. They include:

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fundraiser for crash victim

A Little League softball team and coworkers of a woman killed in a single-car crash Sunday are holding a fundraiser for the victim's family Saturday.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge grants extension in Agua Dulce alleged drunken driving death

A lawyer representing an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car has been granted more time to prepare his reconstruction of the deadly collision.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


No second rider in car during Sunday’s fatal collision, investigator says

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman who died after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday was the only person in the car, the lead investigator in the case said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man apprehended after trying to jump into cars in Castaic

There were tense moments for some Castaic residents Monday when a man kept trying to "jump inside people's cars," a local sheriff's sergeant said.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Senior on the run ‘doing her own thing’

An 87-year-old woman with a history of disappearance, now missing for more than a week, is driving around California apparently unharmed, not in trouble and "doing her own thing," according to the woman's niece.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A bright light sight

More than 200 people showed up at Central Park to see the biggest star around - the sun.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Canyon Country woman dies in crash

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman is dead after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A test to save lives

VAL VERDE - A handheld power saw cuts through a cluster of tumbled concrete blocks, showering the local firefighter with sparks.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


411 page for the 38th Assembly District candidates

Click on the following links for a profile on the candidates seeking the 38th Assembly District seat. The top two vote-getters in California's June 5 primary election will appear on the ballot in November.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Edward Headington

San Fernando Valley businessman Edward W. Headington is the only Democratic contender in the 38th Assembly District race, a distinction he's proudly exploited his entire campaign.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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