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Meeting to be held over soil worries

Administrators at a Valencia-area preschool are awaiting soil test results this week after state officials monitoring the cleanup of a nearby dry cleaner traced contaminated soil to its property line.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Candidate to announce intentions on Tuesday

Following a week of speculation, Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, is expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for the 26th Congressional District seat.

January 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Retirement causes ripples in race

A Ventura County congressman's announcement that he will not seek re-election could trigger a domino effect and change careers for at least two locally elected politicians.

January 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 enter pleas of not guilty in Alejandro Sanchez Torrez slaying

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men facing murder charges in the death of a Canyon Country man on Halloween entered not-guilty pleas in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

January 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions persist on soldier’s death

The year 2011 saw the death of U.S. Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, of Canyon Country, shot in Afghanistan by a rogue security-firm recruit hired to protect American soldiers.

January 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Plastic bag ban extends to smaller stores

Beginning Sunday, smaller grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County are not allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags.

December 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Army investigation not handed over to Armed Services Committee chair for 8 months

An investigation into the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him was completed by the United States military eight months ago but never sent to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, the man who demanded the probe.

December 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver released in fatal 4th of July crash

The young woman sentenced last month in connection with the 2010 Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three is out of jail.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father waiting for answers

The father of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, killed earlier this year by a rogue Afghan national recruited by military contractors, is still awaiting a promised response to his questions about federal government contracting practices, he said Wednesday.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ender named city mayor

As expected, Laurie Ender was named Santa Clarita's mayor for 2012.

December 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Checkmate: Students win chess competition

Four of Hart High School's chess players defeated opponents from four western states in Irvine on the weekend to emerge the Western champions at the 2011 National Youth Action Chess Championships.

December 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Rain expected into Tuesday morning

Nearly an inch of rain fell in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, sending cars skidding on rain-slicked roads but causing no major injuries or reports of property damage, officials said.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt and Cory Minderhout Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keene remains behind bars in Agua Dulce DUI, murder case

An Agua Dulce man facing a murder charge in the death of his neighbor remains behind bars today after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request to have his bail reduced.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Soccer team kicks off locally

One day, when the Football Club of Santa Clarita is a household name, the black homemade soccer jackets hand-stitched by Andrew Holbrook will be worth a lot of money.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families share moment for deceased kids

For Alice Renolds, who lit a candle Sunday in memory of her sons, the nightmare began Feb. 17, 2000.

December 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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