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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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Vandals hit Castaic Middle School

Acts of vandalism and a fire believed to be deliberately set at Castaic Middle School over the weekend are currently being investigated by local sheriff's detectives, school and sheriff officials said.

January 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI checkpoint nets one arrest

A sobriety checkpoint set up in Canyon Country by the California Highway Patrol Friday night resulted in one arrest and four misdemeanor citations, a CHP spokesman said.

January 27, 2014 | by Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

January 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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