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UPDATE: McKeon introduces Cemex bill

A congressional bill introduced Friday by Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, calls on the federal government to study what's necessary for a land swap that would block a giant sand and gravel mine in Canyon Country.

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


UPDATE: Stevenson Ranch hotel robbed; suspect escapes

A Stevenson Ranch hotel was held up at gunpoint Friday morning, but the robber escaped, officials said.

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


UPDATE: Man arrested for alleged threats against children is released on bail

The 21-year-old Valencia man who was arrested on suspicion of threatening to murder children earlier this week was released on bail Thursday.

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


Jury selection begins in drunken driving-murder trial

Jury selection began Thursday in the case of an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

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


UPDATE: Weapons charges filed against son, father in child threat case

A 21-year-old Valencia High School graduate was charged Wednesday with felony possession of an illegal weapon after his arrest for sending "suspicious emails to an ESPN website."

September 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water certificate issued for Newhall Ranch

After more than a decade of addressing water and environmental concerns, officials at Newhall Land Development Inc. announced Tuesday they have received a green light from the regional water board to proceed with Newhall Ranch.

September 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local Republican joins campaign

Staunch local Republican Bob Haueter is chomping at the bit for a chance to help turn the Democratic tide in California this coming election.

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


Tip from parent results in business busted for selling ‘spice’

A parent moved by a public forum about heroin in the Santa Clarita Valley sparked an undercover drug operation with a tip that led to at least one arrest and a seizure of illegal drugs, a Sheriff's Department official said Thursday.

September 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shotgun-toting couple rob Home Depot of $1,000 in hardware

A man and a woman armed with a shotgun held up a Valencia home improvement store Wednesday and made off with about $1,000 in stolen hardware, local sheriff's officials said.

September 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 dead, 9 injured in Interstate 5 pileup

GORMAN - A sport utility vehicle that may have been carrying a family back from the Labor Day holiday weekend crashed Tuesday on the Interstate 5 Grapevine north of Castaic, causing a chain-reaction pileup that killed a woman and a young girl and injured nine others.

September 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Cyclist injured in hit-and-run collision

A driver hit a woman riding a bicycle on a Valencia street Tuesday, then fled the scene, leaving her injured on the road, sheriff's deputies said.

September 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 sought in Stevenson Ranch hotel holdup

Local sheriff's deputies were searching Tuesday for three masked individuals who held up a Stevenson Ranch hotel at gunpoint the previous night, a spokesman said.

September 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heavy metal shakes thieves

Metal thieves went to great lengths to steal valuable scraps of titanium from a Valencia business but fled when their haul was too heavy to lift, local sheriff's deputies reported.

September 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


Looters target cars by window

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating a string of car thefts in which thieves looted at least three cars recently by smashing out the rear windows.

September 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


700-acre fire not a serious threat to the Santa Clarita Valley

Santa Clarita Valley residents looking east Sunday and watching a plume of smoke billow from the south side of the Angeles National Forest shouldn't be too worried, a spokeswoman for the US Forest Service said.

September 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

May 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group of alleged petition 'blockers' arrested

Local sheriff's deputies have arrested three more alleged petition "blockers" as the deadline approaches for petitioners seeking to overturn a city ordinance allowing electronic billboards, sheriff's documents show.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thirsty bullet thief sought

A thief who apparently became thirsty after he kicked down the door of a local gun club and stole more than 3,000 bullets may be undone by fingerprints lifted off a refrigerator door, according to documents at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High winds topple trees in SCV

Severe winds knocked down at least a dozen trees and tree limbs across the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, sending some crashing onto roads and created traffic hazards, city and fire officials said.

April 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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