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Enforcement actions could be taken if drought severity grows

"Water cops" patrolling the streets looking for illegal water use. Fines on residents overusing water. Temporary water shutoff; flow regulators installed on homes.

February 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing begins in murder case against alleged Highway 14 wrong-way driver

SAN FERNANDO - A 47-year-old Lancaster man took the witness stand Thursday and described the head-to-toe injuries he suffered in a wrong-way-driver collision last summer that killed the other two occupants of his vehicle.

February 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water waning in Bouquet Canyon

Many Bouquet Canyon residents' wells are literally running dry, a crisis water officials attribute more to the condition of Bouquet Canyon Creek than to the current drought.

February 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested on sex charges in Missouri

A 26-year-old Valencia man arrested on sex charges for crimes allegedly committed in St. Louis, Missouri, worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church, officials confirmed Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man escapes after hit-and-run crash, catalytic converter theft attempt

A thief trying to steal a catalytic converter in Canyon Country on Tuesday was surprised by the car's owner and failed to grab the device, then got into a hit-and-run collision trying to flee the scene, sheriff's officials said.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Online car purchase goes south

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist - the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies drew their guns on suspects.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Coroner's investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV school vandalism, thefts mount to thousands of dollars in recent losses

Several Santa Clarita Valley schools have been burglarized and vandalized over the past month in a series of attacks that investigators believe are unrelated, officials said Monday.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2012 murder trial postponed due to defense lawyer change

More than a year after a suspect was arrested in 2012's only Santa Clarita Valley murder, jury selection was set to begin Monday but was abruptly postponed due to a change in defense lawyers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make "warm and fuzzy" blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers show troops they care with packages

Nothing says "I love you" like a care package of Ramen noodles and a chocolate bar - just ask the hundreds of servicemen and women receiving packages prepared by the group Prayer Angels for the Military.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen dies after motorcycle incident at Rowher Flats

A 16-year-old Ojai boy is dead following an off-road motorcycling incident Sunday at Rowher Flats, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

February 09, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge tosses lawsuit aimed at blocking Newhall Ranch Phase 1

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by local environmentalists against Los Angeles County for approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch, a development proposed for the northwestern Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Appeals court hears Newhall Ranch arguments

Environmentalists opposed to Newhall Ranch, along with the developer expected to start building it, presented arguments Wednesday for and against the 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | 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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