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DUIs lead holiday weekend arrests

More than 60 percent of all arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley were for suspected drunken driving, according to the Inmate Information Center of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon on the issues

On the economy: "Our big problem in the state is jobs, and it really isn't jobs - it's industry. We are pushing businesses out at a horrible rate. If you don't have industry in California, you don't have jobs. So bringing back industry to California has to do with less regulation, less taxation."

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon aims for state Assembly seat

Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon says she's busy, tough-skinned and eager to embrace comparisons drawn between her and her congressman husband.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP respond to car in ravine

No one was injured in a solo traffic collision in Castaic this morning that sent a car over the side of the road into a ravine, a California Highway Patrol officer reported.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession held to honor deputy

Some Newhall residents witnessing an elaborate funeral procession this morning were worried a law enforcement officer had just been killed.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water rates may rise

Residents of Acton and Val Verde could end up paying more for their water after the county supervisors vote on a recommendation to raise rates in those areas.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Merriment on the Metrolink

While kids for centuries have waited for Santa at Christmas, every year for the last 15 years kids in the Santa Clarita Valley have also waited for the jolly man to arrive ahead of schedule on a train bedecked with wreaths and lights.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jackknifed pickup truck ties up traffic on Highway 14

A warm sunny afternoon Sunday turned into some tense moments for a family traveling with a trailer that jackknifed on Highway 14, authorities said.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspected car burglars arrested

A foot chase through the backyards of Valencia homes before the sun came up Sunday netted three suspected car burglars.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A spree that wasn’t stopped

The 48 hours leading up to the Oct. 31 shooting of a good Samaritan were punctuated by other crimes involving guns and at least one other shooting, all allegedly at the hands of the Halloween shooter, prosecuting documents say.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon calls for change in earmark policies

A federal ban on earmarks is needed to ensure responsible spending, Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon says, but the current congressional rules limiting spending for specific projects need to be tailored so worthy goals such as stopping the Cemex mine can be realized.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newcomer to seek seat

Jon Hatami, the latest contender for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council, considers himself a moderate Republican who thinks outside the box.

November 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dinner between neighbors grows to event for more than 2,000

What began as a Thanksgiving Day dinner shared by neighbors at the back of a bike shop is now an annual growing tradition in Newhall.

November 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers serve Thanksgiving feast to seniors

Celebrating Thanksgiving Day at the age of 102, Joe Mageno has a lot for which he is thankful.

November 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assistant coach faces three felony sex charges

An assistant football coach at Hart High School recently arrested on suspicion of a felony sex charge now faces two additional sex charges in the same case, court documents show.

November 23, 2011 | 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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