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UPDATE: Baca to retire at end of month

SANTA CLARITA - Amid controversy over federal probes that led to the indictment of 18 sworn officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday he is retiring.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Baca schedules news conference; retirement announcement expected

SANTA CLARITA - As rumors of his expected retirement abound this morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water supplies assessed as third year in row dawns dry

SANTA CLARITA - On the heels of two consecutive years of record low precipitation, early 2014 indicators - among them dwindling snow packs and continuing rainfall shortages - have water officials bracing for a third dry year in California.

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


Jaywalking man arrested for illegal weapon posession

A 19-year-old man stopped for jaywalking who asked the sheriff's deputy for a ride ended up being charged with possessing metal knuckles, according to a sheriff's report filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Details of vicious Newhall robbery emerge

More details have emerged about the vicious attack of a man robbed of his wallet in Newhall the day after Christmas, documents maintained at the local sheriff's station show.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school artists showcase their work

Patrons of a Castaic coffee shop enjoyed a tastier experience Sunday afternoon when West Ranch High School art students unveiled what they've been working on at a show dubbed simply, the 2014 Art Exhibition.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


NEWHALL: Firefighters called to shed fire

A shed fire in Newhall Saturday night kept firefighters busy for more than three hours, a fire official said.

January 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewage rate hikes loom as chloride-removal plan moves ahead

After more than a decade wrangling with state water regulators and downstream farmers over the levels of chloride in the Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita Valley residents will be footing the bill to inject the salty substance under ground.

January 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after crash

A woman who allegedly slammed into four parked cars in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot Sunday was arrested on suspicious of drunk driving, an officer with the California Highway Patrol said.

January 02, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


8 SCV students march in 2014 Rose Parade

For West Ranch High School junior Emma Lee and seven other local high school students picked to participate in this year's Rose Bowl Parade, the event was something they will always remember.

January 01, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Polar plungers splash into new year

The new year entered with a big splash Wednesday when more than 110 hearty "polar plunge" enthusiasts braved chilly water at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

January 01, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fraternal twins first to be born locally in 2014

It has to be a good sign when the first baby of the new year is a twin.

January 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Private investigator reports Laspisa sightings

A local private investigator says she has received at least a couple of reported Bryce Laspisa sightings every week since the 19-year-old went missing in August.

December 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New year may bring new ideas for inmate sentencing

After more than a decade of trying to help reduce overcrowding in California prisons, local prosecutors are setting their sights in 2014 on finding more alternatives to incarceration, The Signal has found.

December 31, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


8 Hart district band members to march in Rose Parade

SANTA CLARITA - More than half a dozen local high school marching band musicians will be proudly marching in the 2014 Rose Parade on Wednesday, having been chosen for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band

December 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Body found in Newhall apartment fire

The discovery of a body inside a burning Newhall apartment is under investigation by homicide detectives and arson investigators, county fire and coroner officials said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Station weekend saturation patrol nets 10 arrests

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested 10 people during a weekend "saturation patrol" aimed at getting under-the-influence drivers off the road, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car found abandoned in ravine

California Highway Patrol officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding a black Corvette found abandoned at the bottom of a ravine along Bouquet Creek over the weekend, according to the CHP.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Twin sisters recount the Holocaust

Twin sisters Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin told a small congregation at Beth Shalom Sunday how lucky they were to have survived several life-threatening moments during the Holocaust, most notably perhaps being the day Nazi doctor Josef Mengele came looking for twins.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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