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County ordinance to give animal control better handle

County supervisors have unanimously approved an ordinance allowing animal-control officers greater latitude when it comes to determining whether a dog is vicious and whether it should be euthanized.

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


County to re-examine fees charged to developer

County officials have promised to take a second look at the fees they plan to charge a Castaic land developer for bridge building and road repairs in the area of Highway 126 and The Old Road.

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


Brass vases stolen from graves

Thieves stole at least 13 brass flower vases from graves at a local cemetery, a sheriff's investigator reports said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Residents return home after train derailment in Littlerock results in evacuations

A train derailment in Littlerock Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of some homes in the area of the sparsely populated desert community, but no one was injured and none of the cars leaked, officials said.

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


Father arrested in local toy theft

An out-of-work man has been arrested for burglary after he allegedly stole bags of toys, with a few of the stolen goods earmarked for resale, according to law enforcement officials.

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


Gov. Brown signs Bell bill into law

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth aimed at preventing another corruption scandal like the one in the city of Bell has been signed by the governor.

July 26, 2011 | By Jim holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bill signed that aims for greater city transparency

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth aimed at preventing another corruption scandal like the one in the city of Bell has been signed by the governor.

July 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shakespeare in the park storage ripped off

To be or not to be ... the victims of theft.

July 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The battle continues over mine

As Washington politicians get ready to leave for summer vacation, city and Cemex officials wrangling over mining in Soledad Canyon have agreed to keep working toward a legislative solution - even if it takes all year - officials said Monday.

July 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County: SCV crime down 36.2%

County crime statistics released Monday show a steady drop in almost all crimes inside the Santa Clarita Valley over the last five years.

July 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime down in the SCV

County crime statistics released today show a steady drop in almost all crimes inside the Santa Clarita Valley over the last five years.

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


Claremont man killed in dirt bike crash

The county coroner today identified a dirt-bike rider killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday in Acton.

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


Local officials help identify new reservoir in Northern California

Local water officials recently helped identify a new location for a reservoir in Northern California.

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


July DUIs might hit triple digits

About half of all criminal suspects booked by sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers so far this month in the SCV were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, a survey by The Signal shows.

July 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agua Dulce man seeks changes to ‘dangerous’ stretch of road

An Agua Dulce man has started a petition to improve the safety of a 10-mile stretch of Sierra Highway that's seen 210 accidents since 1997, he says.

July 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

January 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


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