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County reports 118 cases of fraud

Workers stealing, falsifying reports, soliciting prostitutes and accessing pornography on government laptops are just some of 118 substantiated cases of fraud county investigators uncovered in the last half of 2011.

April 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


19th Cowboy Festival comes to conclusion

Well, pardner, the 19th Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is a wrap.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six injured in crash on Interstate 5 near Castaic

Six people were treated for a range of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fishers treat veterans to day at the lake

A peaceful sunny day fishing on Castaic Lake was a welcome respite for veterans all too familiar with life in the war zone.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash details draw tragic similarities

The case of an 87-year-old Arleta man found dead next to his car off a remote Acton road last week is strikingly similar to that of an 88-year-old man who died after driving his car off a remote Castaic canyon road last fall.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tax Day demonstration staged outside City Hall

A group protesting taxes on the eve of Tax Day brought out like-minded candidates Monday on the steps of Santa Clarita City Hall.

April 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found on side of road near Acton

The body of an elderly man believed to be from Arleta was found next to an overturned car Monday on a remote canyon road near Acton.

April 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former state lawmaker Cathie Wright dies

Former Republican state assemblywoman and state senator Cathie Wright died Saturday.

April 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tick Canyon 'rancher' charged in animal abuse case

A 26-year-old Canyon Country man is accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale over a six-month period in connection with the recent rescue of 29 emaciated farm animals.

April 10, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation into animals ongoing

An investigation continued Monday into the operator of a Canyon Country ranch at which 29 emaciated farm animals were rescued Friday, officials said.

April 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dog remains at shelter after fire

This boxer is a fighter - perhaps the toughest little fighter to emerge from Sunday's brush fire in Agua Dulce.

April 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man's body identified

The body of a man found on the front lawn of a Newhall apartment complex Friday morning has been identified as 32-year-old William Gordon Donson, of Newhall.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Agua Dulce brush fire stifles afternoon traffic

AGUA DULCE - A brush fire that consumed eight acres near Highway 14 Sunday snarled northbound traffic all afternoon as emergency crews worked to contain it.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands sign anti-mine petition online

Close to 100 people every day, on average, are signing an online petition to stop Cemex mining in Soledad Canyon.

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


Officials: Murkier water not unhealthful

About 70,000 Santa Clarita Valley water users are expected to receive a notice from the Castaic Lake Water Agency that water from their taps was murkier than it was allowed to be in mid-March - but that "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

April 05, 2012 | 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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