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County approves path plan

Spurred by a failing economy, rising gas prices and a need to inspire coach potatoes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a 20-year master bicycle plan to change the car-dependent lifestyle of county residents.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Criminal minds

COMMERCE - On the steps of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, detectives are unveiling information about a mystery victim.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Races for state Senate line up

Tough fights are brewing in the two state Senate districts that encompass the Santa Clarita Valley after both Republicans currently serving those districts have announced they are not seeking re-election.

March 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hospital nurses without contract

A contract between Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and its 450 registered nurses has expired, and while nurses staged a demonstration Wednesday, administrators said they were confident an agreement would be reached.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wright announces run for Congress

The daughter of a former state Republican assemblywoman and state senator is the latest challenger in the 25th Congressional District race.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The pizza shop machete murder

Editor's note: Fourth in a series of four about SCV "cold case" homicides more than 5 years old.

February 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon announces new bill to protect U.S. in Afghanistan

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is expected to present a bill to Congress next week seeking to stop private security firms from being contracted to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

February 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Disappointment in Agua Dulce

A dozen Agua Dulce residents lost a key land battle Wednesday in their 10-year struggle to become part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phase 1 of Newhall Ranch gets supervisors’ nod

With county supervisors approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch on Tuesday, officials at Newhall Land Development Inc. expect to start building homes for the development's first phase as early as 18 months, a spokeswoman for the long-standing local land developer said.

February 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘CARPing’ program saves county millions

Local sheriff's deputies responding to incidents in and around Santa Clarita Valley Sunday heard a familiar voice in their cruisers.

February 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 injured in 2-vehicle rollover collision

At least three women suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle rollover collision on Bouquet Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon, including an elderly woman taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

February 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pregnant woman involved in crash

A head-on collision early Sunday morning caused concern for a pregnant woman whose "water broke" during the incident.

February 19, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: Hit-and-run victim was walking in the road

The woman hit by a car and killed Feb. 3 on Orchard Village Road in Valencia was walking in traffic lanes, a sheriff's investigator confirmed Wednesday.

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


Boy hit by car near Rancho Pico

A boy was hit by a car today near Rancho Pico Junior High School, but did not apparently suffer serious injury, a fire official said.

February 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: County supervisors approve deal for new sheriff’s station, courthouse

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signed off on a deal that would build a new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and courthouse on 12 acres of land along The Old Road just south of Highway 126.

February 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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