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School officer charged in shooting

A police officer who lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and works in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report in connection with claims he had been shot in the chest.

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


Water officials extend savings for dry days

Despite recent heavy rains that swelled water levels, local water officials voted this week to keep out-of-town water reserves in their cache.

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


Officials close Ottman case

Local civilian Fire Chief Timothy John Ottman, who shot and killed himself while being investigated for allegations of wrongdoing, committed no crime, according to Ottman's relatives.

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


Agency to go solar

Water resource planners want the public to weigh in on their plan to turn part of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's back lot into a cost-saving field of solar panels.

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


Nature’s latest local companion

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area has a new face.

January 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group keeps up fight against Romero Canyon

More than 40 Romero Canyon residents opposed to having a high school built on the Castaic site already selected by the local school board want the board members to look at an alternate site that they say is more accessible.

January 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials plan to pump up water pressure

If living with hard water is driving you crazy, then having to wait for it as it dribbles out of the tap might just be the last straw.

January 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No car, no charges in hit-and-run crash

Los Angeles detectives are still looking for the car that struck and killed the father of a local sportscaster.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A swing to sunny skies

Just when you dig through the closet to find your hat and mittens so you can make another snowman, it's time to find your shorts and sunglasses.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigator in fire chief suicide to publish report

The investigator looking into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department says her findings will be published on a Los Angeles County website, possibly as early as April.

January 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Developer’s water fees could be rising

Local water officials responding to a drop in revenue - due to a drop in land development - want to increase the fees they charge developers to pay for projects like new pipelines.

January 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Hit-and-run charges not filed; man released

A Stevenson Ranch former child actor arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision Saturday night was released without charges Sunday.

January 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tragedy touches SCV family

Earl Biggs had just left his 77th birthday party - blew out his candles, ate the last piece of a cake specially made for him, said goodbye to his friends - when he stepped onto the street where he was killed.

January 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mother of murder victim to face trial

The mother of a 5-year-old girl found battered and naked on the sidewalk of a Castaic cul-de-sac more than six years ago is expected to stand trial Tuesday on charges of murder, torture and child abuse.

January 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district stays committed to the canyon for Castaic

Rick Patterson is president of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that buys land for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

January 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Lawsuits dominate Santa Clarita Valley water board agenda

The directors of Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler, Castaic Lake Water Agency, are likely to spend as much time on lawsuits at Wednesday night's meeting as they are on water issues.

April 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish spot fire near Acton

Firefighters wasted no time extinguishing a "spot fire" near Highway 14 just north of Escondido Canyon Road Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 arrested in Jakes Way street fight

A man being beaten up during a street fight in Canyon Country attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle and ran into a crowd of people, injuring a woman, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

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


Newhall man arrested on attempted murder charge

A Newhall woman was injured and rushed to the hospital with lacerations to her head and neck, a local sheriff's deputy said Monday.

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


Deputies investigating home egging incident

School bullies are suspected in the "egging" of a house and a car in Valencia last week, according to a report filed by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy who responded to the incident.

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


Vandals strike Castaic Elementary again

In what has become a monthly occurrence this year, vandals illegally entered Castaic Union School District classrooms recently, damaged property and, in the most recent case, rifled through the desks of at least two teachers, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

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


Short-term fix for Bouquet water impasse moving ahead

A temporary quick fix to the Bouquet Canyon water impasse is under way, but a more permanent solution that would allow the creek to flow freely appears stymied for now, officials from various agencies said.

April 05, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

A bill approved nearly unanimously by the Assembly on Thursday would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial set to begin May 1 in SCV murder-for-hire case

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next month for a Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tree that red-tagged two Saugus homes is reduced to firewood

The four-story-tall pine tree that fell on one Saugus house this week, smashing through its roof, and threatened a second home became firewood on Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus house red-tagged after tree topples on it

A Saugus family's home was red-tagged Monday after a tree blew over onto it, Santa Clarita and fire officials said.

March 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sprinkler program gets extension

Directors of the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler have agreed to extend for another year a free water sprinkler program credited with conserving about 10 percent of water used by the average single-family household - one "smart sprinkler" at a time.

March 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita man dies in off-roading rollover

A 44-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man died this weekend after his SUV rolled backward down a hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area in Canyon Country, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 dogs found after I-5 rollover in Valencia

Two dogs left stranded on the highway Sunday morning after the pickup truck they were in crashed and sent the driver to the hospital are "doing well" at the Castaic Animal Care Center, a center spokesman said.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


From helper to author

From the time she was a little girl running barefoot through the woods, bringing wounded animals home to mend, Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks has made it her mission to care for animals, she said, and now she's put her journey in writing.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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