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Chief’s suicide under scrutiny

VENTURA - A Los Angeles County Fire Department chief who committed suicide in a Ventura County parking lot last month may have been under investigation for contract irregularities, a Ventura County coroner's official confirmed.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heavy rains flood Southland freeways

Heavy rains contributed to a freeway crash near Magic Mountain Parkway on Saturday that sent four people to hospital with minor injuries.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The show must, and does, go on — for 24 hours

"Watch me pull an all-nighter out of my hat."

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boutique to benefit Valencia High choir

Some might expect Valencia High School choir students to sing for their dinner if they embarked on any sort of fundraising.

November 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County kills small projects

Regional planners pulled the plug Tuesday on permits to build close to a dozen houses on at least 10 lots across Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

November 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A family of veterans

All around the room at the Belcaro Community Grove House on Thursday were photos of smiling young Americans.

November 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A man and his Huey

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Whitlock Jones folds up a crease-battered map of Vietnam that drapes his kitchen table in Canyon Country.

November 11, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV plans veterans tributes

The little drummer boy statue at Veterans Historical Plaza has been getting a lot of visitors in recent weeks, and on Veterans Day, it is surely not going to be alone.

November 10, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local fire chief commits suicide

A Valencia family is mourning the self-inflicted shooting death of the man who built Santa Clarita Valley's fire stations.

November 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scooter-rider recovering from collision

A 25-year-old man remained hospitalized in fair condition on Monday after being hit by a pickup truck late Friday night.

November 08, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall hit-and-run victim fights for life

A hit-and-run victim is struggling to stay alive today after he was struck by vehicle in front of Hart High School in Newhall early Monday.

November 08, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Marathon takes scenic route Sunday; traffic detoured

Getting around town is expected to be a bittersweet experience this weekend - sweet for runners in the 2010 Santa Clarita Marathon, and not so sweet for motorists coping with several road closures.

November 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closing arguments in Stephens murder trial

Alleged killer Michael Dean Stephens sat still as a stone Wednesday as lawyers addressed the young man's intentions on a night three years ago when one man was left dead and another nearly dead after a drunken brawl.

November 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Notes draw ire in murder trial

Lawyers in the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens wrestled over how best to handle last-minute evidence Tuesday, as closing arguments are scheduled to begin today.

November 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘It’s about survival’

Jurors at the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens got a crash course in the fight-or-flight syndrome, "high fear" and how our bodies respond to life-threatening situations.

November 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen’s threats stir Santa Clarita Valley

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, following a swift and overwhelming response by sheriff's deputies to calls from "hundreds" of concerned parents, according to parents and local deputies.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coroner identifies man found with throat slit

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department have identified the man found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, a Department spokesman said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall County Water District amends watering schedule

Anyone who gets their water from Newhall County District Water doesn't have to worry about the proposed watering schedule as long as they shut off their sprinklers and use a garden hose to water their yards, according a resolution adopted by the District's board Thursday.

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


UPDATE: Man found with throat slit inside Valencia business

A man was found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday, Sheriff's Department homicide detectives said.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman faces kidnapping charge Friday

A 43-year-old Castaic woman arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping a motorist at gunpoint is scheduled to appear in court Friday on a felony charge of kidnapping, according to court documents.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Water Division approved watering schedule

Watering your lawn every other day and never on Saturday's became a locally-enforced ordinance Thursday night for Santa Clarita Valley residents who get their water from the Santa Clarita Water Division.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Not guilty plea entered on Bouquet Canyon Road reckless driving charge

One of two people arrested in June on suspicion they were driving recklessly in a show of speed on Bouquet Canyon Road pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Wednesday, a spokesman for he Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials list some exemptions to drought rules

Santa Clarita Valley residents who have cut their water consumption by 20 percent over the past year will be exempt from watering schedule restrictions - and from the fines they carry, water officials said Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man held for trial in BB gun shooting incident

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been ordered to stand trial on the charges filed against him.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tempers high during Acton-Agua Dulce bullet train meeting

Acton residents sent a message loud and clear to California High-Speed Rail Authority officials Monday night: we don't want your stinking train.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County workers hunt for pit bulls

Worried the dogs might chase and attack again, county animal control officers scoured the Santa Clara River wash Monday searching for a pair of pit bulls, a spokeswoman said.

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three arrested at SCV marijuana growing operation

Three men listed as transients from Santa Clarita have been arrested on suspicion of running a pot-growing operation in the hills near Templin Highway,

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia High baseball coach remains on leave as new semester approaches

Valencia High School teacher and head baseball coach Jared Snyder will not be among those returning to school when it re-opens next week, said a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

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


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