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Quake report unsettling

When the Big One hits Santa Clarita some will likely die, many will be injured and many buildings will be destroyed.

July 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

July 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

July 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Groundwater bill examined

Groundwater is stirring up deep opposition and resentment among some Santa Clarita residents who fear the resource is being manipulated by local water officials in order to facilitate more urban development.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Back to court for Castro

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines ordered a new trial for Esperanza Castro Friday morning, three full weeks after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

July 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New war on water bubbling locally?

The hydra, according to Greek mythology, is an ancient serpent-like water beast with many heads that guarded the entrance to the Underworld.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro to be retried for husband's murder

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile may still be stalking SCV kids

He likes little girls.

He likes to watch them at parks, in libraries, at bowling allies - anywhere little girls play.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Web site to warn about predators

The fight to oppose self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan has become a battle in cyberspace as concerned mothers take a stand on the Internet.

Since the beginning of the year, McClellan, 45, has repeatedly set up Web sites catering to pedophiles, creating new sites as his existing ones are shut down.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyers seek injunction against pedophile

Parents concerned about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan returning to Santa Clarita can join lawyers in court Friday when they ask a federal judge for an injunction against the man.

Area lawyers Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson filed a restraining order against McClellan on Tuesday in a bid to bar him from places in Santa Clarita where children gather and stop him from taking photographs of them.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile incites action

Two local lawyers are mad as hell about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan promising to return to Santa Clarita and they're not going to take it anymore.

Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson, who each have law offices in the Valencia Oaks Building on Valencia Boulevard, on Tuesday filed a restraining order against McClellan in Los Angeles Superior Court at the courthouse in Chatsworth.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile plans to revisit SCV

Self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan plans to return to Santa Clarita but not anytime soon.

"I will be back there one day," he told The Signal in a phone interview Monday. "But, I want to assure everyone that I'm not going to do anything crazy."

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


40 years later: A return to Vietnam

Vietnam War veteran Bill Reynolds stood in a rice paddy on June 19, 2007, holding a piece of paper with the names of fallen American soldiers.

His hands shook and his voice flattened as he steadied himself, ready to read the names after 40 years.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


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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


More SCV residents sign up to cash in their lawns

Close to 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents are tossing out their lawns and cashing in on a water conservation program that offers them $2 for every square foot of that green expanse that they replace.

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


Woman ID’d in Utah bank robbery

The woman suspected of being the Bombshell Bandit has been identified as 24-year-old Sandeep Kaur of Union City, California, a neighborhood outside of San Francisco, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man accused of shooting woman in the eye with a BB gun due back in court

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on the charges filed against him.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in Canyon Country crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car and a big rig hauling cement cylinders collided on Soledad Canyon Road, spilling more than 50 gallons of diesel, according to emergency response officials.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Possible Bombshell Bandit arrested in Nevada

A woman suspected of robbing a bank in Utah and being chased across the state line into Nevada may be the Bombshell Bandit, wanted for three bank robberies including one in the Santa Clarita Valley in June, a police sergeant said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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