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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


Environmental groups call for governor to abandon Bay Delta Conservation Plan

SANTA CLARITA - A coalition of environmentalists called Monday for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon his support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and instead invest in sustainable water projects.

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


Nearly 500 homes planned for Castaic site

SANTA CLARITA - Los Angeles County planners are moving ahead with a nearly 500-home development on Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic where 200 luxury homes and a golf course designed by legend Arnold Palmer were previously planned.

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


1 injured in crash on Interstate 5 Monday

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a local fire station captain said.

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


Multi-car collision closes part of I-5

About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled onto the ground near Castaic Sunday from a big rig involved in a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country murder victim identified

A coroner's investigator has identified the victim of a fatal stabbing Friday as 25-year-old Jose Eduardo Ocampo, of Canyon Country.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman scratches her way to $1M

A young Castaic woman who worked as for a store at a truck stop is now a millionaire.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robbery reported at fast food restaurant

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a brazen thief who snatched $100 from the hands of a fast food cashier in Canyon Country Thursday, according to documents filed by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baca to retire at end of month

SANTA CLARITA - Amid controversy over federal probes that led to the indictment of 18 sworn officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday he is retiring.

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


Baca schedules news conference; retirement announcement expected

SANTA CLARITA - As rumors of his expected retirement abound this morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles.

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


Water supplies assessed as third year in row dawns dry

SANTA CLARITA - On the heels of two consecutive years of record low precipitation, early 2014 indicators - among them dwindling snow packs and continuing rainfall shortages - have water officials bracing for a third dry year in California.

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


Jaywalking man arrested for illegal weapon posession

A 19-year-old man stopped for jaywalking who asked the sheriff's deputy for a ride ended up being charged with possessing metal knuckles, according to a sheriff's report filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Details of vicious Newhall robbery emerge

More details have emerged about the vicious attack of a man robbed of his wallet in Newhall the day after Christmas, documents maintained at the local sheriff's station show.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

April 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Some precincts report heavy voting in Santa Clarita City Council election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election was heavier than normal for at least some precincts during the day, poll workers said Tuesday, though others reported an average or light turnout.

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


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


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