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Private investigator reports Laspisa sightings

A local private investigator says she has received at least a couple of reported Bryce Laspisa sightings every week since the 19-year-old went missing in August.

December 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New year may bring new ideas for inmate sentencing

After more than a decade of trying to help reduce overcrowding in California prisons, local prosecutors are setting their sights in 2014 on finding more alternatives to incarceration, The Signal has found.

December 31, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


8 Hart district band members to march in Rose Parade

SANTA CLARITA - More than half a dozen local high school marching band musicians will be proudly marching in the 2014 Rose Parade on Wednesday, having been chosen for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band

December 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country house fire causes $20,000 damage

SANTA CLARITA - A garage fire at a Canyon Country home Monday caused an estimated $20,000 damage, fire and law enforcement officials said.

December 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless shelter worker attacked by transient woman

A 33-year-old woman faces battery charges after allegedly assaulting a worker at the Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter, local Sheriff's Station documents show.

December 30, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Partygoers threatened by gunman

A Christmas Eve party in a Canyon Country neighborhood ended with a barricaded suspect surrendering to police Christmas Day, according to a report filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Sunday.

December 30, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Workers battle giant reed

A small army of workers has launched its battle against one of the Santa Clarita Valley's toughest adversaries.

December 29, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fire erupts in Saugus as high winds hit SCV

SANTA CLARITA - A brush fire blackened some 15 acres of land in Saugus today as Santa Ana winds whipped through Southern California.

December 29, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keeping the tap flowing

First, pour yourself a glass of water from the tap.

December 29, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


What's next for the Christmas tree?

With "Ho ho ho" in the rear-view mirror but "Happy New Year" ahead, you might already be wondering what to do with that dried-out, needle-dropping Christmas tree that's drooping in the living room.

December 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita wins environmental award

The city of Santa Clarita has won a national environmental award for a project to restore the only unchanneled stretch of Bouquet Creek within city limits, officials announced Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Ranch students raise more than $5,000 to play Santa

SANTA CLARITA - More than 40 under-privileged local kids woke up this morning to find Santa brought them exactly what they asked for - thanks to more than three dozen students at West Ranch High School who call themselves Santa's Special Forces.

December 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Harrowing rescue frees woman from crashed truck

SANTA CLARITA - A big rig driver was trapped inside the truck when it crashed through a guardrail, flipped onto its side and was left dangling over a 300-foot-deep ravine early Monday near Castaic.

December 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Last-minute shoppers take to SCV shops

'Tis the season to be a polite, happy shopper joining thousands of others in the Santa Clarita Valley for the crush of last minute Christmas shopping - but then there's still two days of shopping left.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local cyclist embarks on a ride that almost killed him one year ago

More than 120 bicyclists surprised local cyclist Kevin Korenthal Sunday when they rallied around him on the one-year anniversary of an accident that almost killed him.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


UPDATE: Castaic brush fire knocked down

Sparks from the broken axel of a vehicle towing a boat may have started a small brush fire in Castaic Sunday afternoon, according to emergency response crews.

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


Motorcyclist injured in I-5 collision

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Sunday following a traffic collision near Gorman involving the motorcycle and a truck, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Son recovers from knife attack allegedly committed by father

A 24-year-old man stabbed several times, allegedly by his father, has been released from the hospital and has left the state to visit his mother, a person close to the man said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man arrested on assault charge

A Canyon Country man was arrested on suspicion he assaulted someone with a deadly weapon following an alleged knife incident Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gorman crash victim identified as Fontana man

California Highway Patrol officers Wednesday identified the truck driver killed in a Tuesday Interstate 5 truck crash as 42-year-old Richard Topete of Fontana.

March 26, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Legacy teacher arrested for inappropriate conduct

A teacher at a private Santa Clarita elementary and middle school was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old student, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed in two-truck crash near Gorman

A box truck and a tanker fully loaded with jet fuel collided on Interstate 5 near Gorman on Tuesday, killing the tanker truck driver.

March 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car hits butterfly sculpture

The butterfly sculpture that adorns a median near Central Park in Saugus was packed up and taken to Santa Clarita City Hall on Monday after it was hit by a car.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD chaplain injured in bike incident

A Los Angeles Police Department chaplain was injured in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in Valencia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 24, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


You’ve got a friend in her

Sarah Kennedy is fast becoming Santa Clarita Valley's ambassador of goodwill for kids with special needs - one gumball at a time.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals strike again in Castaic

Local sheriff's deputies already investigating incidents of vandalism at Castaic school classrooms and, more recently, to cars parked on the street now have more incidents of vandalism to add to their list.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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