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Golden graduates

Golden Valley High School grads roared with wild abandon Wednesday as they said goodbye to friends and four years of high school.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building on dreams

Raised by a single mom while moving around the Santa Clarita Valley some 30 times in her young life, Golden Valley High School graduate Carla Simental is now prepared to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate primaries a preview for November

21st State Senate District Profiles

May 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk closer to McKeon in campaign funding

Click here for a link to the candidates' profiles and endorsements.

May 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paul Strickland's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Paul Strickland, veteran member of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board, has racked up scores of education endorsements.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Patricia McKeon, wife of Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in her first run for public office has more than just her husband to list as an endorsement.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Edward Headington's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Edward Headington, the only Democratic Party contender in the 38th Assembly District race, keeps a growing list of endorsements on his website.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scott Wilk's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Scott Wilk posts a running log online of the people who have endorsed him for the 38th Assembly District seat. They include:

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fundraiser for crash victim

A Little League softball team and coworkers of a woman killed in a single-car crash Sunday are holding a fundraiser for the victim's family Saturday.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge grants extension in Agua Dulce alleged drunken driving death

A lawyer representing an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car has been granted more time to prepare his reconstruction of the deadly collision.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


No second rider in car during Sunday’s fatal collision, investigator says

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman who died after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday was the only person in the car, the lead investigator in the case said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | 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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