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Group seeks to toss out electoral maps

Local advocates who spent a good part of their summer calling on redistricting commissioners to keep Santa Clarita Valley whole are getting help from petition-writing groups seeking to toss out the revised electoral maps.

October 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


9 arrested for DUI during 24-hour period

A priest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is one of nine people arrested for investigation of drunken driving in the Santa Clarita Valley between Wednesday and Thursday morning.

October 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ed Lin to leave Michael Hoefflin Foundation

Ed Lin, interim executive director for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, is leaving his post at the end of the month, foundation officials revealed today.

October 13, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


GOP official: Early dissent is healthy for party

As pre-election Republican rhetoric punctuates the 2012 race, one long-standing Republican group remains well-acquainted with dissent, division and diversity.

October 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County greenlights park plan

County supervisors gave developers the green light Tuesday to build a park on Copper Hill Drive at Haskell Canyon Road, for a cost $1 million cheaper than planned.

October 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Women’s jail at Pitchess proposed

A new women's jail proposed for Pitchess Detention Center will have to wait at least another couple of weeks before it's approved, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

October 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three sought in home invasion

Deputies investigating a home invasion robbery Saturday are looking for three men who forced their way into an apartment on Magic Mountain Parkway, assaulted the occupants and stole from them, a sheriff's investigator said today.

October 11, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lockdown lifted at Pitchess

Things are back to normal at the Pitchess Detention Center this morning after a major fight broke out among inmates Sunday.

October 10, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


The path to road safety

County engineers are now looking at improving a remote stretch of Lake Hughes Road that recently claimed the life of one man and almost killed another.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funds raised in soldier’s honor

A scholarship set up in honor of fallen Army paratrooper Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig saw its first inaugural barbecue fundraiser Sunday with organizers hoping the event becomes an annual one honoring local men and women who died serving their country.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 161 dogs and cats find homes at pet fair

Hundreds of curious dogs, and some mildly amused cats, put the "Wow" in the 11th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair Sunday as pet owners turned out in force with their pets - and some people signed on to become new pet owners.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car over embankment at Lake Hughes Road

Emergency crews responded to reports a car went over an embankment on Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman dies in crash

A 20-year-old Castaic woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and struck a utility pole early Sunday morning, a coroner's spokeswoman said.

October 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The evolution of big top

No lions, no tigers, no bears will be found under the Circus Vargas big top, a spokeswoman for the traveling troupe said Thursday.

October 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family hopes to spread message

The family of a West Los Angeles man who lay dead at the bottom of a ravine for two weeks plans to launch a public campaign to ensure elderly drivers have a cellphone with them so they can be found if something similar happens to them.

October 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver arrested following high-speed chase on I-5

A 27-year-old man faces several criminal charges today following a high-speed chase that started in Orange County and ended in a scuffle with California Highway Patrol officers in Castaic Tuesday night, a CHP spokesman said.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman gets 3 days for leaving child in car

A Frazier Park woman was sentenced to three days in jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment for leaving an infant inside a car for half an hour.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 6 sheriff's personnel convicted in federal obstruction case

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita was among six sworn officers found guilty Tuesday of obstruction of justice for interfering with a federal civil rights investigation at the Men's Central Jail.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup moves ahead

The seven-year plan to clean up groundwater on the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site will be tweaked according to comments made by concerned Santa Clarita Valley residents, according to the state agency monitoring the cleanup.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies arrest one more suspect in Canyon Country bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested one juvenile and are looking for another youth following raids on two locations today, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV jail death appears to be heroin related

Jenna Marie Coleman, found dead in a jail cell Saturday, appears to be Santa Clarita Valley's latest heroin-related casualty, according to a sergeant with the local sheriff's narcotics section.

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


Victim of Pyramid Lake boating accident identified

The victim of a fatal boating accident on Pyramid Lake Sunday has been identified as 52-year-old Rick Tanovan, of West Covina, as the lake search for his friend, continues, according to county sheriff and coroner officials.

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


Deliberations continue in FBI obstruction-of-justice case with new juror on panel

One juror was replaced with an alternate today as deliberations entered their second week in the trial of six Sheriff's Department sworn personnel accused of obstructing the FBI in its investigation of jail wrongdoing.

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


Woman injured in Newhall hit & run

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday after a motorist allegedly hit her car as she was getting something out of the vehicle, an investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Traffic Section said.

June 30, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

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


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

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


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

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


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