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Hopefuls eye seats for ’12

While two Republican candidates have already announced they will seek the local Assembly seat in the 2012 election, the two Republican senators who represent the Santa Clarita Valley are more quietly going about campaigns for re-election.

September 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland takes leave from job with Smyth

Paul Strickland, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Assembly in the November 2012 election, has taken a leave of absence without pay from his position as aide to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, it was announced today.

September 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County rejects plan for state to hand over mentally ill probationers

County supervisors unanimously rejected a proposal for the state to release to the Probation Department mentally ill probationers without providing mental health records in advance.

September 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phase 1 approved for Castaic pool complex

County supervisors on Tuesday approved the first phase of a regional sports complex in Castaic.

September 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Strickland throws hat into the ring for Assembly

Paul B. Strickland formally announced Tuesday he is running in November 2012 for the California 38th District Assembly seat, a position currently held by his boss, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth.

September 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Refuse reused

Nearly a year after the Chiquita Canyon Landfill near Val Verde began turning methane into clean, renewable energy, the site is becoming a local green industry model.

September 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Job-seekers, community explore expo

Ricky Marenghi and D.J. Lynch went looking for a job at the 27th annual SCV Community Expo on Saturday - and they weren't the only ones.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Signers of the time

From fifes, drums and curly white wigs to aged and personally signed copies of the Constitution of the United States, Saturday was a step back in time for the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Relief for the river

The annual River Rally cleanup drew hundreds of participants on Saturday, and the event's veterans said they believe it was the largest turnout yet.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Sept. 17, 2011

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September 16, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Many SCV leaders line up behind Wilk for Assembly

Scott Wilk hasn't formally announced he's running for Assembly in November 2012, but a number of local elected leaders lined up Friday to say they're rallying behind him.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Acclaimed for handling the flames

Local stuntman Jayson Dumenigo can now say he survived being set ablaze longer than any human being on record.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies engage in brief chase

Local sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen car for a short time through Valencia this morning, but called off the chase due to restrictions placed on such pursuits.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in connection with June gas station crash

Local detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with a June crash that sent a car careening into a Newhall gas station, toppling the canopy, destroying two pumps and starting a fire.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial honors champion spirit

About 150 people turned out to support the memory of Santa Clarita Valley's young chess champion, Sean Reader, and to contribute to a fund set up in his name.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

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


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

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


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

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


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Bombshell Bandit’ suspected in third bank robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in a third bank robbery, this time in San Diego, FBI officials said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bombshell Bandit now suspect in Ariz. robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in an Arizona bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A weekend of RC racing

The 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout has become not only a tradition for remote car competitors in the Santa Clarita Valley but for enthusiasts across the country, according to some faithful returnees.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in single-car crash

Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle crash near the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road Sunday, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

July 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

July 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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