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Duct tape, stun gun, ransom

SAN FERNANDO - A Castaic tow-truck driver already facing several criminal charges including kidnapping was charged Monday with witness intimidation and ordered to stand trial next month.

September 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building a model of efficiency

A doorway to the future was revealed when the new Newhall County Water District offices officially opened.

September 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Good ol’ family fun

Castaic Days turned out to be great days this year, even though they weren't wild and wet days splashing around in Castaic Lake.

September 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Intertribal celebration: Native American groups celebrate culture at Hart Park

A heat wave and a tough economy apparently kept scores of people from the 17th Annual Pow Wow and Native

September 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kidnapping hearing set for Monday

A Castaic tow-truck driver charged with kidnapping and four other offences has been scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

September 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six Flags lays off 10 park employees

With summer officially over and the rush of vacationing visitors to Six Flags now tapering off, the amusement park has found it necessary to lay off about 10 of its full-time employees.

September 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cities say ‘no’ to mandates

California needs to provide special funding to meet strict environmental standards or block its agencies from fining cities for failing to meet the unfunded mandates, city leaders from throughout the state have agreed.

September 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charity’s winning hand

The United Way came up with a winning hand Saturday night, combining poker with fresh-baked cupcakes.

September 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rides, tradition and tasty fundraising

If you could fit a state fair into the back lot of a church, what would it look like?

September 19, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McLean rails against state demands made without funds

Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean called on California cities Wednesday at a San Diego conference to stand up to projects forced by the state without funding by proposing a resolution to demand funding for any state-imposed duty or obligation.

September 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Natural-gas lines under scrutiny

Could the Santa Clarita Valley fall victim to a massive natural gas explosion like the one that killed four people in San Bruno last week?

September 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A blast from the past

If something goes "boom" in the hills east of Railroad Avenue, do not be alarmed. It's simply cleanup crews dismantling and removing unexploded munitions found on the Whittaker-Bermite site.

September 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


9/11 events honor victims, the first responders and others who have given their lives

Three thousand miles away and nine years later, the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were remembered throughout Santa Clarita Valley.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In remembrance of their sacrifice

From the tragic minutes that unfolded nine years ago on Sept. 11 to the tragic minutes that recently claimed the life of a local, young United States Marine Corps hero, first responders to the terrorist attacks and our latest responders were remembered Saturday.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No fine lines for water board

Water-law enforcers have hit the Santa Clarita Valley with some of the largest fines in Southern California during the past few years, including a half-million-dollar fine against the city and close to a million dollars in penalties against Six Flags, The Signal has recently learned.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Appellate court rejects reversal in Newhall Ranch case

A California appellate court has ruled in favor of developers planning to build 21,000 homes on the banks of the Santa Clara River and has tossed out a 2012 court decision opposed to the project.

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


Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff's documents.

March 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet cleanup measures approved

U.S. Forest Service officials have approved the first of two emergency measures proclaimed by county supervisors last month in an effort to clean up the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and release much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir, a Los Angeles County spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff's official said.

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


Work truck suspected as cause of brush fire near Gorman

A brush fire that burned more than 100 acres near Gorman on the weekend was apparently caused by the overheated undercarriage of a work truck, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

March 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 25-year-old found dead in apparent heroin overdose

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff officials logged what appears to be the first heroin overdose death of the year Tuesday with the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Newhall, law enforcement sources said.

March 18, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Man faces preliminary hearing in peace officer battery case

A preliminary hearing has been set for as Azusa man charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and battery of a peace officer following a struggle with law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol in August, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

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


UPDATE: Body found at burn site may be shooting victim

A man whose decomposed body was found near Gorman last weekend by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire was the victim of foul play and may have been shot, a homicide detective said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young chess players hit the boards for massive state tournament in Valencia

Scores of dueling chess players walked away from the Hyatt Regency Valencia Sunday hauling trophies almost as big as some of the competitors.

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


Remains discovered after fire

Human skeletal remains found in a rugged area burned by a brush fire east of Gorman are believed to be "years old," according to one of several investigators who scoured a blackened hillside Sunday.

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


One dead, one injured after car plunges off Lake Hughes Road

One man is dead and another "glad to be alive" after they both plunged 400 feet down a ravine in a pickup truck Friday night and were found 36 hours later, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol said.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VALENCIA: Motorcyclist injured in Sunday morning crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Sunday following a traffic collision involving a car and a "Ninja" motorcycle, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

March 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC student charged with misdemeanor battery

A 20-year-old College of the Canyons student is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following a skirmish on campus that left college football player Joey Cicoria with a bloody nose, according to college, law enforcement and district attorney sources.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An ease for the water squeeze

Six years ago when Santa Clarita Valley water officials told residents to cut back on their water use, a Valencia couple we shall call Jack and Jill complied by turning off their sprinklers.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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