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McKeon aims for 2012 re-election

On the heels of a newly drawn constituency map proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has announced his plans to run for re-election next year.

June 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Canyon Country woman was murder victim

Renata "Rennie" Klein, the Canyon Country woman whose body was found in the Angeles National Forest last week, was a murder victim, sheriff's officials announced Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 5 arrested in trespass case

Sheriff's deputies found a man suspected of rape during a sweep of the Santa Clara River wash, which was saw five arrested for allegedly trespassing, authorities said Wednesday.

June 22, 2011 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP investigates injury crash

A freeway motorist suffered broken bones and other injuries when his car plunged into a ravine near the Valencia Boulevard off-ramp of Interstate 5 Tuesday.

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


UPDATED: Fatal crash triggers suit

The family of the woman killed in a freak car crash during the Fourth of July fireworks display last year filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the city, county, operator of the mall where the show was held and other businesses.

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


Officials hunt for chloride culprits

With a looming deadline to comply with water standards or pay up, local sanitation district and city officials are teaming up to track down scofflaws still using salt-discharging water softeners.

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


Natural predators an aspect of Santa Clarita Valley life

One morning last week Fair Oaks Ranch resident Jenifer Ranieri was exercising while her five kids headed outside to play.

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


Guns, drugs and fake cash found in raid

Drugs, firearms, stolen property and counterfeit bills were among the items seized during a recent raid on a Canyon Country house. Seven suspects were arrested.

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


Officials ask for input on districts

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

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


UPDATED: Body of missing Santa Clarita woman found

The body of a Canyon Country woman was found by public works employees on a rocky, isolated area in the Angeles National Forest earlier this week, sheriff's officials said Saturday.

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


Moviemakers arrested on fraud charges

Two local men are among 18 people arrested this week for allegedly fleecing $25 million from would-be movie investors through a telemarketing scam.

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


McKeon to honor appointees

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is expected to honor more than a dozen U.S. Military Service Academy appointees at a special luncheon Saturday.

June 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV encouraged to give input on district lines

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

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


Oldest part of Valencia may be merged into SFV

The original Valencia Old Orchard housing tract joins Newhall in a proposed new congressional district linked with the San Fernando Valley under a tentative plan submitted for public discussion by the citizens' commission for redistricting.

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


Locals upset over coyotes

A string of recent dog-nappings - with coyotes thought to be the likely culprit - has homeowners in Fair Oaks concerned.

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


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Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

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


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


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