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Name draws sheriff's attention

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it's actually a simple working guy trying to run a business fixing motorcycles.

October 11, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart moves forward with bond

The Hart district school board has rebuffed a bid by some district parents to remove a $300 million bond measure from the November ballot.

October 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck driver recalls final moments with 2 killed in I-5 collision

It was all he could do as two young lives slipped away from him.

October 09, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Check forgery suspect chased, caught

There were some exciting moments Thursday afternoon at the Bank of America branch on Valencia Boulevard at the corner of Citrus Avenue, across from Santa Clarita City Hall, when a man ran from the bank after allegedly trying to pass a forged check, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reported.

October 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime declines in SCV

Statistics released Wednesday by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station show an overall drop in almost all crimes locally during the first half of 2008.

October 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's report: SCV crime down in 2008

The latest crime statistics released today by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reveal an overall drop in almost all crimes in the SCV during the first half of this year.

October 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two who died in I-5 collision were siblings

The family of a brother and sister killed in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 Monday are "destroyed" by news of their death, a family member said Tuesday.

October 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two dead in collision on I-5 identified

A brother and sister were killed in a chain-reaction collision early Monday afternoon when her car and his motorcycle were struck from behind by a man's pickup truck on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass.

October 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial service for rock musician today

The sudden death of a local rocker has prompted Santa Clarita musicians to play in his honor and try to raise college money for the man's surviving children.

October 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Davis counseling LandSource

Former California Gov. Gray Davis is the strategic adviser for Newhall Land and Farming owner LandSource Communities Development LLC, according to bankruptcy court papers obtained by The Signal.

October 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Court to appoint restructuring officers

A bankruptcy court judge on the East Coast is expected to authorize two accomplished California housing developers to try and restructure the company that owns Newhall Land and Farming.

October 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone law nets 10 tickets a day

An average of 10 people a day in Santa Clarita Valley were charged under the new "hands free" cell phone law passed a month ago, officials reported Thursday.

October 02, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heritage oak trees get reprieve

Oak tree advocates have lived to fight another day after having voiced their concerns in front of the county's Regional Planning Commission.

October 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV data will help quake predictions

Seismologists pouring over data surrounding Tuesday's earthquake in Chino Hills credit Santa Clarita for having provided valuable information needed to interpret what happened and to predict seismic activity.

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


First responders get live quake drill

Who needs a mock scenario to test a disaster preparedness plan when you have a 5.4 earthquake to test your resources, people and protocol?

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior 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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