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Sheriff’s Station expanding

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives will soon be moving into some new digs since the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a request for 9,500 square-feet in additional office space Tuesday.

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


Water agency looking ahead

Perchlorate cleanup and new developer water fees are two issues topping the local water agency's agenda for the remainder of the year, said the agency's top official prior to an agenda-setting meeting Tuesday night.

November 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Towers upset neighbors

A monster stands 200-feet tall in the north end of Valencia, towering over the gray-haired men and women who look up at it in wonder and anger.

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City Council back in session

The first meeting of Santa Clarita City Council was a collective "How I spent my summer vacation."

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Power lines pose problems

Some Valencia residents who chose to spend the latter part of their lives in Santa Clarita Valley, enjoying the view from their homes of sunsets setting over low rolling hills, vistas dotted with oaks and sycamores, didn't plan on taking in big black hydro-electric towers.

October 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fistfight leads to gunfire

PALMDALE - A pleasant Sunday afternoon drive turned into a harrowing experience for a Quartz Hill family caught in the middle of gunfire that erupted on an open street.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lanes closing in Castaic

Early morning commuters may want to sleep in a bit this week as workers demolishing the Hasley Canyon Bridge prompt the shut down of lanes in both directions.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials form panel to deal with drought

Local water officials, as well as city and country decision-makers, have banded together to form a Drought Committee in response, in large part, to the deepening state-wide drought declared by the governor two months ago.

October 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘High fire hazard zone’?

Elderly Stevenson Ranch folks shouldn't be living in a middle of a high fire hazard zone, say those opposed to a senior citizen complex slated to be built next to Towsley Canyon.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district reviews financial concerns

The Newhall County Water District is holding a special finance meeting tonight to review a report on post-employment benefits and other financial concerns.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lyons Canyon hearing Wednesday morning

Stevenson Ranch residents concerned about plans for a senior citizen complex next door to Towsley Canyon will have another opportunity to express their concerns publicly.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse snatchers meet their match

An elderly shopper outwitted a elusive gang of persistent wallet-lifting thieves at every turn recently in a harrowing aisle-to-aisle cross-store encounter.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mentryville vs. chain saw

History is being wiped out in Mentryville, one pepper tree at a time, says a man who grew up in the hilly historic area tucked away in a corner of the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Brothers re-arrested for murder of Mugsy's Bar owner

Two brothers arrested and released two years ago in connection with the beating and stabbing death of Mugsy's Bar owner Louis Campanelli have been arrested again for the same slaying, this time charged with first-degree murder.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


UPDATED: Mentryville vs. chain saw, part II

On an early morning hike through Mentryville recently with Darryl Manzer, past the big house, the wrought-iron pen he said he built to contain pigs, the gray splintered and crumbling shed by the school, past the school itself and through wisps of swaying pepper-tree branches laden with clusters of peppers, it becomes clear that Manzer has done his research.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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