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Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New war on water bubbling locally?

The hydra, according to Greek mythology, is an ancient serpent-like water beast with many heads that guarded the entrance to the Underworld.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro to be retried for husband's murder

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile may still be stalking SCV kids

He likes little girls.

He likes to watch them at parks, in libraries, at bowling allies - anywhere little girls play.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Web site to warn about predators

The fight to oppose self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan has become a battle in cyberspace as concerned mothers take a stand on the Internet.

Since the beginning of the year, McClellan, 45, has repeatedly set up Web sites catering to pedophiles, creating new sites as his existing ones are shut down.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyers seek injunction against pedophile

Parents concerned about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan returning to Santa Clarita can join lawyers in court Friday when they ask a federal judge for an injunction against the man.

Area lawyers Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson filed a restraining order against McClellan on Tuesday in a bid to bar him from places in Santa Clarita where children gather and stop him from taking photographs of them.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile incites action

Two local lawyers are mad as hell about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan promising to return to Santa Clarita and they're not going to take it anymore.

Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson, who each have law offices in the Valencia Oaks Building on Valencia Boulevard, on Tuesday filed a restraining order against McClellan in Los Angeles Superior Court at the courthouse in Chatsworth.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile plans to revisit SCV

Self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan plans to return to Santa Clarita but not anytime soon.

"I will be back there one day," he told The Signal in a phone interview Monday. "But, I want to assure everyone that I'm not going to do anything crazy."

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


40 years later: A return to Vietnam

Vietnam War veteran Bill Reynolds stood in a rice paddy on June 19, 2007, holding a piece of paper with the names of fallen American soldiers.

His hands shook and his voice flattened as he steadied himself, ready to read the names after 40 years.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Escape from tyranny

U Mya Win steps into the sunshine at his home in Canyon Country, 12,000 miles from Burma and from what the world officially calls Myanmar.

He stands by a row of healthy low-hanging plants, arms behind his back.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Money for local perchlorate not likely

Lobbyists hired by the Castaic Lake Water Agency foresee a tough time getting funds to clean up perchlorate in Santa Clarita groundwater as long as the Democratic nomination race dominates the political scene in Washington.

July 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six new fire stations slated for SCV

The Santa Clarita Valley is adding to its stable of fire stations.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a recommendation that would allow financing to build six new stations at a cost of $78.6 million.

July 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Revenues keep going up for Santa Clarita Water Company

The Santa Clarita Water Company opened up its wallet Monday night to reveal how much it collects from its more than 28,000 customers.

The bottom line? The wallet is much fatter than it was five years ago, by at least 50 percent.

July 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another Hart employee put on administrative leave

For the second time in less than a month, an employee with the William S. Hart Union High School District has been put on administrative leave for alleged inappropriate contact with a student.

In a news release issued by district spokeswoman Pat Willett, the district says it is "currently investigating allegations of inappropriate contact between an employee and a student. The staff member has been placed on administrative leave pending results of the investigation."

July 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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