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CLWA OKs more consulting funds

Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.

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


Planners working on new women's jail

Los Angeles County planners designing a 1,000-unit women's jail for the Pitchess Detention Center are excited about its innovative circular design and its promise to address overcrowding in jails across the county.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that sets aside money specifically for new fire stations in Santa Clarita and new barracks at the detention center in Castaic.

June 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Offender says he is innocent

John Joseph Gambill's life is falling apart, he says. With a wavering voice, the 48-year-old registered sex offender began to tell The Signal his side of the story but stopped to remove his glasses and wipe his eyes.

"My life is in ruins," he said as he unloaded groceries from his car outside his Saugus mobile home Tuesday. "I'm going through a lot of s--t right now. My mother just died. I'm scarred for life because of this."

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves sex offender alert system

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility.

The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County spending plan adds new fire stations

Despite a severe drop in expected property tax revenue and a bare-bones budget, Santa Clarita Valley is slated to get new fire stations and a new barracks at the Pitchess Detention Center within the year.

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


Moms want sex offender gone

Mothers who want a registered sex offender out of their mobile home community were stepping up their efforts Monday to convince him to move.

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


Registered sex offender lives too near school

A registered sex offender listed on the Attorney General's Megan's Law Web site, which alerts the public about sex offenders, lives less than a tenth of a mile from a Canyon Country school, The Signal has learned.

John Joseph Gambill, 48, is a registered sex offender who was convicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Megan's Law sex offender locator Web site.

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


Water agency tightening security

Security is being tightened around Santa Clarita water plants despite the Castaic Lake Water Agency reporting no direct threats targeting its facilities.

When it comes to the agency's buildings and grounds, topping the list of the agency's goals for the 2008/2009 fiscal year is installation of a video surveillance system put in place at each of its two water treatment plants and its two pumping stations.

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


Hart bison dies after vet care

Scientists and animal specialists are reviewing data today to determine what caused a young American bison to die suddenly Wednesday morning at William S. Hart Park.

The bison, about one year old, died suddenly after emerging from a general anesthetic administered by a local veterinarian, as part of a routine castration procedure.

June 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

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


Castro prosecutor: 'This was a murder'

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband, focusing on "contradictory statements" she had made to investigators.

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


Newhall Incident: The day that shook our valley

It was a different world on April 6, 1970, when four young California Highway Patrol officers were shot and killed in one of the state's bloodiest gun battles.

What's now the Santa Clarita Valley was then a patchwork of farms and ranches, dotted with small businesses. What happened on that day 38 years ago, however, shattered the valley's quiet forever with a violence that echoes today.

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


Stretch of I-5 dedicated to slain CHP officers

A memorial service honoring four California Highway Patrol officers Friday morning caused many veteran law enforcement officers to reflect on one of the bloodiest gun battles ever witnessed in America.

On April 6, 1970, four CHP officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

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


Rio Vista kids attend environmental, career fair

Are you smarter than a fifth-grader when it comes to environmental issues?

June 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | SCV Kids


Miles of traffic lights synchronized

The Old Road is now the synchronized road.

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich met with representatives of Castaic and West Ranch on Wednesday to flip the switch on synchronized traffic signals along the western road that runs parallel to Interstate 5.

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


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CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

July 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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