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Stalkers stalked?

March 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


GOP challengers sound off at forum

Heaping praise on the Santa Clarita Valley and scorn on Sacramento, local Republican candidates in this year's Assembly seat race Friday unanimously called for more jobs and less government.

March 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nature groups file Newhall Ranch suit

Several environmental groups filed a joint lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Thursday for approving the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.

March 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State pays for new floating john in Castaic

A new floating restroom has been approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.

March 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A raiment roundup

Curators at the William S. Hart Museum challenged fashion experts to distinguish between fake film wardrobe and antique vintage clothing this weekend in what they called the "real from reel" test.

March 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The impact of inmates

The real impact of inmates transferred to the Santa Clarita Valley from state prisons lies in the sheer number of bodies behind bars, local jailers say.

March 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mom, child injured

A Santa Clarita Valley mother and her 6-year-old son received minor burns Thursday when the boy dashed into their burning mobile home and the mother went in to grab him, a fire official said.

March 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon calls to halt for military cuts

SIMI VALLEY - Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, harkened back to the time of military might under President Ronald Reagan and warned Wednesday against pending cuts to military spending.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assemblyman attacks Brown on budget cuts

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, on Tuesday opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to gut a law giving lost animals more shelter time before they're humanely killed.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon hears concern from small businesses

Fewer taxes, less regulation and more sales people were some of the requests of local business owners who asked Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to take their messages back to Washington, D.C., with him.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Passenger in airplane crash recovering

The passenger of a small plane that crashed Sunday on an Agua Dulce hilltop was recovering from minor injuries Monday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

March 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More than a dozen DUI arrests made over weekend

While more than a dozen motorists were arrested for alleged drunken driving over the weekend, a scheduled DUI checkpoint in the Santa Clarita Valley Friday netted only one impaired-driver arrest despite more than a thousand motorists checked.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County group gives nod to Buck, but none for Assembly

Republicans representing Los Angeles County have chosen to endorse Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon in the local House race, but chose not to endorse any candidate in the 38th California Assembly District race, including McKeon's wife, Patricia.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP pursue suspect through Sand Canyon backyards

A brief early morning pursuit along Highway 14 ended in a foot chase through backyards in the area near Sand Canyon Road on Sunday.

March 11, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One good turn deserves another

A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window at night.

March 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff 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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