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Another delay granted in trial involving Rosemary Flynn death

SAN FERNANDO - For the second time in just over a month, the attorney representing a local man charged in the death of his girlfriend was granted more time for tests relating to the girl's death nearly a year and a half ago.

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


McKeon: Nobody told me loan had VIP treatment

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, says he was unaware he was on a special VIP list when Countrywide Financial Corp. allegedly shaved hundreds of dollars off the cost of his 1998 refinancing loan.

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


UPDATE: Strickland announces bid for congressional district

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, officially declared his candidacy Tuesday for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District seat, which takes in part of the Santa Clarita Valley's West Side.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Meeting to be held over soil worries

Administrators at a Valencia-area preschool are awaiting soil test results this week after state officials monitoring the cleanup of a nearby dry cleaner traced contaminated soil to its property line.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Candidate to announce intentions on Tuesday

Following a week of speculation, Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, is expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for the 26th Congressional District seat.

January 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Retirement causes ripples in race

A Ventura County congressman's announcement that he will not seek re-election could trigger a domino effect and change careers for at least two locally elected politicians.

January 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 enter pleas of not guilty in Alejandro Sanchez Torrez slaying

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men facing murder charges in the death of a Canyon Country man on Halloween entered not-guilty pleas in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

January 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions persist on soldier’s death

The year 2011 saw the death of U.S. Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, of Canyon Country, shot in Afghanistan by a rogue security-firm recruit hired to protect American soldiers.

January 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Plastic bag ban extends to smaller stores

Beginning Sunday, smaller grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County are not allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags.

December 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Army investigation not handed over to Armed Services Committee chair for 8 months

An investigation into the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him was completed by the United States military eight months ago but never sent to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, the man who demanded the probe.

December 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver released in fatal 4th of July crash

The young woman sentenced last month in connection with the 2010 Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three is out of jail.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father waiting for answers

The father of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, killed earlier this year by a rogue Afghan national recruited by military contractors, is still awaiting a promised response to his questions about federal government contracting practices, he said Wednesday.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ender named city mayor

As expected, Laurie Ender was named Santa Clarita's mayor for 2012.

December 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Checkmate: Students win chess competition

Four of Hart High School's chess players defeated opponents from four western states in Irvine on the weekend to emerge the Western champions at the 2011 National Youth Action Chess Championships.

December 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Rain expected into Tuesday morning

Nearly an inch of rain fell in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, sending cars skidding on rain-slicked roads but causing no major injuries or reports of property damage, officials said.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt and Cory Minderhout Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Massage parlor crackdown conducted in Newhall

A crackdown on Newhall massage parlors Wednesday netted one arrest for prostitution and several citations for city code violations, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

March 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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