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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


Keene remains behind bars in Agua Dulce DUI, murder case

An Agua Dulce man facing a murder charge in the death of his neighbor remains behind bars today after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request to have his bail reduced.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Soccer team kicks off locally

One day, when the Football Club of Santa Clarita is a household name, the black homemade soccer jackets hand-stitched by Andrew Holbrook will be worth a lot of money.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families share moment for deceased kids

For Alice Renolds, who lit a candle Sunday in memory of her sons, the nightmare began Feb. 17, 2000.

December 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local hospital hit with fine

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is one of 14 California hospitals fined Thursday by The California Department of Public Health for "failing to comply with licensing requirements that caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients."

December 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kennedy plans move to Colorado

The man who helped found Santa Clarita Valley's Economic Development Corporation is moving to Colorado for a chance to be near his grand kids and dip into his bucket list.

December 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closing arguments leave questions

VAN NUYS - Convicted murderer Edward Contreras, hoping to walk out of prison a free man, will have to wait until after the holidays to hear his fate.

December 08, 2011 | Jim Holt | 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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