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Man robbed, slashed on Newhall street

A knife-wielding robber who reportedly slashed his victim's body and left him for dead on a Newhall street earlier this week was still on the loose Friday and being sought local detectives.

September 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Republican Assembly picks 4 in school board races

The head of a local Republican group says he fears Democrats may capitalize on a split Republican vote come November 2012.

September 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County library beefs up eBook collection

An extra 10,000 "eBooks" are being added to the county library "eCollection," library officials say.

September 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hopefuls eye seats for ’12

While two Republican candidates have already announced they will seek the local Assembly seat in the 2012 election, the two Republican senators who represent the Santa Clarita Valley are more quietly going about campaigns for re-election.

September 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland takes leave from job with Smyth

Paul Strickland, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Assembly in the November 2012 election, has taken a leave of absence without pay from his position as aide to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, it was announced today.

September 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County rejects plan for state to hand over mentally ill probationers

County supervisors unanimously rejected a proposal for the state to release to the Probation Department mentally ill probationers without providing mental health records in advance.

September 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phase 1 approved for Castaic pool complex

County supervisors on Tuesday approved the first phase of a regional sports complex in Castaic.

September 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Strickland throws hat into the ring for Assembly

Paul B. Strickland formally announced Tuesday he is running in November 2012 for the California 38th District Assembly seat, a position currently held by his boss, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth.

September 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Refuse reused

Nearly a year after the Chiquita Canyon Landfill near Val Verde began turning methane into clean, renewable energy, the site is becoming a local green industry model.

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


Job-seekers, community explore expo

Ricky Marenghi and D.J. Lynch went looking for a job at the 27th annual SCV Community Expo on Saturday - and they weren't the only ones.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Signers of the time

From fifes, drums and curly white wigs to aged and personally signed copies of the Constitution of the United States, Saturday was a step back in time for the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Relief for the river

The annual River Rally cleanup drew hundreds of participants on Saturday, and the event's veterans said they believe it was the largest turnout yet.

September 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Sept. 17, 2011

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September 16, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Many SCV leaders line up behind Wilk for Assembly

Scott Wilk hasn't formally announced he's running for Assembly in November 2012, but a number of local elected leaders lined up Friday to say they're rallying behind him.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Acclaimed for handling the flames

Local stuntman Jayson Dumenigo can now say he survived being set ablaze longer than any human being on record.

September 16, 2011 | 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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