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WWII Air Force service pilot dies

A Newhall woman who was a pioneer in aviation and the first member of World War II's Women Air Force Service Pilots was buried with military honors this week at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

September 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Testimony wraps up in murder appeal hearing

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the case of a man convicted in a Santa Clarita Valley murder that attorneys are trying to have overturned, an attorney said.

September 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Supervisors adopt redistricting plan

Los Angeles County supervisors adopted a redistricting plan this week that makes the fewest changes to existing districts to reflect 2010 Census numbers.

September 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Angle calls for voters to get involved

Tea party activist and "Enough is Enough" author Sharron Angle attended her first fundraiser in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday night at a golf club near Sand Canyon.

September 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man suspected in Saturday shooting is charged with murder

A Canyon Country man accused of killing his next-door neighbor after a long-standing feud was arraigned on murder and firearms offenses during a brief court appearance Tuesday.

September 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy apprehended after foot chase through car wash

A local sheriff's deputy ran after a suspect along Soledad Canyon Road and through a car wash this morning but eventually got his man, who turned out to be a 12-year-old boy.

September 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local sex offender banned from multiple locations

State officials have barred a registered sex offender from the area around a victim's home and six other Santa Clarita Valley locations, including several houses of worship.

September 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pow Wow at the park

Native traditions celebrated at the 18th annual Hart of the West Pow Wow and Native American Craft Fair have become a local tradition, Santa Clarita Valley residents said Saturday during the first of the event's two days.

September 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Canyon Country man shot dead today

A long-festering feud between two neighbors in Canyon Country culminated Saturday in the shooting death of one and the felony arrest of the other.

September 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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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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