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County planners OK light pollution districts

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Reflection of quality

Working together and working hard are what earned McGrath Elementary School its Blue Ribbon status recently, and on Sunday the school's teachers, parents and students applied that same work ethic to raise money for a "well-deserved" party.

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


Church hosts holiday boutique

Scores of visitors to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church got an early feel for Christmas on Sunday when they attended a boutique at the church.

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


Group hosts meal to raise funds for wounded vets

Sunday breakfast with the local Elks proved both tasty and rewarding.

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


Stories of their service

From poetry and sketches to story-telling, Spam-eating and cake-cutting, World War II vets are giving Santa Clarita Valley residents a chance to see, hear and taste the war from their perspective this Veterans Day.

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


Driver gets 99 days in July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - After an emotional morning of tears and apology for having taken the life of Matilde Garnica with her car on Independence Day last year, Melissa Brown was handcuffed and led from Superior Court to begin serving 99 days in the county jail.

November 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Melissa Brown apologizes to Garnica family during sentencing hearing

SAN FERNANDO - Melissa Brown stood up in San Fernando Superior Court today and faced the family of the woman whose life she took with her car on Independence Day last year.

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


Drive on to repeal Dream Act

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon is supporting a drive to repeal the "Dream Act," which is designed to help illegal immigrants attend California college.

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


UPDATE: Two men injured in early morning crash

A Reseda man seriously injured in a crash Tuesday with a big rig tractor trailer in Castaic was improving at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


Jogger objects to apparently naked filming in Valencia

A jogger got an eyeful on his morning run Monday when he spotted seemingly naked people being filmed by the bike path.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies crack down on hard-to-reach areas of Canyon Country

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people on drug-related charges and issued warnings to at least eight others Monday during a crackdown in difficult-to-patrol areas in Canyon Country.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Speed and rain suspected in fatal crash

California Highway Patrol investigators say wet roads and high speeds were factors in Sunday's single-car crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Valencia man.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dogs on freeway cause concern

Two dogs loose on the freeway added extra grief for Monday morning commuters today.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids take Final Mile to healthy future

Kids at the starting line of Sunday's Final Mile Challenge started chanting before they started running.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A well-hydrated run

It was a dark and stormy race but by the end of the day the 2011 Santa Clarita Marathon proved a bright spot in the day for those who persevered.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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