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Closing arguments in Stephens murder trial

Alleged killer Michael Dean Stephens sat still as a stone Wednesday as lawyers addressed the young man's intentions on a night three years ago when one man was left dead and another nearly dead after a drunken brawl.

November 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Notes draw ire in murder trial

Lawyers in the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens wrestled over how best to handle last-minute evidence Tuesday, as closing arguments are scheduled to begin today.

November 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘It’s about survival’

Jurors at the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens got a crash course in the fight-or-flight syndrome, "high fear" and how our bodies respond to life-threatening situations.

November 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A compensation comparison

Whoever wins a seat on the local water board can bank on receiving a monthly paycheck from the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

October 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hit mailers don’t faze water-board candidate

Hit mailers and other attacks on Kevin Korenthal are doing nothing but good things for the water board candidate's campaign, he said Thursday.

October 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Raid leads to cache of medical equipment

Sheriff's detectives raided a Saugus home Wednesday and seized $200,000 worth of stolen emergency medical tents that were meant to go to California hospitals, along with a recreational-vehicle trailer and jet skis, authorities said.

October 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: A wild night ends in deadly confrontation

A wild drunken night of screaming, fighting, shattered glass, screeching cars and spilled blood three years ago was described in further detail at the murder trial of Michael Dean Stephens on Tuesday.

October 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Police raid home in Canyon Country

Police investigators with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office raided the Canyon Country home of a military woman who runs a business regularly contracted by the United States Department of Defense, causing alarm and concern among some neighbors Monday.

October 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The trail of blood

Joshua Pipho's blood was found inside the Stevenson Ranch home - in the garage, laundry room and upstairs bathroom - where his alleged killer, Michael Dean Stephens, lived, a DNA analyst told San Fernando Superior Court on Friday.

October 23, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problem found in the flush

The Santa Clara River is salty, in part, because more and more people upstream in Santa Clarita Valley are urinating.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Great California ShakeOut

The imaginary earthquake hit at 10:21 a.m. Thursday.

October 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts explain blood, tire markings

Police photographs of tire marks and blood stains painted a graphic picture of the deadly brawl that claimed the life of 20-year-old Joshua Pipho three years ago.

October 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country library left dark

A 10-year "marriage" between the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County over books and libraries now has some officials wishing they had signed a "pre-nup."

October 19, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


All library bids are off

It's back to the drawing board for all those construction companies who put in a bid to build Newhall's new library.

October 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tesoro prompts water concerns

No one living in the next planned phase of the large Tesoro del Valle development is going to be left high and dry, water officials said of the Newhall County Water District earlier this week.

October 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Sulphur Springs School District announces settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Sulphur Springs School District board has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against it, the district's superintendent said today.

March 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A motorcyclist in his early 20's was injured and rushed to the hospital late Thursday afternoon following a traffic collision near College of the Canyons, according to emergency response officials.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials work on conservation plan

A month after local water officials called on Santa Clarita Valley residents to conserve water, they are coming up with a formal conservation plan with the aim of getting state funding for their efforts, he said.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two men arrested for hobby store robbery

Two men from out of town were arrested in a Valencia parking lot Wednesday night just moments after they allegedly robbed a hobby store in Canyon Country, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery

A Palmdale sheriff's deputy who was arrested at his home in Valencia last July pleaded no contest today to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus hiker tells tale of being lost in canyon overnight

Santa Clarita Valley hiker Brian Napoli fell down the rocky side of a mountain and knocked himself unconscious Monday, only to wake up alone, frightened, cold and thirsty, he said Wednesday in a phone interview from his hospital bed.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP: Drowsy driver injured in big rig crash

A 52-year-old truck driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support directly under the Lower Cross overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 12, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to beef up efforts to capture wasted storm water

Citing local implications of the worsening statewide drought, county supervisors this week OK'd a plan to capture storm water that is currently wasted by literally running down the drain.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Towsley Canyon after overnight ordeal

A hiker missing since Monday afternoon was found safe and apparently sound Tuesday morning after searchers spotted him waving a piece of clothing in the hills of Towsley Canyon.

March 11, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with threatening to kill deputy found guilty

A Valencia man charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff's deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion was found guilty of that offense, trespassing and robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red flag warning forecast through Thursday

Low humidity and high winds forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley have prompted a red flag warning in effect until Thursday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Sports Complex to get new shade structure

Five county parks, including the Castaic Sports Complex, are expected to get a little more shade by 2015 after county supervisors approved funding for shade structures on Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus grads gear up for bike trek across US

Two Santa Clarita Valley college men are cycling across America in support of people with disabilities - each inspired locally by those who demonstrated they can rise above their handicaps.

March 11, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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