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Year in Review: The year of chloride ends with no resolution

Editor's note: Third in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: Murder trial rivets SCV

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valleywide raid nets a variety of arrests

Gang members were arrested, guns were seized and marijuana confiscated in an early morning dragnet carried out across Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday.

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


Newhall library plans shovel-ready

Shovels will go into the ground by Valentine's Day for construction of the Old Town Newhall Library, said an official with the company that will build it.

December 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State casts a shadow over city

If you break the little laws in Santa Clarita - get a parking ticket, build without a permit, make too much noise - it's going to cost you more money than before.

December 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City may contract premier consultant

Santa Clarita is considering buying the "Ferrari" of environmental consultants to create a plan to meet state goals on reducing greenhouse gases, a city planner said Monday.

December 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wading through wages

There's a lid for every pot, the old adage goes.

December 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic lot nears milestone

Government officials monitoring the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite property in the heart of Santa Clarita could deem a portion of that land clean as early as February, an official said Wednesday.

December 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No milk spills as cars crash in rain

A sudden, gusty rainstorm over Santa Clarita Valley was part of the reason a big-rig milk truck flipped on Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass on Monday and contributed to more than a dozen traffic crashes Sunday night.

December 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigators expected to keep quiet on fraud probe

The probe into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department - punctuated with the recent suicide of a local fire chief who oversaw local station construction - will not likely wrap up before year's end, the county's top claims investigator said.

December 05, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in patrol car crash

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after a California Highway Patrol officer, driving 90 mph on Interstate 5 in his patrol car to join a pursuit, slammed into the back of the SUV she was riding in, authorities said.

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


Land deal builds dream

Close to a thousand acres in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley are still uninhabitable - the soil still contaminated with traces of explosive material and the water still dirty with perchlorate. But city planners are happy today over a court settlement that will save them about $5 million in the long process to, one day, make it fit to live on.

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


Alaskan chill visits SCV

A cold, wet low-pressure front on its way from Alaska to Santa Clarita Valley carries with it the threat of frost and rain this weekend and a reminder that winter is on its way.|

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


The fixings by the fix-it shop

The spirit of giving shut down Main Street Thursday.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A grateful gathering

Before Don Ferguson tucked into his Thanksgiving Day dinner of mashed potatoes and turkey at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, two boys on the Valencia High School football team sat down at his table.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water restrictions: Who’s going to enforce them?

While California's top water agency determined Tuesday that water-wasters are going to face stiff fines, the enforcement of those new regulations falls to local agencies, officials said Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Not guilty plea entered for former deputy charged with firing gun after prank

A not-guilty plea was entered Wednesday for a retired sheriff's deputy charged with firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Parts stolen from 2 vehicles left at SCV commuter parking lots

In two separate incidents at commuter parking lots on opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley, a car and a truck were stripped of parts after owners left them on the lots.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in burglary, burglary attempt in Fair Oaks Ranch

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man out on bail after being charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon last month was arrested Tuesday for burglary and attempted burglary, a sheriff's official said.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Captain to business: Beware cyber crime

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson told local business leaders Tuesday he wants to have one of his investigators give them a training session on cyber crime.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No criminal charges in May 31 SCV traffic collision

No criminal charges are expected in a single-car crash last May that left five teenage girls injured, one seriously, according to a traffic collision investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big cleanup ahead in SCV

As the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated soil and the air above it continues in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, with much of the cleansing infrastructure in place, crews are now poised to implement its water decontamination plan.

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


CORRECTION: CLWA's water rate increase thrown out

Editor's note: This version corrects the previous, which incorrectly stated the agency to which he referred in his "cheap shot" quote.

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


Newhall eye doctor blindsided by break-in

A Newhall eye doctor never saw it coming.

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


UPDATE: 2 SCV retailers arrested in illegal drug sales sweep

Deputies carried out a sweep of four local tobacco stores this week, looking for sales of synthetic marijuana compounds commonly called "bath salts" or "spice," a Santa Claita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


State officials still inspecting amusement park following coaster crash

State inspectors returned to Six Flags Magic Mountain Wednesday as they continued their assessment of the Ninja roller coaster ride derailed Monday by a falling tree.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Deputies arrest bank employee

A Santa Clarita Valley bank employee has been arrested on suspicion of using bank information to steal thousands of dollars from customers, a sheriff's deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Resident delivers explosives to SCV Sheriff’s Station

A woman found a box marked "explosives" in a storage unit and took it to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Wednesday, prompting a swift response by sheriff's bomb squad detectives.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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