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UPDATE: Court dismisses SCOPE claims on Valencia Water acquisition

Local environmentalists who saw their lawsuit challenging the purchase of Valencia Water Company tossed out recently are pressing ahead with their opposition to the controversial deal and are re-evaluating the situation, a spokesman for the group said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman allegedly punches deputy during SCV traffic stop

SANTA CLARITA - A woman allegedly punched a sheriff's deputy in the face during a traffic stop Thursday and was pepper-sprayed before fleeing in her car down Interstate 5 and finally being arrested at gunpoint in Castaic, officials said.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride plan means $140 more per household

The chloride-reducing plan chosen by local sanitation district officials in the 11th hour last week is moderately more expensive than Phase 1 of the initial plan chosen but vastly cheaper than its second phase, according to a review of the district's projected costs.

November 07, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in mobile home fire in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Fire in the bathroom of a Canyon Country mobile home Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

November 06, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CalArts reopens with clean bill of health

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts reopened Wednesday following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing to rid its Valencia campus of a virus that sickened more than 60 people.

November 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CalArts to reopen on Wednesday

California Institute of the Arts officials are reopening the institute Wednesday morning following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing in a bid to rid the campus of a bug that sickened at least 16 people.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial in Halloween murder continued to next year

SANTA CLARITA - A judge Tuesday rescheduled a court hearing to next year in the case of three young men charged with murdering a "good Samaritan" on Halloween in 2011.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured as trash truck runs off freeway

SANTA CLARITA - A man was injured and taken to the hospital this morning after a trash truck northbound on Interstate 5 left the freeway and went down an embankment in Valencia, officials said.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inmates trained in fire suppression

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce jail overcrowding, more than 500 Los Angeles County inmates now in custody are slated to be transferred to county "fire suppression" camps beginning Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

November 04, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cases against alleged scammer put off

Criminal cases in two counties against a woman suspected of being the so-called "blond scammer" - one in a ring of thieves who lifted women's wallets from shopping carts and immediately charged expensive items on their credit cards - have been put off until the new year.

November 04, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands pound the pavement at Santa Clarita Marathon events

More than 3,200 runners turned out for the Santa Clarita Marathon Sunday, some running 26 miles, others half of that and still others meandering behind Mayor Bob Kellar.

November 03, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler rushed to hospital after losing consciousness at soccer game

A two-year-old girl was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Sunday morning after she was reported unconscious at a soccer game in Newhall, said officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

November 03, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


20-year-old gets six months in drunken skateboard incident

SANTA CLARITA - A 20-year-old Valencia man was sentenced to more than six months in jail Thursday for driving his car drunk while towing a friend on a skateboard - and then crashing.

October 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 arrested with suspected stolen car in Val Verde

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people at gunpoint in Val Verde on Thursday after locating what they believed was a stolen car, a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

October 31, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Remembering a ‘good Samaritan’ on Halloween

SANTA CLARITA - Two years after a "good Samaritan" was shot and killed on Halloween 2011 as his trick-or-treating son looked on, the three young men charged with his murder have yet to stand trial.

October 30, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


2 face trial in series of robberies

Two Palmdale men arrested four months ago in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery have been ordered to stand trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials to release Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan

Santa Clarita Valley residents will get a chance to scrutinize for themselves the ongoing cleanup of Whittaker-Bermite next month when officials release a plan for the many agencies involved to work together and rid the site of toxins.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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