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Golden graduates

Golden Valley High School grads roared with wild abandon Wednesday as they said goodbye to friends and four years of high school.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building on dreams

Raised by a single mom while moving around the Santa Clarita Valley some 30 times in her young life, Golden Valley High School graduate Carla Simental is now prepared to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate primaries a preview for November

21st State Senate District Profiles

May 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk closer to McKeon in campaign funding

Click here for a link to the candidates' profiles and endorsements.

May 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paul Strickland's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Paul Strickland, veteran member of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board, has racked up scores of education endorsements.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Patricia McKeon, wife of Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in her first run for public office has more than just her husband to list as an endorsement.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Edward Headington's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Edward Headington, the only Democratic Party contender in the 38th Assembly District race, keeps a growing list of endorsements on his website.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scott Wilk's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Scott Wilk posts a running log online of the people who have endorsed him for the 38th Assembly District seat. They include:

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fundraiser for crash victim

A Little League softball team and coworkers of a woman killed in a single-car crash Sunday are holding a fundraiser for the victim's family Saturday.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge grants extension in Agua Dulce alleged drunken driving death

A lawyer representing an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car has been granted more time to prepare his reconstruction of the deadly collision.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


No second rider in car during Sunday’s fatal collision, investigator says

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman who died after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday was the only person in the car, the lead investigator in the case said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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