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Starting the season

The local hospital's elegantly decorated tree might be the centerpiece of Santa Clarita Valley's holiday season, but Santa Claus apparently remains the star attraction.

December 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overnight winds shake up SCV

Heavy winds are being blamed for toppling trees, downing wires and knocking out electrical power briefly in the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday night and early Thursday, officials report.

December 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dream Act drives petition

Republican leaders were out in force Wednesday trying to convince people in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot to sign a petition against the Dream Act, designed to help the children of illegal immigrants attend state college.

December 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Additional county money authorized for two SCV road projects

County supervisors have authorized increases to construction contracts awarded for two roadwork projects in the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Father and son safe after harrowing lake rescue

A father and son whose small inflatable boat was blown off course Wednesday afternoon on Pyramid Lake are safe today following a harrowing rescue in high winds, a sheriff's official said.

November 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Antonovich rails against prison realignment

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he wants the state to stop dumping violent offenders in Los Angeles County.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUIs lead holiday weekend arrests

More than 60 percent of all arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley were for suspected drunken driving, according to the Inmate Information Center of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon on the issues

On the economy: "Our big problem in the state is jobs, and it really isn't jobs - it's industry. We are pushing businesses out at a horrible rate. If you don't have industry in California, you don't have jobs. So bringing back industry to California has to do with less regulation, less taxation."

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon aims for state Assembly seat

Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon says she's busy, tough-skinned and eager to embrace comparisons drawn between her and her congressman husband.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP respond to car in ravine

No one was injured in a solo traffic collision in Castaic this morning that sent a car over the side of the road into a ravine, a California Highway Patrol officer reported.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession held to honor deputy

Some Newhall residents witnessing an elaborate funeral procession this morning were worried a law enforcement officer had just been killed.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water rates may rise

Residents of Acton and Val Verde could end up paying more for their water after the county supervisors vote on a recommendation to raise rates in those areas.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Merriment on the Metrolink

While kids for centuries have waited for Santa at Christmas, every year for the last 15 years kids in the Santa Clarita Valley have also waited for the jolly man to arrive ahead of schedule on a train bedecked with wreaths and lights.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jackknifed pickup truck ties up traffic on Highway 14

A warm sunny afternoon Sunday turned into some tense moments for a family traveling with a trailer that jackknifed on Highway 14, authorities said.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspected car burglars arrested

A foot chase through the backyards of Valencia homes before the sun came up Sunday netted three suspected car burglars.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

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


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

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


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


Tony Martinez beat the odds

After emerging from a three-month coma in the fall of 1986, doctors told motorcycle crash victim Tony Martinez he would never have kids and never walk again.

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


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