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Seeking starry skies

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner of softener learns hard truth

Mike Stafford learned the hard way that soft water won't pass scrutiny in the Santa Clarita Valley if it's obtained with an illegal salt-based softener.

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


Crash survivor faces long recovery

Colt Doherty, who was put on life support after surviving the crash that killed his friend last week, has been moved from the intensive care unit to another section of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, his mother said Thursday.

January 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another delay granted in trial involving Rosemary Flynn death

SAN FERNANDO - For the second time in just over a month, the attorney representing a local man charged in the death of his girlfriend was granted more time for tests relating to the girl's death nearly a year and a half ago.

January 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon: Nobody told me loan had VIP treatment

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, says he was unaware he was on a special VIP list when Countrywide Financial Corp. allegedly shaved hundreds of dollars off the cost of his 1998 refinancing loan.

January 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Strickland announces bid for congressional district

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, officially declared his candidacy Tuesday for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District seat, which takes in part of the Santa Clarita Valley's West Side.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Meeting to be held over soil worries

Administrators at a Valencia-area preschool are awaiting soil test results this week after state officials monitoring the cleanup of a nearby dry cleaner traced contaminated soil to its property line.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Candidate to announce intentions on Tuesday

Following a week of speculation, Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, is expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for the 26th Congressional District seat.

January 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Retirement causes ripples in race

A Ventura County congressman's announcement that he will not seek re-election could trigger a domino effect and change careers for at least two locally elected politicians.

January 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 enter pleas of not guilty in Alejandro Sanchez Torrez slaying

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men facing murder charges in the death of a Canyon Country man on Halloween entered not-guilty pleas in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

January 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions persist on soldier’s death

The year 2011 saw the death of U.S. Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, of Canyon Country, shot in Afghanistan by a rogue security-firm recruit hired to protect American soldiers.

January 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Plastic bag ban extends to smaller stores

Beginning Sunday, smaller grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County are not allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags.

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


Army investigation not handed over to Armed Services Committee chair for 8 months

An investigation into the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him was completed by the United States military eight months ago but never sent to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, the man who demanded the probe.

December 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver released in fatal 4th of July crash

The young woman sentenced last month in connection with the 2010 Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three is out of jail.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father waiting for answers

The father of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, killed earlier this year by a rogue Afghan national recruited by military contractors, is still awaiting a promised response to his questions about federal government contracting practices, he said Wednesday.

December 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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


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


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