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Uprooting problem plants

City workers are gearing up to fight a tough plant that's taking over precious Santa Clarita Valley watershed.

October 15, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Westridge sheriff’s deputy relieved of duty following shooting

SANTA CLARITA - An off-duty sheriff's deputy who allegedly fired his service weapon in the air after prankster kids rang his doorbell has been temporarily relieved of duty and is under investigation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

October 14, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country businessman held on murder-for-hire charge

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country businessman who heads a natural products company remains behind bars without bail today, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, according to officials and court documents.

October 14, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A fair for furry friends

There was plenty of "wow" at the 13th Annual Bow-Wows and Meows pet adoption event Sunday after hundreds of pet owners showed up at William S. Hart Regional Park with their furry four-legged loved ones for a variety of reasons.

October 14, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annual Kids Expo offers fun services to families

If there was any doubt the Santa Clarita Valley was a family community, then a trip to Sunday's Kid Expo at Golden Valley High School would convince them.

October 14, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


One man hurt in solo crash on I-5

A man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after his car crashed into the center divider on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 13, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman sentenced to drug program under Prop 36 plea agreement

SANTA CLARITA - One of two people arrested in a Valencia drug raid three months ago was sentenced Monday to a drug-diversion program and to three years' probation, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Grenade found in Friendly Valley house

Explosives experts were called Monday to dispose of a grenade found in a Newhall house, a local sheriff's lieutenant said.

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


Blessing of the Animals ceremony held at local church

SANTA CLARITA - Every dog has its day, so the saying goes, but Sunday was it for more than a dozen local canines - big and small, shaggy and not - who were blessed at an annual ceremony at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

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


Saugus 18-year-old gets probation for possession of controlled substance

SANTA CLARITA - A Saugus man arrested on suspicion he concealed the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl struggling with drug abuse has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to a lesser crime, according to court officials and documents.

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


UPDATE: Homicide detectives: Man shot in Castaic was pointing rifle at deputies

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man shot and killed at his home Sunday following a brief confrontation with sheriff's deputies is remembered today by coworkers as a film industry veteran committed to the craft of audio post-production.

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


Bra fundraiser supports breast cancer research

Scores of women, many of them breast cancer survivors, showed up Sunday for the Soroptimist of Santa Clarita Valley's 10th annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser, themed "Bras of Broadway" this year.

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


UPDATE: Man's body found in Newhall identified

Coroner's investigators have identified the man whose body was found in Newhall Sunday morning as 26-year-old Travis Newman, according to coroner and sheriff's officials.

October 06, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Firefighters get jump on Gorman brush fire

Firefighters prepared for a wind-driven fire season got the jump on a small brush fire near Gorman Sunday morning, an inspector for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 06, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride option resurrected

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October 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Locals involved in deadly I-5 accident

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Little fish causes big headache

A critter the size of a goldfish has wiggled its way into a controversy that has turned off some canyon residents' tap water, halted bulldozers and periodically flooded a road in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man killed in SunValley crash

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valuable bicycles stolen in Valencia

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for thieves who stole two rare and expensive bicycles valued together at $18,000, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station incident log.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A talk with SCV’s top cop

Newly appointed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson wants to preserve Santa Clarita Valley's reputation as one of the safest communities in the country, he said Wednesday during an interview at the Sheriff's Station.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck driver sentenced to nearly a year in hit-and-run collision

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed is now serving close to a year in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man gets 9 years in prison for stabbing

A Canyon Country man charged in the stabbing of a 20-year-old man last May has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets close to year in jail for fatal hit-and-run on Highway 14

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed on northbound Highway 14 is now serving close to a year in jail after pleading no contest recently, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: New captain named for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

A veteran Sheriff's Department official with experience in community-based policing has been named the new captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, it was announced Monday.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suggestions sought on OHV improvements

U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to weigh in on making their favorite off-road destinations a better place.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School location means susceptibility to vandalism, investigator says

A lack of surveillance equipment and a concealed point of entry make Castaic Middle School an easy target for vandals, says the detective heading the probe into the school district's third case of vandalism in two months - and the second at Castaic Middle School.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: Drought not over yet

Although more than five inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley since mid-week, much more is needed to get us out of drought, according to the head of the local water distributor.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man recalls days as war photographer

Paul Berkowitz of Valencia will receive his 15 seconds of fame this evening when the retired Vietnam War photographer appears in an episode of the "Raw War" military show.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals hit Castaic school for 3rd time in 2 months

For the third time in a two-month period, vandals broke into a Castaic Union School District classroom and trashed it, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

March 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vigil scheduled Friday for missing teen

Vigils for missing teen Bryce Laspisa are scheduled to unfold simultaneously at three points across the country Friday denoting where he grew up, where he went to school and where he disappeared, which was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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