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Officials close Ottman case

Local civilian Fire Chief Timothy John Ottman, who shot and killed himself while being investigated for allegations of wrongdoing, committed no crime, according to Ottman's relatives.

January 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency to go solar

Water resource planners want the public to weigh in on their plan to turn part of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's back lot into a cost-saving field of solar panels.

January 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nature’s latest local companion

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area has a new face.

January 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group keeps up fight against Romero Canyon

More than 40 Romero Canyon residents opposed to having a high school built on the Castaic site already selected by the local school board want the board members to look at an alternate site that they say is more accessible.

January 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials plan to pump up water pressure

If living with hard water is driving you crazy, then having to wait for it as it dribbles out of the tap might just be the last straw.

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


No car, no charges in hit-and-run crash

Los Angeles detectives are still looking for the car that struck and killed the father of a local sportscaster.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A swing to sunny skies

Just when you dig through the closet to find your hat and mittens so you can make another snowman, it's time to find your shorts and sunglasses.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigator in fire chief suicide to publish report

The investigator looking into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department says her findings will be published on a Los Angeles County website, possibly as early as April.

January 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Developer’s water fees could be rising

Local water officials responding to a drop in revenue - due to a drop in land development - want to increase the fees they charge developers to pay for projects like new pipelines.

January 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Hit-and-run charges not filed; man released

A Stevenson Ranch former child actor arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision Saturday night was released without charges Sunday.

January 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tragedy touches SCV family

Earl Biggs had just left his 77th birthday party - blew out his candles, ate the last piece of a cake specially made for him, said goodbye to his friends - when he stepped onto the street where he was killed.

January 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mother of murder victim to face trial

The mother of a 5-year-old girl found battered and naked on the sidewalk of a Castaic cul-de-sac more than six years ago is expected to stand trial Tuesday on charges of murder, torture and child abuse.

January 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district stays committed to the canyon for Castaic

Rick Patterson is president of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that buys land for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

January 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district stays committed to the canyon for Castaic

Editor's note: Last in a series on properties near the proposed Castaic high school site.

January 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Visions of rolling green hills

Editor's note: Second in a series on properties near the proposed Castaic high school site.

January 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Water district switching to flat rate

Newhall County Water District officials have pulled the plug on a tiered water rate structure initially designed to encourage ratepayers to conserve water.

June 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who's a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck pulling horse trailer catches fire on Highway 14

A truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire Thursday on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce but the blaze was quickly doused, halting any spread to nearby brush, a fire spokesman said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s lieutenant takes stand in obstruction trial

One of six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system took the stand Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Big rig driver killed on Interstate 5

The driver of a big rig was killed Thursday after his truck jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, spilling fuel and sparking a brush fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Showdown at COC

On the heels of an overwhelmingly rejected contract offered to the instructors at College of the Canyons, the college's board of trustees approved raises for administrators Wednesday night in front of more than 100 angry, disappointed and frustrated faculty members.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC negotiating settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

College of the Canyons trustees announced publicly Wednesday what they presented in court last week: that the Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV man arrested in child predator Internet sting operation

A 64-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man was one of three men arrested in a joint forces sting operation targeting child predators, court and sheriff's officials announced this week.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man pleads not guilty in road rage incident

A Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges filed against him.

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


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