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Officials want you to use 10% less water

If you drink a liter of water on any hot day this summer, drink nine deciliters instead.

If you water your lawn for 10 minutes, turn the sprinkler off after nine minutes.

July 03, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Duo comes to rescue of Iwo Jima veteran

An Agua Dulce woman and a fellow "Devil Dog" Marine are among those showing their support for one particular troop - a U.S. Marine who fought at Iwo Jima now asked to pay $4,000 to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wendy, who asked that her last name not be used, wants to set things right between retired Staff Sgt. Carl Diekman of the U.S. Marines Fifth Division and the federal agency demanding he return $3,936 in overpayments made to him.

July 02, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged Hart scandal being probed

An employee at a Hart district high school is being investigated for allegedly having an "inappropriate" relationship with a 16-year-old student, it was reported Monday.

June 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Veterans dept. says ex-marine owes nearly $4,000

Picture in your mind the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph of the Second World War.

One of the proudest moments in American history - five brave U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy serviceman working together to erect the Stars & Stripes atop a strategic island in the West Pacific Ocean.

June 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA OKs more consulting funds

Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.

June 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners working on new women's jail

Los Angeles County planners designing a 1,000-unit women's jail for the Pitchess Detention Center are excited about its innovative circular design and its promise to address overcrowding in jails across the county.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that sets aside money specifically for new fire stations in Santa Clarita and new barracks at the detention center in Castaic.

June 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Offender says he is innocent

John Joseph Gambill's life is falling apart, he says. With a wavering voice, the 48-year-old registered sex offender began to tell The Signal his side of the story but stopped to remove his glasses and wipe his eyes.

"My life is in ruins," he said as he unloaded groceries from his car outside his Saugus mobile home Tuesday. "I'm going through a lot of s--t right now. My mother just died. I'm scarred for life because of this."

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves sex offender alert system

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility.

The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County spending plan adds new fire stations

Despite a severe drop in expected property tax revenue and a bare-bones budget, Santa Clarita Valley is slated to get new fire stations and a new barracks at the Pitchess Detention Center within the year.

June 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Moms want sex offender gone

Mothers who want a registered sex offender out of their mobile home community were stepping up their efforts Monday to convince him to move.

June 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender lives too near school

A registered sex offender listed on the Attorney General's Megan's Law Web site, which alerts the public about sex offenders, lives less than a tenth of a mile from a Canyon Country school, The Signal has learned.

John Joseph Gambill, 48, is a registered sex offender who was convicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Megan's Law sex offender locator Web site.

June 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency tightening security

Security is being tightened around Santa Clarita water plants despite the Castaic Lake Water Agency reporting no direct threats targeting its facilities.

When it comes to the agency's buildings and grounds, topping the list of the agency's goals for the 2008/2009 fiscal year is installation of a video surveillance system put in place at each of its two water treatment plants and its two pumping stations.

June 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart bison dies after vet care

Scientists and animal specialists are reviewing data today to determine what caused a young American bison to die suddenly Wednesday morning at William S. Hart Park.

The bison, about one year old, died suddenly after emerging from a general anesthetic administered by a local veterinarian, as part of a routine castration procedure.

June 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

June 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro prosecutor: 'This was a murder'

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband, focusing on "contradictory statements" she had made to investigators.

June 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


UPDATE: Man hit by car in Valencia

A cyclist was hit by an SUV Thursday on McBean Parkway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


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