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SCV high school marching bands win big at state championships

A chorus of half a dozen local marching bands sounded like winners this weekend at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association championships, with gold medals going to the bands from Hart High School and Valencia High School, according to local school officials and a competition representative.

November 25, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


2014 water allocations are lowest ever

SANTA CLARITA - One of the driest years in the history of California has left State Water Project contractors with just a trickle of the water they requested, and expect, from Northern California.

November 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rain brings with it crashes in SCV

Rain, heavy at times, and hail played a part in at least half a dozen traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, prompting a mud slide in Canyon Country and flooding in parts of Castaic, officials said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hot-prowl burglary suspect has prior arrest

SANTA CLARITA - A 19-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and one Valencia home has been re-arrested and charged with burglary, a local sheriff's deputy said Thursday.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


19-year-old arrested in Valencia vandalism case is re-arrested

SANTA CLARITA - A 19-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and one Valencia home was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, a local sheriff's deputy said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed crossing street at Valencia intersection

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives investigating a crash in Valencia that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man were trying to notify his family about the fatality today, a detective said.

November 21, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Caltrans worker injured in I-5 truck crash

A Caltrans worker was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-truck collision on Interstate 5 just south of the Highway 126 overpass, fire and law enforcement officials said.

November 20, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple remembered in ‘celebration of life’ service

All the photos of the smiling couple on display Tuesday at Real Life Church - riding dirt bikes, swimming, tossing a baseball and riding horses - reminded hundreds of friends that the funeral service was a celebration of life.

November 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads not guilty to murder attempt

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife pleaded not guilty today to a charge of attempted murder, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

November 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Services planned Tuesday for couple killed in crash

Family and friends of Nicole Lynn Hoffman and Robert Corona Jr., who were killed more than a week ago in a traffic collision, say they are expecting scores of well-wishers at a funeral service scheduled for the couple Tuesday.

November 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Speedway property OK’d for current use

Environmental inspectors have determined the Saugus Speedway property, which abuts the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite land, has been satisfactorily cleaned up and is approved for its current use, a state official said Monday.

November 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested after theft at Hyatt

A man suspected of having snatched a cell phone and iPad from the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel Monday morning was followed and arrested by sheriff's deputies a block away within a couple of minutes, said Sgt. Gary Miller of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

November 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seek two robbery suspects

Local sheriff's deputies were looking for two robbers who stole about $400 in clothing from a store inside the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall Sunday, a lieutenant said.

November 18, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Thanksgiving feast will go on

Expecting more than 3,000 people at this year's Thanksgiving feast in Newhall, the couple who started the holiday tradition have aligned with the South Valley Church as a way of dealing with the hundreds of donations they expect to receive.

November 18, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mud runners get filthy for a cause

They got dirty for clean water Sunday when runners took part in a fundraising mud run for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

November 18, 2013 | 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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