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For some in the Santa Clarita Valley, Black Friday began on Sunday

SANTA CLARITA - The Santa Clarita Valley has a new neighborhood of residents eager to cash in on Black Friday discounts and get their hands on the latest tech toys.

November 27, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three-time felon imprisoned for possessing firearm

SANTA CLARITA - A 38-year-old Canyon Country man arrested twice in the last five months has been sentenced two years in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Leave it there, say officials who found car down a ravine

SANTA CLARITA - A stolen car found at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine in the Angeles National Forest off Sand Canyon Road will be left where it is, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said Tuesday after tow truck drivers convinced the CHP it was too difficult to retrieve.

November 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 6 life terms in prison for SCV electronics store robber

A 27-year-old Palmdale man has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 182 years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of electronics stores in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, a D.A. spokeswoman said Monday.

November 25, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robots to the rescue

Children using just Lego bricks, computer boards and a lot of brain power demonstrated how they would respond to natural disasters.

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


Soup for the Soul fundraiser draws hundreds

Soup for the Soul provided soup for the belly Sunday as hundreds turned out to support the Bridge to Home shelter's inaugural fundraiser.

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


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


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2 face trial in series of robberies

Two Palmdale men arrested four months ago in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery have been ordered to stand trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

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


Officials to release Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan

Santa Clarita Valley residents will get a chance to scrutinize for themselves the ongoing cleanup of Whittaker-Bermite next month when officials release a plan for the many agencies involved to work together and rid the site of toxins.

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


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


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