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Hungry Valley fire at 95 percent containment

The Hungry Valley brush fire that burned an estimated 700 acres near Gorman on the weekend is almost fully contained, a fire official said today.

June 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Town’ fights fire

GORMAN - With the Hungry Valley brush fire more than 60 percent contained, firefighting operations at an elaborate base camp set up on Frazier Mountain were wrapping up on Monday.

June 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Backyard butcher reports to serve time

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country man who illegally butchered animals in his backyard began his 90-day jail sentence Tuesday, shielding his face from a small group of animal rights activists as he arrived at court.

June 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Westridge death believed accidental

A man found dead with his dog in a car in a West Side parking lot Sunday is believed to have died accidentally, a Coroner's Department official said Monday.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On safari for the stickleback

Officials at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area are polishing a tabletop in a corner of their visitors center where they plan to put a big aquarium and fill it with a tiny, tenacious fish indigenous to our area - but that very few have seen.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drunken boaters targeted

For being the largest body of fresh water in the area, Castaic Lake was a pretty dry place this past weekend, according to sheriff's deputies looking for drunken boaters.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist identified

Details were emerging Sunday in the motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Canyon Country man Friday night.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dead man, dog found in Westridge apartment garage

Homicide detectives were called to a parking structure on Silver Aspen Way late Sunday afternoon after a man and a dog were both found dead in a parked car there, sheriff's deputies said.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Traces of chemicals found in local well

Traces of an organic chemical linked to plastics and harmful to humans was detected last month in miniscule amounts - well below the threat level - at a well owned by the Valencia Water Co.

June 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland, Brownley ready for November

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who snagged more than 40 percent of the June 5 primary vote in his first run for the 26th Congressional District, says he's confident he can sway a large number of independent voters by the November general election.

June 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit filed in senior death at Valencia assisted living facility

A Valencia home for seniors is being sued by a man whose elderly mother died after she was allegedly left alone on the home's patio in triple-digit temperatures last year.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why the peacock crossed the road

Surprised motorists heading south on Interstate 5 Tuesday dodged a pair of peacocks in the slow lane near Templin Highway, the latest in a series of animals-on-the-highway encounters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested in hammer assault

A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after she was apparently assaulted by a man with a hammer at a fast food restaurant in Newhall, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Fire officials look to dry, busy season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Ninja coaster remains closed as officials investigate fallen tree that left riders stranded

A state public safety agency wants to know what made a tree fall on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, derailing the first car and injuring two occupants.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 injured, riders stranded on Magic Mountain ride

Two young men sitting in the first car of the Ninja roller coaster were hurt in an accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain late Monday afternoon, which stranded 22 people on the thrill ride for more than two and a half hours, according to park and fire officials.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Airsoft gun assault, burglary

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a burglary at a store that sells Airsoft guns was also arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with such a gun earlier the same night, according to sheriff and court records.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

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


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

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


UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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


UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

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


Driver arrested following high-speed chase on I-5

A 27-year-old man faces several criminal charges today following a high-speed chase that started in Orange County and ended in a scuffle with California Highway Patrol officers in Castaic Tuesday night, a CHP spokesman said.

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


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