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Chloride levels drop

Chloride in the Santa Clara River watershed, which threatens to cost Santa Clarita Valley residents millions of dollars to remove, has been significantly reduced, local water officials reported Wednesday.

April 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency notifies customers about murky water

About 70,000 Santa Clarita Valley water users are expected to receive a notice from the Castaic Lake Water Agency that water from their taps was murkier than it was allowed to be for a day or two in mid-March but that the "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

April 04, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


East Side Story: Merchants worry about changing center

Video store owner Curt Waite doesn't want to see the Sand Canyon Shopping Center become a ghost town of mom-and-pop storefronts, but the signs all around him are spooky.

April 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man robs Santa Clarita Best Buy, flees on skateboard

As skateboarding tricks go, escaping on a skateboard from a daring daylight robbery of a major electronics store seems tricky to pull.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stooges show off

April Fool's Day became "April Stooge Day" at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday when film promoters invited park visitors to dress up like Larry, Moe and Curly.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Clogged catch basins cause problems

County supervisors have voted to spend up to $240,000 to clean out some 10,000 catch basins this summer, including those along the dry Santa Clara River watershed.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blustery day snaps branches

April Fool's Day was a blustery, branch-snapping windy day - no fooling.

April 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


$17 million ticket sold in Bakersfield

While the identity of a winning California Lottery Mega Millions ticket holder in Canyon Country remains a mystery, one more millionaire was made in California in the SuperLotto Plus draw Saturday night.

April 01, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia grad runs for 25th

A 25-year-old Valencia man has filed to run against Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon this year, but he says he can't afford to campaign because he's been laid off.

March 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Headington, Wilk take part in debate at COC

People arriving at the College of the Canyons on Tuesday night to hear two candidates debate for the 38th District Assembly seat didn't find a one-on-one political slugfest of the issues as many expected but, instead, agreement on just about all of them.

March 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A Canyon Country man was sentenced to five years probation Monday after having pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

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


Judge denies request in Agua Dulce crash trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a lawyer's request to have the murder charge thrown out against an Agua Dulce resident accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

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


Cemex to extend talks

Although the deadline to begin mining in Soledad Canyon has come and gone, the firm that holds federal contracts to do so has agreed to more talks, hoping proposed legislation will solve the impasse.

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


Political notebook

Stalkers stalked?

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


GOP challengers sound off at forum

Heaping praise on the Santa Clarita Valley and scorn on Sacramento, local Republican candidates in this year's Assembly seat race Friday unanimously called for more jobs and less government.

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


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Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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