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A raiment roundup

Curators at the William S. Hart Museum challenged fashion experts to distinguish between fake film wardrobe and antique vintage clothing this weekend in what they called the "real from reel" test.

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


The impact of inmates

The real impact of inmates transferred to the Santa Clarita Valley from state prisons lies in the sheer number of bodies behind bars, local jailers say.

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


Mom, child injured

A Santa Clarita Valley mother and her 6-year-old son received minor burns Thursday when the boy dashed into their burning mobile home and the mother went in to grab him, a fire official said.

March 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon calls to halt for military cuts

SIMI VALLEY - Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, harkened back to the time of military might under President Ronald Reagan and warned Wednesday against pending cuts to military spending.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assemblyman attacks Brown on budget cuts

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, on Tuesday opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to gut a law giving lost animals more shelter time before they're humanely killed.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon hears concern from small businesses

Fewer taxes, less regulation and more sales people were some of the requests of local business owners who asked Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to take their messages back to Washington, D.C., with him.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Passenger in airplane crash recovering

The passenger of a small plane that crashed Sunday on an Agua Dulce hilltop was recovering from minor injuries Monday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

March 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More than a dozen DUI arrests made over weekend

While more than a dozen motorists were arrested for alleged drunken driving over the weekend, a scheduled DUI checkpoint in the Santa Clarita Valley Friday netted only one impaired-driver arrest despite more than a thousand motorists checked.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County group gives nod to Buck, but none for Assembly

Republicans representing Los Angeles County have chosen to endorse Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon in the local House race, but chose not to endorse any candidate in the 38th California Assembly District race, including McKeon's wife, Patricia.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP pursue suspect through Sand Canyon backyards

A brief early morning pursuit along Highway 14 ended in a foot chase through backyards in the area near Sand Canyon Road on Sunday.

March 11, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One good turn deserves another

A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window at night.

March 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bike shop owners launch new charitable endeavor

A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window one night.

March 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 SCV deaths from drug overdoses so far this year

Four local residents have died of drug overdoses this year alone, officials told Hart school district board members during a meeting this week.

March 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Eastside Story: Seniors live, play, learn together

The Mayan calendar may have given 2012 a bad rap, but the owners of one popular senior center on Santa Clarita Valley's east side painted this year bright for many of the residents who live there.

March 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bronze vases stolen from graves

On Valentine's Day, John Rice visited the graves of his fiancee and his parents buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, only to discover thieves had stolen bronze vases from the graves.

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


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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


Showdown at COC

On the heels of an overwhelmingly rejected contract offered to the instructors at College of the Canyons, the college's board of trustees approved raises for administrators Wednesday night in front of more than 100 angry, disappointed and frustrated faculty members.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC negotiating settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

College of the Canyons trustees announced publicly Wednesday what they presented in court last week: that the Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV man arrested in child predator Internet sting operation

A 64-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man was one of three men arrested in a joint forces sting operation targeting child predators, court and sheriff's officials announced this week.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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