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Acclaimed for handling the flames

Local stuntman Jayson Dumenigo can now say he survived being set ablaze longer than any human being on record.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies engage in brief chase

Local sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen car for a short time through Valencia this morning, but called off the chase due to restrictions placed on such pursuits.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in connection with June gas station crash

Local detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with a June crash that sent a car careening into a Newhall gas station, toppling the canopy, destroying two pumps and starting a fire.

September 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial honors champion spirit

About 150 people turned out to support the memory of Santa Clarita Valley's young chess champion, Sean Reader, and to contribute to a fund set up in his name.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire protection tax goes up slightly

County officials boosted the cost of fire protection for Santa Clarita Valley property owners this week by a little less than $5 a year.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman pleads not guilty in fatal July 4 car crash

SAN FERNANDO - A young woman accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Newhall woman during the 2010 Independence Day fireworks show pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested for indecent exposure on city bus

Local sheriff's detectives have arrested and charged a 30-year-old Canyon Country laborer with indecent exposure in relation to two incidents that allegedly occurred on transit buses and involved children.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of Expo, Community Expo slated this weekend

A meet-and-greet featuring the hot and tasty gets under way Friday as a kick off for the SCV Community Expo this weekend.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk eyes seat, focuses on board

The race for state Assembly in 2012 is shaping up so far to be a battle between Republicans, with Republican activist Scott Wilk seeking the nomination along with Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon's wife, Patricia.

September 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Smyth cuts red tape for local health center

By cutting through red tape in the state's capital, Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and his team enabled a local medical agency to recoup more than $100,000 from the state's Medi-Cal program, officials said Tuesday.

September 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Events help local residents learn about, remember the attacks of 9/11

From Stevenson Ranch seniors cooking up chili for Patriot Day to Boy Scouts planting American flags in Newhall, Santa Clarita Valley residents made it clear Sunday they are not about to forget the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

September 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A hero who didn’t come home

Many of the 9/11 heroes died the day terrorists attacked America.

September 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Library spot tops concerns in user survey

The location of the library planned for Stevenson Ranch continues to top the list of concerns voiced by local residents, a county spokeswoman says.

September 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Antonovich chides USFS, says it's failed to adopt fire fighting reforms

Federal agencies probing the deadly Station Fire of 2009 are dragging their feet, says Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich.

September 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime down 15 percent in SCV during past year

Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley is down at least 15 percent over last year and more than 30 percent compared to five years ago, according to Sheriff's Department figures released Friday.

September 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | 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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