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Questions persist on soldier’s death

The year 2011 saw the death of U.S. Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, of Canyon Country, shot in Afghanistan by a rogue security-firm recruit hired to protect American soldiers.

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


Plastic bag ban extends to smaller stores

Beginning Sunday, smaller grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County are not allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags.

December 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Army investigation not handed over to Armed Services Committee chair for 8 months

An investigation into the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him was completed by the United States military eight months ago but never sent to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, the man who demanded the probe.

December 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver released in fatal 4th of July crash

The young woman sentenced last month in connection with the 2010 Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three is out of jail.

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


Father waiting for answers

The father of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta, killed earlier this year by a rogue Afghan national recruited by military contractors, is still awaiting a promised response to his questions about federal government contracting practices, he said Wednesday.

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


Ender named city mayor

As expected, Laurie Ender was named Santa Clarita's mayor for 2012.

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


Checkmate: Students win chess competition

Four of Hart High School's chess players defeated opponents from four western states in Irvine on the weekend to emerge the Western champions at the 2011 National Youth Action Chess Championships.

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


UPDATE: Rain expected into Tuesday morning

Nearly an inch of rain fell in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, sending cars skidding on rain-slicked roads but causing no major injuries or reports of property damage, officials said.

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt and Cory Minderhout Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keene remains behind bars in Agua Dulce DUI, murder case

An Agua Dulce man facing a murder charge in the death of his neighbor remains behind bars today after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request to have his bail reduced.

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


Soccer team kicks off locally

One day, when the Football Club of Santa Clarita is a household name, the black homemade soccer jackets hand-stitched by Andrew Holbrook will be worth a lot of money.

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


Families share moment for deceased kids

For Alice Renolds, who lit a candle Sunday in memory of her sons, the nightmare began Feb. 17, 2000.

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


Local hospital hit with fine

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is one of 14 California hospitals fined Thursday by The California Department of Public Health for "failing to comply with licensing requirements that caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients."

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


Kennedy plans move to Colorado

The man who helped found Santa Clarita Valley's Economic Development Corporation is moving to Colorado for a chance to be near his grand kids and dip into his bucket list.

December 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closing arguments leave questions

VAN NUYS - Convicted murderer Edward Contreras, hoping to walk out of prison a free man, will have to wait until after the holidays to hear his fate.

December 08, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strong winds expected to hit SCV

In the next 24 hours Santa Clarita Valley will get windy and cold - in that order.

December 05, 2011 | 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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