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Longtime SCV resident, WWII veteran dies

At the Santa Clarita Valley's last Memorial Day celebration, Private First Class Anthony "Tony" Marincola stood out from the crowd as the only one sporting a uniform as old as his, a decorated olive-green woolen US Army uniform.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit tossed, environmentalists vow to fight on

Local environmentalists who saw their lawsuit challenging the purchase of Valencia Water Company tossed out recently say they are pressing ahead with their opposition to the controversial deal and are re-evaluating the situation.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keep on food truckin’

A convoy of more than half a dozen food trucks served up lot of comfort food - and a lot of comforting - Sunday in what is becoming a budding monthly venue for repeat business and faithful patrons.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seeking several shooting suspects

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for gunmen who reportedly fired a shot in the direction of a woman driving in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, officials from two law enforcement agencies said.

November 10, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Canyon star was casualty of sport

Brain injuries most likely due to his football career were among the contributing causes in the death of Chuck Osborne, the Canyon High School football standout who went on to a four-year career with the National Football League.

November 09, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 murder cases put over to next year’s court docket

SANTA CLARITA - Two local unrelated murder cases were heard in court Thursday; each one was postponed and scheduled to be heard later, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Court dismisses SCOPE claims on Valencia Water acquisition

Local environmentalists who saw their lawsuit challenging the purchase of Valencia Water Company tossed out recently are pressing ahead with their opposition to the controversial deal and are re-evaluating the situation, a spokesman for the group said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman allegedly punches deputy during SCV traffic stop

SANTA CLARITA - A woman allegedly punched a sheriff's deputy in the face during a traffic stop Thursday and was pepper-sprayed before fleeing in her car down Interstate 5 and finally being arrested at gunpoint in Castaic, officials said.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride plan means $140 more per household

The chloride-reducing plan chosen by local sanitation district officials in the 11th hour last week is moderately more expensive than Phase 1 of the initial plan chosen but vastly cheaper than its second phase, according to a review of the district's projected costs.

November 07, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in mobile home fire in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Fire in the bathroom of a Canyon Country mobile home Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

November 06, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CalArts reopens with clean bill of health

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts reopened Wednesday following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing to rid its Valencia campus of a virus that sickened more than 60 people.

November 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CalArts to reopen on Wednesday

California Institute of the Arts officials are reopening the institute Wednesday morning following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing in a bid to rid the campus of a bug that sickened at least 16 people.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial in Halloween murder continued to next year

SANTA CLARITA - A judge Tuesday rescheduled a court hearing to next year in the case of three young men charged with murdering a "good Samaritan" on Halloween in 2011.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured as trash truck runs off freeway

SANTA CLARITA - A man was injured and taken to the hospital this morning after a trash truck northbound on Interstate 5 left the freeway and went down an embankment in Valencia, officials said.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inmates trained in fire suppression

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce jail overcrowding, more than 500 Los Angeles County inmates now in custody are slated to be transferred to county "fire suppression" camps beginning Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

November 04, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


UPDATE: Man hit by car in Valencia

A cyclist was hit by an SUV Thursday on McBean Parkway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

February 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


PUC officially washes hands of Valencia Water

The California Public Utilities Commission sidelined itself Thursday in the dispute over Castaic Lake Water Agency's takeover of Valencia Water Company, making civil court the venue for further action.

February 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 crashes but no injuries as Santa Clarita Valley weathers first real winter storm of season

Emergency crews responded to at least three traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. But despite rain and slick roads, they reported no injuries.

February 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV residents of flood-prone areas warned of potential danger

Bouquet Canyon residents should have a small suitcase packed and be ready to go in the event of flooding caused by back-to-back storms moving into theSanta Clarita Valley starting tonight, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

February 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: County OK’s emergency status for Bouquet Canyon residents

County supervisors declared a state of local emergency Tuesday for the residents of Bouquet Canyon, paving the way for a speedy cleanup of the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and the release of much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir.

February 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators map scene of fatal collision

Local traffic investigators gathered evidence Tuesday at the scene of a traffic collision at Copper Hill Drive and Copperstone Drive that claimed the life of a Valencia man.

February 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


All smell but no smoke in report of Valencia fire

The smell of smoke inside an office on Cinema Drive in Valencia prompted a swift response this morning from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

February 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley drug drop boxes yield unusual find

A San Diego man was reunited with the gold chain he lost during high school after it was found inside a discarded 1988 prescription drug vial dropped off anonymously at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station,

February 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspected student prank results in SCV bus evacuation

A Santa Clarita Transit bus was evacuated in Canyon Country on Monday after a "stink bomb" was set off inside it, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Metal thieves hit Valencia business

Metal thieves have targeted a Valencia businessman five times in two weeks, making off with at least $8,000 in copper wiring during their last break-in, according to the owner and local sheriff's deputies.

February 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Philharmonic performs its first concert

It's been about three years in the making, but on Sunday the sweet sounds of music signaled the beginning of public performances for the Santa Clarita Philharmonic.

February 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vote could boost Bouquet water

Many Bouquet Canyon residents hoping to fill their dry wells through an emergency county measure to release much-needed water from the Bouquet reservoir should not expect immediate results, said the official with his hand on the tap.

February 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

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


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