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County reports 118 cases of fraud

Workers stealing, falsifying reports, soliciting prostitutes and accessing pornography on government laptops are just some of 118 substantiated cases of fraud county investigators uncovered in the last half of 2011.

April 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


19th Cowboy Festival comes to conclusion

Well, pardner, the 19th Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is a wrap.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six injured in crash on Interstate 5 near Castaic

Six people were treated for a range of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fishers treat veterans to day at the lake

A peaceful sunny day fishing on Castaic Lake was a welcome respite for veterans all too familiar with life in the war zone.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash details draw tragic similarities

The case of an 87-year-old Arleta man found dead next to his car off a remote Acton road last week is strikingly similar to that of an 88-year-old man who died after driving his car off a remote Castaic canyon road last fall.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tax Day demonstration staged outside City Hall

A group protesting taxes on the eve of Tax Day brought out like-minded candidates Monday on the steps of Santa Clarita City Hall.

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


UPDATE: Body found on side of road near Acton

The body of an elderly man believed to be from Arleta was found next to an overturned car Monday on a remote canyon road near Acton.

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


UPDATE: Former state lawmaker Cathie Wright dies

Former Republican state assemblywoman and state senator Cathie Wright died Saturday.

April 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tick Canyon 'rancher' charged in animal abuse case

A 26-year-old Canyon Country man is accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale over a six-month period in connection with the recent rescue of 29 emaciated farm animals.

April 10, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation into animals ongoing

An investigation continued Monday into the operator of a Canyon Country ranch at which 29 emaciated farm animals were rescued Friday, officials said.

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


Dog remains at shelter after fire

This boxer is a fighter - perhaps the toughest little fighter to emerge from Sunday's brush fire in Agua Dulce.

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


UPDATE: Man's body identified

The body of a man found on the front lawn of a Newhall apartment complex Friday morning has been identified as 32-year-old William Gordon Donson, of Newhall.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Agua Dulce brush fire stifles afternoon traffic

AGUA DULCE - A brush fire that consumed eight acres near Highway 14 Sunday snarled northbound traffic all afternoon as emergency crews worked to contain it.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands sign anti-mine petition online

Close to 100 people every day, on average, are signing an online petition to stop Cemex mining in Soledad Canyon.

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


Officials: Murkier water not unhealthful

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 in mid-March - but that "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

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


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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


Valencia man pleads not guilty in road rage incident

A Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges filed against him.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Canyon Country hit-and-run

A Valencia man faces a charge of hit and run causing serious injury or death after he allegedly left the scene of a traffic collision in which a 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries, spokesmen for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tanker truck overturns, spills corrosive chemical

A tanker truck took a freeway off-ramp too fast Tuesday morning, flipped onto its side and spewed 50-70 gallons of a highly corrosive liquid onto the Highway 126 overpass over Interstate 5.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: COC faculty rejects proposed contract

Members of the union representing instructors at College of the Canyons have rejected a contract from the Santa Clarita Community College District administration, marking the first time in two decades the full-time faculty has voted down a proposed contract.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman injured in SCV as car careens into ravine

A woman was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Monday after her car went over a cliff on Vasquez Canyon Road and plunged to the bottom of a 125-foot ravine.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Anderson scheduled back in court in August

SAN FERNANDO - Lance Anderson, the Canyon Country man accused of killing his wife and sister shortly before Christmas, appeared briefly in court Monday on two counts of murder.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in SCV collision

A motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon following a collision with a Santa Clarita city truck, according to emergency response crews.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stevenson Ranch woman offered deal in DUI-related fatal crash

SAN FERNANDO - A Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August has been given 18 days to decide on a plea deal extended to her by prosecutors in April.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 taken to hospital following ‘Hamburger Hill’ collision

Three people were hurt, two of them taken to the hospital, following a multi-vehicle lunchtime crash today near an In-N-Out in the Santa Clarita Valley, a Fire Department spokesman said.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hearing on Guglielmelli deal postponed to Friday

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife has five more days to decide whether to accept a plea deal offered to him.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More racers reported on Bouquet Canyon Road

Less than a week after a joint forces crackdown on reckless driving reported on Bouquet Canyon Road, officers of the California Highway Patrol officers were called to the same area for similar reports of reckless driving, a CHP officer said.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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