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Water agency notifies customers about murky water

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 for a day or two in mid-March but that the "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

April 04, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


East Side Story: Merchants worry about changing center

Video store owner Curt Waite doesn't want to see the Sand Canyon Shopping Center become a ghost town of mom-and-pop storefronts, but the signs all around him are spooky.

April 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man robs Santa Clarita Best Buy, flees on skateboard

As skateboarding tricks go, escaping on a skateboard from a daring daylight robbery of a major electronics store seems tricky to pull.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stooges show off

April Fool's Day became "April Stooge Day" at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday when film promoters invited park visitors to dress up like Larry, Moe and Curly.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Clogged catch basins cause problems

County supervisors have voted to spend up to $240,000 to clean out some 10,000 catch basins this summer, including those along the dry Santa Clara River watershed.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blustery day snaps branches

April Fool's Day was a blustery, branch-snapping windy day - no fooling.

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


$17 million ticket sold in Bakersfield

While the identity of a winning California Lottery Mega Millions ticket holder in Canyon Country remains a mystery, one more millionaire was made in California in the SuperLotto Plus draw Saturday night.

April 01, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia grad runs for 25th

A 25-year-old Valencia man has filed to run against Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon this year, but he says he can't afford to campaign because he's been laid off.

March 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Headington, Wilk take part in debate at COC

People arriving at the College of the Canyons on Tuesday night to hear two candidates debate for the 38th District Assembly seat didn't find a one-on-one political slugfest of the issues as many expected but, instead, agreement on just about all of them.

March 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A Canyon Country man was sentenced to five years probation Monday after having pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge denies request in Agua Dulce crash trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a lawyer's request to have the murder charge thrown out against an Agua Dulce resident accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex to extend talks

Although the deadline to begin mining in Soledad Canyon has come and gone, the firm that holds federal contracts to do so has agreed to more talks, hoping proposed legislation will solve the impasse.

March 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political notebook

Stalkers stalked?

March 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


GOP challengers sound off at forum

Heaping praise on the Santa Clarita Valley and scorn on Sacramento, local Republican candidates in this year's Assembly seat race Friday unanimously called for more jobs and less government.

March 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nature groups file Newhall Ranch suit

Several environmental groups filed a joint lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Thursday for approving the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.

March 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Woman gets 3 days for leaving child in car

A Frazier Park woman was sentenced to three days in jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment for leaving an infant inside a car for half an hour.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 6 sheriff's personnel convicted in federal obstruction case

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita was among six sworn officers found guilty Tuesday of obstruction of justice for interfering with a federal civil rights investigation at the Men's Central Jail.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup moves ahead

The seven-year plan to clean up groundwater on the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site will be tweaked according to comments made by concerned Santa Clarita Valley residents, according to the state agency monitoring the cleanup.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies arrest one more suspect in Canyon Country bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested one juvenile and are looking for another youth following raids on two locations today, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV jail death appears to be heroin related

Jenna Marie Coleman, found dead in a jail cell Saturday, appears to be Santa Clarita Valley's latest heroin-related casualty, according to a sergeant with the local sheriff's narcotics section.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim of Pyramid Lake boating accident identified

The victim of a fatal boating accident on Pyramid Lake Sunday has been identified as 52-year-old Rick Tanovan, of West Covina, as the lake search for his friend, continues, according to county sheriff and coroner officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deliberations continue in FBI obstruction-of-justice case with new juror on panel

One juror was replaced with an alternate today as deliberations entered their second week in the trial of six Sheriff's Department sworn personnel accused of obstructing the FBI in its investigation of jail wrongdoing.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in Newhall hit & run

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday after a motorist allegedly hit her car as she was getting something out of the vehicle, an investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Traffic Section said.

June 30, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

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


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

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


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

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


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