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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


Chloride levels drop

Chloride in the Santa Clara River watershed, which threatens to cost Santa Clarita Valley residents millions of dollars to remove, has been significantly reduced, local water officials reported Wednesday.

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


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


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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


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


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