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Backyard butcher reports to serve time

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country man who illegally butchered animals in his backyard began his 90-day jail sentence Tuesday, shielding his face from a small group of animal rights activists as he arrived at court.

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


UPDATE: Westridge death believed accidental

A man found dead with his dog in a car in a West Side parking lot Sunday is believed to have died accidentally, a Coroner's Department official said Monday.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On safari for the stickleback

Officials at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area are polishing a tabletop in a corner of their visitors center where they plan to put a big aquarium and fill it with a tiny, tenacious fish indigenous to our area - but that very few have seen.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drunken boaters targeted

For being the largest body of fresh water in the area, Castaic Lake was a pretty dry place this past weekend, according to sheriff's deputies looking for drunken boaters.

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


Motorcyclist identified

Details were emerging Sunday in the motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Canyon Country man Friday night.

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


Dead man, dog found in Westridge apartment garage

Homicide detectives were called to a parking structure on Silver Aspen Way late Sunday afternoon after a man and a dog were both found dead in a parked car there, sheriff's deputies said.

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


Traces of chemicals found in local well

Traces of an organic chemical linked to plastics and harmful to humans was detected last month in miniscule amounts - well below the threat level - at a well owned by the Valencia Water Co.

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


Strickland, Brownley ready for November

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who snagged more than 40 percent of the June 5 primary vote in his first run for the 26th Congressional District, says he's confident he can sway a large number of independent voters by the November general election.

June 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit filed in senior death at Valencia assisted living facility

A Valencia home for seniors is being sued by a man whose elderly mother died after she was allegedly left alone on the home's patio in triple-digit temperatures last year.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why the peacock crossed the road

Surprised motorists heading south on Interstate 5 Tuesday dodged a pair of peacocks in the slow lane near Templin Highway, the latest in a series of animals-on-the-highway encounters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested in hammer assault

A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after she was apparently assaulted by a man with a hammer at a fast food restaurant in Newhall, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Fire officials look to dry, busy season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender’s parole revoked

A registered sex offender living in Canyon Country has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole after corrections officers found pornography on his home computer, an official said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to trial in stabbing

A Canyon Country man confined to a wheelchair will be tried on an attempted murder charge in connection with a stabbing that happened on Feb. 29, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

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


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

January 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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