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Judge laments liability limits

A Superior Court judge saddled with the "impossible" task of dividing a maximum of $200 million among scores of victims in the fatal 2008 Metrolink crash was praised for his grace and humanity Thursday by two local lawyers who represented many of the injured train passengers.

July 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials are committed to recycled local water

Local water officials firmed up the Santa Clarita Valley's commitment to recycled water Wednesday with plans to expand the master plan for recycling and begin the process at the Saugus Water Reclamation Plant.

July 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Redrawing conclusions

Commissioners overwhelmed by feedback on proposed new electoral lines have abandoned Thursday's deadline to release another round of maps and seek more public comments.

July 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City celebrates more space

Flanked by horseback riders poised on the edge of Haskell Canyon, Santa Clarita city officials unveiled more than 500 acres of open space at the eastern edge of Santa Clarita Valley's northern perimeter Monday.

July 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drilling rigs not ‘fracking’

Despite concerns raised online and in local media reports over implications of the gas company's stepped-up drilling near Interstate 5, no hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is taking place there, a SoCalGas spokeswoman said.

July 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials tout debt-deal savings

A debt-managing deal hammered out last month by local water officials has been used to save a local water district $2.4 million - a savings they say could be passed on to ratepayers.

July 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boat crash leads to felony charge

A Quartz Hill man faced a felony charge Thursday in connection with a boating crash at Pyramid Lake that injured two people and killed a dog.

July 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Landfill hopes to get greener

Owners of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill were a step closer Wednesday to producing "green energy" by marketing the methane that's produced as a natural byproduct of the landfill.

July 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County abandons plan for Agua Dulce road improvement

County supervisors abandoned plans for an easement on an Agua Dulce road this week after five years of inactivity on the proposal.

July 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Bring your own bags

Grocery-bag options are no longer a simple matter of "paper or plastic" for local consumers as the county's plastic-bag ban targets some local supermarkets and not others.

July 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hunt for illegal water devices hardens

Officials are coming down hard on owners of salt-generating illegal water softener systems.

July 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart museum gives glimpse of cowboy days

When you have to turn people away, it means you still have what they want.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blood, car paint grim setting in Las Vegas

Drug trafficking, car theft and fly-by-night nightclubs are commonplace in the "run-down" neighborhood of North Las Vegas where a blood-stained Jeep belonging to murdered local woman Renata Klein was recovered, area residents said Thursday.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Utility: No need to bristle about our brine mines

Local water and gas officials said Thursday the brine-injection wells that are part of stepped-up natural-gas extraction in the Santa Clarita Valley do not affect the levels of salt in the Santa Clara River watershed.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detective: Blood in Klein vehicle not human

Blood found in the car belonging to murdered Canyon Country resident Renata Klein and her missing husband, Dusan, is not human blood, a homicide detective confirmed today.

June 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

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


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

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


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

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


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

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


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

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


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

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


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

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


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

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


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

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


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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