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Officials hunt for chloride culprits

With a looming deadline to comply with water standards or pay up, local sanitation district and city officials are teaming up to track down scofflaws still using salt-discharging water softeners.

June 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Natural predators an aspect of Santa Clarita Valley life

One morning last week Fair Oaks Ranch resident Jenifer Ranieri was exercising while her five kids headed outside to play.

June 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Guns, drugs and fake cash found in raid

Drugs, firearms, stolen property and counterfeit bills were among the items seized during a recent raid on a Canyon Country house. Seven suspects were arrested.

June 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials ask for input on districts

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

June 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Body of missing Santa Clarita woman found

The body of a Canyon Country woman was found by public works employees on a rocky, isolated area in the Angeles National Forest earlier this week, sheriff's officials said Saturday.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Moviemakers arrested on fraud charges

Two local men are among 18 people arrested this week for allegedly fleecing $25 million from would-be movie investors through a telemarketing scam.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon to honor appointees

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is expected to honor more than a dozen U.S. Military Service Academy appointees at a special luncheon Saturday.

June 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV encouraged to give input on district lines

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

June 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Oldest part of Valencia may be merged into SFV

The original Valencia Old Orchard housing tract joins Newhall in a proposed new congressional district linked with the San Fernando Valley under a tentative plan submitted for public discussion by the citizens' commission for redistricting.

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


Locals upset over coyotes

A string of recent dog-nappings - with coyotes thought to be the likely culprit - has homeowners in Fair Oaks concerned.

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


New plan may stop water fines

In a race to ward off hefty state water fines threatened over chloride levels, local sanitation officials are pinning their hopes on a consultant's plan that re-examines water delivered here from Northern California.

June 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids step into ring to join social circle

The girl's nose was bloody.

June 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water deal looks to flush out debt issues

Local water officials, having firmed up a closer relationship with the Devil's Den Water District, are now working to transform the former cotton farm into a juggernaut of power, water, energy and savings.

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


SCV mostly intact ... so far

As requested, the Santa Clarita Valley remained mostly intact during the first round of redrawing legislative districts, according to preliminary maps released Friday.

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


County talks library services

DeleteLos Angeles County officials planning a Stevenson Ranch library this week presented a menu of book-loaning services to residents hungry to read and ready to consume.

June 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

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


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


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