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Jailhouse talk forbidden

VAN NUYS - A Superior Court judge Friday ordered former high school teacher Kevin Lamont Thomas, accused of performing lewd acts with teenage girls, to stop communicating with his alleged victims from jail.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


As the clouds lift, attention turns to frosty plants

Many rain-soaked and shivering Santa Clarita Valley residents thawing out from Wednesday's snowstorm turned their attention to plants and trees exposed to freezing temperatures.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus man killed in crash

Rubin Villalobos, 41, of Saugus was killed at 5:50 a.m. after his 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a patch of black ice and rolled over the southbound San Fernando Road offramp onto Highway 14, said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol.

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED Traffic & Weather: I-5, 14 now open

UPDATED 4 p.m. Thursday:

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bankruptcy plan would liquidate properties

A plan filed in a bankruptcy court could lead to the sale of several high-profile SCV properties. Barclays Bank proposed a liquidation plan to turn all assets owned by LandSource Communities Development LLC into cash to pay its biggest creditors, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware heard this week.

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic High site picked

The long-awaited Castaic high school will be built near the Sterling Gateway industrial complex, Castaic Area Town Council members heard Wednesday night.

December 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man killed in truck rollover

A 27-year-old Agua Dulce man was killed after his truck went off the highway and struck a metal pole, a wooden fence, a storage container and a tree late Monday.

December 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon: Cemex, wilderness bills won't die

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, pursues two "personal" bills in Washington - the Cemex bill and the Wilderness bill - despite the rigors and dynamics of an unfolding election, he says.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cops nab alleged sniper

Local sheriff's deputies arrested an alleged BB-gun sniper they believe shot about three dozen windows out of businesses and moving cars since September.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge throws out Las Lomas suit

A judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by developers representing the stalled Las Lomas project which would have built 5,500 homes into the hillside on The Old Road.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A toxics expert for Bermite

An expert in toxic groundwater cleanups will mediate cost-related disputes that might arise during the continuing cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite site.

December 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water quality causes quite a buzz

Clean pre-softened water conveyed to 400 select homeowners in Copper Hill through an experimental process is drawing worldwide attention, says the man who brought the ground-breaking technology to the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Las Lomas czar resigns

The man who tried to reshape the Santa Clarita Valley by building 5,500 homes into the hillside border with the San Fernando Valley now has other plans to develop local land.

December 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


TPC program remains intact

The membership program at Tournament Players Club at Valencia remains intact and unchanged following a ruling Friday by a bankruptcy court judge in Delaware.

December 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why it's taken so long

Road work on Magic Mountain Parkway at Interstate 5 will finish four months ahead of schedule, city engineers said.

December 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Two small brush fires consume 10 acres near Gorman

Two tiny brush fires consumed close to 10 acres Sunday morning near Templin Highway, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water company dispute could go to court

The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to sideline itself in the dispute over Castaic Lake Water Agency's takeover of Valencia Water Company, making civil court the venue for further action.

February 16, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Enforcement actions could be taken if drought severity grows

"Water cops" patrolling the streets looking for illegal water use. Fines on residents overusing water. Temporary water shutoff; flow regulators installed on homes.

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


Preliminary hearing begins in murder case against alleged Highway 14 wrong-way driver

SAN FERNANDO - A 47-year-old Lancaster man took the witness stand Thursday and described the head-to-toe injuries he suffered in a wrong-way-driver collision last summer that killed the other two occupants of his vehicle.

February 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water waning in Bouquet Canyon

Many Bouquet Canyon residents' wells are literally running dry, a crisis water officials attribute more to the condition of Bouquet Canyon Creek than to the current drought.

February 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested on sex charges in Missouri

A 26-year-old Valencia man arrested on sex charges for crimes allegedly committed in St. Louis, Missouri, worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church, officials confirmed Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man escapes after hit-and-run crash, catalytic converter theft attempt

A thief trying to steal a catalytic converter in Canyon Country on Tuesday was surprised by the car's owner and failed to grab the device, then got into a hit-and-run collision trying to flee the scene, sheriff's officials said.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Online car purchase goes south

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist - the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies drew their guns on suspects.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Coroner's investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV school vandalism, thefts mount to thousands of dollars in recent losses

Several Santa Clarita Valley schools have been burglarized and vandalized over the past month in a series of attacks that investigators believe are unrelated, officials said Monday.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2012 murder trial postponed due to defense lawyer change

More than a year after a suspect was arrested in 2012's only Santa Clarita Valley murder, jury selection was set to begin Monday but was abruptly postponed due to a change in defense lawyers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make "warm and fuzzy" blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers show troops they care with packages

Nothing says "I love you" like a care package of Ramen noodles and a chocolate bar - just ask the hundreds of servicemen and women receiving packages prepared by the group Prayer Angels for the Military.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen dies after motorcycle incident at Rowher Flats

A 16-year-old Ojai boy is dead following an off-road motorcycling incident Sunday at Rowher Flats, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

February 09, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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