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Phone law nets 10 tickets a day

An average of 10 people a day in Santa Clarita Valley were charged under the new "hands free" cell phone law passed a month ago, officials reported Thursday.

October 02, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heritage oak trees get reprieve

Oak tree advocates have lived to fight another day after having voiced their concerns in front of the county's Regional Planning Commission.

October 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV data will help quake predictions

Seismologists pouring over data surrounding Tuesday's earthquake in Chino Hills credit Santa Clarita for having provided valuable information needed to interpret what happened and to predict seismic activity.

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


First responders get live quake drill

Who needs a mock scenario to test a disaster preparedness plan when you have a 5.4 earthquake to test your resources, people and protocol?

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heritage oak meeting set for Wednesday

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is expected to approve the Lyons Canyon Ranch development Wednesday.

September 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New housing project to pay sewage tolls

A proposed housing project backed up for a while over concerns about sewer capacity is moving ahead with final zoning approval expected today.

September 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed Saturday identified

The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the motorcyclist killed early Saturday morning as Thomas Mark Ryan, 51, of Canyon Country.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County official warns against leaving children, elderly in autos

On the heels of news that a toddler was found dead inside a family vehicle comes word from the county health officer warning people not to leave children, old people or pets inside vehicles.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals spray swastika on car in Canyon Country

Investigators with the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station are this week investigating an apparent hate crime in Canyon Country which, according to the official report, exhibits an obscure reference to the Confederacy.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime watch: Odd thefts hit SCV

Thieves targeting Santa Clarita Valley are stealing everything from diesel sucked out of local cars, trees torn from front lawns, growth hormones, car parts and even the fruit off a woman's backyard tree, The Signal has learned.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


Mosquito reports soar after article

Canyon Country residents Thursday reported a surge in both the number of "green pools" and of mosquitoes following initial reports of countywide efforts to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

September 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family grapples with loss of toddler

The young Canyon Country couple who now mourns the death of their youngest child is "heavily grieving," said one of the investigators in the case.

September 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler’s autopsy ongoing

Trying to determine what caused the death of a Canyon Country toddler Monday, the county Coroner's Office is expected to release its findings today.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler autopsy results delayed six weeks, coroner says

Whatever caused the death of a two-year-old Canyon Country boy Monday will not be revealed for another six weeks, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Cornoner's Office said today.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Are ‘green pools’ deadly?

Green is good when it comes to environmentally friendly living in Santa Clarita Valley, but not when it comes to swimming pools abandoned in foreclosures.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Father waives extradition in Castaic parental abduction case

A man charged with parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing November to January, will be picked up in Louisiana Friday and brought back to California, a Louisiana police officer said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Man fatally struck on train tracks in Newhall

A man believed to be in his 30s was struck and killed in Newhall Tuesday by a northbound Metrolink train.

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


Saugus woman pleads not guilty to hit and run

A Saugus woman who turned herself in for a hit-and-run collision that allegedly happened a year a half ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against her, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Valencia family struggles with death of son

The mother, father and younger sister of a young Valencia man who died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision Friday are living moment to moment, struggling with their loss, his mother said Monday.

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


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


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