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UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


Environmental groups call for governor to abandon Bay Delta Conservation Plan

SANTA CLARITA - A coalition of environmentalists called Monday for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon his support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and instead invest in sustainable water projects.

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


Nearly 500 homes planned for Castaic site

SANTA CLARITA - Los Angeles County planners are moving ahead with a nearly 500-home development on Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic where 200 luxury homes and a golf course designed by legend Arnold Palmer were previously planned.

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


1 injured in crash on Interstate 5 Monday

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a local fire station captain said.

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


Multi-car collision closes part of I-5

About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled onto the ground near Castaic Sunday from a big rig involved in a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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


Canyon Country murder victim identified

A coroner's investigator has identified the victim of a fatal stabbing Friday as 25-year-old Jose Eduardo Ocampo, of Canyon Country.

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


Castaic woman scratches her way to $1M

A young Castaic woman who worked as for a store at a truck stop is now a millionaire.

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


Robbery reported at fast food restaurant

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a brazen thief who snatched $100 from the hands of a fast food cashier in Canyon Country Thursday, according to documents filed by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


UPDATE: Baca to retire at end of month

SANTA CLARITA - Amid controversy over federal probes that led to the indictment of 18 sworn officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday he is retiring.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Baca schedules news conference; retirement announcement expected

SANTA CLARITA - As rumors of his expected retirement abound this morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles.

January 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water supplies assessed as third year in row dawns dry

SANTA CLARITA - On the heels of two consecutive years of record low precipitation, early 2014 indicators - among them dwindling snow packs and continuing rainfall shortages - have water officials bracing for a third dry year in California.

January 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jaywalking man arrested for illegal weapon posession

A 19-year-old man stopped for jaywalking who asked the sheriff's deputy for a ride ended up being charged with possessing metal knuckles, according to a sheriff's report filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Details of vicious Newhall robbery emerge

More details have emerged about the vicious attack of a man robbed of his wallet in Newhall the day after Christmas, documents maintained at the local sheriff's station show.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school artists showcase their work

Patrons of a Castaic coffee shop enjoyed a tastier experience Sunday afternoon when West Ranch High School art students unveiled what they've been working on at a show dubbed simply, the 2014 Art Exhibition.

January 06, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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