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Eastside Story: Seniors live, play, learn together

The Mayan calendar may have given 2012 a bad rap, but the owners of one popular senior center on Santa Clarita Valley's east side painted this year bright for many of the residents who live there.

March 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bronze vases stolen from graves

On Valentine's Day, John Rice visited the graves of his fiancee and his parents buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, only to discover thieves had stolen bronze vases from the graves.

March 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves path plan

Spurred by a failing economy, rising gas prices and a need to inspire coach potatoes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a 20-year master bicycle plan to change the car-dependent lifestyle of county residents.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Criminal minds

COMMERCE - On the steps of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, detectives are unveiling information about a mystery victim.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Races for state Senate line up

Tough fights are brewing in the two state Senate districts that encompass the Santa Clarita Valley after both Republicans currently serving those districts have announced they are not seeking re-election.

March 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hospital nurses without contract

A contract between Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and its 450 registered nurses has expired, and while nurses staged a demonstration Wednesday, administrators said they were confident an agreement would be reached.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wright announces run for Congress

The daughter of a former state Republican assemblywoman and state senator is the latest challenger in the 25th Congressional District race.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The pizza shop machete murder

Editor's note: Fourth in a series of four about SCV "cold case" homicides more than 5 years old.

February 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon announces new bill to protect U.S. in Afghanistan

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is expected to present a bill to Congress next week seeking to stop private security firms from being contracted to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

February 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Disappointment in Agua Dulce

A dozen Agua Dulce residents lost a key land battle Wednesday in their 10-year struggle to become part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phase 1 of Newhall Ranch gets supervisors’ nod

With county supervisors approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch on Tuesday, officials at Newhall Land Development Inc. expect to start building homes for the development's first phase as early as 18 months, a spokeswoman for the long-standing local land developer said.

February 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘CARPing’ program saves county millions

Local sheriff's deputies responding to incidents in and around Santa Clarita Valley Sunday heard a familiar voice in their cruisers.

February 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 injured in 2-vehicle rollover collision

At least three women suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle rollover collision on Bouquet Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon, including an elderly woman taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

February 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pregnant woman involved in crash

A head-on collision early Sunday morning caused concern for a pregnant woman whose "water broke" during the incident.

February 19, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: Hit-and-run victim was walking in the road

The woman hit by a car and killed Feb. 3 on Orchard Village Road in Valencia was walking in traffic lanes, a sheriff's investigator confirmed Wednesday.

February 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | 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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