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Mom, child injured

A Santa Clarita Valley mother and her 6-year-old son received minor burns Thursday when the boy dashed into their burning mobile home and the mother went in to grab him, a fire official said.

March 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon calls to halt for military cuts

SIMI VALLEY - Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, harkened back to the time of military might under President Ronald Reagan and warned Wednesday against pending cuts to military spending.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assemblyman attacks Brown on budget cuts

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, on Tuesday opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to gut a law giving lost animals more shelter time before they're humanely killed.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon hears concern from small businesses

Fewer taxes, less regulation and more sales people were some of the requests of local business owners who asked Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to take their messages back to Washington, D.C., with him.

March 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Passenger in airplane crash recovering

The passenger of a small plane that crashed Sunday on an Agua Dulce hilltop was recovering from minor injuries Monday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

March 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More than a dozen DUI arrests made over weekend

While more than a dozen motorists were arrested for alleged drunken driving over the weekend, a scheduled DUI checkpoint in the Santa Clarita Valley Friday netted only one impaired-driver arrest despite more than a thousand motorists checked.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County group gives nod to Buck, but none for Assembly

Republicans representing Los Angeles County have chosen to endorse Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon in the local House race, but chose not to endorse any candidate in the 38th California Assembly District race, including McKeon's wife, Patricia.

March 12, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP pursue suspect through Sand Canyon backyards

A brief early morning pursuit along Highway 14 ended in a foot chase through backyards in the area near Sand Canyon Road on Sunday.

March 11, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One good turn deserves another

A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window at night.

March 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bike shop owners launch new charitable endeavor

A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window one night.

March 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 SCV deaths from drug overdoses so far this year

Four local residents have died of drug overdoses this year alone, officials told Hart school district board members during a meeting this week.

March 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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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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