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On safari for the stickleback

Officials at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area are polishing a tabletop in a corner of their visitors center where they plan to put a big aquarium and fill it with a tiny, tenacious fish indigenous to our area - but that very few have seen.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drunken boaters targeted

For being the largest body of fresh water in the area, Castaic Lake was a pretty dry place this past weekend, according to sheriff's deputies looking for drunken boaters.

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


Motorcyclist identified

Details were emerging Sunday in the motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Canyon Country man Friday night.

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


Dead man, dog found in Westridge apartment garage

Homicide detectives were called to a parking structure on Silver Aspen Way late Sunday afternoon after a man and a dog were both found dead in a parked car there, sheriff's deputies said.

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


Traces of chemicals found in local well

Traces of an organic chemical linked to plastics and harmful to humans was detected last month in miniscule amounts - well below the threat level - at a well owned by the Valencia Water Co.

June 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland, Brownley ready for November

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who snagged more than 40 percent of the June 5 primary vote in his first run for the 26th Congressional District, says he's confident he can sway a large number of independent voters by the November general election.

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


Lawsuit filed in senior death at Valencia assisted living facility

A Valencia home for seniors is being sued by a man whose elderly mother died after she was allegedly left alone on the home's patio in triple-digit temperatures last year.

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


Why the peacock crossed the road

Surprised motorists heading south on Interstate 5 Tuesday dodged a pair of peacocks in the slow lane near Templin Highway, the latest in a series of animals-on-the-highway encounters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Man arrested in hammer assault

A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after she was apparently assaulted by a man with a hammer at a fast food restaurant in Newhall, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Fire officials look to dry, busy season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

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


Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender’s parole revoked

A registered sex offender living in Canyon Country has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole after corrections officers found pornography on his home computer, an official said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to trial in stabbing

A Canyon Country man confined to a wheelchair will be tried on an attempted murder charge in connection with a stabbing that happened on Feb. 29, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured when apparently swerving to avoid deer

A woman who reportedly tried to avoid hitting a deer was injured when her car flipped and crashed on Placerita Canyon Road early Monday morning.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Resident wins waterwise contest

It's likely to be a rocky road swapping green lawns for rock gardens in the Santa Clarita Valley, but the idea is getting thumbs up approval by local water officials eager to conserve water.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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