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The evolution of big top

No lions, no tigers, no bears will be found under the Circus Vargas big top, a spokeswoman for the traveling troupe said Thursday.

October 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family hopes to spread message

The family of a West Los Angeles man who lay dead at the bottom of a ravine for two weeks plans to launch a public campaign to ensure elderly drivers have a cellphone with them so they can be found if something similar happens to them.

October 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jailhouse owner threatens lawsuit

After weeks of back-and-forth spats with the city over his property next to ongoing construction of Santa Clarita's new Newhall library, the owner of the century-old Newhall Jail says he's now thinking of suing the city.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rainfall makes road rough for drivers

Rain-drenched roadways kept emergency-response crews busy Wednesday with traffic collisions across the county, including at least a half-dozen in the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three sought in robbery

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three men in connection with an early morning robbery at a convenience store.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors OK Landmark Village

County supervisors heard testimony for a zone change on the first phase of Newhall Land Development Inc.'s proposed Newhall Ranch on Tuesday and indicated they would likely approve it.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewer fees could go up under county annexation

County supervisors voted Tuesday to annex parts of unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley into the county's sewer maintenance district, which could result in higher fees for sewer service in those areas.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body from ravine officially identified

The man whose body was pulled Friday from a wrecked car at the bottom of a steep ravine on Lake Hughes Road has been officially identified as 88-year-old Melvin Gelfand.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manslaughter suspect held for vandalism

A Canyon Country man facing felony charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been charged with four additional felony counts for allegedly vandalizing four different people's cars, officials said Monday.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to mull potential housing

County supervisors are expected to get an earful Tuesday from people concerned about the environmental consequences of Landmark Village being built along the Santa Clara River.

October 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search details emerge

More details are emerging as to how a family of amateur detectives found their missing father, whose car went off a cliff and plunged 200 feet into a ravine.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Correctional officer dies in accidental drowning in aqueduct

A 51-year-old man whose body was pulled from the California aqueduct in Pearblossom on Friday died accidently of drowning, a coroner's spokesman revealed Sunday.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car flips over on Highway 14

A motorist whose car flipped over on Highway 14 was treated for injuries highway officers described as not life-threatening.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pitchess plans for full house

Santa Clarita Valley can expect the local jail complex to take in 171 inmates every week under the state's inmate-transfer program that begins today.

October 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Missing man found by family north of Castaic after crash

A 67-year-old Lake Hughes man whose car ran off a winding mountain road survived for six days at the bottom of a ravine, eating bugs and leaves and drinking from a stream until his family discovered him.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Teen dies after motorcycle incident at Rowher Flats

A 16-year-old Ojai boy is dead following an off-road motorcycling incident Sunday at Rowher Flats, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

February 09, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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