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Ed Lin to leave Michael Hoefflin Foundation

Ed Lin, interim executive director for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, is leaving his post at the end of the month, foundation officials revealed today.

October 13, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


GOP official: Early dissent is healthy for party

As pre-election Republican rhetoric punctuates the 2012 race, one long-standing Republican group remains well-acquainted with dissent, division and diversity.

October 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County greenlights park plan

County supervisors gave developers the green light Tuesday to build a park on Copper Hill Drive at Haskell Canyon Road, for a cost $1 million cheaper than planned.

October 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Women’s jail at Pitchess proposed

A new women's jail proposed for Pitchess Detention Center will have to wait at least another couple of weeks before it's approved, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

October 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three sought in home invasion

Deputies investigating a home invasion robbery Saturday are looking for three men who forced their way into an apartment on Magic Mountain Parkway, assaulted the occupants and stole from them, a sheriff's investigator said today.

October 11, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lockdown lifted at Pitchess

Things are back to normal at the Pitchess Detention Center this morning after a major fight broke out among inmates Sunday.

October 10, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


The path to road safety

County engineers are now looking at improving a remote stretch of Lake Hughes Road that recently claimed the life of one man and almost killed another.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funds raised in soldier’s honor

A scholarship set up in honor of fallen Army paratrooper Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig saw its first inaugural barbecue fundraiser Sunday with organizers hoping the event becomes an annual one honoring local men and women who died serving their country.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 161 dogs and cats find homes at pet fair

Hundreds of curious dogs, and some mildly amused cats, put the "Wow" in the 11th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair Sunday as pet owners turned out in force with their pets - and some people signed on to become new pet owners.

October 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car over embankment at Lake Hughes Road

Emergency crews responded to reports a car went over an embankment on Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman dies in crash

A 20-year-old Castaic woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and struck a utility pole early Sunday morning, a coroner's spokeswoman said.

October 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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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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