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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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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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