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East Side Story: Charred tree becomes local shrine

A lone burned sycamore on an isolated stretch of Sierra Highway looks like no other.

February 07, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pigskin parties

Even without a horse in the race, local football fans turned out to watch two east coast teams duke it out in Sunday's Super Bowl.

February 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Attacks increasing on U.S. troops inside bases

The number of attacks in Afghanistan that kill American soldiers inside American-held bases is dramatically increasing, witnesses told members of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., this week.

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon, Rogers count their contributors

The Democratic challenger to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, raised more than $30,000 last year in his bid to unseat McKeon, who had accumulated nearly $1 million by year's end.

February 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors to consider amnesty for old traffic violations

If you've been meaning to pay that traffic ticket you got back in 2008, you may be in luck.

January 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County may add to road improvement project for Sierra Highway

Plans are under way to bolster county road work on Sierra Highway, but a safety advocate say there's still quite a lot of ground to cover before the rural road is considered safe.

January 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fair attracts with music, merchandise

The Santa Clarita Street Fair should be renamed "Santa Clarita Street Excellent," according to attendees who gave it top marks.

January 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk gathers more support

As Republican Assembly candidate Scott Wilk gets ready for the upcoming 38th District Assembly seat race, a handful of prominent locals have already endorsed him.

January 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Acosta wins hearing on security provided to U.S. troops abroad

High-ranking military officials are expected to testify next week about the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita in Afghanistan and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him.

January 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seeking starry skies

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Owner of softener learns hard truth

Mike Stafford learned the hard way that soft water won't pass scrutiny in the Santa Clarita Valley if it's obtained with an illegal salt-based softener.

January 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash survivor faces long recovery

Colt Doherty, who was put on life support after surviving the crash that killed his friend last week, has been moved from the intensive care unit to another section of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, his mother said Thursday.

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


Another delay granted in trial involving Rosemary Flynn death

SAN FERNANDO - For the second time in just over a month, the attorney representing a local man charged in the death of his girlfriend was granted more time for tests relating to the girl's death nearly a year and a half ago.

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


McKeon: Nobody told me loan had VIP treatment

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, says he was unaware he was on a special VIP list when Countrywide Financial Corp. allegedly shaved hundreds of dollars off the cost of his 1998 refinancing loan.

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


UPDATE: Strickland announces bid for congressional district

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, officially declared his candidacy Tuesday for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District seat, which takes in part of the Santa Clarita Valley's West Side.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

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


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


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