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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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Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tony Martinez beat the odds

After emerging from a three-month coma in the fall of 1986, doctors told motorcycle crash victim Tony Martinez he would never have kids and never walk again.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district switching to flat rate

Newhall County Water District officials have pulled the plug on a tiered water rate structure initially designed to encourage ratepayers to conserve water.

June 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who's a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck pulling horse trailer catches fire on Highway 14

A truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire Thursday on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce but the blaze was quickly doused, halting any spread to nearby brush, a fire spokesman said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s lieutenant takes stand in obstruction trial

One of six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system took the stand Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Big rig driver killed on Interstate 5

The driver of a big rig was killed Thursday after his truck jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, spilling fuel and sparking a brush fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Showdown at COC

On the heels of an overwhelmingly rejected contract offered to the instructors at College of the Canyons, the college's board of trustees approved raises for administrators Wednesday night in front of more than 100 angry, disappointed and frustrated faculty members.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC negotiating settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

College of the Canyons trustees announced publicly Wednesday what they presented in court last week: that the Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV man arrested in child predator Internet sting operation

A 64-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man was one of three men arrested in a joint forces sting operation targeting child predators, court and sheriff's officials announced this week.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man pleads not guilty in road rage incident

A Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges filed against him.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Canyon Country hit-and-run

A Valencia man faces a charge of hit and run causing serious injury or death after he allegedly left the scene of a traffic collision in which a 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries, spokesmen for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tanker truck overturns, spills corrosive chemical

A tanker truck took a freeway off-ramp too fast Tuesday morning, flipped onto its side and spewed 50-70 gallons of a highly corrosive liquid onto the Highway 126 overpass over Interstate 5.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: COC faculty rejects proposed contract

Members of the union representing instructors at College of the Canyons have rejected a contract from the Santa Clarita Community College District administration, marking the first time in two decades the full-time faculty has voted down a proposed contract.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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