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Alleged I.D. thief wants trial

A man charged with four theft-related felonies for allegedly using his girlfriend's credit card to run up thousands of dollars in purchases is going straight to trial without a preliminary hearing.

January 01, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Pirate ship’ docks in yard

Families looking for an exciting non-scary Halloween event can find one in Canyon Country where a couple just finished building an elaborate pirate ship.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New homes sought in Acton

One plucky developer is trying to push through red tape to build 16 homes in Acton near 38 homes that are in foreclosure.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency not waiting for a drought

New home construction is slow, but local water officials are pressing forward with six work projects that require changes to pipelines, treatment plants and pumping stations in anticipation of a massive increase in demand for water over the next 20 years.

December 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On Election Day, all this man wants is your vote

Yeah, it's funny - until someone loses an election.

December 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trade group questions source of river salt

A trade group is challenging Measure S on November's ballot, saying water softener manufacturers are made a scapegoat for other agencies that dump salt into the Santa Clara River.

December 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political signs take a beating

Republican or Democrat, residents of the Santa Clarita Valley are waking up to destruction or elimination of their political lawn signs, and they're united in their anger.

December 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Project never teed off

A woman in a plush white bathrobe leisurely looks over her balcony at beautiful rolling green hills and a professionally designed golf course called Los Valles.

December 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One valley, one water supplier, official says

Tenth story in "The Big Picture," The Signal's series on plans for growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today we look at water, and why some officials think one agency should handle the SCV's water supplies. Click here for the rest of the stories.

December 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Exec: Las Lomas not dead yet

Officials for the Las Lomas project believe they can resurrect the moribund 5,500-home development despite a stop-work order, a failed lawsuit, a president's resignation and two cities' resistance.

December 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged BB gunmen collared

Two alleged BB-gun snipers facing felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, used a laser scope and a BB gun that looks like a fully automatic AR-15 assault rifle, according to deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

December 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jailhouse talk forbidden

VAN NUYS - A Superior Court judge Friday ordered former high school teacher Kevin Lamont Thomas, accused of performing lewd acts with teenage girls, to stop communicating with his alleged victims from jail.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


As the clouds lift, attention turns to frosty plants

Many rain-soaked and shivering Santa Clarita Valley residents thawing out from Wednesday's snowstorm turned their attention to plants and trees exposed to freezing temperatures.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus man killed in crash

Rubin Villalobos, 41, of Saugus was killed at 5:50 a.m. after his 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a patch of black ice and rolled over the southbound San Fernando Road offramp onto Highway 14, said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol.

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED Traffic & Weather: I-5, 14 now open

UPDATED 4 p.m. Thursday:

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Judge tosses lawsuit aimed at blocking Newhall Ranch Phase 1

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by local environmentalists against Los Angeles County for approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch, a development proposed for the northwestern Santa Clarita Valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Appeals court hears Newhall Ranch arguments

Environmentalists opposed to Newhall Ranch, along with the developer expected to start building it, presented arguments Wednesday for and against the 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newhall Pass freeway collision

A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries following a traffic collision on Interstate 5 this morning was reported in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said before noon.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former Saugus High student to stand trial in mother’s killing

VAN NUYS - A former Saugus High School student was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on a charge of murder in the shooting death of her mother a year ago.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to pay restitution in wrong-way driving case

A Canyon Country man found guilty of driving the wrong way on the Highway 14 freeway last summer, injuring 13 people, has been ordered to pay his victims more than $165,000 in restitution, a District Attorney's spokesman said Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Water Committee imposes non-voluntary water conservation plan

Facing a worsening drought statewide, Santa Clarita Valley water officials called on local residents Tuesday to conserve water, unveiling the first phase of a drought action plan.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus High grad killed at motocross race

SANTA CLARITA - Friends and fans of local motorcycle racer Tommy Aquino are mourning him on Facebook today after the young competitor was killed in a crash in Piru Sunday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials eye conservation measures in light of drought

State water officials have turned off the tap that supplies half of Santa Clarita Valley's water as California's dry fall and early winter slides into a dry late winter with no sign of relief.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless woman gets 15 days in jail over scuffle at shelter

A 33-year-old woman who assaulted a worker at the Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter the day after Christmas has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic man sentenced to 3 years in attempted child kidnapping

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man who pleaded no contest to charges of attempted kidnapping and stalking in connection with a plot four months ago to kidnap his child has been sentenced to more than three years in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV residents still simmering over Super Bowl TV outage

SANTA CLARITA - Time Warner Cable officials offered an apology Monday for the blackout that cut off Sunday's Super Bowl telecast for customers in Southern California, including the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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