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'Sweeter softer side of the Sixties' swings into Senior Center

SANTA CLARITA - There were peace symbols. There were tie-dyed clothes. There were love beads, sandals and plenty of music at the swinging seniors Sixties Concert and Dance Wednesday - just no drummer.

September 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lengthy trial expected for alleged street racers charged with murder

SANTA CLARITA - Justice is expected to move slowly for two young local men accused of being "street racers" and charged with murder in the traffic death of Dakota DeMott and, as a result, the case has been transferred downtown to a courtroom in Los Angeles, court officials said.

September 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man charged with DUI after allegedly towing friend on a skateboard

SANTA CLARITA - A 20-year-old Valencia man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he was under the influence of alcohol when he drove a car that crashed while towing his 19-year-old friend on a skateboard, a court bailiff said.

September 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 months of waiting ahead for missing Burbank man’s family

SANTA CLARITA - Relatives of a missing Burbank man whose car was found Sunday in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest will have to wait about two months to find out if the bones found next to the crash site belonged to their loved one.

September 17, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Couple arrested at gunpoint in Stevenson Ranch

SANTA CLARITA - A man and a woman found sleeping in a stolen van were arrested at gunpoint in Stevenson Ranch on Tuesday, a sergeant said.

September 17, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic woman found dead in desert near California City

SANTA CLARITA - The body of a Castaic woman who went missing last month has been found in the desert near California City, a spokeswoman for the Kern County coroner's office said Monday.

September 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found at scene of Angeles car crash

SANTA CLARITA - The sister of a Burbank man missing since July said Monday she fears the body found near a crashed car in the Angeles National Forest is that of her brother.

September 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Stabbing victim remains in critical condition

SANTA CLARITA - Detectives probing the Sunday night stabbing of a man in Newhall suspect the victim's car was intentionally rammed by that of his attacker, who stabbed him after the collision, according to local sheriff's officials.

September 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing under way in Canyon Country stabbing case

SANTA CLARITA - Prosecutors presented their case Monday against a Canyon Country man charged with attempted murder in the alleged gang-related stabbing of a 20-year-old man four months ago, a court official said.

September 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hard line on water softeners

SANTA CLARITA - Coming off a summer of public comment about plans to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River, local sanitation district officials say they have one concrete action they can take that will reduce the river's saltiness: crack down on scofflaws who are still harboring water softeners.

September 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wrecked car in ravine could be linked to missing persons case

A car discovered at the bottom of a ravine along the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday could be a clue in the mystery of a Burbank man who disappeared July 20, officials said.

September 16, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Crash in Saugus sends bicyclist to hospital

SANTA CLARITA - A bicyclist was injured on a winding Santa Clarita Valley canyon road Sunday following a traffic collision with a car, a Fire Department inspector said.

September 15, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia sex offender due in court on new charges

SANTA CLARITA - A preliminary hearing has been set for a Valencia registered sex offender accused of following and videotaping young girls at stores in the Santa Clarita Valley, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

September 15, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Felony added to rape charges filed against murderer

SANTA CLARITA - A convicted murderer facing four felony counts of rape in the alleged attack last June on an unconscious woman was charged with an additional felony count Thursday, the prosecutor said.

September 12, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Burned body found in Castaic not that of missing teen

The body of a man found burning near Castaic Lake last week was not that of a missing Orange County teenager who disappeared in the area Aug. 30, a homicide detective said Wednesday.

September 11, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff 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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