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Longtime SCV resident, WWII veteran dies

At the Santa Clarita Valley's last Memorial Day celebration, Private First Class Anthony "Tony" Marincola stood out from the crowd as the only one sporting a uniform as old as his, a decorated olive-green woolen US Army uniform.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit tossed, environmentalists vow to fight on

Local environmentalists who saw their lawsuit challenging the purchase of Valencia Water Company tossed out recently say they are pressing ahead with their opposition to the controversial deal and are re-evaluating the situation.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keep on food truckin’

A convoy of more than half a dozen food trucks served up lot of comfort food - and a lot of comforting - Sunday in what is becoming a budding monthly venue for repeat business and faithful patrons.

November 11, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies seeking several shooting suspects

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for gunmen who reportedly fired a shot in the direction of a woman driving in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, officials from two law enforcement agencies said.

November 10, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Canyon star was casualty of sport

Brain injuries most likely due to his football career were among the contributing causes in the death of Chuck Osborne, the Canyon High School football standout who went on to a four-year career with the National Football League.

November 09, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 murder cases put over to next year’s court docket

SANTA CLARITA - Two local unrelated murder cases were heard in court Thursday; each one was postponed and scheduled to be heard later, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Court dismisses SCOPE claims on Valencia Water acquisition

Local environmentalists who saw their lawsuit challenging the purchase of Valencia Water Company tossed out recently are pressing ahead with their opposition to the controversial deal and are re-evaluating the situation, a spokesman for the group said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman allegedly punches deputy during SCV traffic stop

SANTA CLARITA - A woman allegedly punched a sheriff's deputy in the face during a traffic stop Thursday and was pepper-sprayed before fleeing in her car down Interstate 5 and finally being arrested at gunpoint in Castaic, officials said.

November 07, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride plan means $140 more per household

The chloride-reducing plan chosen by local sanitation district officials in the 11th hour last week is moderately more expensive than Phase 1 of the initial plan chosen but vastly cheaper than its second phase, according to a review of the district's projected costs.

November 07, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in mobile home fire in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Fire in the bathroom of a Canyon Country mobile home Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

November 06, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CalArts reopens with clean bill of health

SANTA CLARITA - California Institute of the Arts reopened Wednesday following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing to rid its Valencia campus of a virus that sickened more than 60 people.

November 06, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CalArts to reopen on Wednesday

California Institute of the Arts officials are reopening the institute Wednesday morning following four days of scrubbing and sanitizing in a bid to rid the campus of a bug that sickened at least 16 people.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial in Halloween murder continued to next year

SANTA CLARITA - A judge Tuesday rescheduled a court hearing to next year in the case of three young men charged with murdering a "good Samaritan" on Halloween in 2011.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured as trash truck runs off freeway

SANTA CLARITA - A man was injured and taken to the hospital this morning after a trash truck northbound on Interstate 5 left the freeway and went down an embankment in Valencia, officials said.

November 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inmates trained in fire suppression

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce jail overcrowding, more than 500 Los Angeles County inmates now in custody are slated to be transferred to county "fire suppression" camps beginning Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

November 04, 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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