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UPDATE: Sheriff’s lieutenant denies wrongdoing in federal obstruction trial

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department administrators were safeguarding an informant from retaliation when they had him transferred from Men's Central Jail to more secure satellite facilities - not hiding him in a bid to block a federal probe of alleged jailhouse misconduct - a lieutenant testified Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit

As part of a settlement announced Thursday, the Santa Clarita Community College District has agreed to offer cumulative voting for board of trustees elections, pay $850,000 in plaintiffs' legal fees and take several measures to address allegations that its voting system violates Latino voters rights.

June 12, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita to host 2015 Special Olympians

Santa Clarita will put out the welcome mat next year for athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, billed by organizers as "the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world," officials announced Thursdsay.

June 12, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


About 20 attend chloride meeting

Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials Wednesday night kicked off a series of six public information meetings aimed at explaining to residents per-household rate hikes officials say will be needed to pay for a new $130 million treatment project to remove chloride from wastewater dumped into the Santa Clara River.

June 12, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church saves Summer Bash

As the disco-era hit "YMCA" blared over speakers and Valley Valley View Community School's 5th- and 6th-grade cheerleaders performed on stage, parent Alma Tejeda lost track of her two children, who had quickly disappeared into the crowd of several hundred families enjoying the school's fourth annual Summer Bash party Saturday.

June 07, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problems linger at LA County jails

Despite progress in some areas, Los Angeles County continues to fail to provide sufficient suicide-prevention practices to protect prisoners from self-harm, a new U.S. Justice Department report concludes.

June 07, 2014 | Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies arrest attempted kidnapping suspect in Canyon Country

A man who attempted to force a woman into his car was arrested at gunpoint without incident in Canyon Country Thursday night, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 05, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita deputies discover ‘honey oil’ lab, make arrest

A 20-year-old Castaic man was in custody Saturday night on suspicion of having, making and transporting concentrated cannibis after deputies pulled him over and discovered hash oil and items used to extract hash oil from marijuana, sheriff's officials said in a news release.

May 24, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies scuffle with, arrest suspect

Deputies responding to a call of a disturbance at an apartment complex on Sundowner Way in Santa Clarita Friday evening scuffled briefly with a suspect before taking him into custody, sheriff's officials said.

May 23, 2014 | Hector Gonzalez | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shoplifter confronts guard, flees Canyon Country store

A shoplifter who grappled with a security guard at a Santa Clarita clothing store Wednesday got away with about $50 worth of merchandise, sheriff's officials said.

May 14, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Easter in the Park draws hundreds

Joining Christians around the world in celebrating the faith's holiest day of observance, about 300 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley took part in an Easter in the Park service and breakfast Sunday morning at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park in Stevenson Ranch, hosted by His Way Church.

April 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Billboard petition supporter arrested

Emotions appear to be running high over a petition drive aimed at stopping Santa Clarita's plan to install electronic billboards along freeways in the city, resulting in several recent clashes between petition supporters and opponents and the arrest of a woman who was gathering signatures at a local Walmart this past weekend, sheriff's officials confirmed.

April 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Triple-digit temperatures expected through the weekend

The Santa Clarita Valley baked under 104-degree heat today - and we're not out of the kitchen yet.

September 13, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Not too hot for fall festival

It may have been 101 degrees elsewhere in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday, but inside a small auditorium at Saugus High School it was mid-autumn.

September 12, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy M.E. says drugs didn’t kill Karla Brada

SAN FERNANDO - Four different drugs, including Methadone and methamphetamine, were in the blood and urine of a 34-year-old Saugus woman at the time of her death, a county forensic expert testified Thursday at the trial of a 42-year-old man charged with her murder.

September 11, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trials expected to begin for 2 SCV murder cases

Trials are expected to get under way in San Fernando Superior Court this week in two different Santa Clarita Valley murder cases, both of which occurred in 2011.

September 08, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A push for education, not fines in SCV drought regualtions

Striving for a uniform water conservation strategy for all of the Santa Clarita Valley, local water providers are mailing materials directly to customers to get everyone on the same page about lawn-water schedules and other now-mandatory restrictions - and the penalties for not following them.

September 02, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Station Fire ceremony honors two men who lost their lives

On Aug. 26, 2009, despite bone-dry conditions, firefighters believed they had a good handle on a brush fire that broke out that afternoon in the mountains of the Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge.

August 30, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Band sends concert series out on high note

After a day that saw temperatures topping 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley, wispy high clouds drifted in with the setting sun and a balmy evening breeze kicked up, setting the stage for a perfect finale to the city's hugely successful Concerts in the Park series.

August 30, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man wounded at local gun range

Shrapnel from an exploding handgun sent a man to the hospital Friday with wounds to his face and neck, sheriff's officials said.

August 29, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies looking into alleged hate crime

Santa Clarita Valley deputies were investigating an assault on an African American man in the parking lot of a restaurant as a hate crime, authorities said Friday.

August 29, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Domestic Violence Center awaits arrest reward

Mary Casamento couldn't have been more surprised when she learned there was a $20,000 reward for the capture of the man in the Simi Valley hotel room next to her who was making such a racket.

August 28, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Colossus to return at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Twisted

Come next spring, Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain's iconic wooden roller coaster - will be transformed into Twisted Colossus, the world's longest hybrid wood-and-steel coaster, Six Flags officials announced Thursday.

August 28, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV officials hold 'Pills Kill' symposium

Four years ago, when sheriff's, city and school officials realized the extent of heroin use among Santa Clarita teens, they launched a number of far-reaching initiatives to tackle the problem.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country woman assaulted twice within a month

After being attacked twice within the span of a month while walking home, Canyon Country resident Barbara Kritzberg says she'll be prepared in case it happens again.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Man charged with sex acts with a Santa Clarita minor

After allegedly arranging to meet a teen in Santa Clarita for sex, a 44-year-old Anaheim man was instead greeted by Special Victims Bureau investigators, who arrested him on suspicion of having an illegal yearlong relationship with the alleged victim, an investigator said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads to lesser charge in 2013 Newhall stabbing

A 20-year-old gang member from Canyon Country who was charged with attempted murder for stabbing a man in 2013 has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and sentenced to seven years in prison, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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