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Archive By Author - Hector Gonzalez


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


Valencia man convicted in FBI case loses bid to have verdict overturned

A Santa Clarita Valley man and former Sheriff's Department lieutenant asked for a new trial this week in his conviction on obstruction of justice charges, but a federal judge denied his request, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Power outage hits Castaic after car hits transformer

Sixteen businesses in a shopping center at The Old Road and Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic were blacked out Tuesday after a car slammed into a Southern California Edison electrical box in the parking lot of a Ralphs grocery store.

August 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Speed named as factor in crash that killed 2 COC football players

Excessive speed was the main contributing factor in a collision that killed two College of the Canyons football players last weekend and left a third student athlete in critical condition, a Los Angeles detective heading up the investigation said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial set in 3-year-old murder case

Following multiple court delays, a trial date was set Tuesday for a 42-year-old Saugus man charged with murdering his live-in girlfriend in September 2011.

August 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley ice bucket challenge: The big chill on steroids

When a Valencia-based construction company with a contract to rebuild a local freeway decides to get in on the Internet phenomenon known as the ice bucket challenge - well, you just know it has to involve heavy equipment.

August 22, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man sought in Santa Clarita Valley child annoyance case

Just one week after children headed back to school for the 2014-15 year, two female students walking home from Placerita Junior High School in Newhall reported they were approached by a man who drove up in a black pickup truck and told them to get in, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's officials said.

August 22, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two plead no contest in 2012 street racers case

More than two years after they were arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of a friend while they were street racing on Sand Canyon Road, two young Canyon Country men pleaded no contest Thursday to lesser charges of vehicular manslaughter.

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


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UPDATE: Power outage strikes Valencia

A Santa Clarita Valley electrical outage disabled traffic signals and left about 900 people in the dark Wednesday in Valencia.

November 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Veterans take in SCV concert for a cause

Eric Clapton sang about it: "After Midnight."

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


Local music company students put on eclectic music show

Nothing says Christmas like string instruments sweetly performing Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mendelssohn - plus a little Led Zeppelin.

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


Reparations ordered in Canyon Country street racing death

Two men who were street racing in Canyon Country nearly three years when one slammed his car into a tree, killing his passenger, were ordered Friday to pay more than $23,000 each to the victim's family.

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


UPDATE: Firefighters douse blaze in Stevenson Ranch

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Santa Clarita Valley on Friday and were able to contain the blaze to a single bedroom.

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


Grenade ‘gift’ empties Stevenson Ranch Goodwill store

A "donation" dropped into a Santa Clarita Valley Goodwill store's collection box Friday prompted a Sheriff's Department Arson Bureau response and the evacuation of the store.

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


Concert to benefit Wounded Warrior Project set for Saturday

Fans of punk rock, rap, hip-hop and alt-rock will be able to get all those musical genres in one dose while helping a worthy cause at Saturday's second annual 91384 Benefit at Howie's Pub in Castaic.

November 20, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


When an aging parent says 'no' to a nursing home

One of the toughest decisions an adult may face is deciding what to do with an aging parent facing an urgent medical problem.

November 17, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Senior Living


Festival celebrates arts, literacy

Little Nico Esparza was trying in vain to string beads onto a thread to make a necklace while holding onto a bag of goodies he'd collected during Saturday's Santa Clarita's Literacy & Arts Festival at the Old Town Newhall Library.

November 16, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Festival of Trees ushers in Christmas season

Holiday music, dozens of ornate trees, whimsical gingerbread houses, elaborate wreaths and other seasonal decor created an early Christmas mood at Friday's opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley's 12th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

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


Better make sure it's the tax man

Recent reports of a rash of scams in which victims are targeted by someone claiming to be a tax collector for the Internal Revenue Service illustrate why seniors, in particular, need to be aware of fraud schemes.

November 10, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Senior Living


SCV hosting Veteran’s Day events

As the nation honors its military veterans Tuesday, Santa Clarita Valley residents can attend local events to pay tribute to those who serve and have served our country.

November 10, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lack of wind helps firefighters whip small SCV blaze

A lull in the Santa Ana winds Friday gave county firefighters a break battling a small grass fire that broke out next to Interstate 5 just south of Calgrove Boulevard, officials said.

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


Hart holds meeting on voting areas

Fewer than a handful of people turned out Thursday night at the first of five public meetings William S. Hart Union High School District officials are holding this month and next to provide details of two possible configurations for splitting the district into five voting areas.

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


Eternal Valley hosts Dia de los Muertos

Mexican-style breads called "pan dulce," apples, beer and tequila - these were some of Meliton Vasquez Lopez's favorite things when he was alive.

November 01, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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