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Jury trial set for accused rapist

SAN FERNANDO - Formal charges were officially filed against accused rapist Adrian Arriano on Thursday morning at the San Fernando Superior Court. After Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan read 27 total counts to the judge, Arriano entered a plea of not guilty.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper scheduled a jury trial in the matter for June 13.

June 19, 2008 | By Parimall M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burrtec dumps MRF location

Plans to build a giant recycling center along Sierra Highway in Newhall are officially dead.

Burrtec Waste Industries has taken the final step to scrap the plans after residents in the area waged a "Stop the Dump" war, citing concerns about the pollution and traffic the plant could bring.

June 18, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart bison dies after vet care

Scientists and animal specialists are reviewing data today to determine what caused a young American bison to die suddenly Wednesday morning at William S. Hart Park.

The bison, about one year old, died suddenly after emerging from a general anesthetic administered by a local veterinarian, as part of a routine castration procedure.

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


Youth Grove memorial: Never forget

Under a moonlit sky, more than 100 mourners gathered at Central Park on Wednesday to remember the local youth who have lost their lives in traffic collisions.

At the third annual Evening of Remembrance at the park's Youth Grove memorial, local high school students read the names of the 71 who have died. Some were as young as 6 years old.

June 18, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Final council vote count doesn't change outcome

The final results are in and Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar will be taking the two seats open on the Santa Clarita City Council.

About 1,000 provisional and absentee ballots tabulated Wednesday did not change the outcome since the unofficial results were released April 8. Ender and Kellar held their significant lead over Bob Spierer, Diane Trautman and Maria Gutzeit.

June 18, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist remains in critical condition

A Santa Clarita motorcyclist remained in critical condition Wednesday after being hit by a motor home Sunday night.

June 18, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man dies when vehicle strikes tree, flips

A Hart High School graduate was killed late Tuesday evening after his vehicle struck a tree and flipped over in Castaic.

June 18, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staf Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Five named to oversight committee

Five newly appointed members will take their places on the Measure V Citizens' Oversight Committee when the group holds its next meeting April 28 in the board room at the William S. Hart Union High School District administrative office.

June 18, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Emergency Expo set for Saturday

The 16th annual Santa Clarita Emergency Expo will be hosted at the College of the Canyons on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 18, 2008 | By Joe Cardwell Special to The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury in Castro trial still deliberating

The jury in the Esperanza Castro murder trial continued its deliberations on Thursday but did not reach a verdict.

June 18, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro defense: 'I am defending her honor'

SAN FERNANDO - The fate of Esperanza Castro was sent to the jury on Wednesday afternoon, as attorneys on both sides presented closing arguments and rested their respective cases.

Defense attorney Peter Korn told the jury that the prosecution rushed to judgment in charging his client with murder.

June 18, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boys & Girls Club celebrates its alumni

"When I felt like I wanted to quit, I kept persevering."

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Updated: Educators discuss school budgets at VIA luncheon

Due to the proposed cuts to education, the Hart district recently had to cut and adjust its budget by 10 percent - or $10.3 million - even though the exact percentage of cuts has not yet been determined at the state level.

"Will that 10 percent really be a 10 percent cut, or a 7 percent cut, or 5 percent? We don't know at this point, but we are ready for the worst case scenario," Jaime Castellanos, superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, said Tuesday. "The hardest thing right now is the uncertainty of the budget."

June 17, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business owner turns in his own workers to cops

Concerned that items were disappearing from his shop, a Valencia business owner secretly staked out the premises early Tuesday morning, and ended up catching several employees that he alleges were stealing aluminum.

Jose Montano, 42, and Jose Escobar, 24, both of Palmdale, were arrested Tuesday and booked on fel-ony charges of burglary, embezzlement and grand theft, after they stole more than 900 pounds of aluminum from Contractor's Wardrobe, a sheriff's official said.

June 17, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

June 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Vigil held for Saugus girl killed by car

Several hundred people gathered at Saugus High School Wednesday night to memorialize 17-year-old Jennifer Stift.

August 21, 2014 | By Katharine Lotze Signal Staff Photographer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Sheriff's detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public's help in identifying two "persons of interest" depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Work continuing on McBean Bridge widening project

Progress continues on the project to widen the McBean Parkway Bridge in Santa Clarita near the Valencia Post Office, officials said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Report: Firefighting costs run wild, force cuts in other USFS services

Escalating U.S. Forest Service firefighting costs have forced cutbacks in other services provided by the agency, curbing recreation, maintenance and conservation efforts nationwide, says a report released Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | By Signal Staff and Wire Service | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vigil planned for Saugus student killed by car

A vigil is planned tonight at Saugus High School for Jennifer Stift, a Saugus senior who died this week after being struck by a car.

August 20, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon awards local student with Congressional Award Bronze Medal

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, awarded local Santa Clarita resident Devon Black the Congressional Award Bronze Medal for her participation in The Congressional Award Program. Congressmen McKeon presented the medal to Devon in Santa Clarita.

August 20, 2014 | Source: Office of Rep Howard “Buck” McKeon | Santa Clarita Valley News


Don't Fall Victim to Rental Property Scam Artists

As part of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station continued outreach efforts aimed at keeping the public informed about crime and crime rates in our community, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station wants to raise awareness about a number of rental and real estate scams that are becoming more prevalent in the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 20, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funding approved for Angeles Forest Highway improvement

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a local funding match of $2.7 million toward the $8 million construction project to rehabilitate a 16.5-mile stretch of the Angeles Forest Highway, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

August 19, 2014 | Source: Office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Wilderness designation pondered

In what was described as but one of many necessary discussions, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and a large crowd gathered in Santa Clarita City Hall Tuesday to discuss the idea of creating a wilderness area near Castaic.

August 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Burrito Bowl set for next Tuesday

It's nearly time for high school football, tailgate parties and the Burrito Bowl.

August 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus bond added to county ballot

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to add a bond measure for the Saugus Union School District to the county's ballot in November.

August 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man dies on Santa Clarita Valley school campus

A state inspector died on the campus of a Santa Clarita Valley high school Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt and Luke Money Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita extended deadline yields more applications for city commissions

An extended deadline for citizens to apply for seats on several city commissions has yielded the desired results: More applications.

August 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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