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Magician performs at Londoner

Most people would shy away from labeling themselves as a "professional idiot" or injuring themselves for the amusement of others. Yet for Michael Todd, labels of his mental state and injuries to his person are essential to attracting a crowd - and attract a crowd he did on Sunday. The crowd, whose reactions varied from fainting to cheering, packed The Londoner pub and bar in Canyon Country to watch Todd as he swallowed swords, walked on needles and stuck pins through his neck and arm.

Fresh off his historic performance at Hollywood's Magic Castle - where Todd's traveling troupe was ...

June 08, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

COC student fights for Lupus awareness

Most people take for granted taking a stroll down one of Santa Clarita Valley's many paseos or a bike ride through the area's surrounding canyons on a sunny yet mild spring day. Yet for 23-year-old Saugus resident Jena Minassian, sometimes just getting out of bed and walking can be tough.

Minassian is one of 1.5 million Americans who suffer from Lupus, a potentially fatal disease that attacks the body's major organs or tissues. The disease primarily strikes women - according to Minassian, nearly nine of 10 people who suffer from Lupus are female.

June 08, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Charity delivers smiles to kids with cancer

As he ran out of his home, Tyler Cordova caught sight of the two new toys sitting on his driveway.

His wish had come true.

June 08, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Program expected to curb dog fighting

Determined to crack down on illegal dog fighting in the wake of the Michael Vick case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and last week launched a reward program which they hope will encourage people to report the crime.

Tipsters will be able to use the county's 211 information line to report suspected dog fighting activities in their neighborhoods, and will be eligible for a $5,000 cash reward if they provide information that leads to a conviction.

June 08, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Vote-by-mail on upswing in SCV

Voting for Tuesday's Santa Clarita City Council election is already well underway.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the City Clerk's office has received 8,428 ballots, about 1,200 more than the city received by election day in 2006.

June 08, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Newhall Incident: CHP log book

Editor's Note: The following is a July 1, 1970 California Highway Patrol log report of the events which began the night of April 5, 1970.

June 07, 2008 | By California Highway Patrol Courtesy CHP | Santa Clarita Valley News

Pancake breakfast raises funds to help homeless

More than 200 people feasted on pancakes Saturday morning with the common goal of raising money for the local Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center, which provides assistance to the Santa Clarita Valley's growing homeless population.

The breakfast at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Canyon Country was a first for the care center and is expected to become an annual event.

June 07, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Newhall Incident: Murders left former reporter numb

Sometimes it takes decades to even remotely feel pain. Although I wrote many of the words used by Southern California news media and, in turn, by the national television and radio networks in describing the massacre of four young California Highway Patrol officers, my emotions surrounding the episode were fleeting.

After all, as an editor at City News Service of Los Angeles, a job that, coupled with on-and-off stints at The Signal provided college tuition money, I had covered tragedies that had seemingly become as much a part of Southern California as palm trees.

June 07, 2008 | By Kenneth A. Gosting Local Commentary | Santa Clarita Valley News

Collision shuts down Interstate 5 for airlift

Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake was briefly shut down Saturday afternoon after a collision in which a child was ejected from a car.

The single-vehicle incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on the southbound side of I-5 between Smokey Bear Road and Vista Del Lago, according to Sgt. Matt Barnachia of the California Highway Patrol.

June 07, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Newhall Incident: The day that shook our valley

It was a different world on April 6, 1970, when four young California Highway Patrol officers were shot and killed in one of the state's bloodiest gun battles.

What's now the Santa Clarita Valley was then a patchwork of farms and ranches, dotted with small businesses. What happened on that day 38 years ago, however, shattered the valley's quiet forever with a violence that echoes today.

June 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Man accused of multiple rapes to stand trial

SAN FERNANDO - At a preliminary hearing in San Fernando Superior Court, accused rapist Adrian Arriano was held to answer on all counts and ordered to stand trial.

June 06, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

City Hall planning to post updated election results

City officials will be celebrating the City Council election night on Tuesday with a live show from City Hall.

June 06, 2008 | By Katie Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

City rounding up Cowboy Fest volunteers

The 2008 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is set to run April 23-27 in Santa Clarita for its 15th year in a row.

June 06, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Conservation league backs Trautman

Santa Clarita City Council candidate Diane Trautman picked up an endorsement from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, the organization announced Friday.

June 06, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Castro trial focuses around 2 items

SAN FERNANDO - During a relatively tame day of court proceedings after Wednesday's heated testimony, witnesses in the case against Esperanza Castro gave testimony about a vehicle Castro reported as stolen shortly after the crime, and a note allegedly passed from her to another inmate during her incarceration last year.

Though both prosecution and defense attorneys grilled the witnesses on the minutiae of the two events, the limited nature of Friday's testimony did not make it clear exactly whether these pieces of evidence pointed to Castro's guilt or innocence.

June 06, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

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SCV firefighters get 'all call' order

Extra firefighters and extra equipment were rolled out in the Santa Clarita Valley Thursday due in part to the Colby Fire in Glendora.

January 16, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News

SCV Sheriff's team saves suicidal man from jumping off cliff

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at approximately 10:05am deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a call for service regarding a 42-year-old male who was possibly suicidal. A short time later, the man's vehicle was located (parked) at Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue. Deputies had reason to believe the man was now traveling on foot headed into an off road / rural area to possibly commit suicide.

January 16, 2014 | Deputy Joshua Dubin SCV Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News

UPDATE: McKeon talks to Signal about his retirement

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a mainstay on the Santa Clarita Valley political stage for more than three decades, including a stint as Santa Clarita's mayor, has decided to retire from the Congressional seat he was first elected to in 1992.

January 16, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Race on to replace McKeon

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially announced Thursday that he plans to retire from his seat in the 25th Congressional District and has endorsed Republican former state Sen. Tony Strickland to succeed him.

January 16, 2014 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News

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