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Castro murder trial resumes today

The murder trial against Esperanza Castro resumes today after an eight-day recess. Judge Burt Pines, who called the recess for administrative reasons, sent the jurors home after they heard testimony on behalf of the prosecution on March 25.

Esperanza Castro is on trial for murdering her husband, Ramon Castro, who was found dead in his pickup truck under a Highway 14 overpass on Sierra Highway on March 23, 2006. The night before, Esperanza Castro had called deputies to report a burglary at her home - less than one hour after Ramon Castro was killed. A neighbor and key witness for the ...

June 04, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Two men rob woman at gunpoint outside of store

Deputies were searching Wednesday evening for two men who committed an armed robbery in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Saugus.

The robbery occurred shortly after 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at the 7-Eleven located on the corner of Bouquet Canyon Road and Urbandale Avenue.

June 04, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Fallen officers to be honored Friday

Thirty-eight years after four CHP officers died in a shootout, officials are gathering Friday to dedicate a stretch of Interstate 5 in their memory.

It was the night of April 6, 1970, when California Highway Patrol officers Roger Gore and Walt Frago got a call about two men brandishing a gun near Jay's Coffee Shop close to the intersection of The Old Road and Magic Mountain Parkway.

June 04, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Crews remodel Castaic animal shelter

For the first time since it opened 30 years ago, the dog kennels at the Castaic Animal Shelter are getting a makeover.

A private donor provided the funds to allow for substantial refurbishment of the 48 cages that house the dogs, shelter manager Karen Stepp said.

June 04, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Miles of traffic lights synchronized

The Old Road is now the synchronized road.

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich met with representatives of Castaic and West Ranch on Wednesday to flip the switch on synchronized traffic signals along the western road that runs parallel to Interstate 5.

June 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Sierra Vista fitness expo

Sierra Vista Junior High School is hosting a fitness expo Friday to showcase to the community its new physical education curriculum and commitment to health and fitness.

June 04, 2008 | By Randall Mah For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News

SCV to Palmdale airport link up and running

The world just got smaller Wednesday with the first ever bus ride to LA/Palmdale Regional Airport from Canyon Country.

June 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Spierer picks up firefighters' endorsement

Santa Clarita City Council candidate Bob Spierer has picked up an endorsement from Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014, who join the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and other groups in backing the former sheriff's captain.

June 04, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Bill streamlines politicians' finance filings

A central California state senator has introduced a bill that would allow state and local public officials to electronically disclose their financial records, which could eventually allow the information to be available for the public's view online.

A bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, would permit the city of Santa Clarita to allow local candidates and officials to electronically file their Statements of Economic Interests, or Form 700s.

June 03, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Probation received for dog assault of IRS officer

A Santa Clarita woman was sentenced to two years probation on Monday for unleashing her two dogs on an Internal Revenue Service worker who came to her door last year.

June 03, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Engine burn in Valencia causes blaze

A conveyor belt engine inside a 5,000 square-foot warehouse in Valencia burned, causing a small fire and large amounts of smoke late Monday evening.

Five people who worked at the warehouse at the time of the fire were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation.

June 03, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Future Golden Oak students visit new elementary school

The four yellow school buses, filled with students from Fair Oaks Ranch and Valley View elementary schools, had to maneuver around barricades onto a road that is not yet open, passing construction vehicles and workers along the way. The looks on children's faces when they reached their destination - their brand new school - made it worth the journey.

The students were visiting Golden Oak Elementary School, the newest school in the Sulphur Springs School District, which will open this fall in Canyon Country with around 330 students.

June 03, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

CHP inspector succumbs to lung cancer

After a short bout with lung cancer, longtime California Highway Patrol commercial vehicle inspector

June 03, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Crime watch

Woman has vehicle stolen by her date

June 02, 2008 | Parimal Rohit | Santa Clarita Valley News

COC's new campus inspires artists

Most people go to college to be inspired, but instead of finding inspiration in the classroom, members of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association found it in the rolling hills, distant mountains and vast skies surrounding College of the Canyons' new Canyon Country campus.

June 02, 2008 | Sharon Cotal | Santa Clarita Valley News

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City approves lighting contract for Newhall

Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday night to once again deck Newhall come holiday time.

August 27, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Newhall County Water District launches drought education plan

August 26, 2014 (Newhall, Calif.) – This week, Newhall County Water District's 10,000 customers can expect to receive resources on California's drought directly in their homes and mailboxes. Following the adoption of its own Drought Action Plan, District officials are taking extensive education measures to ensure residents are aware of how they can help during this historic drought.

August 26, 2014 | Source: Newhall County Water District | 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

Bill to restrict charter school location passes Assembly

A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly Tuesday, according to officials.

August 26, 2014 | By Luke Money 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

Metrolink to operate special holiday service on Labor Day

LOS ANGELES - In observance of Labor Day, Metrolink will not operate service on Monday, Sept. 1, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. The special Metrolink service will run from Lancaster to Los Angeles Union Station and back.

August 26, 2014 | Source: Metrolink | Santa Clarita Valley News

COC ‘Upward Bound’ Program graduates to start college in fall

This fall, 16 graduates from the College of the Canyons and William S. Hart Union High School District's Upward Bound program will begin their first semester of college after completing the college preparatory program that helps empower students to graduate from high school and pursue their education at a college or university.

August 26, 2014 | Source: College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita Valley News

Napa quake a reminder for SCV, city emergency official says

Santa Clarita's emergency preparedness czar says Sunday's Napa earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale is a reminder to residents that the Santa Clarita Valley could be hit any time with a devastating earthquake or fire.

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

Big night for 'Breaking Bad' at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like "Orange Is the New Black."

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News

COC starts fall semester with more classes than ever

The College of the Canyons fall semester began Monday with a promise of the largest schedule of classes in school history - 51,000 seats open for students.

August 25, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Ventress receives letter of commendation from president

Jim Ventress, retired Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley leader for 37 years, received a commendation letter from President Barack Obama on Monday during a surprise ceremony at Santa Clarita City Hall.

August 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Santa Clarita Valley home sales soften in July

Median prices and home sales softened in July as the number of Santa Clarita Valley homes listed for sale shot up nearly 50 percent over the prior year, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Monday.

August 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News

Santa Clarita opens two new fields at Central Park

Santa Clarita Central Park is bigger and better than ever after the completion of Phase III of the Park's Master Plan. Today, the Santa Clarita City Council and Castaic Lake Water Agency's Board of Directors hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project.

August 25, 2014 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | Santa Clarita Valley News

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