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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


New spring, same watering restrictions

Santa Clarita Valley residents are expected to continue watering their yards as sparsely as they did last year: Two days or three a week, depending on which water district they're in, local water officials said Thursday.

April 21, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Driver in Saugus crash lost control of vehicle

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into and flipped a second car, sending its three occupants to the hospital Wednesday, had - just moments before the collision - lost control of her vehicle, hit a median and "took out" six trees, a sergeant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

April 21, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vets visit tunnels in Vietnam

Third in a series about Signal director of veterans affairs Bill Reynolds' trip to Vietnam

April 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Second defendant gets one year in cat cruelty case

A Santa Clarita Valley man was sentenced Wednesday to one year in county jail for taping a cat's paws together, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reported.

April 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in head-on collision in Stevenson Ranch

One person was injured and taken to the hospital just before midnight Tuesday in the Santa Clarita Valley following a head-on crash in Stevenson Ranch, according to emergency response officials and at least one witness.

April 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Federal lawsuit filed in SCV deputy shooting

A Santa Clarita Valley couple whose son was shot and killed by a local sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in January is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, court papers filed in federal court indicate.

April 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One left in fake cop case

The case against three people arrested for posing as members of a fictitious police department shrank significantly this week when one defendant died suddenly and charges were dismissed against a second, officials said Tuesday.

April 19, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two 10-year-olds testify in molest case

Two of four girls allegedly molested by their fourth-grade teacher described alleged "lap sitting" as knee sitting and "poking" as pointing Tuesday during the trial of a Castaic Elementary School teacher on charges of misdemeanor inappropriately touching students.

April 19, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fake monk pleads no contest in sexual assault case

A Santa Clarita Valley market owner who claimed to be a Hindu monk while allegedly sexually assaulting three woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

April 19, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Veterans back in Vietnam

Editor's Note: Second in a series about Signal director of veterans affairs Bill Reynolds' trip to Vietnam

April 18, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man arrested following chase in Saugus

A convicted felon was arrested at gunpoint last weekend on suspicion of evading police with a disregard for safety after leading Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase in Saugus, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Monday.

April 18, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial begins in Castaic child molest case

Lawyers painted a Santa Clarita Valley elementary school instructor as a repeat child molester or an outstanding educator targeted by a student as trial began Monday for a fourth-grade teacher on misdemeanor charges.

April 18, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sylmar man to stand trial in computer sex crime case

A Sylmar electronics technician arrested in the Santa Clarita Valley last year on suspicion of sending or bringing obscene material into the state for sale has been ordered to stand trial, a county District Attorney's Office spokesman said.

April 18, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV residents report seeing smoke from Sun Valley fire

Heavy black smoke from the south side of the Angeles National Forest from a fire at an auto wrecking yard caught the attention of several Santa Clarita Valley residents on the north side Sunday.

April 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud in $20 million precious metal investment scam

A Valencia man has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and money laundering offenses in a case that caused victims to lose nearly $11 million, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office announced Friday in a news release.

April 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Two memorials scheduled for Sharon Runner

The life and lengthy public service of California Sen. Sharon Runner is to be remembered in a memorial service next week and a "celebration of ...

July 21, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


111 new condos proposed for Castaic set for review next month

Long-standing plans by one developer to build 111 condos on "multi-family lots" in Castaic were given a new lease on life this week by county ...

July 21, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country resident treated for smoke inhalation at house fire

One person found inside a burning house in Canyon Country this morning was treated for smoke inhalation after emerging from the dwelling as smoke poured ...

July 21, 2016 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Creek, West Hills closer to annexing into Santa Clarita

West Creek and West Hills took a step closer to becoming Santa Clarita neighborhoods this week as Los Angeles County supervisors voted in favor of ...

July 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested after brush fires set off Highway 138

A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of having started fires off of Highway 138 in Neenach, emergency response officials said Wednesday.

July 20, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Sanitation District hit with second lawsuit from ratepayers over chloride removal

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District – sued over challenges to the environmental studies it used to support its four-year chloride-removal plan – has been sued again ...

July 18, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LA SummerFest proves festive on first weekend

Rumors LA SummerFest was closed due to the Sage fire were dispelled by a hearty band of faithful SummerFest patrons and a lineup of talented ...

July 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist hurt in two-vehicle crash on Soledad Canyon Road

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on Soledad Canyon Road near the Highway 14 off-ramp, according ...

July 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in off-roading crash near Gorman

A 24-year-old woman was injured and airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital on Sunday following a collision between two off-roading vehicles at the Hungry Valley ...

July 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Old friends reflect on Saugus man's life

A name was finally linked to the human leg bone found in the Santa Clara River bed nearly a year ago, but homicide detectives said ...

July 17, 2016 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV retailers officially lift water restrictions

Green lawns have been given the green light in the Santa Clarita Valley by water retailers lifting drought-induced yard-watering schedules.

July 14, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Driver trapped in Castaic Interstate 5 collision dies

Updates with death of truck driver.

July 14, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial begins for Canyon Country man accused of double murder

The trial of Lance Holger Anderson, accused of killing his wife and sister two and a half years ago, got underway Wednesday with opening statements ...

July 13, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Opioid crisis: Elected officials committing to fight the problem

The battle against opioid abuse, which has been a problem in the Santa Clarita Valley for years, is officially a crisis in the United States ...

July 13, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Six critically injured in crash on I-5

Two critically-injured adults and four children with minor injuries were airlifted to hospitals Wednesday from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near ...

July 13, 2016 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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