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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


New tech leads to arrests in old murder case

It took dogged work and a scientific breakthrough, but Los Angeles County homicide detectives and prosecutors believe they've solved the rape and murder of a 20-year-old Palmdale wife and mother of three whose body was found in a remote area of Acton about 35 years ago.

June 05, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Valencia High coach Snyder to stand trial on embezzlement charges

Former Valencia High School varsity baseball coach Jared Snyder was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on felony charges that he embezzled between $10,000 and $15,000 from a Valencia High booster club over a six-year period, his defense lawyer said.

June 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No Fall Festival this year at Lombardi Ranch

A lack of water has killed this year's Lombardi Ranch Fall Festival, halting a Santa Clarita Valley tradition in place for generations of families, ranch owners announced this week.

June 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One SCV water retailer issues fines for water waste

After months of taking an approach revolving mostly around education about water conservation, one Santa Clarita Valley water retailer has started to issue fines as others continue to issue warnings.

June 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man found dead Sunday confirmed to be murder victim

A Northern California man whose body was found inside an abandoned car Sunday on Golden Valley Road was murdered, the homicide detective handling the case said Wednesday.

June 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic water line breaks; 400 gallons lost

At least 400 gallons of water were lost in Castaic this morning when a water main broke on Sloan Canyon Road near Parker Road, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

JIANLI, China (AP) - Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.

June 03, 2015 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Suspect arrested in May 6 Canyon Country homicide

A Canyon Country truck driver wanted for murder in the shooting death of a Lancaster man last month was arrested this week when New York state troopers "bottle-necked" him at a toll booth near the Pennsylvania state line, a homicide detective said Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homicide detectives ID man found dead in the trunk of his car

A man whose body was found inside an abandoned car on Golden Valley Road has been identified as 28-year-old Jose David Flores of Leggett, California, the homicide detective handling the case said Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country teen placed on probation after admitting online threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy arrested last August on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram has been placed on probation after he admitted making criminal threats, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man found dead in car in SCV not believed to be local

A man whose body was found inside an abandoned car on Golden Valley Road is not believed to be from the Santa Clarita Valley, the homicide detective handling the case said Monday.

June 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Smokey Robinson and friends golf Valencia for good cause

Friends of Motown Records legend Smokey Robinson joined the celebrated singer Monday for a round of golf in Valencia, raising money for one of California's oldest social service providers.

June 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads not guilty to spousal assault

A Canyon Country man arrested last week on suspicion of attempted kidnapping has pleaded not guilty to three lesser criminal charges, including spousal assault, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

June 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Homicide detectives probing the discovery of a man's body inside the trunk of a car

Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a man's body inside the trunk of a car found stopped on Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country Sunday morning, according to emergency response officials.

May 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride: Exploring the water quality issue outside the box

Should our local sanitation district officials start considering "outside the box" solutions to the Santa Clarita Valley's costly chloride problem, which has been dogging the area for years? A few local leaders think so.

May 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Hiker found in Placerita Canyon suffering from heat exposure

A hiker separated from his companion in triple-digit temperatures Thursday was treated by paramedics for excessive exposure to heat after being found by members of ...

August 27, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested in Valencia apartment following 5-hour standoff

A five-hour standoff at a Valencia apartment complex ended Thursday with the arrest of two men on suspicion of stealing a car in Los Angeles ...

August 27, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Road rage cases go unpursued

At least five motorists arrested since May in connection with apparent incidents of road rage on Santa Clarita Valley streets have seen their criminal cases ...

August 27, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Environmentalists to get time before state Supreme Court on Newhall Ranch

Environmentalists are excited to see their ongoing fight to stop 21,000 homes being built on the banks of the Santa Clara River go all ...

August 26, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hiker rescued following injuries suffered in Castaic

A woman injured while hiking in hills near Castaic was rescued and taken to the hospital Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire ...

August 26, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Burbank man tries to withdraw plea in wrong-way freeway crash that killed 2

A Burbank man charged with two counts of murder in a wrong-way crash that killed two Antelope Valley residents on Highway 14 attempted to reverse ...

August 26, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Ranch case to go to state Supreme Court

Lawyers representing local developer Newhall Land Development Inc. and those representing environmentalists opposed to its plan to build 21,000 new homes near Valencia are ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nurses cancel planned one-day strike at Henry Mayo

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, who on Monday announced a one-day strike set for Sept. 3 to draw attention to an ongoing labor ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man pleads no contest in Rowher Flats death in January

The driver who survived a January crash that killed his passenger at a Canyon Country off-roading site entered a no contest plea Tuesday to the ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


At least one suspected burglar apprehended off I-5 north of Santa Clarita

Local sheriff's deputies followed a carload of burglary suspects Tuesday from a Santa Clarita Valley Wal-Mart store to Interstate 5, where the chase was ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Small business workshop offers tips on winning government contracts

More than a hundred small business owners working in the Santa Clarita Valley attended a local workshop Tuesday, hoping to learn how to bag a ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Local Business News


CORRECTION: Banged car door apparently results in Canyon Country parking-lot fight

Editor's note: Corrects editing error on number of bars are on block and deletes reference to one of them. Police did not identify the ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three injured in traffic collision in Newhall

At least three people were hurt, one critically, and taken to the hospital today following a three-vehicle traffic collision on Placerita Canyon Road at Sierra ...

August 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Missing Canyon Country man ID'd as man who jumped from bridge

Editor's note: Adds comments from homicide detective.

August 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Nurses call for one-day strike in ongoing dispute with hospital

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital on Monday scheduled a one-day strike Sept. 3 to draw attention to an ongoing labor dispute with the ...

August 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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