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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Teens arrested in ‘SCV Purge’ child porn case go to Probation Department

The cases of two Santa Clarita Valley boys arrested late last month on suspicion of distributing child pornography have gone to the county's Probation Department, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Probation, teen court for youths arrested in Saugus High fights

Two Saugus High School sophomores who were arrested last month in connection with two separate campus fights will not face prosecution in Juvenile Court, a District Attorney's office spokesman said today.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Competency assessment ordered in Castaic murder case

Criminal proceedings against a Castaic woman accused of killing her elderly father last month have been postponed while she undergoes an evaluation to determine her mental competency, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Traffic re-routed in Placerita Canyon for utility pole replacement

Utility work crews were re-routing motorists off Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall on Wednesday as they replaced an aging utility pole in the area, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teen rushed to hospital after traffic collision

A Bowman High School student was injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after an SUV hit him and left the scene, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's and Fire Department officials said.

October 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Windshield damage prompts concerns of freeway shooting

There were some tense moments for an off-duty sheriff's deputy Tuesday when a projectile shattered the windshield of his unmarked sheriff's car, prompting worries of someone shooting at his vehicle, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies said.

October 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High-speed chase ends in 1-year jail sentence

A 27-year-old man who led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase from Orange County to Castaic last summer has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Canyon Country child molester sentenced to more than 200 days in jail

A 74-year-old child molester has been sentenced to 213 days in jail and placed on five years probation after he pleaded no contest to a charge of child molestation Monday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Parents of murdered Saugus woman sue AA

Parents of murder victim Karla Brada are suing the Santa Clarita Valley office of Alcoholics Anonymous and the couple allegedly assigned to serve as AA sponsors to both Brada and her killer, The Signal has learned.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man gets 26 years for murder of girlfriend

Eric Earle - the Saugus man found guilty last month of killing his girlfriend, Karla Brada - was sentenced Monday to 26 years in prison for her murder, court officials said.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sentencing set Wednesday in SCV Airsoft gun burglary

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man pleaded no contest to burglary in a Fair Oaks Ranch neighborhood last summer and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, a District Attorney's office spokesman said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country stuntman attempts record firewalk

A Santa Clarita Valley stuntman set himself on fire twice Sunday night in a bid to reclaim the record he set in 2011 for having endured flames to his entire body for the longest time on record.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's Station hosts annual 'Haunted Jailhouse'

October 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia church concert seeks world harmony

Daniel Pearl was remembered Sunday as a journalist who worked diligently to make the world a better place.

October 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One student cited, 7 disciplined following videotaped fight

A brawl videotaped at Valencia High School following a football game has resulted in disciplinary actions against seven students, while one student was cited for allegedly making criminal threats, school and sheriff's officials said Thursday.

October 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Vigil held for infant girl in Valencia

Tawni Wallis was hugged and hugged, then hugged some more, as more than 200 people turned out for a vigil to honor her 19-day-old daughter, Ellorah, who was found dead Saturday.

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


UPDATE: Body found in Newhall apartment

A woman was found dead inside a Newhall apartment on Tuesday, but investigators believe she was not the victim of a crime.

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


Former Canyon Country resident found guilty of 2 murders

A 46-year-old former Canyon Country resident was found guilty Tuesday of murdering a man and a woman whose decomposed bodies were discovered behind a Chatsworth home the three had shared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

January 27, 2015 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Valencia church employee pleads guilty in child sodomy case

A former Valencia man who worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church last year pleaded guilty in a Missouri court this week to six felony counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Newhall father charged with torture, sexual assault in infant daughter’s death

Editor's note: Updates story and corrects spelling of wife and mother's last name to Wallis.

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


Canyon Country burglary suspect nabbed after surprise tussle with martial arts instructor

A Canyon Country man who works as a martial arts instructor had just stepped out of the shower Sunday when he found himself wrestling a burglar to the ground.

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


UPDATE: Autopsy conducted on infant found dead in Newhall

Homicide detectives investigating the death of a 3-day-old Newhall infant are awaiting toxicology results following an autopsy conducted on the baby Monday.

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


Canyon Country neighbors capture, hold burglary suspect for deputies

A Canyon Country man was caught and held for sheriff's deputies by his neighbors after he allegedly tried to break into a home two doors down from his own, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's official said.

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


Autopsy scheduled on Monday for baby found dead on Saturday

An autopsy is planned today on the body of a 3-week-old girl found dead last weekend, while the community rallies around the girl's mother and the father remains jailed on suspicion of murdering the infant.

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


Man pepper-sprayed, hit in head on bike path

A man was pepper-sprayed and hit on the head while walking along a bike path in Valencia Sunday and was then taken to the hospital, emergency response crew officials said.

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


SCV Search and Rescue team trains for life and death situations

It was early Sunday morning, but the dusty dozen of volunteer Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team members were already on top of hills overlooking the Castaic Animal Shelter, preparing to practice their high-angle cliff rescue skills.

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


Infant girl found dead is identified

The body of a three-week-old girl found Saturday morning in the cab of a truck parked on Newhall Avenue has been identified as Ellorah Rose Warner, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department said.

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


Elderly Castaic fire victim suffers memory loss

An elderly man who survived a mobile home fire that killed his wife in Castaic shortly after Christmas is improving at the hospital but recalls nothing of the fire or of his wife of 36 years, a relative of the couple said.

January 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Defendant in Halloween murder case to face second trial in March

One of three young men arrested for murder in the Halloween 2011 slaying of a Canyon Country man is scheduled to be tried a second time this March, a judge decided Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus man ordered to court in traffic-related death of friend

A preliminary hearing was set Thursday for a Saugus man arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs following a traffic collision that claimed the life of a friend.

January 22, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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