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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Protest, counter-protest in SCV

More than 200 people representing a variety of ideologies - pacifists, atheists, Christians, bikers and Satanists - protested visiting Westboro Baptist Church members Sunday morning as the Kansas parishioners carried out their promise to protest five churches in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Four arrested in suspected Newhall ID theft ring

Four people were arrested and at least four stolen cars seized Thursday when sheriff's deputies disrupted what they believe was an identity theft operation in Placerita Canyon, a lieutenant for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

February 19, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deep well brings big yell

More than 300 angry residents from Westridge and Stevenson Ranch sent a resounding message to Santa Clarita Valley sanitation officials at a public meeting Wednesday night: There is no way we're going to let you put a deep well injection system in our community.

February 19, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former jail teacher pleads no contest in classroom sex case

A former Pitchess Detention Center teacher pleaded no contest Wednesday to having unlawful sexual contact with an inmate, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No charges to be filed against gasoline-soaked man

A man who walked into the local sheriff's station doused in gasoline last Friday is not expected to be arrested, said a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Warrant issued for SCV woman in animal cruelty case

A bench warrant was issued today for the arrest of a Santa Clarita Valley woman charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty for the starvation of several horses, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sanitation District meeting tonight to address deep well injection

Some SCV West Side residents are up in arms today over plans by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District to install a deep well injection system in their community, according to at least a couple of homeowners who called The Signal to complain.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former Einstein Academy basketball coach arrested on sexual molestation charges

FBI agents arrested a former Albert Einstein Academy basketball coach in Washington, D.C., Wednesday on charges he sexually molested five boys, law enforcement officials said.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall man sentenced to 3 years in lewd/lascivious acts case

A 22-year-old Newhall man arrested last summer for sending "harmful matter" to a minor was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison for attempting lewd/lascivious acts with a child under age 14, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group plans protests at Santa Clarita Valley churches

Parishioners of a tiny yet controversial church in Kansas that vehemently campaigns against homosexuality - and that drew national attention by protesting at funerals for America's war dead - has targeted five churches in the Santa Clarita Valley for demonstrations Sunday.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stevenson Ranch shooting victims ID’d as Valencia couple

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have identified a Valencia husband and wife killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Stevenson Ranch.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water softener inspections under way in SCV

The war on illegal water softeners is heating up as sanitation officials target more than 1,000 Santa Clarita Valley homes for inspection.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Argument sparks police pursuit on Highway 14

An argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend inside a car Tuesday morning was reported to sheriff's deputies in Palmdale as a possible kidnapping, sparking a police pursuit along Highway 14 to Newhall, sheriff's officials said.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Husband, wife killed in apparent murder-suicide identified as Valencia couple

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have today identified the husband and wife killed in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night in Stevenson Ranch as a Valencia couple.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Colorfully attired purse-snatcher sought

Local sheriff's deputies scoured bike paths in Valencia this morning looking for a colorfully dressed purse-snatcher wearing fluorescent orange shoes, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

February 17, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Articles By Author - Jim Holt


Memorial Day an all-day event

This Memorial Day, Santa Clarita Valley residents have a chance to devote an entire day to remembering those who served our country, taking advantage of an all-day series of events and exhibits.

May 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grads don white ribbons in support of safe driving

At least 765 graduating Valencia High School seniors donned more than their graduation caps and gowns Friday, pinning white ribbons to their robes to promote safe driving.

May 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Homicide detectives investigating death of a woman in Newhall

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside her apartment in Newhall early Sunday morning, emergency response officials said.

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


Authorities seek owner of lost money

Anyone lose a large amount of money? Really.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot and killed in AV attended local schools

A 22-year-old man shot and killed in Lancaster Tuesday has been identified as a former Saugus resident who attended three local schools.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hearing set for ex-Valencia baseball coach

A preliminary hearing has been set for former Valencia High School varsity baseball coach Jared Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless clean up of Santa Clara River wash targets nine SCV locations

In what has become a monthly Santa Clarita Valley housekeeping effort, city and local sheriff's deputies carried out a cleanup of homeless encampments in the Santa Clara River wash this week, a city spokeswoman said.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


College student gets probation for DUI

A college student arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, causing injury to two people, has been placed on probation and had her driver's license suspended after pleading no contest in court, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Killer ordered to pay $5,300 to victim's family

A convicted gang member sentenced to 30 years last month for the fatal stabbing of a Newhall man has been ordered to pay more than $5,300 to the victim's family, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


More than 1,100 SCV residents lose power since Wednesday

Planned all-day power outages this week left nearly 300 Saugus residents without electricity Thursday and more than 830 Valencia residents without power Wednesday in the ongoing efforts by Southern California Edison to replace outdated equipment, a spokesman for the utility said Thursday.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Sanitation District seeks high-tech brine solution

Sanitation officials already on a four-year mission to reduce the amount of chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River are now looking for high-tech ways of reducing the brine created in the process.

May 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bomb scare prompts busing SCV train passengers from Sylmar

A bomb scare on a Union Pacific train Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of Metrolink trains and, subsequently, the busing of passengers from Sylmar to Newhall, a Metrolink spokesman said.

May 20, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in fiery crash on Bouquet Canyon Road

One woman was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after a two-car crash on Bouquet Canyon Road which sparked a fire in one of the cars, emergency response officials said.

May 20, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man hurt in Saugus rollover crash

A man suffered minor injuries Wednesday after his GMC truck flipped onto its roof in Saugus, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 20, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teacher accused of molestation posts bail

A fourth-grade teacher at Castaic Elementary School who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of touching four 10-year-old girls inappropriately has been released on bail, the prosecutor handling the case said.

May 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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