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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Cindy Newhall-Weyant dies after battle with MS

Cindy Newhall-Weyant, granddaughter of former Signal Publisher Scott Newhall, died Monday after a 15-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. She was 51 years old.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives canvass neighborhood for witnesses to officer-involved shooting

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station canvassed the Rainbow Glen Neighborhood Tuesday looking for witnesses to Sunday's shooting that involved an off-duty LAPD officer, a sheriff's spokesman said.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen student to face criminal charges for alleged online threats

A Placerita Junior High School student detained last week for allegedly posting online threats directed at school staffers and claiming he would bring guns to school is now facing criminal charges, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds take part in annual 'Hart Games'

The fans and parents, the cheers and applause, smiles and sweat all served to make the sixth annual Hart Games Track and Field Meet truly special Tuesday as more than 300 kids competed in track events at Valencia High School.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley watering schedule switches to 3 days a week Wednesday

On Wednesday, despite what state water regulators want, Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses return to a three-day-a-week lawn-watering schedule for the summer.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former SCV man sentenced to 25 years in sodomy case

A former Valencia man who worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for committing six counts of sodomy.

March 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car plunge 200 feet down ravine was ‘real crash’ during SCV filming

A woman who plunged 200 feet down a ravine during location filming Monday in Canyon Country was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No second gunman sought in Sunday shooting in Canyon Country

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives have called off the search for a man thought involved in Sunday's car-to-car shooting in Canyon Country and said Monday they are no longer looking for a suspect.

March 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall homeowner reports shooting at roaming dog following attack

A Newhall homeowner Monday shot at a very large, roaming "Mastiff-type" dog after it reportedly attacked him, causing the unleashed animal to flee into the hills, animal control and law enforcement officials said.

March 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young cyclists compete in Santa Clarita Valley

More than 500 teen cyclists from Southern California tore up the dry, dusty hills around Castaic Lake Sunday as three times that number cheered, screamed and handed out water for their favorite competitor.

March 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Detectives detain man for questioning in "car to car" shooting

Sheriff's detectives detained a man for questioning Sunday in connection with a "car to car" shoot-out in Canyon Country between an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer and another man Sunday, according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two hurt in solo rollover crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

An adult and child were injured and airlifted to the hospital Sunday after the car in which they were traveling overturned on San Francisquito Canyon Road, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives probing mail thefts in SCV

Sheriff's detectives are looking for mail thieves who ransacked mailboxes on two Santa Clarita Valley streets recently - one in Stevenson Ranch, the other in Bridgeport - making off with the personal mail of residents there, a lead investigator said this week.

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


Sheared-off fire hydrant powers some 50,000 gallons down drain

Between 30,000 and 50,000 gallons of water were lost Thursday when a sheered fire hydrant released a 60-foot geyser of water into the air at a Valencia intersection, water officials said.

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


UPDATE: Prosecutors decline to pursue charges in alleged restaurant human trafficking case

County prosecutors declined Thursday to prosecute a Valencia restaurant owner on charges of human trafficking, assault and mayhem due to a lack of evidence - despite a multi-agency task force investigation that resulted in the owner's arrest this week, a spokesman said.

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


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Quick response douses fire in heavy brush near Three Points

Firefighters wasted no time jumping on a brush fire in a remote area off Highway 138 on Monday, responding with firefighters and dispatching water-dropping helicopters within minutes.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cause of Calgrove fire under investigation

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are sifting through the burned brush of the Calgrove fire in an effort to determine what sparked the swift-moving wildfire that displaced more than 1,000 people Wednesday, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies search for two in Newhall purse-snatching

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies were searching for two suspected purse-snatchers Monday after they reportedly knocked a woman to the ground in Newhall and ran off with her purse.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in Valencia home

Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a man's body found Sunday evening inside a Valencia home, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash near Pyramid Lake leaves truck poised over cliff

A tractor-trailer loaded with flour snapped in half and hung precariously over the side of an embankment Saturday night near Pyramid Lake, prompting overnight efforts to tow it away successfully, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

June 28, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


KOA Campground rebounds from structure fire

Operations at the KOA Campgrounds in Acton are back to normal, less than a week after fire gutted one its main cabins, a campgrounds spokesman said.

June 28, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed in early morning crash in Acton

A 56-year-old Canoga Park man is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Acton early Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department said.

June 28, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Domestic Violence in the Santa Clarita Valley Part 3

The actions of a bystander can make the difference between life and death in cases of domestic violence, says Michele Daniels, who heads the Family Violence Division for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


Domestic Violence in the Santa Clarita Valley Part 2

Ana Figueredo is a registered nurse, lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and is a survivor of 27 years in an abusive marriage. During that time she repeatedly filed restraining orders and repeatedly fell into the cycle of accepting her then-husband back, only to endure more abuse.

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


Blaze doused; residents recover

It happened so fast, the Mortensen family of Newhall felt like they barely made it out alive.

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


UPDATE: Calgrove fire doused; Newhall residents recover

It happened so fast, the Mortensen family of Newhall felt like they barely made it out alive.

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


Domestic violence in the Santa Clarita Valley Part 1

Editor's note: Today The Signal begins a special three-part series investigating the upswing in domestic violence in the SCV.

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


Calgrove fire 60 percent contained, no open flame reported

The Calgrove fire that burned close to 400 acres in Newhall since Wednesday afternoon is now a "slow-creeping, smoldering" fire that's 60 percent contained with no open flames, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Thursday morning.

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


Motorist survives 100-foot plunge down ravine near Castaic

A motorist whose car plunged 100 feet down a ravine near Castaic Thursday morning, became trapped in the wreckage and was pulled to safety by firefighters, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Shooting victim ID'd

A man found dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest this week has been identified as 50-year-old Samuel Van Dusen of Canyon Country, a coroner's official said Wednesday.

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


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