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UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Truck driver pleads no contest in Castaic dog-beating case

A Murrieta man arrested two weeks ago for allegedly beating his German shepherd at a Castaic eatery has entered a plea of no contest to a charge of animal cruelty, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Week 1 of Halloween murder trial wraps up

SAN FERNANDO - The 2011 Halloween killing of good Samaritan Alejandro Sanchez-Torrez came at the tail end of a 4-day crime spree allegedly punctuated by gunpoint intimidation, violence and a street fight showdown that ended in gunfire, jurors heard last week as the murder trial of three young men got underway.

September 22, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


70 years of fair fun in SCV

The 70th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Barbecue Fair drew thousands to its rides, shows, games and, of course, its barbecue.

September 22, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV is one step in front

A package of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown and aimed at protecting California's groundwater supplies is being hailed as a much-needed step forward for a state seized by drought.

September 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley man found guilty in murder of girlfriend

SAN FERNANDO - Eric Earle wilfully and deliberately smothered and killed his girlfriend, Karla Brada, between the night of Aug. 31 and the morning of Sept. 1, 2011, a jury decided Thursday after brief deliberations.

September 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stevenson Ranch woman gets 4 years for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

A Santa Clarita Valley woman was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for hitting and fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last year, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

September 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two cases tossed out in SCV synthetic drug arrests

Prosecutors have tossed out cases against two Santa Clarita Valley tobacco store owners arrested for allegedly selling pseudo pot compounds called "spice," a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Closing arguments begin in Karla Brada murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Attorneys moved to wrap up their cases Wednesday in the murder trial of Eric Earle - the Saugus man accused of killing his girlfriend - with the prosecution emphasizing his track record and the defense claiming his history is irrelevant.

September 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Prosecutor grills defendant in Saugus murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Eric Earle, who stands accused of killing his girlfriend Karla Brada, was asked why his testimony differs sharply from that provided by sheriff's deputies, neighbors, medical experts and Brada's friends during his murder trial Tuesday.

September 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dog rescued from hot car in Valencia

The long arm of the law was long enough - and slender enough - to reach into a hot minivan Tuesday and free a dog left inside the vehicle as temperatures climbed to triple digits, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's spokesman said.

September 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Trial begins in 3-year-old Canyon Country ‘good Samaritan’ murder

SAN FERNANDO - Nearly three years after a good Samaritan was shot and killed in front of his 7-year-old son on Halloween, the trial of three young men accused of murdering him got under way Monday with opening arguments.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sand Canyon mother, son face charges in terrorist threats case

A Sand Canyon woman and her son face felony charges today in relation to terrorist threats that were allegedly made by the young man Thursday, a sheriff's spokesman said.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Earle testifies Brada injured in fall down stairs

SAN FERNANDO - Eric Earle, who stands accused of killing his girlfriend Karla Brada, took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, telling jurors Brada injured herself when she fell down stairs at their Saugus condo.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Beatlemania returns to SCV

The rallying cry for more than a dozen local artists Sunday was apparently: All you need is love - for The Beatles.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Passing motorist alerts resident to Saugus house fire

A passing mom on her way to pick up her kids from school alerted a Saugus mother Thursday that her house was on fire, and the woman was able to flee the burning home safely with her 7-month-old baby.

September 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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