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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


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


Defense sums up arguments in SCV Halloween murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - Lawyers representing three young men accused of killing "good Samaritan" Alejandro Sanchez-Torrez on Halloween three years ago argued in court Thursday that evidence against their clients is scant and witnesses are questionable.

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


Prosecutor presents closing arguments in Halloween murder case

Closing arguments were presented Wednesday in the month-long murder trial of three young men accused of killing good Samaritan Alejandro Sanchez-Torrez on Halloween three years ago.

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


Deputies investigate school fight

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a Friday night fight at Valencia High School that was caught on video and posted on social media, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Wednesday.

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


Nine Saugus households displaced by flooding

The flooding last week of nine Santa Clarita Valley homes left residents homeless while insurance agents continue to assess the damage, residents and water officials said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Neighbors rescue woman from burning Canyon Country home

A Santa Clarita Valley woman was recovering Tuesday from second-degree burns after neighbors pulled her from her burning Canyon Country house late Monday night, according to neighbors and emergency response officials.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water gurus talk up Prop 1

The water bond appearing on the November ballot promises to underwrite lasting changes to the way water is managed in the Santa Clarita Valley and the rest of the state, water officials told a gathering of local business leaders Tuesday.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Some Saugus residents go without power overnight

Many Saugus residents went without electricity for more than 18 hours ending Tuesday morning as utility workers struggled to correct a power outage that began Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens accused of making threats to go to trial

Santa Clarita Valley teens arrested in August for allegedly making criminal threats online are scheduled to go to trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Monday.

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


Woman makes citizen's arrest in puppy incident

A Valencia woman who witnessed the alleged rough-handling of a puppy by a man last week had the man arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, said the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputy who responded to the woman's complaint.

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


Santa Clarita to serve as Amgen Tour host for 6th time

The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, is returning to the Santa Clarita Valley for the sixth time.

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


Acton crash victim identified as 34-year-old Palmdale man

Investigators with the California Highway Patrol have identified the body of a man found Sunday at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car near Acton as a Palmdale resident who went missing a week ago, a CHP sergeant said.

October 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Antique lovers try their luck

Wine tasters had a chance Sunday to not only sample some of Agua Dulce Winery's wares but reflect on gambling days gone by at a showcase of antique slot machines and casino memorabilia.

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


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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


Manslaughter charge filed in fatal Rowher Flat crash

The driver who survived a crash that killed his passenger earlier this month at a Canyon Country off-roading site has been charged with involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated, a prosecutor spokesman said Thursday.

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


Suspected drunken driver leads deputies on Canyon Country chase

Seven people were detained at gunpoint and one escaped following a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputy chase through the streets of Canyon Country, a lieutenant said Thursday.

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


UPDATE: Former Valencia baseball coach pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Editor's note: Adds comments from Snyder lawyer, district.

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


Horses corralled after romp on Agua Dulce streets

Running wild and free - even if it's just for 20 minutes.

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


Warrant issued for former Valencia High School baseball coach Jared Snyder

Former Valencia High School varsity baseball coach Jared Snyder, who has been on administrative leave since questions arose about fundraising in May, has been named in a seven-count felony complaint alleging misappropriation of funds, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives said Tuesday.

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


Sheriff: More body scanners to be used in L.A. County jails

More body scanners will be put to use in county jails after three of the devices proved effective detecting contraband on inmates during a recent pilot project, the sheriff told Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday.

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


$1,500 in cigarettes stolen from parked Castaic car

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies are investigating a case of grand theft cigarettes today after a thief made off with $1,500 in smokes in Castaic, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

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


Saugus speeder gets 6 months in jail, fine

A Saugus man who led sheriff's deputies on a 10-minute chase across the Santa Clarita Valley in September was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $510, a prosecution spokesman said Tuesday.

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


Man found dead in Canyon Country home identified as Burbank resident

The man investigators believe forced his way into a Canyon Country home two weeks ago and took his own life has been identified as a 59-year-old Burbank man, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department said Tuesday.

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


Newhall man pleads no contest to attempting lewd/lascivious acts with a child

A 22-year-old Newhall man arrested last summer for sending "harmful matter" to a minor has pleaded no contest to the felony charge of attempting lewd/lascivious acts with a child under age 14.

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


Ranger proposes solution to Bouquet Canyon standoff

U.S. Forest Service officials have come up with a plan to turn one of the agency's closed-down campgrounds into an "environmental classroom" and, in the process, return water to thirsty Bouquet Canyon residents.

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


SCV residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Stevenson Ranch

More than two dozen kids and half as many adults joined together at a Stevenson Ranch park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a small but real tribute to the man who fought for civil rights and had a dream of harmony.

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


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