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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

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


UPDATE: Couple identified in selfie burglary case

A couple depicted in a selfie that turned up in a burglary victim's cloud database took the photo on a cellphone bought at a San Fernando swap meet, the man in the picture told Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives Thursday.

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


Valencia man to stand trial in BB gun shooting

A Valencia man has been ordered to stand trial on a charge he shot a woman in the eye with a BB gun during a road rage incident in May. a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

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


Former deputy receives probationary sentence for firing weapon

A retired sheriff's deputy accused of illegally firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him received a probationary sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge against him.

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


UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Sheriff's detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public's help in identifying two "persons of interest" depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

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


UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

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


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

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


UPDATE: Saugus High senior killed by car

A 17-year-old girl who became the heart and spirit of the Saugus girls swim team has died after she was hit by a car while jogging, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday.

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


Investigation continues into man with slit throat

Homicide detectives investigating the discovery last week of a man found dead with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom are awaiting autopsy results to determine if he was murdered, a Sheriff's Department homicide detective said today.

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


Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

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


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

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


UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

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


Teen’s threats stir Santa Clarita Valley

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, following a swift and overwhelming response by sheriff's deputies to calls from "hundreds" of concerned parents, according to parents and local deputies.

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


Coroner identifies man found with throat slit

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department have identified the man found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, a Department spokesman said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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High-speed chase leads pursuers from Lancaster to Culver City

A motorist pursued for suspicion of reckless driving sped through the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Lancaster to Culver City, officials said.

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


Man brandishes knife while stealing TV at Stevenson Ranch store

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who brandished a knife at a Stevenson Ranch Walmart worker today after being confronted about stealing a TV, a lieutenant said.

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


Hart marching band takes home the gold

Local marching bands led the way to sweet sounding success this weekend with several top honors, school officials said.

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


The importance of a ‘safe place’

Michael Crosby is homeless and lives in the wash but this time of year, he comes to the Bridge to Home shelter and finds the two things he needs: "A safe place to stay and a bed to lay down on."

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


‘Blond Scammer’ pleads guilty in Ventura County

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" who received a suspended sentence for identity theft in Los Angeles County earlier this year has pleaded guilty to similar offenses in Venutra County, the prosecutor said Thursday.

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


Newhall’s traditional Thanksgiving Feast hits hurdles

Newhall's annual Thanksgiving Feast street party, to which scores of people bring turkey dinners and other food, has been sidelined to a parking lot this year and hit with a health ruling that nixes donated food, an organizer said.

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


UPDATE: Suspect in purse-snatching leaves wallet behind

A robbery suspect who apparently dropped his wallet while allegedly stealing a woman's purse was being sought Wednesday by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies.

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


UPDATE: Canyon Country man charged with sex with a minor

A Canyon Country man was charged Wednesday with having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met through a social media app, prosecutors said.

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


Two burglary attempts thwarted in Canyon Country

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies say they arrested a would-be burglar Wednesday who was scared out of one Canyon Country home and captured in a second.

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


Castaic man gets maximum sentence in drug case reduced due to Prop 47

A Castaic man who saw his drug possession felony reduced to a misdemeanor because of Proposition 47 has been sentenced to the maximum amount of time he could possibly face for a misdemeanor: one year in jail.

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


It’s not ‘Mayberry,’ law-enforcement experts warn SCV residents

Stevenson Ranch residents were urged to be more vigilant by a panel of crime experts this week during a Neighborhood Watch meeting at a Santa Clarita Valley restaurant.

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


Second load of loot lands suspect in slammer

A woman who allegedly burglarized a Valencia home Tuesday was arrested when she returned to the same house for a second load of loot, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station lieutenant said.

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


UPDATE: 2013 crime rate down in Santa Clarita

Despite an increase in population, Santa Clarita's violent crime rate dropped 19 percent in 2013, city officials announced Monday, citing FBI crime statistics.

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


Couple named in wrongful-death lawsuit deny AA sponsorship

A woman identified as an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and named in a lawsuit filed by the parents of murder victim Karla Brada denies she was ever the murdered woman's sponsor.

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


Truck driver who beat dog gets probation

A man convicted of animal cruelty after beating a German shepherd in Castaic two months ago was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and ordered to attend animal cruelty classes.

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


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