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UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

July 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

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


UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

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


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

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


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

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


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

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


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

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


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Canyon Country man ordered to face murder charges in killing of father

A Canyon Country man accused of killing his father last May has been ordered to stand trial for murder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

October 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 found guilty in Halloween murder

SAN FERNANDO - Two of three young men charged with killing a Canyon Country man on Halloween in 2011 were found guilty of murder and attempted murder Thursday by a San Fernando Superior Court jury.

October 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 youths arrested in Canyon Country robbery ring are placed in juvenile camp

Three of five juveniles arrested in a summertime robbery ring that operated on Canyon Country bike paths have been placed in juvenile camps, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

October 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in collision on Golden Valley Road

A woman was taken to the hospital with head injuries this morning following a collision between a small car and a big rig hauling giant blocks of cement, a Santa Clarita Valley traffic investigator said.

October 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens arrested in ‘SCV Purge’ child porn case go to Probation Department

The cases of two Santa Clarita Valley boys arrested late last month on suspicion of distributing child pornography have gone to the county's Probation Department, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Probation, teen court for youths arrested in Saugus High fights

Two Saugus High School sophomores who were arrested last month in connection with two separate campus fights will not face prosecution in Juvenile Court, a District Attorney's office spokesman said today.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Competency assessment ordered in Castaic murder case

Criminal proceedings against a Castaic woman accused of killing her elderly father last month have been postponed while she undergoes an evaluation to determine her mental competency, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Traffic re-routed in Placerita Canyon for utility pole replacement

Utility work crews were re-routing motorists off Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall on Wednesday as they replaced an aging utility pole in the area, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said.

October 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teen rushed to hospital after traffic collision

A Bowman High School student was injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after an SUV hit him and left the scene, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's and Fire Department officials said.

October 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Windshield damage prompts concerns of freeway shooting

There were some tense moments for an off-duty sheriff's deputy Tuesday when a projectile shattered the windshield of his unmarked sheriff's car, prompting worries of someone shooting at his vehicle, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies said.

October 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High-speed chase ends in 1-year jail sentence

A 27-year-old man who led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase from Orange County to Castaic last summer has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Canyon Country child molester sentenced to more than 200 days in jail

A 74-year-old child molester has been sentenced to 213 days in jail and placed on five years probation after he pleaded no contest to a charge of child molestation Monday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Parents of murdered Saugus woman sue AA

Parents of murder victim Karla Brada are suing the Santa Clarita Valley office of Alcoholics Anonymous and the couple allegedly assigned to serve as AA sponsors to both Brada and her killer, The Signal has learned.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man gets 26 years for murder of girlfriend

Eric Earle - the Saugus man found guilty last month of killing his girlfriend, Karla Brada - was sentenced Monday to 26 years in prison for her murder, court officials said.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sentencing set Wednesday in SCV Airsoft gun burglary

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man pleaded no contest to burglary in a Fair Oaks Ranch neighborhood last summer and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, a District Attorney's office spokesman said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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