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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


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


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


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


UPDATE: 2 Saugus High students arrested for posting ‘inappropriate photos’

Two Saugus High School students were arrested for posting "inappropriate photos" on social media, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union School District said Thursday.

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


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Alcoholics Anonymous fights lawsuit by SCV murder victim's parents

Lawyers representing Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. are fighting a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the organization by the parents of murder victim Karla Brada, claiming there is no basis for the lawsuit.

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


Founders Series: Planning a city, and having fun

Editor's note: Monday marked the 27th anniversary of Santa Clarita's founding. This is the sixth in The Signal's seven-part series about the surviving men and women who made the city a reality.

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


Santa Clarita planning action on ‘house of concern’

A dirty, rat-infested house on Bernina Avenue, boarded-up and red-tagged in May, is about to be either renovated or destroyed, according to its owner and city officials.

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


UPDATE: Man threatens to harm self, holes up in Canyon Country home

Sheriff's deputies responded to a series of domestic disturbance calls in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, including a report that a Canyon Country man was threatening to harm himself and others with a pellet gun inside his home, officials said.

December 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt and Luke Money Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UDPATE: One apprehended in Stevenson Ranch Walmart iPad thefts

Four burglars helped themselves to some iPads at the Stevenson Ranch Walmart on Tuesday, but they dropped the loot while fleeing after one was detained, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station lieutenant said.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita continues to press New Mexico senator over Cemex legislation

As senators negotiated judicial appointments Tuesday, Santa Clarita city officials continued efforts to change the mind of one man known to be standing in the way of legislation to ban a mine in Canyon Country.

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


Founders series: Fundraising to found a city

Editor's note: Monday marked the 27th anniversary of Santa Clarita's founding. This is the third in The Signal's seven-part series about the surviving men and women who made the city a reality.

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


UPDATE: New Mexico senator says Cemex bill would set 'dangerous precedent'

Martin Heinrich, Democratic senator from New Mexico, is refusing to back the current Cemex bill before the Senate because it "sets a dangerous precedent," a spokeswoman said Monday.

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


Bowling for big bucks

They were knocking down pins and racking up big bucks Sunday at the third annual Bowling for Kids fundraiser.

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


Body found in river identified

Efforts to locate the relatives of a man believed homeless, whose body was recovered Friday morning in the Santa Clara River in Canyon Country, are proving difficult, a spokesman for the county coroner's department said.

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


Cemex bill may be thwarted

Word that a 43-year-old Democratic senator from New Mexico, who was elected in 2012, is poised to oppose the last chance for a Cemex bill to pass Congress this session has set civic leaders on a mission to change his mind.

December 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man killed in single-car crash north of Castaic

A man is dead following a single-vehicle crash Saturday night on Interstate 5 north of Castaic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Emu on the loose in Canyon Country

An elusive emu led county animal control officers on a chase through Santa Clarita Valley backyards for a few hours Thursday before they were able to shoot it with a tranquilizer dart - twice - and haul it to the Castaic Animal Shelter.

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


UPDATE: Newhall Pass crash erupts in car fire

An early Thursday traffic collision on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass ended in a ball of fire, but nobody was injured, Fire Department officials said.

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


Lawyer pleads no contest in jail drug smuggling case

An attorney pleaded no contest Wednesday to smuggling $30,000 worth of heroin to a jailed prisoner inside a greeting card.

December 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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