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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Despite some rain this year, snowpack bodes ill for relief from drought

A year after local water czars unveiled their drought action plan in the face of stark water shortages, they this week Tuesday to news of deepening drought and diminishing reservoirs.

February 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Albert Einstein Academy fires coach implicated in ‘inappropriate behavior’ with minors

A staff member and athletic coach at Albert Einstein's Santa Clarita Valley secondary school has been fired from his job as an investigation into his alleged "inappropriate behavior" was handed over to the LAPD's Sexually Exploited Child Unit, Juvenile Division, sources said.

February 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect in truck theft, manhunt faces eight charges, including kidnapping

Updates with not guilty plea entered.

February 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman arrested in Canyon Country crash; another hospitalized

A Northridge woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury following a traffic collision on Highway 14 that sent a 56-year-old Palmdale woman to the hospital with injuries.

February 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita drawing up new-development stormwater requirements

Plans are in the works for developers to carry some of the burden for capturing stormwater in Santa Clarita as city officials work to meet state expectations for water conservation, local water officials heard Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Prosecutors: Insufficient evidence to charge red ‘Power Rangers’ actor

County prosecutors want more information from investigators before deciding whether charges should be filed against "Power Rangers" actor Ricardo Medina Jr., a District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

February 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Verdict delayed again in Acton rape trial after accused fails to make it to court

For the third time in less than a week, convicted murderer Arthur Lindsey has failed to make it to court for his rape trial due to medical reasons.

February 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

NEW YORK (AP) - "To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

February 03, 2015 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Salad day on Highway 14 Monday

The northbound lanes of Highway 14 nearly became a salad bowl of sorts Monday when two boxes of lettuce fell onto the roadway near Agua Dulce, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD takes over Einstein staffer investigation

Los Angeles police detectives began their investigation in earnest Monday into "serious allegations" leveled against a staff member of Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences' secondary school in Santa Clarita, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured on Highway 14 collision in Agua Dulce

One person was hurt and taken to the hospital Monday afternoon following a multi-vehicle traffic collision near Vasquez Rocks, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Verdict reached in rape trial of convicted murderer

Jurors reached a verdict on all nine counts in the rape trial of convicted murderer Arthur Lindsey today, but the defendant failed to appear in court due to medical reasons and the verdicts will be read Tuesday, officials said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies investigate after gun found near crash site

Local sheriff's deputies who, on Saturday night, responded to reports of a truck crashing through a fence on Sand Canyon Road, were called back to the crash site Sunday when the property owner found a gun while cleaning up, a sheriff's spokesman said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Actor who played red "Power Ranger" suspected of murder in sword attack

A TV actor who played the role of a "Power Ranger" has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly stabbing his roommate with a sword Saturday, according Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Einstein Academy staffer under investigation by LASD's Special Victim's Bureau

A staff member at Albert Einstein Academy's Santa Clarita Secondary school is being investigated for "serious allegations" by sheriff's deputies assigned to the Special Victims Bureau, school and law enforcement officials said.

February 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Harris Faulkner considered rising star at Fox

NEW YORK (AP) - Harris Faulkner's hobby may sound like a patriotic put-on, but the Fox News Channel anchor insists it's legit.

May 06, 2015 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 87-year-old motorcyclist killed on I-5

An 87-year-old Granada Hills man died Tuesday after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, the investigating California Highway Patrol officer said.

May 05, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman-to-woman road rage incident reported in Valencia

In an act of apparent road rage Tuesday, one woman pointed a gun at another woman while both drove through Valencia, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 05, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, to seek re-election

Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced Monday he'll be seeking re-election to the 38th Assembly District, saying his second term in office has moved him beyond the orientation phase of state politics.

May 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water wholesaler eyes new power source

While water supplies remain on the "front burner" heading into the fourth summer of an extended drought, Castaic Lake Water District officials are also eyeing a source for more electric power.

May 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges filed against 3 in SCV impersonating cops case

Prosecutors have filed a 13-count criminal complaint against two men and one woman arrested for allegedly dressing up in full uniforms fitted with badges and telling people they were police officers.

May 04, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town draws 2,000 to Valencia park

Wine, food and song were all offered up on a beautiful sunny day in the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday as hundreds crisscrossed the lawns of Mann Biomedical Park for the annual Taste of the Town.

May 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An abundance of "Art For Jack"

They planned Sunday's 3rd annual Art For Jack event but they didn't plan on so much art turning up.

May 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies looking for two cell phone thieves

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for two men who allegedly stole half a dozen cell phones from a Stevenson Ranch store that's "been hit a few times," said a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

May 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Want water? Just ask

Want water? Ask for it.

May 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Turf battle: Homeowners come into conflict with HOAs over plans to conserve water

David McCann of the River Village housing development in Saugus has a vision for the front of his house, and it doesn't include a lawn.

May 03, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Calif. department seeks help in animal research

Local hikers, animal-lovers and people who just like being outdoors are being invited to help California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers research animal disease by reporting every dead animal they find.

May 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Lake may reopen for swimming this summer

Despite the drought and the expanse of bare ground circling Castaic Lake, officials are prepping to open the once-popular swimming spot to bathers again this summer, an official said.

April 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three arrested in alleged fake cop case

Three people suspected of being members of an alleged "fictitious police department" were arrested Thursday as search warrants were served at two Santa Clarita Valley locations, law enforcement sources told The Signal.

April 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


11 felony counts filed against alleged SCV ID thief

A Valencia man suspected of stealing the mail of nine Santa Clarita Valley residents and allegedly exploiting their identities for gain now faces an 11-count felony complaint filed against him for identity theft, court papers show.

April 30, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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