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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Opening arguments begin in Acton rape case

LANCASTER - Opening statements began Thursday in the rape trial of a convicted murderer whom prosecutors labeled a "serial predator" and defense attorneys described as someone who had a "one-night stand."

January 15, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies respond to reports of shooting in Canyon Country

The reported sound of gunfire from inside the Santa Clarita River wash east of Sand Canyon on Thursday sent deputies to the area to investigate, but no one was found, a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

January 15, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overall SCV crime rate drops in 2014

The crime rate in the Santa Clarita Valley dropped in 2014 compared to the number of crimes reported in 2013, according to preliminary statistics released this week by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

January 15, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three from Bakersfield arrested in drug bust

A woman and two men, all from Bakersfield, were arrested this week on drug charges in an ongoing investigation, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detective said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New law prompts review of teen concussion policies

High school football players, kids on mountain bikes, cheerleaders dropped by cheer "pyramid" colleagues and others who suffer head injuries have mobilized local doctors to reconsider the way they deal with teen head injuries.

January 14, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hungry squirrel leaves 2,600 Newhall residents in the dark

Updates with cause of power outage

January 13, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car fire at COC quickly extinguished

A car fire at College of the Canyons this morning was extinguished within 15 minutes of being reported, emergency response officials said.

January 13, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Eight killed in Santa Clarita Valley off-roading crashes during past year

Eight people have been killed locally and at least three others seriously injured in off-roading accidents during the past 12 months. Five of those killed died in crashes at Rowher Flats.

January 12, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Aimless emu finds home in Santa Clarita

The errant emu that eluded animal control officers in the hills of Canyon Country in December is now enjoying its new year at home at the Gentle Barn.

January 12, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV comes up short at Golden Globes

And the odds were so good for three California Institute of the Arts graduates nominated for a Golden Globe award Sunday.

January 11, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman killed in off-roading crash identified

A woman killed Saturday after a Jeep in which she was a passenger plunged 1,500 feet down a ravine at the Rowher Flats off-roading area has been identified as a 25-year-old resident of Redlands, according to emergency response officials.

January 11, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Melba Walker Fisher’s life celebrated where she grew up

More than 200 people showed up Thursday on the doorstep of the tiny cabin where Melba Walker Fisher was raised with 12 siblings in the early 1900s.

January 09, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Blond Scammer’ gets 90 days in jail in Ventura County

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" - who received a suspended sentence for identity theft in Los Angeles County last year - received a slightly stiffer sentence for a similar offense in Ventura County on Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bench warrant issued for Saugus man in child predator case

A bench warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of a Saugus man who failed to appear in court for sentencing on a child predator conviction, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said.

January 08, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic man clings to life after mobile home fire

An elderly man, badly burned and clinging to life in the hospital, loved and cared for his wife so much that relatives fear "he could die of a broken heart" knowing she perished in the fire that spared him.

January 08, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Smoke bomb caused false fire alarm in vape store burglary

Burglars that looted a vape store in Stevenson Ranch a week ago detonated a smoke grenade inside the store in an effort to obscure video camera surveillance of the crime, the store's owner said.

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


NorthLake holds fundraiser for residents stricken with cancer

The NorthLake Homeowners Association held a fundraiser Sunday for three neighborhood families with members coping with cancer.

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


Suspected Canyon Country arsonist still sought

Local sheriff's deputies Monday were looking for an individual suspected of setting a small brush fire in Canyon Country on Sunday and seen starting a second one near it, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

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


UPDATE: Median morph in Santa Clarita

Editor's note: Corrects that residents will not be invited to "weigh in" on selection of drought-tolerant plants.

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


UPDATE: Caltrans road work briefly shuts down three northbound I-5 lanes

Editor's note: Lanes re-opened before schedule.

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


At least 6 injured in 8-vehicle crash on Highway 14

At least half a dozen people were injured and taken to the hospital this morning following an eight-vehicle pileup in the southbound lanes of Highway 14 near Soledad Canyon Road.

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


Little race makes a big difference in Newhall

It was a short, swift race for hundreds of men, women, children and man's best friend Sunday, but the money raised goes a long way to dress needy kids for school.

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


One identified after fatal fiery crash

One of two men killed in a single-car crash on Bouquet Canyon Road Saturday morning has been identified as a 69-year-old resident of Porter Ranch, a coroner's official said.

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


UPDATE: Motorcyclist injured in Saugus crash

Editor's note: Corrects that collision was in Saugus.

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


Deputies seek suspected arsonist after small brush fire near Canyon Country school

Local sheriff's deputies were looking for a suspected arsonist Sunday after firefighters extinguished a small brush fire in Canyon Country and spotted someone starting a second brush fire near it, emergency response crew officials said.

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


Blown transformer sparks small bush fire in Saugus

For the second time in less than a week, a blown transformer has left some Santa Clarita Valley residents without power, this time sparking a small brush fire, emergency response crew officials said.

April 19, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Snyder court proceedings moving ahead

Former Valencia High School varsity baseball coach Jared Snyder appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday, with noted celebrity civil rights lawyer Carl E. Douglas at his side, on embezzlement charges.

April 16, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two motorcyclists injured in early morning crash

Two motorcyclists were injured and rushed to the hospital early Thursday after they collided in Saugus, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 16, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone scammers working Santa Clarita Valley with fake Treasury claims

When 70-year-old Castaic resident Glenn Milner was told on the phone that he owed back taxes and that there was a warrant for his arrest, his listened intently to what he was being told, taking notes and preparing to write a check.

April 16, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman charged in Canyon Country murder, attempted murder undergoes mental competency assessment

Criminal proceedings against a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her brother and wounding her father in February have been postponed while she undergoes an evaluation to determine her mental competency, the prosecutor in the case said Thursday.

April 16, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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