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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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Road closure, wind, combine to create confusion on Vasquez Canyon Road

Commuters discovered a stretch of Vasquez Canyon Road shut down Monday morning near Bouquet Canyon Road, then encountered further problems when strong winds knocked over road signs, according to emergency response officials.

April 27, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Triumph in motion

To really understand someone, as the adage goes, you have to walk a mile their shoes.

April 27, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyer to refine AA wrongful-death lawsuit

The lawyer for a couple whose Santa Clarita Valley daughter was murdered by a man she met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is refining his wrongful-death lawsuit against AA World Services Inc. following a judge's ruling recently.

April 26, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Imported water being saved for a dry day

Local water officials received answers Wednesday to the tough question many drought-conscious Santa Clarita Valley residents are asking: What if the drought continues for many more years?

April 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fuel spill quickly cleaned up on I-5 north of Castaic

A Fire Department hazardous materials crew quickly mopped up a fuel spill Thursday from a crash involving a tanker-trailer and a car on Interstate 5.

April 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man pleads to one count in sex-with-a-minor case

A Canyon Country man charged with having sex with a minor pleaded no contest Thursday to a single count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

April 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Signal AP


UPDATE: Appellate court affirms Newhall Ranch's Landmark Village

Newhall Land Development Inc. won a victory Wednesday in its bid to begin construction of Newhall Ranch as an appellate court affirmed the environmental review and approval of Landmark Village, the first phase planned for construction.

April 22, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall man sentenced to 30 years for fatal stabbing

A Newhall gang member who stabbed another man to death in 2012 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest this week to voluntary manslaughter and other charges, court officials said.

April 22, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Newhall man pleads in murder case

A Newhall man accused of murder in the stabbing death of another man in 2012 pleaded no contest Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter and other charges, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Name of driver released in fatal Bouquet Canyon crash

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have identified a 66-year-old Agoura Hills man as the driver killed in Saturday's single-car crash on Bouquet Canyon Road.

April 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall baby died of blunt force trauma, father stands accused of murder

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department revealed Tuesday that 19-day-old Ellorah Rose Warner, whose father stands accused of murder in her death, died as a result of blunt force trauma.

April 21, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water retailers given 'conservation targets'

When it comes to saving water, Santa Clarita Valley is doing an average job, according to a recent assessment by state water regulators who set conservation targets for water distributors.

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


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


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