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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


‘Bombshell Bandit’ suspected in third bank robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in a third bank robbery, this time in San Diego, FBI officials said.

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


Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in single-car crash

Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle crash near the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road Sunday, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A weekend of RC racing

The 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout has become not only a tradition for remote car competitors in the Santa Clarita Valley but for enthusiasts across the country, according to some faithful returnees.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bombshell Bandit now suspect in Ariz. robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in an Arizona bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

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


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

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


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Prosecutor presents closing arguments in Halloween murder case

Closing arguments were presented Wednesday in the month-long murder trial of three young men accused of killing good Samaritan Alejandro Sanchez-Torrez on Halloween three years ago.

October 22, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies investigate school fight

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a Friday night fight at Valencia High School that was caught on video and posted on social media, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Wednesday.

October 22, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nine Saugus households displaced by flooding

The flooding last week of nine Santa Clarita Valley homes left residents homeless while insurance agents continue to assess the damage, residents and water officials said Wednesday.

October 22, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Neighbors rescue woman from burning Canyon Country home

A Santa Clarita Valley woman was recovering Tuesday from second-degree burns after neighbors pulled her from her burning Canyon Country house late Monday night, according to neighbors and emergency response officials.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water gurus talk up Prop 1

The water bond appearing on the November ballot promises to underwrite lasting changes to the way water is managed in the Santa Clarita Valley and the rest of the state, water officials told a gathering of local business leaders Tuesday.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Some Saugus residents go without power overnight

Many Saugus residents went without electricity for more than 18 hours ending Tuesday morning as utility workers struggled to correct a power outage that began Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said.

October 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens accused of making threats to go to trial

Santa Clarita Valley teens arrested in August for allegedly making criminal threats online are scheduled to go to trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Monday.

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


Woman makes citizen's arrest in puppy incident

A Valencia woman who witnessed the alleged rough-handling of a puppy by a man last week had the man arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, said the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputy who responded to the woman's complaint.

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


Santa Clarita to serve as Amgen Tour host for 6th time

The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, is returning to the Santa Clarita Valley for the sixth time.

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


Acton crash victim identified as 34-year-old Palmdale man

Investigators with the California Highway Patrol have identified the body of a man found Sunday at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car near Acton as a Palmdale resident who went missing a week ago, a CHP sergeant said.

October 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bobcat spat in Valencia

Two backyard bobcats tussled for territory in Valencia Sunday, causing a loud commotion and sparking resident concern.

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


Man’s body discovered in wrecked car

ACTON - The body of a man found in an overturned car near Acton Sunday was identified as the apparent victim of an old traffic mishap, according to emergency responders.

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


Antique lovers try their luck

Wine tasters had a chance Sunday to not only sample some of Agua Dulce Winery's wares but reflect on gambling days gone by at a showcase of antique slot machines and casino memorabilia.

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


Robinson Ranch rotates closure of golf courses due to drought

While Santa Clarita Valley homeowners wrestle with how to keep their lawns green as the statewide drought deepens, golf course managers are struggling to keep 18 "greens" green at once.

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


Water bond measure could have money for SCV

Local water officials have a chance to underwrite key water projects in the Santa Clarita Valley if they go after some of the $7.5 billion in funds available to Californians under Proposition 1, State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) told The Signal this week.

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


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