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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


6 booked for using false ID to obtain credit

Five of six people arrested for using credit cards that were not their own at a Saugus drug store were being held on bail of $5 million each, Sheriff's Department information indicated Thursday.

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


One arrested following Castaic bar fight

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested a man on suspicion of a weapon's offense Thursday after he allegedly brandished a gun after losing a bar fight, officials said.

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


UPDATE: Fire extinguished in Castaic

Los Angeles County firefighters wasted no time jumping on a brush fire Thursday near the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic after it flared up from a quarter-acre to 1.5 acres in less than 10 minutes, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

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


Trucker in I-5 crash in serious condition

A 53-year-old trucker injured early Wednesday when his big rig slammed into another big rig parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 was reported in serious condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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


Woman assaulted on COC Valencia campus

A College of the Canyons student was assaulted on campus this week, prompting college officials to send a cautionary "email blast" to all students, a college spokesman said Thursday.

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


Gov. Brown issues historic mandatory water restrictions

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered statewide mandatory water restrictions Wednesday for the first time in California history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 65 years of record-keeping.

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


Valencia housing complex residents ‘irate’ over parolee location plan

Seniors living at the Orchard Arms Los Angeles County Housing complex in Valencia were shocked Wednesday when a county official told them parolees and probationers might be moving in with them.

April 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman gets probation after plea to reduced charge

A 43-year-old Castaic woman arrested last summer on suspicion of kidnapping a motorist at gunpoint has been placed on five years probation after pleading no contest to assault with a firearm, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

April 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seven people arrested in alleged credit card scam

At least seven people were handcuffed and taken into custody today on suspicion of using credit cards belonging to other people at a Saugus drug store, officials said.

April 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in I-5 crash early today

One person was injured and taken to the hospital early this morning after a big rig slammed into another big rig that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 near Templin Highway, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cindy Newhall-Weyant dies after battle with MS

Cindy Newhall-Weyant, granddaughter of former Signal Publisher Scott Newhall, died Monday after a 15-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. She was 51 years old.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives canvass neighborhood for witnesses to officer-involved shooting

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station canvassed the Rainbow Glen Neighborhood Tuesday looking for witnesses to Sunday's shooting that involved an off-duty LAPD officer, a sheriff's spokesman said.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen student to face criminal charges for alleged online threats

A Placerita Junior High School student detained last week for allegedly posting online threats directed at school staffers and claiming he would bring guns to school is now facing criminal charges, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds take part in annual 'Hart Games'

The fans and parents, the cheers and applause, smiles and sweat all served to make the sixth annual Hart Games Track and Field Meet truly special Tuesday as more than 300 kids competed in track events at Valencia High School.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley watering schedule switches to 3 days a week Wednesday

On Wednesday, despite what state water regulators want, Santa Clarita Valley residents and businesses return to a three-day-a-week lawn-watering schedule for the summer.

March 31, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Man who committed suicide in car identified

A man whose body was found inside a car Friday has been identified as 31-year-old Miguel Angel Pena of Canyon Country, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department said.

July 05, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deaf, blind Canyon Country veteran guides others who need assistance

When you're standing by the curb along the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade route Saturday, watch for a local war hero recognized nationally as one of the country's most outstanding volunteers.

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


Daughter gets two 25-years-to-life sentences for mother’s murder

A former Saugus High School student was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life in state prison for the fatal shooting of her mother in Woodland Hills, a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Suicide attempted on Highway 14 freeway

A woman ran across the northbound lanes of the Highway 14 freeway in an apparent suicide attempt Wednesday, but she was apprehended without incident by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies.

July 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: California, SCV water savings soar

California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday.

July 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspected drug lab found at Bridgeport

A 32-year-old Valencia pest control worker has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an illegal substance for sale, believed to be the date rape drug GHB, according to arrest information made available Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Federal judge upholds Army Corps of Engineers permits for Newhall Ranch

A federal court Tuesday upheld the permit-issuing process employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to authorize Newhall Ranch's proposed 21,000-home development in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Ash combines with wind to create white-out in Newhall

An ash storm swept through the Calgrove fire burn area late Tuesday afternoon, creating white-out visibility situations in parts of Newhall, one local firefighter said.

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


SCV water retailer to police streets for wasters

Santa Clarita Valley water wasters beware: The water police go on patrol in two weeks - at least for customers of the Valencia Water Company.

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


Investigators in Canyon Country man’s death suspect suicide

Homicide detectives investigating the shooting death of a 50-year-old man, whose body was found inside a Canyon Country apartment more than a week ago, suspect he may have shot himself, a lieutenant on the case said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Castaic Elementary School teacher pleads not guilty of molestation

A fourth-grade teacher at Castaic Elementary School arrested in May on suspicion of inappropriately touching four 10-year-old girls pleaded not guilty Tuesday to criminal charges filed against him, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Quick response douses fire in heavy brush near Three Points

Firefighters wasted no time jumping on a brush fire in a remote area off Highway 138 on Monday, responding with firefighters and dispatching water-dropping helicopters within minutes.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cause of Calgrove fire under investigation

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are sifting through the burned brush of the Calgrove fire in an effort to determine what sparked the swift-moving wildfire that displaced more than 1,000 people Wednesday, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies search for two in Newhall purse-snatching

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies were searching for two suspected purse-snatchers Monday after they reportedly knocked a woman to the ground in Newhall and ran off with her purse.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in Valencia home

Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a man's body found Sunday evening inside a Valencia home, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

June 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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