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Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

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


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

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


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tony Martinez beat the odds

After emerging from a three-month coma in the fall of 1986, doctors told motorcycle crash victim Tony Martinez he would never have kids and never walk again.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district switching to flat rate

Newhall County Water District officials have pulled the plug on a tiered water rate structure initially designed to encourage ratepayers to conserve water.

June 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who's a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck pulling horse trailer catches fire on Highway 14

A truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire Thursday on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce but the blaze was quickly doused, halting any spread to nearby brush, a fire spokesman said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s lieutenant takes stand in obstruction trial

One of six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system took the stand Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Big rig driver killed on Interstate 5

The driver of a big rig was killed Thursday after his truck jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, spilling fuel and sparking a brush fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Stevenson Ranch woman gets 4 years for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

A Santa Clarita Valley woman was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for hitting and fally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last year, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Santa Clarita Valley man found guilty in murder of girlfriend

A Santa Clarita Valley man whose girlfriend was found dead in their shared condominium in Saugus three years ago was found guilty of first-degree murder today, a San Fernando Superior Court jury found.

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


Two cases tossed out in SCV synthetic drug arrests

Prosecutors have tossed out cases against two Santa Clarita Valley tobacco store owners arrested for allegedly selling pseudo pot compounds called "spice," a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

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


UPDATE: Closing arguments begin in Karla Brada murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Attorneys moved to wrap up their cases Wednesday in the murder trial of Eric Earle - the Saugus man accused of killing his girlfriend - with the prosecution emphasizing his track record and the defense claiming his history is irrelevant.

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


Prosecutor grills defendant in Saugus murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Eric Earle, who stands accused of killing his girlfriend Karla Brada, was asked why his testimony differs sharply from that provided by sheriff's deputies, neighbors, medical experts and Brada's friends during his murder trial Tuesday.

September 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dog rescued from hot car in Valencia

The long arm of the law was long enough - and slender enough - to reach into a hot minivan Tuesday and free a dog left inside the vehicle as temperatures climbed to triple digits, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's spokesman said.

September 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Trial begins in 3-year-old Canyon Country ‘good Samaritan’ murder

SAN FERNANDO - Nearly three years after a good Samaritan was shot and killed in front of his 7-year-old son on Halloween, the trial of three young men accused of murdering him got under way Monday with opening arguments.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sand Canyon mother, son face charges in terrorist threats case

A Sand Canyon woman and her son face felony charges today in relation to terrorist threats that were allegedly made by the young man Thursday, a sheriff's spokesman said.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Earle testifies Brada injured in fall down stairs

SAN FERNANDO - Eric Earle, who stands accused of killing his girlfriend Karla Brada, took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, telling jurors Brada injured herself when she fell down stairs at their Saugus condo.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Beatlemania returns to SCV

The rallying cry for more than a dozen local artists Sunday was apparently: All you need is love - for The Beatles.

September 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Passing motorist alerts resident to Saugus house fire

A passing mom on her way to pick up her kids from school alerted a Saugus mother Thursday that her house was on fire, and the woman was able to flee the burning home safely with her 7-month-old baby.

September 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 Saugus High students arrested for posting ‘inappropriate photos’

Two Saugus High School students were arrested for posting "inappropriate photos" on social media, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union School District said Thursday.

September 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Canyon Country for allegedly making threats against law enforcement

Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in the Lost Canyon-Sand Canyon area Thursday on suspicion of making threats against law enforcement personnel, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

September 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives: Man hit by train may have been attempting suicide

Detectives are looking into the possibility that a man hit by a train in the Santa Clarita Valley and seriously injured late Wednesday may have been trying to take his own life, a sheriff's spokesman said.

September 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quick response to reports of man exposing self near school

Reports of a man allegedly exposing himself to children this week near Newhall Elementary School prompted a swift joint community response, school and sheriff's officials said.

September 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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