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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


Year in Review: Bone dry year for Bouquet Canyon

When 2014 began, residents along Bouquet Canyon were without water, and politicians were at a loss over ways to fix the impasse that sparked their water stoppage.

December 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: Officials, citizens cope with dry year

The year 2014 can be summed up in one word -- dry.

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


Issues 2015: New rules benefit California convicts

Editor's note: This is one of a series of articles concerning issues that will be in the forefront in 2015.

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


Alcoholics Anonymous fights lawsuit by SCV murder victim's parents

Lawyers representing Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. are fighting a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the organization by the parents of murder victim Karla Brada, claiming there is no basis for the lawsuit.

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


Founders Series: Planning a city, and having fun

Editor's note: Monday marked the 27th anniversary of Santa Clarita's founding. This is the sixth in The Signal's seven-part series about the surviving men and women who made the city a reality.

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


Santa Clarita planning action on ‘house of concern’

A dirty, rat-infested house on Bernina Avenue, boarded-up and red-tagged in May, is about to be either renovated or destroyed, according to its owner and city officials.

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


UPDATE: Man threatens to harm self, holes up in Canyon Country home

Sheriff's deputies responded to a series of domestic disturbance calls in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, including a report that a Canyon Country man was threatening to harm himself and others with a pellet gun inside his home, officials said.

December 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt and Luke Money Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UDPATE: One apprehended in Stevenson Ranch Walmart iPad thefts

Four burglars helped themselves to some iPads at the Stevenson Ranch Walmart on Tuesday, but they dropped the loot while fleeing after one was detained, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station lieutenant said.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita continues to press New Mexico senator over Cemex legislation

As senators negotiated judicial appointments Tuesday, Santa Clarita city officials continued efforts to change the mind of one man known to be standing in the way of legislation to ban a mine in Canyon Country.

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


Founders series: Fundraising to found a city

Editor's note: Monday marked the 27th anniversary of Santa Clarita's founding. This is the third in The Signal's seven-part series about the surviving men and women who made the city a reality.

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


UPDATE: New Mexico senator says Cemex bill would set 'dangerous precedent'

Martin Heinrich, Democratic senator from New Mexico, is refusing to back the current Cemex bill before the Senate because it "sets a dangerous precedent," a spokeswoman said Monday.

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


Body found in river identified

Efforts to locate the relatives of a man believed homeless, whose body was recovered Friday morning in the Santa Clara River in Canyon Country, are proving difficult, a spokesman for the county coroner's department said.

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


Bowling for big bucks

They were knocking down pins and racking up big bucks Sunday at the third annual Bowling for Kids fundraiser.

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


Cemex bill may be thwarted

Word that a 43-year-old Democratic senator from New Mexico, who was elected in 2012, is poised to oppose the last chance for a Cemex bill to pass Congress this session has set civic leaders on a mission to change his mind.

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


Man killed in single-car crash north of Castaic

A man is dead following a single-vehicle crash Saturday night on Interstate 5 north of Castaic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Local detectives probing "car to car" shooting involving off-duty LAPD officer

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating a "car to car" shooting invoving an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer in Canyon Country Sunday Morning, according to law enforcement officials

March 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two hurt in solo rollover crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

An adult and child were injured and airlifted to the hospital Sunday morning after the car in which they were travelling overturned on San Francisquito Canyon Road, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 29, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives probing mail thefts in SCV

Sheriff's detectives are looking for mail thieves who ransacked mailboxes on two Santa Clarita Valley streets recently - one in Stevenson Ranch, the other in Bridgeport - making off with the personal mail of residents there, a lead investigator said this week.

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


Sheared-off fire hydrant powers some 50,000 gallons down drain

Between 30,000 and 50,000 gallons of water were lost Thursday when a sheered fire hydrant released a 60-foot geyser of water into the air at a Valencia intersection, water officials said.

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


UPDATE: Prosecutors decline to pursue charges in alleged restaurant human trafficking case

County prosecutors declined Thursday to prosecute a Valencia restaurant owner on charges of human trafficking, assault and mayhem due to a lack of evidence - despite a multi-agency task force investigation that resulted in the owner's arrest this week, a spokesman said.

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


Woman reportedly assaulted, man arrested on Valencia street

A woman was allegedly choked and thrown to the ground on a Valencia street Thursday, leading to the arrest of a man suspected of assaulting her, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

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


UPDATE: Two killed in Soledad Canyon Road head-on collision

Adds details.

March 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia restaurant owner arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

Adds more details.

March 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One arrested after Mustangs race in SCV

A recent race that saw the drivers of two Ford Mustangs reach speeds of more than 110 miles per hour on Highway 14 has netted the arrest of one of the alleged speeders.

March 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High winds, high temperatures forecast into SCV weekend

Hang on to your hats and patio umbrellas: Forecasters say each day this week is likely to be hotter and windier than the one before as the Santa Clarita Valley heads into the weekend.

March 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Collision in San Fernando Valley jams southbound I-5

Updates with freeway reopened.

March 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No contest plea in SCV residential burglary case

A 27-year-old tattoo artist from Pacoima who was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary last July has pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of theft, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Placerita Junior High threat case goes to prosecutors

Los Angeles County prosecutors are reviewing the case against a 13-year-old Placerita Junior High School student detained Friday for allegedly posting online threats, a spokesman said.

March 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country riverbed sweep eliminates 11 homeless encampments

For the second consecutive month, crews made up of local sheriff's deputies and city workers carried out a sweep of homeless camps in the Santa Clara River bed Monday, this time disrupting 11 illegal transient camps in Canyon Country.

March 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Wilk seeks deep well injection answers from state earthquake officials

Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, says he wants some straight answers from state officials about deep well injection, earthquakes and protecting his constituents' homes.

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


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