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AV fire out with no structure damage

A brush fire destroyed 10 power poles and burned 24 acres in the area of Pearblossom Highway and Sierra Highway on Monday night, but no structures were damaged.

August 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A quest for street safety

As Bob Skerstonas stands over a white cross hammered into a roadside cluster of dusty flowers, a roaring 18-wheel truck sends sand over his cowboy boots.

August 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple in murder-suicide identified

An elderly married couple who were shot and killed Friday by a retired local dentist lived in an upscale Beverly Hills-area retirement hotel, The Signal has learned following the release Sunday of the couple's identities.

August 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burglar says he's just a repairman

Deputies were searching Monday for a man who attempted to break into a woman's Canyon Country home Sunday night and, when confronted by the homeowner, told her he was an air conditioning repair man.

August 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire forces some closures in Antelope Valley

Homeward-bound commuters heading for the Antelope Valley today might want to consider alternate routes to Highway 14 as emergency crews deal with a small but stubborn brush fire.

August 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man found dead in Valencia-area pool

Sheriff's deputies are looking into the suspected drowning death of a Los Angeles man whose body was found in the deep end of a swimming pool in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Bridgeport

A retired local dentist returned from an assisted living home in Los Angeles with his wife's aging parents, pulled in the driveway of his Bridgeport home and shot both in-laws as they sat in the car, then shot himself, according to a homicide detective detailing the double-murder-suicide in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies ID suspect in Castaic standoff

The young man arrested in Castaic in connection with Wednesday's four-hour standoff with local sheriff's deputies had been arrested on drug charges last month, and the month before that, records indicate.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives search for suspect in ID-theft

Local detectives want the public's help in identifying a woman who they say is impersonating someone else in a case of identity theft.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewage spilled on Interstate 5

It was a hot, stinky ride for motorists around lunchtime today as more than 30 gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local wells replenishing slowly, surely

While the drought may be over, local wells are replenishing a little more slowly than wells in Northern California, but just as surely.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect in Castaic barricade surrenders

A suspected burglar was led handcuffed from his mother's Castaic home Wednesday following a four-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Henry Mayo offers helipad access

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its new helipad this week and on Tuesday was awaiting its first patient to arrive by air at the new location.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Couple identified in selfie burglary case

A couple depicted in a selfie that turned up in a burglary victim's cloud database took the photo on a cellphone bought at a San Fernando swap meet, the man in the picture told Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives Thursday.

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


Valencia man to stand trial in BB gun shooting

A Valencia man has been ordered to stand trial on a charge he shot a woman in the eye with a BB gun during a road rage incident in May. a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

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


Former deputy receives probationary sentence for firing weapon

A retired sheriff's deputy accused of illegally firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him received a probationary sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge against him.

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


UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Sheriff's detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public's help in identifying two "persons of interest" depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

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


UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

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


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

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


UPDATE: Saugus High senior killed by car

A 17-year-old girl who became the heart and spirit of the Saugus girls swim team has died after she was hit by a car while jogging, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday.

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


Investigation continues into man with slit throat

Homicide detectives investigating the discovery last week of a man found dead with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom are awaiting autopsy results to determine if he was murdered, a Sheriff's Department homicide detective said today.

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


Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

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


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

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


UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

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


Teen’s threats stir Santa Clarita Valley

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, following a swift and overwhelming response by sheriff's deputies to calls from "hundreds" of concerned parents, according to parents and local deputies.

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


Coroner identifies man found with throat slit

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department have identified the man found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, a Department spokesman said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall County Water District amends watering schedule

Anyone who gets their water from Newhall County District Water doesn't have to worry about the proposed watering schedule as long as they shut off their sprinklers and use a garden hose to water their yards, according a resolution adopted by the District's board Thursday.

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


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