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Vandals spray swastika on car in Canyon Country

Investigators with the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station are this week investigating an apparent hate crime in Canyon Country which, according to the official report, exhibits an obscure reference to the Confederacy.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime watch: Odd thefts hit SCV

Thieves targeting Santa Clarita Valley are stealing everything from diesel sucked out of local cars, trees torn from front lawns, growth hormones, car parts and even the fruit off a woman's backyard tree, The Signal has learned.

September 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


Mosquito reports soar after article

Canyon Country residents Thursday reported a surge in both the number of "green pools" and of mosquitoes following initial reports of countywide efforts to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

September 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family grapples with loss of toddler

The young Canyon Country couple who now mourns the death of their youngest child is "heavily grieving," said one of the investigators in the case.

September 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler’s autopsy ongoing

Trying to determine what caused the death of a Canyon Country toddler Monday, the county Coroner's Office is expected to release its findings today.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler autopsy results delayed six weeks, coroner says

Whatever caused the death of a two-year-old Canyon Country boy Monday will not be revealed for another six weeks, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Cornoner's Office said today.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Are ‘green pools’ deadly?

Green is good when it comes to environmentally friendly living in Santa Clarita Valley, but not when it comes to swimming pools abandoned in foreclosures.

September 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VIDEO UPDATE: Teen arrested after standoff with deputies

A 17-year-old Newhall boy is in Sylmar Juvenile Hall following a harrowing two-hour standoff Monday night between the knife-wielding youth and sheriff's deputies.

September 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Snubbed on water projects? Nope, it was planned

Local water officials watching their peers throughout the county gobble up $25 million in state funding earmarked for various water projects this week say they missed the latest funding boat on purpose.

September 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE 2: Autopsy on dead toddler incomplete

UPDATE 2 p.m., July 23:

September 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Bad day for kids' in the SCV

Local law enforcement officers are calling it "a bad day for kids" as they follow-up on the death of an infant and on an accident involving a child who fell from a two-storey window, now hospitalized.

September 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Land owner safe until June

Newhall Land and Farming Co. owner LandSource Communities Development LLC hammered out a settlement over the weekend among its secured and unsecured creditors, allowing all involved in the bankruptcy filing to agree on a $1.19 billion secured financing package.

September 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Worn-out welcome leads to stabbing

A late-night drinking session left one man recovering from a stabbing Monday and another man charged with allegedly attacking him with a knife.

September 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More girls accuse coach

A high school coach, who gave private basketball lessons at Canyon High School and who is already in custody charged with several counts of sexual assault, is about to be charged with two more offenses, sexual assault investigators said Monday.

September 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toddler found dead in family car

A young Canyon Country family is ripped apart today after the youngest of their three children was found dead in the family mini-van on Monday.

September 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

July 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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