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SCV data will help quake predictions

Seismologists pouring over data surrounding Tuesday's earthquake in Chino Hills credit Santa Clarita for having provided valuable information needed to interpret what happened and to predict seismic activity.

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


First responders get live quake drill

Who needs a mock scenario to test a disaster preparedness plan when you have a 5.4 earthquake to test your resources, people and protocol?

September 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heritage oak meeting set for Wednesday

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is expected to approve the Lyons Canyon Ranch development Wednesday.

September 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New housing project to pay sewage tolls

A proposed housing project backed up for a while over concerns about sewer capacity is moving ahead with final zoning approval expected today.

September 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed Saturday identified

The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the motorcyclist killed early Saturday morning as Thomas Mark Ryan, 51, of Canyon Country.

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


County official warns against leaving children, elderly in autos

On the heels of news that a toddler was found dead inside a family vehicle comes word from the county health officer warning people not to leave children, old people or pets inside vehicles.

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


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


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One year after son’s disappearance, Laspisas still hold out hope

Less than a month before the first-year anniversary of their son's disappearance, Karen and Mike Laspisa received a phone call from police in Arizona reporting a possible sighting of their son, Bryce.

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


Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

August 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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