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County reports 118 cases of fraud

Workers stealing, falsifying reports, soliciting prostitutes and accessing pornography on government laptops are just some of 118 substantiated cases of fraud county investigators uncovered in the last half of 2011.

April 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


19th Cowboy Festival comes to conclusion

Well, pardner, the 19th Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is a wrap.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six injured in crash on Interstate 5 near Castaic

Six people were treated for a range of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fishers treat veterans to day at the lake

A peaceful sunny day fishing on Castaic Lake was a welcome respite for veterans all too familiar with life in the war zone.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash details draw tragic similarities

The case of an 87-year-old Arleta man found dead next to his car off a remote Acton road last week is strikingly similar to that of an 88-year-old man who died after driving his car off a remote Castaic canyon road last fall.

April 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tax Day demonstration staged outside City Hall

A group protesting taxes on the eve of Tax Day brought out like-minded candidates Monday on the steps of Santa Clarita City Hall.

April 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found on side of road near Acton

The body of an elderly man believed to be from Arleta was found next to an overturned car Monday on a remote canyon road near Acton.

April 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former state lawmaker Cathie Wright dies

Former Republican state assemblywoman and state senator Cathie Wright died Saturday.

April 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tick Canyon 'rancher' charged in animal abuse case

A 26-year-old Canyon Country man is accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale over a six-month period in connection with the recent rescue of 29 emaciated farm animals.

April 10, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation into animals ongoing

An investigation continued Monday into the operator of a Canyon Country ranch at which 29 emaciated farm animals were rescued Friday, officials said.

April 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dog remains at shelter after fire

This boxer is a fighter - perhaps the toughest little fighter to emerge from Sunday's brush fire in Agua Dulce.

April 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man's body identified

The body of a man found on the front lawn of a Newhall apartment complex Friday morning has been identified as 32-year-old William Gordon Donson, of Newhall.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Agua Dulce brush fire stifles afternoon traffic

AGUA DULCE - A brush fire that consumed eight acres near Highway 14 Sunday snarled northbound traffic all afternoon as emergency crews worked to contain it.

April 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands sign anti-mine petition online

Close to 100 people every day, on average, are signing an online petition to stop Cemex mining in Soledad Canyon.

April 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials: Murkier water not unhealthful

About 70,000 Santa Clarita Valley water users are expected to receive a notice from the Castaic Lake Water Agency that water from their taps was murkier than it was allowed to be in mid-March - but that "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

April 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Driver killed in I-5 collision

Investigators Tuesday were trying to unravel the circumstances behind the death of an Oakland man killed when the car he was driving slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 5 north of Castaic.

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


Deal on table in fatal car-motorcycle crash

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors have a plea deal on the table for a Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August, allegedly while she was intoxicated, court heard Tuesday.

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


Last-minute rush at local tax service firms

The day before tax day was crunch day for both taxpayers crunching their own sets of numbers and the tax businesses that re-crunch them.

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


‘We stayed with her and prayed for her’

A Bay Area couple traveling southbound on Interstate 5 pulled two adults out of a shattered SUV that was involved in a high-speed crash, then told stories and prayed for the couple's 16-year-old daughter when they couldn't get her out of the crumpled vehicle, one of the rescuers said Monday.

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


A jump start on the egg hunt

More than 70 kids gathered Easter eggs at Summit Park on Sunday as part of the YMCA's Egg-stravaganza event.

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


Thousands get muddy at Castaic Lake

Thousands of runners got down and dirty Sunday as they competed in the annual Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race at Castaic Lake.

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


3 kids, 3 adults injured in two-vehicle crash near Gorman

Six people including three children were "critically injured" and airlifted to the hospital Sunday following a two-vehicle crash near Gorman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver Fatigue blamed in fatal crash near Agua Dulce

Driver fatigue is suspected to have played a part in a single-car crash near Agua Dulce Saturday night that claimed the life of a Palmdale man, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the incident.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial postponed in nearly 2 1/2-year-old SCV murder case

The murder trial of three young men was postponed Thursday to another day - almost two and a half years after a "good Samaritan" was gunned down trying to stop a robbery.

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


Sex offender arrested for allegedly living in Stevenson Ranch home while registered in Ventura

A man registered as a sex offender in Ventura was allegedly found living in Stevenson Ranch this week and arrested for failing to register in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Investigators trying to determine cause of death for body found in car

Investigators with the county coroner's office are trying to determine the cause and manner of death for a man found dead in his car in a store parking lot in Canyon Country, a spokesman said Thursday.

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


Alleged tagger arrested in Canyon Country for felony vandalism

A 20-year-old Canyon Country man arrested Wednesday after a brief chase through Canyon Country faces a count of felony vandalism, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in San Francisquito Canyon 1 year ago remains unidentified

In early 2013, a Honduras woman in her mid-20s wearing a pink T-shirt and gray sweatpants crossed the border into the United States illegally with the help of human smugglers called "coyotes."

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

April 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Some precincts report heavy voting in Santa Clarita City Council election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election was heavier than normal for at least some precincts during the day, poll workers said Tuesday, though others reported an average or light turnout.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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