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Vases taken off graves of veterans

In a particularly "despicable" act, thieves stole bronze vases from the graves of an estimated 100 war veterans - including those of young servicemen recently buried - at Eternal Valley Memorial Park cemetery, family victims and a company official say.

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


Toxic industry: Officials decry harmful fallout from illegal pot operations

Illegal pot growers are killing animals and vegetation in forested areas surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, law enforcement, forestry and university researchers say.

July 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supreme Court declines to hear Stephens appeal

The state Supreme Court declined to review the case of convicted murderer Michael Dean Stephens this week, a setback in efforts appeal his conviction.

July 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Deputy hurt in fist fight following traffic collision, authorities say

A local off-duty sheriff's deputy was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Thursday following a fist fight with a motorist involved in a Saugus traffic collision, fire and law enforcement sources confirmed.

July 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Brush fire erupts in Agua Dulce

Quick-acting firefighters doused a brush fire near Agua Dulce on Wednesday after it briefly shut down Soledad Canyon Road.

July 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Survivor of fatal Soledad Canyon Road crash still in coma

The man who survived last week's deadly crash on Soledad Canyon Road remained in a coma on Monday, according to friends.

July 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 trapped in crash on southbound Interstate 5

One man with unspecified injuries was reported trapped following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Castaic on Monday evening, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

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


Victim remains critical a week after Soledad Canyon Road crash

The man who survived last week's deadly crash on Soledad Canyon Road remained in a coma on Monday, according to friends.

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


UPDATE: McKeon releases loan documents to public

Dogged for more than half a year about his controversial loan dealings with the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp., U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has posted the details of that loan online.

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


Vandals damage junior high school in Canyon Country

Vandals trashed Sierra Vista Junior High school early Monday morning and now school officials are working with Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives to find them, a school spokeswoman said Monday.

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


Motorcycle crash victim remains critical

A young woman seriously injured in a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday remained in critical but stable condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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


High speed led to biker’s death

A Lancaster man who died in a motorcycle crash on Soledad Canyon Road Saturday was traveling fast when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, a coroner's spokesman said Sunday.

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


UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 injured in solo car crash in Canyon Country

One man is dead and another clinging to life in a hospital following a single-car crash in Canyon Country on Tuesday, a local sheriff's sergeant said.

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


Preliminary hearing begins in Halloween slaying

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their preliminary hearing Tuesday against three young men charged with murder in the death of a Canyon Country man on Halloween.

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


Couple charged for alleged pool sex

A Stevenson Ranch woman and a man from Los Angeles were arrested for allegedly engaging in sex in a community swimming pool, sheriff's deputies reported.

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


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Motorcyclist injured in SCV collision

A motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon following a collision with a Santa Clarita city truck, according to emergency response crews.

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


Stevenson Ranch woman offered deal in DUI-related fatal crash

SAN FERNANDO - A Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August has been given 18 days to decide on a plea deal extended to her by prosecutors in April.

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


2 taken to hospital following ‘Hamburger Hill’ collision

Three people were hurt, two of them taken to the hospital, following a multi-vehicle lunchtime crash today near an In-N-Out in the Santa Clarita Valley, a Fire Department spokesman said.

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


Hearing on Guglielmelli deal postponed to Friday

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife has five more days to decide whether to accept a plea deal offered to him.

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


More racers reported on Bouquet Canyon Road

Less than a week after a joint forces crackdown on reckless driving reported on Bouquet Canyon Road, officers of the California Highway Patrol officers were called to the same area for similar reports of reckless driving, a CHP officer said.

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


Plea deal deadline arrives in murder-for-hire case

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife is expected to announce his decision today about a plea deal offered to him by prosecutors.

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


Former Dodger Steve Garvey speaks at Congregation Beth Shalom

When 10-time All-Star and former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey was asked to play first base back in 1973, Dodgers manager Walter "Smokey" Alston asked him if he had experience at the position.

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


Soccer tournament draws hundreds to SCV

The big winner of this year's SCV Magic Cup soccer tournament was, according to the mothers of hungry competing kids, local restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery

Detectives are investigating a bank robbery attempt Friday at the Valencia Promenade Plaza at one of Santa Clarita Valley's busiest intersections, according to bank and law enforcement sources.

June 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire doused in gym at The Master’s College

Santa Clarita Valley firefighters worked "delicately" to contain a small fire that broke out Thursday in the ceiling of the newly renovated gymnasium at The Master's College, a fire spokesman said.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Students injured in car crash continue to improve

Five teenage girls injured in a late-night crash last weekend, including a Canyon High School sophomore who remains in the hospital in intensive care, continue to improve, according to a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

June 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Attorney: COC working toward settlement in voting rights case

LOS ANGELES - The Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights, an attorney told a judge Wednesday in court.

June 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Outlaw motorcycle club affiliate arrested in Newhall bar stabbing

After a month-long investigation into the stabbing of a father and son outside a Newhall bar, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives have arrested an affiliate of the outlawed Vagos Motorcycle Club on suspicion of attempted murder, a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in Highway 14 collision in SCV

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday following a two-car traffic collision on Highway 14 near Golden Valley Road, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teens in SCV weekend collision recovering

Two Santa Clarita Valley teens injured in a late-night crash last weekend were resting at home Monday, a third was due to go home and a fourth was released, although it was unclear whether she went home or to another hospital, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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