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Crime down 15 percent in SCV during past year

Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley is down at least 15 percent over last year and more than 30 percent compared to five years ago, according to Sheriff's Department figures released Friday.

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


Officials look to limit sex offender

A registered sex offender spotted this week near the home of one of his victims might be forbidden to enter the entire neighborhood, if state officials get their way.

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


McKeon focuses on fundraising

Patricia McKeon, wife of U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially launched her campaign Thursday for state Assembly in November 2012.

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


Family angry over notice on pedophile

The mother of a boy molested by a registered sex offender was shocked to see his attacker out of prison and back on the street, having received no official notification of his release Saturday.

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


Fire touts new tactics

VAN NUYS - Lessons learned from the deadly Station Fire of 2009 have changed the way local firefighters do their jobs, fire officials said Tuesday.

September 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI-murder suspect out on $1M bail

An Agua Dulce man accused of murder and drunken driving in the crash that killed his neighbor while she was walking her dogs is out on $1 million bail.

September 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pool patrol sinks potential problem

It's 105 degrees, and Vector Control Specialist Jeremy Uhlenkott is ready for the swimming pool. Not to swim, but to work.

August 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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August 27, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drug unit releases details from recent raid

A "huge" seizure of heroin this week, and the arrest since Monday of four alleged heroin dealers, are making a dent in local marketing of the drug, a local narcotics officer said Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drug unit releases details from recent raid

A "huge" seizure of heroin this week, and the arrest since Monday of four alleged heroin dealers, are making a dent in local marketing of the drug, a local narcotics officer said Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged in SFV dragnet

The suspect in a Chatsworth double killing who was shot and captured by police following a lengthy dragnet now faces multiple firearm charges, prosecutors announced today.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime: Woman arrested after investigators find meth, suspicious material and a 4-year-old girl

Crime investigators were testing material believed to be explosive Tuesday, which was discovered during the search of a Canyon Country home.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy frees baby from locked car

When temperatures soar near triple digits in the Santa Clarita Valley, you can't waste a single second with a baby left locked inside a car.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Three alleged heroin dealers arrested in Valencia

Three people were arrested on charges related to heroin dealing and drug paraphernalia was seized during a raid at a Valencia apartment complex, investigators said Tuesday.

August 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


$50,000 in jeans stolen from Stevenson Ranch store

For the second time in nine months, a Stevenson Ranch clothing store has been hit by thieves.

August 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Red flag warning issued in SCV

High winds and low humidity whipped up a brush fire at a homeless encampment Sunday afternoon, prompting firefighters to get a quick jump on it, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Presidential security buzzes the skies of the Santa Clarita Valley

The thunderous noise of fighter jets "buzzing" some Santa Clarita Valley homes Wednesday night turns out to be the byproduct of presidential protection during Barack Obama's visit to Los Angeles.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tips received in Newhall gun club theft

The release Wednesday of a video surveillance image depicting a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ammunition from a local gun club has produced tips from the public that are now being pursued by detectives, a deputy said.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

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


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

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


Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

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


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

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


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

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


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

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


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