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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


Explosives found in Canyon Country home to be tested today

Crime investigators are testing material believed to be explosives today after the substances were found in a Canyon Country home.

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


Vase thefts add to grief

Thieves keep stealing metal vases from the grave of a local boy who died of leukemia five years ago, and the boy's frustrated father wants something done about it.

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


3 held in grand theft investigation

A Valencia receptionist and two transients are being held in custody today on felony charges of grand theft in connection with an ongoing sheriff's investigation.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cause of pool-area death remains unknown

Investigators with the county coroner's office looking into the suspected drowning death in Valencia of a 41-year-old man two weeks ago are waiting on the results of toxicology tests before they announce how he died.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE Motorcyclist killed on 405

California Highway Patrol officers have identified the motorcyclist killed Monday morning on Interstate 405.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride levels might make treatment plant a wash

For nine of the past 13 months, water in the Santa Clara River has crossed the Ventura County line below pollution limits set by water-quality officials, the latest water-quality numbers reveal.

August 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Riders halted by sign

Mountain bikers are at least temporarily banned from a popular Placerita Canyon Nature Center trail, even though they've been riding there for more than a decade.

August 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: From the Sheriff's Department logs

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August 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives look to talk to wife

Homicide detectives trying to close the book on a double murder-suicide two weeks ago in Valencia have answered many lingering questions, but they still want to talk to the woman who found her parents and husband dead Aug. 5, a detective said Thursday.

August 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Murderer points to wounds, fear in appeal

VAN NUYS - A convicted murderer who spent the last 15 years in prison denied Wednesday that he had any role in the slaying or dismemberment of the victim in the case.

August 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUIs drive murder charge

An Agua Dulce man accused of murder and drunken driving in the crash that killed his neighbor while she was out walking her dogs has two prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and a hit-and-run conviction, officials said Wednesday.

August 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: SCV firefighters prep for worst day yet

Los Angeles County fire officials upped firefighter staffing countywide and extended a fire danger warning into Thursday, preparing for the crescendo of the current Southern California heat wave.

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


20-year-old vandal serves 1 month, gets 3 years probation

A 20-year-old man found guilty in December of spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and a Valencia home was placed on three years probation Wednesday after serving 28 days in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


UPDATED: Canyon Country man arrested in gun club theft

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies acting on a tip have arrested the man they believe is the gun club burglar, recovering all the loot stolen from a Newhall gun club - except a bottle of water, a sheriff's deputy said Tuesday.

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


Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday

It's time to leave your car at home, dust off that bike in the garage and peddle to work because Thursday is the 11th annual Bike to Work Day.

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


Valencia man gets 10 days in jail for failure to appear

A Santa Clarita Valley man convicted two years ago of pointing a laser at an aircraft has been sentenced to 10 days in county jail for failing to appear in court to update the judge on his community service.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup plan set for public comment

State officials prepped to unveil their seven-year plan to clean up contaminated groundwater on the Whittaker-Bermite site have extended the public comment period from 30 to 49 days in anticipation of an enthusiastic response from the community.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father pleads not guilty in son’s stabbing

A 56-year-old man ordered to stand trial for the stabbing of his son has pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus stuntman planning record-breaking firewalk

Three years ago, Saugus stuntman Jayson Dumenigo set the world record for being on fire for the longest period of time - and surviving.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grieving moms get a Mother's Day gift

Some Santa Clarita Valley mothers received an unexpected Mother's Day gift from the folks at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary Sunday as part of the park's annual Mother's Day raffle.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman arrested at gunpoint in mall parking lot

An intoxicated woman who allegedly stole a taxi cab at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall Sunday was arrested at gunpoint by local sheriff's deputies, a sheriff's spokesman said.

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


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


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