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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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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


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


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