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UPDATE: 9/11 tributes and service mark 12th anniversary of attacks

SANTA CLARITA - Whether they were packing boxes, painting wall or signing posters, scores of local volunteers got busy Wednesday honoring the 9/11 first responders in recognition of the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2013 | By Signal Staff Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in Highway 14 crash

SANTA CLARITA - A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning following a collision with an SUV on Highway 14 near Sierra Highway in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

September 11, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers, deputies continue search for missing teen

SANTA CLARITA - At least 10 volunteers spent Tuesday searching for missing 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa without luck, one of the searchers said.

September 10, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man gets 180 days in jail in DUI crash

SANTA CLARITA - A Fontana man has pleaded no contest to a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a collision last March that injured a woman, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

September 10, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: I-5 bridge lanes closed during Monday rush hour

SANTA CLARITA - Damage to the Interstate 5 bridge that spans Magic Mountain Parkway forced highway workers to close down three of the four southbound lanes Monday between 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Caltrans workers confirmed.

September 09, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two continents, one mission

As a trauma surgeon at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Ethiopia-born Dr. Gudata Hinika saves lives daily.

September 09, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds slog through SEB Mud Run in Castaic

When it comes to playing in the mud, leave to a kid to get it done right.

September 09, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mother of missing teen holds on to hope

The mother of a teenage boy missing for more than a week remains heartbroken as she awaits the outcome of an autopsy performed on the body of a man found burning Wednesday, she said.

September 09, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brushfire near I-5 out quickly

A brush fire sandwiched between the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 5 burned about five acres before it was extinguished Sunday, a Los Angeles County Fire Department official said.

September 09, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man arrested for allegedly harboring teen drug abuser

A Santa Clarita man was arrested this week on suspicion he concealed the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl struggling with drug abuse, a local sheriff's deputy said Thursday.

September 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: No identity yet on Castaic burned body

SANTA CLARITA - The body of a man found burning near Castaic Lake on Wednesday remained unidentified Thursday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said.

September 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Defendant pleads not guilty in 2012 murder

SANTA CLARITA - A Newhall man who was ordered to stand trial for murder in the stabbing death of another Newhall man in 2012 pleaded not guilty to the felony charge this week, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

September 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Backyard Butcher’ pleads not guilty to 3 counts

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man has pleaded not guilty to charges of animal slaughter and cruelty a little over a year after he was sentenced on similar charges and dubbed the "Backyard Butcher."

September 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Multiple-vehicle collision snarls freeway interchange

SANTA CLARITA - A multi-vehicle crash on the southbound interchange between Highway 14 and Interstate 5 this morning prompted swift response from emergency crews.

September 05, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: ‘Backyard Butcher’ arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man convicted of felony animal cruelty last year faces a similar charge following his arrest during Labor Day weekend, court records show, arrest records showed Tuesday.

September 03, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

January 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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