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Accused molester pleads not guilty to charges

A 20-year-old Valencia man who is on trial for several sex offenses allegedly involving more than a dozen victims entered a plea of not guilty in San Fernando Superior Court today.

July 31, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quarrel leads to leap in front of car in Canyon Country

A 29-year-old man was rushed to hospital Monday afternoon after jumping in front of a car in an apparent bid to end his life, a local sheriff's spokesman said.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless man beating investigated as hate crime

The beating of a homeless man whipped with a belt and injured by its buckle while sleeping outside a Valencia business early Sunday morning is now being investigated as a hate crime, a local sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Injury crash sends woman to hospital

An early morning crash Sunday sent one woman to hospital and sent car parts crashing into a nearby bank, landing on a counter and "popping" open a money till, local sheriff's deputies report.

July 30, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall suicide investigation continues

The L.A. County Coroner's Department is investigating the death of a man who hanged himself atop an electrical utility pole in Newhall on Saturday.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4th collision within month on Highway 14

A two-car collision shut down southbound rush-hour commuter traffic on Highway 14 for nearly an hour Friday afternoon at Escondido Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car vs. bike crash leads to minor injuries

Local sheriff's deputies are looking into a Friday morning collision in North Valencia involving an off-duty law enforcement officer and a bicyclist, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces trial in fatal collision

A 68-year-old man ordered to stand trial for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Valencia that left a 65-year-old woman dead is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court next week.

July 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 vehicles hit hay bales on Highway 14

At least three vehicles hit bales of hay that fell from the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road where three recent traffic collisions occurred, including a 19-car pileup.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Three bound over for trial in Halloween murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men charged with murder in the Halloween shooting of a Canyon Country man were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on all criminal counts filed against them.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Bomb squad called out on suspicious package in Valencia

The bomb squad was called out Wednesday afternoon for a suspicious package left at a Valencia gas station, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former West Ranch High student dies in Arizona desert

A former West Ranch High School cheerleader who recently moved to Lake Havasu died of apparent heat exhaustion after she collapsed during a hike through the Arizona desert, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Autopsy pending on man found dead in Valencia

A man whose body was found in the backyard of a Valencia home Monday has been identified as 55-year-old Douglas Bert Vlaming, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim in I-5 rollover collision dies

The victim of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 5 who was airlifted to a hospital Monday has died, California Highway Patrol officers at the Fort Tejon office said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite radioactivity to be examined

County watchdogs monitoring radioactivity for the Department of Public Health are expected to do an independent survey of the depleted uranium detected during the ongoing Whittaker-Bermite cleanup, a state report says.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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