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A quest for street safety

As Bob Skerstonas stands over a white cross hammered into a roadside cluster of dusty flowers, a roaring 18-wheel truck sends sand over his cowboy boots.

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


Couple in murder-suicide identified

An elderly married couple who were shot and killed Friday by a retired local dentist lived in an upscale Beverly Hills-area retirement hotel, The Signal has learned following the release Sunday of the couple's identities.

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


Burglar says he's just a repairman

Deputies were searching Monday for a man who attempted to break into a woman's Canyon Country home Sunday night and, when confronted by the homeowner, told her he was an air conditioning repair man.

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


Fire forces some closures in Antelope Valley

Homeward-bound commuters heading for the Antelope Valley today might want to consider alternate routes to Highway 14 as emergency crews deal with a small but stubborn brush fire.

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


UPDATE: Man found dead in Valencia-area pool

Sheriff's deputies are looking into the suspected drowning death of a Los Angeles man whose body was found in the deep end of a swimming pool in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Bridgeport

A retired local dentist returned from an assisted living home in Los Angeles with his wife's aging parents, pulled in the driveway of his Bridgeport home and shot both in-laws as they sat in the car, then shot himself, according to a homicide detective detailing the double-murder-suicide in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies ID suspect in Castaic standoff

The young man arrested in Castaic in connection with Wednesday's four-hour standoff with local sheriff's deputies had been arrested on drug charges last month, and the month before that, records indicate.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives search for suspect in ID-theft

Local detectives want the public's help in identifying a woman who they say is impersonating someone else in a case of identity theft.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewage spilled on Interstate 5

It was a hot, stinky ride for motorists around lunchtime today as more than 30 gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local wells replenishing slowly, surely

While the drought may be over, local wells are replenishing a little more slowly than wells in Northern California, but just as surely.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect in Castaic barricade surrenders

A suspected burglar was led handcuffed from his mother's Castaic home Wednesday following a four-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Henry Mayo offers helipad access

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its new helipad this week and on Tuesday was awaiting its first patient to arrive by air at the new location.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


When inmates can’t get into hot water

At least five men booked into holding cells at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were transferred to the Crescenta Valley station Tuesday when a water heater broke down.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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