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Helipad opens this week at local hospital

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

August 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents reminded of dangers of heat

Local agencies issue safety warnings this week as summer temperatures posed particular threats for children and the elderly.

August 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bill viewed as a ‘last chance’ to stop mine

Legislation being carried by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the last hope for halting a giant pit mine in Soledad Canyon, city officials said Monday.

August 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cool times for ice cream trucks

He wears a familiar face of summer that kids know by sound instead of sight.

August 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father to hold vigil for daughter

The father of a young woman who died of head injuries last summer hopes a vigil in her honor tonight will assure well-wishers that she is not forgotten, and that justice is on its way.

July 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch

July 24

July 30, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The missing-metals mystery

The recent rash of valuable-metal thefts - including small amounts of platinum contained in more than a dozen recently stolen catalytic converters - has prompted local investigators to ferret out the people paying thieves for the stolen parts.

July 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Office furniture lands on freeway

The office came to office-bound motorists Friday morning when a large filing cabinet ended up in the middle of the freeway.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker receives fine for cleanup miscues

State water officials have fined Whittaker Corp. $84,000 for allegedly contaminating the Santa Clara River during the cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite site.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Plan calls for SCV to divide

The Santa Clarita Valley would be split between two state Senate districts if the latest maps for California's electoral landscape stand.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man robbed in Canyon Country

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three men in a pickup truck who allegedly robbed a man in Canyon Country shortly before noon today.

July 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County ordinance to give animal control better handle

County supervisors have unanimously approved an ordinance allowing animal-control officers greater latitude when it comes to determining whether a dog is vicious and whether it should be euthanized.

July 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to re-examine fees charged to developer

County officials have promised to take a second look at the fees they plan to charge a Castaic land developer for bridge building and road repairs in the area of Highway 126 and The Old Road.

July 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brass vases stolen from graves

Thieves stole at least 13 brass flower vases from graves at a local cemetery, a sheriff's investigator reports said Wednesday.

July 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Residents return home after train derailment in Littlerock results in evacuations

A train derailment in Littlerock Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of some homes in the area of the sparsely populated desert community, but no one was injured and none of the cars leaked, officials said.

July 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

May 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group of alleged petition 'blockers' arrested

Local sheriff's deputies have arrested three more alleged petition "blockers" as the deadline approaches for petitioners seeking to overturn a city ordinance allowing electronic billboards, sheriff's documents show.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thirsty bullet thief sought

A thief who apparently became thirsty after he kicked down the door of a local gun club and stole more than 3,000 bullets may be undone by fingerprints lifted off a refrigerator door, according to documents at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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