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School fire causes alarm in Saugus

A fire inside an old rooftop air conditioner at James Foster Elementary School in Saugus caused some concern for teachers and students Tuesday morning, a sheriff's sergeant said.

October 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Firefighters quickly douse school air conditioner fire

A fire inside an old rooftop air conditioner at James Foster Elementary School in Saugus caused some concern for teachers and students Tuesday morning, a sheriff's sergeant said.

October 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brother charged in Soledad Canyon Road death

The brother of a man killed in a single-car crash on Soledad Canyon Road last summer is scheduled to appear in court next month to face charges of both vehicular manslaughter and speeding.

October 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia bobcat, coyote sightings

Laura Tooma is afraid to let her three children play at their grandma's house in Valencia. All they can think of, she says, is "My goodness, Grandma, what big coyotes and bobcats and wildlife you have."

October 09, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Fall Fest seeks help

The spirit of volunteerism came early for Robginald Cayette on Sunday when his four children woke him up eager to help out at the annual Fall Fest/Make a Difference Day hosted by the NorthPark Community Church.

October 08, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia woman arrested in nationwide Medicare fraud sweep

A Valencia woman was arrested Thursday, one of 18 people rounded countywide and 91 arrested nationwide as part of a crackdown on Medicare fraud in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings.

October 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Homes may be inspected for softeners

Sanitation officials are launching a home inspection pilot program to crack down on residents clinging to illegal water softeners, officials announced Wednesday.

October 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire near Lake Elizabeth held to three acres

A brush fire near Lake Elizabeth that burned at least three acres Wednesday was extinguished in an hour following swift response from emergency crews, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV being treated for Oriental fruit flies

County agriculture officials are moving to eradicate the Oriental fruit fly from the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fire near Lake Elizabeth held to 3 acres

A brush fire near Lake Elizabeth that burned at least three acres this morning was extinguished in one hour following swift response from emergency crews, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

October 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keene murder trial continues

LANCASTER - A former bartender at the Valencia Country Club testified Thursday that the Agua Dulce man charged with hitting and killing his neighbor while drunk was regularly served alcoholic drinks and had to be sent home in a cab on occasion.

October 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver injured when big rig overturns near Gorman

A man was hospitalized today with a broken leg after his big rig gravel truck flipped on a surface street near Gorman, local fire officials confirmed.

October 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Friends honor deceased man

A man whose body was found in a car in Canyon Country last week is being remembered by scores of high school friends he knew 10 years ago.

October 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 held in string of burglaries

Two Valencia brothers were arrested Monday for a commercial burglary in Canyon Country and were being investigated for other recent burglaries in the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Car crashes into a pole near Magic Mountain

A motorist drove into a utility pole near Six Flags Magic Mountain shortly before noon today, California Highway Patrol officers reported.

October 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


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


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