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Forest Service to allow aerial firefighting at night

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it will permit agency helicopters to attack wildfires at night in Southern California, a significant policy shift that follows complaints about its response to the deadly 2009 Station Fire.

August 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Knife brandishing on train leads to arrest in SCV

A man is behind bars this morning at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station after allegedly pulling a knife on a commuter aboard a Metrolink train, a sergeant said.

August 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fiancee memorialized by bench, plaque

In the shade of Agua Dulce's rustic landmark water tower near the town's long-standing hardware store is a monument of a different sort - a bench dedicated to the memory of Lori Lindlief on the anniversary of her death.

August 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nitrate water study in SCV

A controversial plan to use bacteria to remove harmful nitrates from groundwater in Acton was approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

August 15, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


5 injured in crash on Interstate 5

Five people were taken to hospitals, two with critical injuries, when their SUV hit a guardrail near Gorman Tuesday and flipped on Interstate 5, a California Highway patrol spokesman said.

August 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex, city hopeful on bill

A bill drafted by Sen. Barbara Boxer and promising to solve the impasse between Cemex and the city of Santa Clarita could be heard by a Senate committee in Washington next month, proponents of the bill said Monday.

August 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcyclist traumatically injured in Interstate 5 crash

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon following a crash on Interstate 5 near Gorman.

August 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rent money stolen from apartment complexes

Thieves stole rent money from three Santa Clarita Valley residents in separate incidents last week, local sheriff's deputies report.

August 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia mother’s campaign on reality TV show continues

A Valencia mother of three is headed for her final contest as a reality TV star this week and a prize of $250,000.

August 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Off-road crash leaves 1 hurt

An off-road enthusiast was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital Sunday after his quad went of the side off an embankment in Hungry Valley, a fire official said.

August 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Trio pleads innocent in Halloween shooting

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men ordered to stand trial for the Halloween shooting of a Canyon Country man entered pleas of not guilty Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court.

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


Woman survives plunge 75 feet off road into ravine

A woman plunged 75 feet into a ravine near the Bouquet Reservoir early Wednesday but suffered no significant injuries, fire officials said.

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


Man who hanged himself in Newhall is identified

After 10 days of searching, investigators with the county coroner's office have located the family of a man who hanged himself atop an utility pole in Newhall.

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


UPDATE: Two charged in January fatal crash

Two men identified as street racers were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with a fatal crash seven months ago that claimed the life of their friend, a 19-year-old Canyon Country man, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


UPDATE: 1 arrested in alleged Canyon Country knife threat

A 16-year-old boy was in custody Tuesday facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly threatened at knife point in Canyon Country, a local sheriff's official said.

August 07, 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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