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Suspect nabbed quickly after appeal for public's help

Just 13 minutes after local sheriff's deputies issued a public plea to help find a gunman considered dangerous, they found their wanted man today.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Impaired-driver arrests remain high

Impaired-driving arrests continue to account for about half the arrests made in the Santa Clarita Valley, local law enforcement records indicate.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


District lines take shape

The redrawn electoral maps for state Assembly and Senate and for congressional districts have been certified, but a few challenges remain to the state's first citizens-drawn districts.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A House (very recently) divided

One morning, Congressman Elton Gallegly woke up in his Simi Valley home in his 24th Congressional District.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP receives state funds for DUI enforcement

The local fight to curb drunken driving got a boost from the federal government this week with the announcement of grants aimed at pumping up sobriety checkpoints.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies investigate attempted kidnapping

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Hispanic man in his late 30s in connection with an attempted kidnapping in Canyon Country this morning.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured after crashing into Caltrans truck

A Lancaster man was taken to the hospital late Tuesday after a car reportedly ran into the back of a Caltrans truck assigned to "re-stripping" a portion of Highway 14 in the Newhall area, California Patrol Officers said.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brown's attorney says she won't get the 'Lindsay Lohan treatment'

The young woman sentenced in connection with the Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three won't be out of jail anytime soon, her lawyer says.

November 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcyclist sought in dragnet in Valencia

A motorcyclist hit another motorist and then crashed his bike after fleeing the scene Monday, then took off on foot into the Santa Clara River bed and eluded deputies.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County planners OK light pollution districts

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reflection of quality

Working together and working hard are what earned McGrath Elementary School its Blue Ribbon status recently, and on Sunday the school's teachers, parents and students applied that same work ethic to raise money for a "well-deserved" party.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church hosts holiday boutique

Scores of visitors to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church got an early feel for Christmas on Sunday when they attended a boutique at the church.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group hosts meal to raise funds for wounded vets

Sunday breakfast with the local Elks proved both tasty and rewarding.

November 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stories of their service

From poetry and sketches to story-telling, Spam-eating and cake-cutting, World War II vets are giving Santa Clarita Valley residents a chance to see, hear and taste the war from their perspective this Veterans Day.

November 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets 99 days in July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - After an emotional morning of tears and apology for having taken the life of Matilde Garnica with her car on Independence Day last year, Melissa Brown was handcuffed and led from Superior Court to begin serving 99 days in the county jail.

November 10, 2011 | 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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