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Antonovich chides USFS, says it's failed to adopt fire fighting reforms

Federal agencies probing the deadly Station Fire of 2009 are dragging their feet, says Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich.

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


Crime down 15 percent in SCV during past year

Crime in the Santa Clarita Valley is down at least 15 percent over last year and more than 30 percent compared to five years ago, according to Sheriff's Department figures released Friday.

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


Officials look to limit sex offender

A registered sex offender spotted this week near the home of one of his victims might be forbidden to enter the entire neighborhood, if state officials get their way.

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


McKeon focuses on fundraising

Patricia McKeon, wife of U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially launched her campaign Thursday for state Assembly in November 2012.

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


Family angry over notice on pedophile

The mother of a boy molested by a registered sex offender was shocked to see his attacker out of prison and back on the street, having received no official notification of his release Saturday.

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


Fire touts new tactics

VAN NUYS - Lessons learned from the deadly Station Fire of 2009 have changed the way local firefighters do their jobs, fire officials said Tuesday.

September 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI-murder suspect out on $1M bail

An Agua Dulce man accused of murder and drunken driving in the crash that killed his neighbor while she was walking her dogs is out on $1 million bail.

September 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pool patrol sinks potential problem

It's 105 degrees, and Vector Control Specialist Jeremy Uhlenkott is ready for the swimming pool. Not to swim, but to work.

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


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August 27, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drug unit releases details from recent raid

A "huge" seizure of heroin this week, and the arrest since Monday of four alleged heroin dealers, are making a dent in local marketing of the drug, a local narcotics officer said Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drug unit releases details from recent raid

A "huge" seizure of heroin this week, and the arrest since Monday of four alleged heroin dealers, are making a dent in local marketing of the drug, a local narcotics officer said Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged in SFV dragnet

The suspect in a Chatsworth double killing who was shot and captured by police following a lengthy dragnet now faces multiple firearm charges, prosecutors announced today.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime: Woman arrested after investigators find meth, suspicious material and a 4-year-old girl

Crime investigators were testing material believed to be explosive Tuesday, which was discovered during the search of a Canyon Country home.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy frees baby from locked car

When temperatures soar near triple digits in the Santa Clarita Valley, you can't waste a single second with a baby left locked inside a car.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Three alleged heroin dealers arrested in Valencia

Three people were arrested on charges related to heroin dealing and drug paraphernalia was seized during a raid at a Valencia apartment complex, investigators said Tuesday.

August 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

January 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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