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Local stations fight Piru fire

More than 200 firefighters struggled to contain a brush fire that consumed at least 125 acres north of Lake Piru on the Ventura County line, fire officials said.

August 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch

July 23

August 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officer injured in crash

A Los Angeles Police Department officer suffered "moderate injuries" Sunday afternoon in a traffic collision, a CHP officer said.

August 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sex offender released on parole again

A registered sex offender living in Canyon Country is back on the street today, less than six weeks after his arrest for violating his parole.

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


Man beaten on way to Metrolink station

Two men were arrested Thursday morning after a commuter was attacked on his way to the Metrolink in Canyon Country, a local sheriff's sergeant said.

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


Vigil held 2 years after death

The vigil held in Rosemary Flynn's honor Tuesday night at Canyon Country Park was a celebration of her life, an organizer said, although it was held on the second anniversary of her death.

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


UPDATE: Firefighters knock down house fire

A family was displaced Tuesday after fire gutted their Canyon Country home.

July 31, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial set in drunken driving/murder case

A trial date has been set for an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

July 31, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former COC trustee pleads guilty to soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet

A former College of the Canyons trustee has entered a plea of guilty on a charge that he solicited a minor for sex over the Internet, a court official said Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Accused molester pleads not guilty to charges

A 20-year-old Valencia man who is on trial for several sex offenses allegedly involving more than a dozen victims entered a plea of not guilty in San Fernando Superior Court today.

July 31, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quarrel leads to leap in front of car in Canyon Country

A 29-year-old man was rushed to hospital Monday afternoon after jumping in front of a car in an apparent bid to end his life, a local sheriff's spokesman said.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless man beating investigated as hate crime

The beating of a homeless man whipped with a belt and injured by its buckle while sleeping outside a Valencia business early Sunday morning is now being investigated as a hate crime, a local sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Injury crash sends woman to hospital

An early morning crash Sunday sent one woman to hospital and sent car parts crashing into a nearby bank, landing on a counter and "popping" open a money till, local sheriff's deputies report.

July 30, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall suicide investigation continues

The L.A. County Coroner's Department is investigating the death of a man who hanged himself atop an electrical utility pole in Newhall on Saturday.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4th collision within month on Highway 14

A two-car collision shut down southbound rush-hour commuter traffic on Highway 14 for nearly an hour Friday afternoon at Escondido Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior 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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