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July DUIs might hit triple digits

About half of all criminal suspects booked by sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers so far this month in the SCV were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, a survey by The Signal shows.

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


Agua Dulce man seeks changes to ‘dangerous’ stretch of road

An Agua Dulce man has started a petition to improve the safety of a 10-mile stretch of Sierra Highway that's seen 210 accidents since 1997, he says.

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


District dispute may be headed to court

Claims of bias lodged against a redistricting commissioner increase the chance California's electoral map will be drawn by judges, not those assigned to the task, a local elected official said Friday.

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


Brass whistle taken from history buffs

Thieves scavenging the night for valuable metals have stolen the brass train whistle from the SCV Historical Society's steam locomotive.

July 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 more catalytic converters stolen

Local sheriff's deputies have added two more catalytic converter thefts to their growing list of car-butcherings for the coveted parts.

July 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chase ends in office crash

Chiropractor Karl E. Standifer spends his days putting people's bodies right, but on Wednesday, he spent all day putting his office back in shape after a wayward Sheriff's Department cruiser slammed into it.

July 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drowned man dived for anchor

More details emerged Wednesday surrounding the drowning of a Reseda man at Castaic Lake on Sunday.

July 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's cruiser crashes into strip mall during pursuit

A sheriff's cruiser crashed into a Saugus strip mall while chasing a motorist who ran a red light, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said today.

July 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man drowns in Castaic

Investigators looking into the Castaic Lake drowning Sunday of a Reseda man are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests stemming from an autopsy done on the man's body.

July 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County officials say water report needs context

A study examining water quality throughout Los Angeles County needs more context to identify trends and point legislators in the right direction toward maintaining safe drinking water, county Mayor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday.

July 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV rides stripped of precious valuables

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station have responded to at least a half-dozen reports of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles during the past week, most being SUVs made by Toyota.

July 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials await reports on man who drowned at Castaic Lake

Investigators looking into the Castaic Lake drowning Sunday of a Reseda man are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests stemming from an autopsy done on the man's body.

July 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assault with deadly weapon charge filed

A 24-year-old man is behind bars today for allegedly pointing a firearm at someone in Canyon Country Monday afternoon.

July 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire burns home in Newhall

Firefighters battled a house fire overnight in Newhall.

July 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV land deals to get axed

More than 70 land development deals slated for the Santa Clarita Valley are likely to get the ax in the next few months, a county planning official said Monday.

July 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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1 injured, 2 dogs found after I-5 rollover in Valencia

Two dogs left stranded on the highway Sunday morning after the pickup truck they were in crashed and sent the driver to the hospital are "doing well" at the Castaic Animal Care Center, a center spokesman said.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


From helper to author

From the time she was a little girl running barefoot through the woods, bringing wounded animals home to mend, Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks has made it her mission to care for animals, she said, and now she's put her journey in writing.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic brush fire knocked down

Sparks from the broken axel of a vehicle towing a boat may have started a small brush fire in Castaic Sunday afternoon, according to emergency response crews.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in I-5 collision

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Sunday following a traffic collision near Gorman involving the motorcycle and a truck, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Son recovers from knife attack allegedly committed by father

A 24-year-old man stabbed several times, allegedly by his father, has been released from the hospital and has left the state to visit his mother, a person close to the man said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man arrested on assault charge

A Canyon Country man was arrested on suspicion he assaulted someone with a deadly weapon following an alleged knife incident Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gorman crash victim identified as Fontana man

California Highway Patrol officers Wednesday identified the truck driver killed in a Tuesday Interstate 5 truck crash as 42-year-old Richard Topete of Fontana.

March 26, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Legacy teacher arrested for inappropriate conduct

A teacher at a private Santa Clarita elementary and middle school was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old student, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Man killed in two-truck crash near Gorman

A box truck and a tanker fully loaded with jet fuel collided on Interstate 5 near Gorman on Tuesday, killing the tanker truck driver.

March 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car hits butterfly sculpture

The butterfly sculpture that adorns a median near Central Park in Saugus was packed up and taken to Santa Clarita City Hall on Monday after it was hit by a car.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD chaplain injured in bike incident

A Los Angeles Police Department chaplain was injured in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in Valencia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 24, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


You’ve got a friend in her

Sarah Kennedy is fast becoming Santa Clarita Valley's ambassador of goodwill for kids with special needs - one gumball at a time.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals strike again in Castaic

Local sheriff's deputies already investigating incidents of vandalism at Castaic school classrooms and, more recently, to cars parked on the street now have more incidents of vandalism to add to their list.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Massage parlor crackdown conducted in Newhall

A crackdown on Newhall massage parlors Wednesday netted one arrest for prostitution and several citations for city code violations, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

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


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