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Man shot in Canyon Country

A man was hospitalized Tuesday after being shot in Canyon Country Monday night in the area of Jakes Way.

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


AV fire out with no structure damage

A brush fire destroyed 10 power poles and burned 24 acres in the area of Pearblossom Highway and Sierra Highway on Monday night, but no structures were damaged.

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


A quest for street safety

As Bob Skerstonas stands over a white cross hammered into a roadside cluster of dusty flowers, a roaring 18-wheel truck sends sand over his cowboy boots.

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


Couple in murder-suicide identified

An elderly married couple who were shot and killed Friday by a retired local dentist lived in an upscale Beverly Hills-area retirement hotel, The Signal has learned following the release Sunday of the couple's identities.

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


Burglar says he's just a repairman

Deputies were searching Monday for a man who attempted to break into a woman's Canyon Country home Sunday night and, when confronted by the homeowner, told her he was an air conditioning repair man.

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


Fire forces some closures in Antelope Valley

Homeward-bound commuters heading for the Antelope Valley today might want to consider alternate routes to Highway 14 as emergency crews deal with a small but stubborn brush fire.

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


UPDATE: Man found dead in Valencia-area pool

Sheriff's deputies are looking into the suspected drowning death of a Los Angeles man whose body was found in the deep end of a swimming pool in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Bridgeport

A retired local dentist returned from an assisted living home in Los Angeles with his wife's aging parents, pulled in the driveway of his Bridgeport home and shot both in-laws as they sat in the car, then shot himself, according to a homicide detective detailing the double-murder-suicide in Valencia on Friday.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies ID suspect in Castaic standoff

The young man arrested in Castaic in connection with Wednesday's four-hour standoff with local sheriff's deputies had been arrested on drug charges last month, and the month before that, records indicate.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives search for suspect in ID-theft

Local detectives want the public's help in identifying a woman who they say is impersonating someone else in a case of identity theft.

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kibosh put on county proposal

County planners killed one proposed development this week that would add 335 homes up Interstate 5 from Castaic, but another developer is moving ahead with a 23,000-home "mini-city" in Tejon Pass.

August 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewage spilled on Interstate 5

It was a hot, stinky ride for motorists around lunchtime today as more than 30 gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local wells replenishing slowly, surely

While the drought may be over, local wells are replenishing a little more slowly than wells in Northern California, but just as surely.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect in Castaic barricade surrenders

A suspected burglar was led handcuffed from his mother's Castaic home Wednesday following a four-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team.

August 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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No criminal charges in May 31 SCV traffic collision

No criminal charges are expected in a single-car crash last May that left five teenage girls injured, one seriously, according to a traffic collision investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big cleanup ahead in SCV

As the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated soil and the air above it continues in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, with much of the cleansing infrastructure in place, crews are now poised to implement its water decontamination plan.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: CLWA's water rate increase thrown out

Editor's note: This version corrects the previous, which incorrectly stated the agency to which he referred in his "cheap shot" quote.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall eye doctor blindsided by break-in

A Newhall eye doctor never saw it coming.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 SCV retailers arrested in illegal drug sales sweep

Deputies carried out a sweep of four local tobacco stores this week, looking for sales of synthetic marijuana compounds commonly called "bath salts" or "spice," a Santa Claita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


State officials still inspecting amusement park following coaster crash

State inspectors returned to Six Flags Magic Mountain Wednesday as they continued their assessment of the Ninja roller coaster ride derailed Monday by a falling tree.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Deputies arrest bank employee

A Santa Clarita Valley bank employee has been arrested on suspicion of using bank information to steal thousands of dollars from customers, a sheriff's deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Resident delivers explosives to SCV Sheriff’s Station

A woman found a box marked "explosives" in a storage unit and took it to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Wednesday, prompting a swift response by sheriff's bomb squad detectives.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Ninja coaster remains closed as officials investigate fallen tree that left riders stranded

A state public safety agency wants to know what made a tree fall on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, derailing the first car and injuring two occupants.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 injured, riders stranded on Magic Mountain ride

Two young men sitting in the first car of the Ninja roller coaster were hurt in an accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain late Monday afternoon, which stranded 22 people on the thrill ride for more than two and a half hours, according to park and fire officials.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Airsoft gun assault, burglary

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a burglary at a store that sells Airsoft guns was also arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with such a gun earlier the same night, according to sheriff and court records.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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