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Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

January 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

January 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


Environmental groups call for governor to abandon Bay Delta Conservation Plan

SANTA CLARITA - A coalition of environmentalists called Monday for Gov. Jerry Brown to abandon his support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and instead invest in sustainable water projects.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nearly 500 homes planned for Castaic site

SANTA CLARITA - Los Angeles County planners are moving ahead with a nearly 500-home development on Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic where 200 luxury homes and a golf course designed by legend Arnold Palmer were previously planned.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in crash on Interstate 5 Monday

SANTA CLARITA - A woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard, a local fire station captain said.

January 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Multi-car collision closes part of I-5

About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled onto the ground near Castaic Sunday from a big rig involved in a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country murder victim identified

A coroner's investigator has identified the victim of a fatal stabbing Friday as 25-year-old Jose Eduardo Ocampo, of Canyon Country.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman scratches her way to $1M

A young Castaic woman who worked as for a store at a truck stop is now a millionaire.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robbery reported at fast food restaurant

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a brazen thief who snatched $100 from the hands of a fast food cashier in Canyon Country Thursday, according to documents filed by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

January 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baca to retire at end of month

SANTA CLARITA - Amid controversy over federal probes that led to the indictment of 18 sworn officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday he is retiring.

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


Baca schedules news conference; retirement announcement expected

SANTA CLARITA - As rumors of his expected retirement abound this morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference in Los Angeles.

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


Water supplies assessed as third year in row dawns dry

SANTA CLARITA - On the heels of two consecutive years of record low precipitation, early 2014 indicators - among them dwindling snow packs and continuing rainfall shortages - have water officials bracing for a third dry year in California.

January 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Santa Clarita man dies in off-roading rollover

A 44-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man died this weekend after his SUV rolled backward down a hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area in Canyon Country, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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


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


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