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'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge grants extension in Agua Dulce alleged drunken driving death

A lawyer representing an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car has been granted more time to prepare his reconstruction of the deadly collision.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


No second rider in car during Sunday’s fatal collision, investigator says

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman who died after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday was the only person in the car, the lead investigator in the case said Monday.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man apprehended after trying to jump into cars in Castaic

There were tense moments for some Castaic residents Monday when a man kept trying to "jump inside people's cars," a local sheriff's sergeant said.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Senior on the run ‘doing her own thing’

An 87-year-old woman with a history of disappearance, now missing for more than a week, is driving around California apparently unharmed, not in trouble and "doing her own thing," according to the woman's niece.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A bright light sight

More than 200 people showed up at Central Park to see the biggest star around - the sun.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Canyon Country woman dies in crash

A 30-year-old Canyon Country woman is dead after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A test to save lives

VAL VERDE - A handheld power saw cuts through a cluster of tumbled concrete blocks, showering the local firefighter with sparks.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


411 page for the 38th Assembly District candidates

Click on the following links for a profile on the candidates seeking the 38th Assembly District seat. The top two vote-getters in California's June 5 primary election will appear on the ballot in November.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Edward Headington

San Fernando Valley businessman Edward W. Headington is the only Democratic contender in the 38th Assembly District race, a distinction he's proudly exploited his entire campaign.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Patricia McKeon

Patricia McKeon wants to go to Sacramento representing the 38th Assembly District, where she wants to apply some of the common sense she's acquired raising six kids.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Paul Strickland

Paul Strickland knows more about being elected than any of his opponents in the race for the 38th Assembly District seat.

May 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt | 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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