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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


Car vs. bike crash leads to minor injuries

Local sheriff's deputies are looking into a Friday morning collision in North Valencia involving an off-duty law enforcement officer and a bicyclist, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces trial in fatal collision

A 68-year-old man ordered to stand trial for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Valencia that left a 65-year-old woman dead is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court next week.

July 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 vehicles hit hay bales on Highway 14

At least three vehicles hit bales of hay that fell from the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road where three recent traffic collisions occurred, including a 19-car pileup.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Three bound over for trial in Halloween murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men charged with murder in the Halloween shooting of a Canyon Country man were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on all criminal counts filed against them.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Bomb squad called out on suspicious package in Valencia

The bomb squad was called out Wednesday afternoon for a suspicious package left at a Valencia gas station, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former West Ranch High student dies in Arizona desert

A former West Ranch High School cheerleader who recently moved to Lake Havasu died of apparent heat exhaustion after she collapsed during a hike through the Arizona desert, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Autopsy pending on man found dead in Valencia

A man whose body was found in the backyard of a Valencia home Monday has been identified as 55-year-old Douglas Bert Vlaming, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim in I-5 rollover collision dies

The victim of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 5 who was airlifted to a hospital Monday has died, California Highway Patrol officers at the Fort Tejon office said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite radioactivity to be examined

County watchdogs monitoring radioactivity for the Department of Public Health are expected to do an independent survey of the depleted uranium detected during the ongoing Whittaker-Bermite cleanup, a state report says.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Two injured in Canyon Country crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car and a big rig hauling cement cylinders collided on Soledad Canyon Road, spilling more than 50 gallons of diesel, according to emergency response officials.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Possible Bombshell Bandit arrested in Nevada

A woman suspected of robbing a bank in Utah and being chased across the state line into Nevada may be the Bombshell Bandit, wanted for three bank robberies including one in the Santa Clarita Valley in June, a police sergeant said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Personal documents rival loot on burglars’ to-get lists

Burglars and thieves are finding a new treasure trove of loot in Santa Clarita Valley homes and cars, not hidden away in safes or shoeboxes, but rather in plain sight on desk tops or tucked away in desk drawers. That treasure is personal information.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV gets sprinkled

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions linger years after man’s murder

On Feb. 5, 2011, thousands across the country got together with friends to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Ricardo Lopez got together with friends too - and was never seen again.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Jewish community shows support for Israel

Santa Clarita Valley's Jewish community showed its support for Israel Sunday when rabbis from three congregations spearheaded a demonstration of unity.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured in solo vehicle crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday morning following a single-car crash on San Franciscquito Canyon Road, fire officials said.

August 03, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

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


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

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


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

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


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

July 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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