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Crime down in the SCV

County crime statistics released today show a steady drop in almost all crimes inside the Santa Clarita Valley over the last five years.

July 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Claremont man killed in dirt bike crash

The county coroner today identified a dirt-bike rider killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday in Acton.

July 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local officials help identify new reservoir in Northern California

Local water officials recently helped identify a new location for a reservoir in Northern California.

July 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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Appellate court rejects reversal in Newhall Ranch case

A California appellate court has ruled in favor of developers planning to build 21,000 homes on the banks of the Santa Clara River and has tossed out a 2012 court decision opposed to the project.

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


Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff's documents.

March 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet cleanup measures approved

U.S. Forest Service officials have approved the first of two emergency measures proclaimed by county supervisors last month in an effort to clean up the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and release much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir, a Los Angeles County spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff's official said.

March 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Work truck suspected as cause of brush fire near Gorman

A brush fire that burned more than 100 acres near Gorman on the weekend was apparently caused by the overheated undercarriage of a work truck, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

March 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 25-year-old found dead in apparent heroin overdose

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff officials logged what appears to be the first heroin overdose death of the year Tuesday with the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Newhall, law enforcement sources said.

March 18, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Man faces preliminary hearing in peace officer battery case

A preliminary hearing has been set for as Azusa man charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and battery of a peace officer following a struggle with law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol in August, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

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


UPDATE: Body found at burn site may be shooting victim

A man whose decomposed body was found near Gorman last weekend by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire was the victim of foul play and may have been shot, a homicide detective said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young chess players hit the boards for massive state tournament in Valencia

Scores of dueling chess players walked away from the Hyatt Regency Valencia Sunday hauling trophies almost as big as some of the competitors.

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


Remains discovered after fire

Human skeletal remains found in a rugged area burned by a brush fire east of Gorman are believed to be "years old," according to one of several investigators who scoured a blackened hillside Sunday.

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


One dead, one injured after car plunges off Lake Hughes Road

One man is dead and another "glad to be alive" after they both plunged 400 feet down a ravine in a pickup truck Friday night and were found 36 hours later, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol said.

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


VALENCIA: Motorcyclist injured in Sunday morning crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Sunday following a traffic collision involving a car and a "Ninja" motorcycle, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

March 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC student charged with misdemeanor battery

A 20-year-old College of the Canyons student is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following a skirmish on campus that left college football player Joey Cicoria with a bloody nose, according to college, law enforcement and district attorney sources.

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


An ease for the water squeeze

Six years ago when Santa Clarita Valley water officials told residents to cut back on their water use, a Valencia couple we shall call Jack and Jill complied by turning off their sprinklers.

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


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