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Driver gets 99 days in July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - After an emotional morning of tears and apology for having taken the life of Matilde Garnica with her car on Independence Day last year, Melissa Brown was handcuffed and led from Superior Court to begin serving 99 days in the county jail.

November 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Melissa Brown apologizes to Garnica family during sentencing hearing

SAN FERNANDO - Melissa Brown stood up in San Fernando Superior Court today and faced the family of the woman whose life she took with her car on Independence Day last year.

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


Drive on to repeal Dream Act

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon is supporting a drive to repeal the "Dream Act," which is designed to help illegal immigrants attend California college.

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


UPDATE: Two men injured in early morning crash

A Reseda man seriously injured in a crash Tuesday with a big rig tractor trailer in Castaic was improving at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


Jogger objects to apparently naked filming in Valencia

A jogger got an eyeful on his morning run Monday when he spotted seemingly naked people being filmed by the bike path.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies crack down on hard-to-reach areas of Canyon Country

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people on drug-related charges and issued warnings to at least eight others Monday during a crackdown in difficult-to-patrol areas in Canyon Country.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Speed and rain suspected in fatal crash

California Highway Patrol investigators say wet roads and high speeds were factors in Sunday's single-car crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Valencia man.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dogs on freeway cause concern

Two dogs loose on the freeway added extra grief for Monday morning commuters today.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids take Final Mile to healthy future

Kids at the starting line of Sunday's Final Mile Challenge started chanting before they started running.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A well-hydrated run

It was a dark and stormy race but by the end of the day the 2011 Santa Clarita Marathon proved a bright spot in the day for those who persevered.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Heavy fire guts Valencia building

Fire gutted the ground floor of the vacant Greens restaurant on McBean Parkway near Valencia Boulevard Sunday afternoon.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Young man identified in fatal highway crash

The county coroner has identified the man who died in a single-vehicle incident Sunday morning on Highway 14 just south of Agua Dulce as Brandon Paul Silva, 20, of Valencia.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspicious package at mall causes concern

A suspicious package found at the mall turned out to be trash but, for a while, caused some concern.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy injured in two-car crash

A 7-year-old Lee Vining boy was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning following a two-car collision on Interstate 5 near Highway 126.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father questions soldier security

The sun had risen just a few hours earlier over Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Afghanistan on March 19 when the American troops began cleaning their weapons.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Bombshell Bandit’ suspected in third bank robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in a third bank robbery, this time in San Diego, FBI officials said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bombshell Bandit now suspect in Ariz. robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in an Arizona bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A weekend of RC racing

The 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout has become not only a tradition for remote car competitors in the Santa Clarita Valley but for enthusiasts across the country, according to some faithful returnees.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in single-car crash

Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle crash near the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road Sunday, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

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


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

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


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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


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