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Lockdown lifted at Pitchess

Things are back to normal at the Pitchess Detention Center this morning after a major fight broke out among inmates Sunday.

October 10, 2011 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


The path to road safety

County engineers are now looking at improving a remote stretch of Lake Hughes Road that recently claimed the life of one man and almost killed another.

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


Funds raised in soldier’s honor

A scholarship set up in honor of fallen Army paratrooper Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig saw its first inaugural barbecue fundraiser Sunday with organizers hoping the event becomes an annual one honoring local men and women who died serving their country.

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


UPDATED: 161 dogs and cats find homes at pet fair

Hundreds of curious dogs, and some mildly amused cats, put the "Wow" in the 11th annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair Sunday as pet owners turned out in force with their pets - and some people signed on to become new pet owners.

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


Car over embankment at Lake Hughes Road

Emergency crews responded to reports a car went over an embankment on Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road on Sunday afternoon.

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


Castaic woman dies in crash

A 20-year-old Castaic woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and struck a utility pole early Sunday morning, a coroner's spokeswoman said.

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


The evolution of big top

No lions, no tigers, no bears will be found under the Circus Vargas big top, a spokeswoman for the traveling troupe said Thursday.

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


Family hopes to spread message

The family of a West Los Angeles man who lay dead at the bottom of a ravine for two weeks plans to launch a public campaign to ensure elderly drivers have a cellphone with them so they can be found if something similar happens to them.

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


Jailhouse owner threatens lawsuit

After weeks of back-and-forth spats with the city over his property next to ongoing construction of Santa Clarita's new Newhall library, the owner of the century-old Newhall Jail says he's now thinking of suing the city.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rainfall makes road rough for drivers

Rain-drenched roadways kept emergency-response crews busy Wednesday with traffic collisions across the county, including at least a half-dozen in the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three sought in robbery

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three men in connection with an early morning robbery at a convenience store.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors OK Landmark Village

County supervisors heard testimony for a zone change on the first phase of Newhall Land Development Inc.'s proposed Newhall Ranch on Tuesday and indicated they would likely approve it.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewer fees could go up under county annexation

County supervisors voted Tuesday to annex parts of unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley into the county's sewer maintenance district, which could result in higher fees for sewer service in those areas.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body from ravine officially identified

The man whose body was pulled Friday from a wrecked car at the bottom of a steep ravine on Lake Hughes Road has been officially identified as 88-year-old Melvin Gelfand.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manslaughter suspect held for vandalism

A Canyon Country man facing felony charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been charged with four additional felony counts for allegedly vandalizing four different people's cars, officials said Monday.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup moves ahead

The seven-year plan to clean up groundwater on the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site will be tweaked according to comments made by concerned Santa Clarita Valley residents, according to the state agency monitoring the cleanup.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies arrest one more suspect in Canyon Country bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested one juvenile and are looking for another youth following raids on two locations today, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV jail death appears to be heroin related

Jenna Marie Coleman, found dead in a jail cell Saturday, appears to be Santa Clarita Valley's latest heroin-related casualty, according to a sergeant with the local sheriff's narcotics section.

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


Victim of Pyramid Lake boating accident identified

The victim of a fatal boating accident on Pyramid Lake Sunday has been identified as 52-year-old Rick Tanovan, of West Covina, as the lake search for his friend, continues, according to county sheriff and coroner officials.

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


Deliberations continue in FBI obstruction-of-justice case with new juror on panel

One juror was replaced with an alternate today as deliberations entered their second week in the trial of six Sheriff's Department sworn personnel accused of obstructing the FBI in its investigation of jail wrongdoing.

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


Woman injured in Newhall hit & run

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday after a motorist allegedly hit her car as she was getting something out of the vehicle, an investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Traffic Section said.

June 30, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

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


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

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


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

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


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

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


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

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


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