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Detectives look to talk to wife

Homicide detectives trying to close the book on a double murder-suicide two weeks ago in Valencia have answered many lingering questions, but they still want to talk to the woman who found her parents and husband dead Aug. 5, a detective said Thursday.

August 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Murderer points to wounds, fear in appeal

VAN NUYS - A convicted murderer who spent the last 15 years in prison denied Wednesday that he had any role in the slaying or dismemberment of the victim in the case.

August 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUIs drive murder charge

An Agua Dulce man accused of murder and drunken driving in the crash that killed his neighbor while she was out walking her dogs has two prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and a hit-and-run conviction, officials said Wednesday.

August 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall pizzeria robbed

Local sheriff's deputies were looking for a young man today in the armed robbery Tuesday night at a Newhall pizza shop.

August 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot in Canyon Country

A young man is recovering today from a gunshot wound to the shoulder following a shooting in Canyon Country late Tuesday night.

August 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Squad focuses on plan to stop gangs

A new Sheriff's Department night-time anti-gang squad is about to hit Santa Clarita Valley streets in search of gang members who come here to commit crimes, the local sheriff's captain said this week.

August 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


July 4 driver to face trial

SAN FERNANDO - A young woman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Newhall mother of three, who was crushed by a car during the 2010 Independence Day fireworks celebration.

August 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with murder in drunken driving case

An Agua Dulce man accused of being drunk when his car struck and killed his neighbor while she was out walking her dogs now faces four criminal charges, including murder.

August 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing begins in deadly July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - Video footage of a car slamming into a crowd of people watching the Fourth of July fireworks show in 2010 was shown today at the preliminary hearing of a young woman charged with vehicular manslaughter.

August 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash kills woman in Agua Dulce

All her life, Lori Lindlief wanted a dream home.

August 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man held in connection with gun

A 50-year-old man is in custody today after allegedly pulling a gun on "a bunch of kids on bicycles" who almost ran into him, a sheriff's official said.

August 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman killed by suspected drunken driver

A 56-year-old woman was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver while she was walking her dogs in Agua Dulce.

August 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch

Aug. 7

August 13, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fire in Canyon Country out

Firefighters knocked down a small blaze on Highway 14 Friday afternoon.

August 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUI checkpoint planned tonight

Local sheriff's deputies are setting up a drunk-driving checkpoint tonight.

August 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver arrested following high-speed chase on I-5

A 27-year-old man faces several criminal charges today following a high-speed chase that started in Orange County and ended in a scuffle with California Highway Patrol officers in Castaic Tuesday night, a CHP spokesman said.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman gets 3 days for leaving child in car

A Frazier Park woman was sentenced to three days in jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment for leaving an infant inside a car for half an hour.

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


UPDATE: 6 sheriff's personnel convicted in federal obstruction case

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita was among six sworn officers found guilty Tuesday of obstruction of justice for interfering with a federal civil rights investigation at the Men's Central Jail.

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


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


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