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Chief’s suicide under scrutiny

VENTURA - A Los Angeles County Fire Department chief who committed suicide in a Ventura County parking lot last month may have been under investigation for contract irregularities, a Ventura County coroner's official confirmed.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heavy rains flood Southland freeways

Heavy rains contributed to a freeway crash near Magic Mountain Parkway on Saturday that sent four people to hospital with minor injuries.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The show must, and does, go on — for 24 hours

"Watch me pull an all-nighter out of my hat."

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boutique to benefit Valencia High choir

Some might expect Valencia High School choir students to sing for their dinner if they embarked on any sort of fundraising.

November 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County kills small projects

Regional planners pulled the plug Tuesday on permits to build close to a dozen houses on at least 10 lots across Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

November 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A family of veterans

All around the room at the Belcaro Community Grove House on Thursday were photos of smiling young Americans.

November 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A man and his Huey

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Whitlock Jones folds up a crease-battered map of Vietnam that drapes his kitchen table in Canyon Country.

November 11, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV plans veterans tributes

The little drummer boy statue at Veterans Historical Plaza has been getting a lot of visitors in recent weeks, and on Veterans Day, it is surely not going to be alone.

November 10, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local fire chief commits suicide

A Valencia family is mourning the self-inflicted shooting death of the man who built Santa Clarita Valley's fire stations.

November 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scooter-rider recovering from collision

A 25-year-old man remained hospitalized in fair condition on Monday after being hit by a pickup truck late Friday night.

November 08, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall hit-and-run victim fights for life

A hit-and-run victim is struggling to stay alive today after he was struck by vehicle in front of Hart High School in Newhall early Monday.

November 08, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Marathon takes scenic route Sunday; traffic detoured

Getting around town is expected to be a bittersweet experience this weekend - sweet for runners in the 2010 Santa Clarita Marathon, and not so sweet for motorists coping with several road closures.

November 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closing arguments in Stephens murder trial

Alleged killer Michael Dean Stephens sat still as a stone Wednesday as lawyers addressed the young man's intentions on a night three years ago when one man was left dead and another nearly dead after a drunken brawl.

November 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Notes draw ire in murder trial

Lawyers in the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens wrestled over how best to handle last-minute evidence Tuesday, as closing arguments are scheduled to begin today.

November 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘It’s about survival’

Jurors at the trial of accused killer Michael Dean Stephens got a crash course in the fight-or-flight syndrome, "high fear" and how our bodies respond to life-threatening situations.

November 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

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


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

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


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


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