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Annual party for children with cancer spreads the holiday cheer

More than 180 kids got a chance to meet Santa and go home with a gift or two Sunday at the annual Michael Hoefflin Foundation & Golden Valley High School Holiday Party for Kids with Cancer.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fry-filled big rig crashes on I-5

Do you want fries with that accident?

December 22, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man arrested fourth time in 6 months

SANTA CLARITA - A Valencia man arrested three times in the last six months - picking up charges for burglary and drug possession - was arrested a fourth time this week, a prosecutor's spokesman said.

December 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LASD Lt., Valencia resident charged in FBI probe

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita has been identified as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

December 19, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial held for longtime SCV fire captain

SANTA CLARITA - A well-loved and highly respected local fire captain who died of cancer this month was honored Wednesday at a memorial service followed by a funeral procession across the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Not guilty’ plea entered in Canyon Country murder-for-hire case

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife pleaded not guilty today to charges of attempted murder and solicitation of murder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession will halt traffic this morning

SANTA CLARITA - A funeral procession Wednesday morning for Fire Captain John David Mazzocco, from Grace Baptist Church to Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, is expected to stop traffic at intersections along its route, according to local fire and sheriff's officials.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church concert draws hundreds

Thousands of parishioners were filled with the sound of Christmas Sunday as Grace Baptist Church capped its three-day Christmas festival of song.

December 17, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Some 100 Christmas trees stolen from lot

SANTA CLARITA - In Grinch-like fashion, thieves made off with more than 100 Christmas trees from a Newhall nursery during the weekend, one of the company's managers said Monday.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gunshot fired at passing car in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Local sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting in Canyon Country that left a Palmdale couple shaken and concerned, a deputy said.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver injured in Agua Dulce as truck runs off road

A truck driver was injured and airlifted to the hospital Monday after his truck went down an embankment and flipped over in Agua Dulce, firefighters said.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies probing spate of purse-snatchings

Local sheriff's deputies continue to probe a rash of "strong arm" purse-snatching robberies including the "knock down" of a woman in Canyon Country which brings the list of such cases locally to at least six in the last week, an average of about one a day.

December 16, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man assaulted, robbed in Valencia park

A man who was robbed of his bicycle then beaten unconscious and left bleeding for more than two hours at a Valencia park was taken to a hospital Wednesday, The Signal has learned.

December 16, 2013 | Victim left bleeding in Bridgeport Park after being beaten unconscious in bicycle theft | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man illustrates state sex offender trend

On the same day last month that state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris was announcing an initiative designed to stop criminals from re-offending, prosecutors were in Antelope Valley Superior Court for a pretrial hearing in a case filed against Yale Joseph Yurman, 70, a Valencia resident and three-time convicted sex offender.

December 15, 2013 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in 2 killings was ‘nice, quiet’

In the short time Lance Holger Anderson lived at the Claudette Street condominium complex in Canyon Country those they met knew his life centered around his wife, Bertha.

December 13, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Massage parlor crackdown conducted in Newhall

A crackdown on Newhall massage parlors Wednesday netted one arrest for prostitution and several citations for city code violations, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

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


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


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