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Two injured during fight over parking spot at Castaic Lake

In an apparent episode of road rage by the lake, two people fighting over a parking spot ended up being rushed to hospital late Sunday afternoon.

July 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vases taken off graves of veterans

In a particularly "despicable" act, thieves stole bronze vases from the graves of an estimated 100 war veterans - including those of young servicemen recently buried - at Eternal Valley Memorial Park cemetery, family victims and a company official say.

July 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic industry: Officials decry harmful fallout from illegal pot operations

Illegal pot growers are killing animals and vegetation in forested areas surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, law enforcement, forestry and university researchers say.

July 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supreme Court declines to hear Stephens appeal

The state Supreme Court declined to review the case of convicted murderer Michael Dean Stephens this week, a setback in efforts appeal his conviction.

July 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Deputy hurt in fist fight following traffic collision, authorities say

A local off-duty sheriff's deputy was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Thursday following a fist fight with a motorist involved in a Saugus traffic collision, fire and law enforcement sources confirmed.

July 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Brush fire erupts in Agua Dulce

Quick-acting firefighters doused a brush fire near Agua Dulce on Wednesday after it briefly shut down Soledad Canyon Road.

July 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Survivor of fatal Soledad Canyon Road crash still in coma

The man who survived last week's deadly crash on Soledad Canyon Road remained in a coma on Monday, according to friends.

July 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 trapped in crash on southbound Interstate 5

One man with unspecified injuries was reported trapped following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Castaic on Monday evening, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim remains critical a week after Soledad Canyon Road crash

The man who survived last week's deadly crash on Soledad Canyon Road remained in a coma on Monday, according to friends.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon releases loan documents to public

Dogged for more than half a year about his controversial loan dealings with the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp., U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has posted the details of that loan online.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals damage junior high school in Canyon Country

Vandals trashed Sierra Vista Junior High school early Monday morning and now school officials are working with Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives to find them, a school spokeswoman said Monday.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcycle crash victim remains critical

A young woman seriously injured in a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday remained in critical but stable condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High speed led to biker’s death

A Lancaster man who died in a motorcycle crash on Soledad Canyon Road Saturday was traveling fast when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, a coroner's spokesman said Sunday.

July 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 injured in solo car crash in Canyon Country

One man is dead and another clinging to life in a hospital following a single-car crash in Canyon Country on Tuesday, a local sheriff's sergeant said.

July 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing begins in Halloween slaying

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their preliminary hearing Tuesday against three young men charged with murder in the death of a Canyon Country man on Halloween.

July 10, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

July 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

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


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


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