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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


Couple charged for alleged pool sex

A Stevenson Ranch woman and a man from Los Angeles were arrested for allegedly engaging in sex in a community swimming pool, sheriff's deputies reported.

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


1 injured in collision on Highway 14

One person was taken to a hospital with major injuries this morning following a two-car collision on Highway 14 near Sand Canyon Road, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

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


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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


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

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


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

July 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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