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Vase thefts add to grief

Thieves keep stealing metal vases from the grave of a local boy who died of leukemia five years ago, and the boy's frustrated father wants something done about it.

August 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 held in grand theft investigation

A Valencia receptionist and two transients are being held in custody today on felony charges of grand theft in connection with an ongoing sheriff's investigation.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cause of pool-area death remains unknown

Investigators with the county coroner's office looking into the suspected drowning death in Valencia of a 41-year-old man two weeks ago are waiting on the results of toxicology tests before they announce how he died.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE Motorcyclist killed on 405

California Highway Patrol officers have identified the motorcyclist killed Monday morning on Interstate 405.

August 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride levels might make treatment plant a wash

For nine of the past 13 months, water in the Santa Clara River has crossed the Ventura County line below pollution limits set by water-quality officials, the latest water-quality numbers reveal.

August 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Riders halted by sign

Mountain bikers are at least temporarily banned from a popular Placerita Canyon Nature Center trail, even though they've been riding there for more than a decade.

August 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: From the Sheriff's Department logs

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


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


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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


COC student charged with misdemeanor battery

A 20-year-old College of the Canyons student is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following a skirmish on campus that left college football player Joey Cicoria with a bloody nose, according to college, law enforcement and district attorney sources.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An ease for the water squeeze

Six years ago when Santa Clarita Valley water officials told residents to cut back on their water use, a Valencia couple we shall call Jack and Jill complied by turning off their sprinklers.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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