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2 arrested in stolen car

A young couple is in custody today after their speeding car turned out to be stolen in Hollywood, local sheriff's deputies said.

August 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Final note leaves detectives with more questions

A suicide note from the local dentist who shot his wife's elderly parents, then himself, fails to answer all questions for homicide detectives anxiously waiting to talk to his wife, an investigator said Thursday.

August 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tanner scheduled for pre-trial hearing

A Chatsworth man accused of leading deputies on a wild high-speed chase through Santa Clarita is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing at the end of the month.

August 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Transition road traffic halted in Newhall Pass

Morning commuters experienced delays today when a car broke down in the fast lane of a transition road connecting southbound Interstate 5 with northbound Highway 14 in the Newhall Pass.

August 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McLean asks for rail dollars to be kept in California

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean wants to fix the state's existing trains and railways with money already allocated for high-speed rail.

August 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids stranded in van on I-5

There were some tense moments for a van-load of camp kids Wednesday when their vehicle ended up blocking two southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at afternoon rush hour.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preliminary hearing set in death of Rosemary Flynn

A preliminary hearing date was set Wednesday for a local man accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend last year.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 women arrested in separate burglaries

Three women face burglary charges today following arrests made Tuesday night by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nursing student saves gunshot victim's life

A young woman studying to become a medical assistant is being called a hero today after coming to the aid of a shooting victim she found crawling on the ground on her way home from school.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon paints grim portrait of economy

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon delivered a grim report on national deficit spending during a speech Tuesday to local business leaders.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy probation periods examined

An off-duty probationary sheriff's deputy who shot up a car at a fast-food place in Stevenson Ranch is an anomaly, Sheriff's Department officials said Tuesday, following the release of a departmental review.

August 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot in Canyon Country

A man was hospitalized Tuesday after being shot in Canyon Country Monday night in the area of Jakes Way.

August 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


AV fire out with no structure damage

A brush fire destroyed 10 power poles and burned 24 acres in the area of Pearblossom Highway and Sierra Highway on Monday night, but no structures were damaged.

August 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A quest for street safety

As Bob Skerstonas stands over a white cross hammered into a roadside cluster of dusty flowers, a roaring 18-wheel truck sends sand over his cowboy boots.

August 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple in murder-suicide identified

An elderly married couple who were shot and killed Friday by a retired local dentist lived in an upscale Beverly Hills-area retirement hotel, The Signal has learned following the release Sunday of the couple's identities.

August 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | 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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