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Jailhouse owner threatens lawsuit

After weeks of back-and-forth spats with the city over his property next to ongoing construction of Santa Clarita's new Newhall library, the owner of the century-old Newhall Jail says he's now thinking of suing the city.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rainfall makes road rough for drivers

Rain-drenched roadways kept emergency-response crews busy Wednesday with traffic collisions across the county, including at least a half-dozen in the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three sought in robbery

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three men in connection with an early morning robbery at a convenience store.

October 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors OK Landmark Village

County supervisors heard testimony for a zone change on the first phase of Newhall Land Development Inc.'s proposed Newhall Ranch on Tuesday and indicated they would likely approve it.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sewer fees could go up under county annexation

County supervisors voted Tuesday to annex parts of unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley into the county's sewer maintenance district, which could result in higher fees for sewer service in those areas.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body from ravine officially identified

The man whose body was pulled Friday from a wrecked car at the bottom of a steep ravine on Lake Hughes Road has been officially identified as 88-year-old Melvin Gelfand.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manslaughter suspect held for vandalism

A Canyon Country man facing felony charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been charged with four additional felony counts for allegedly vandalizing four different people's cars, officials said Monday.

October 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to mull potential housing

County supervisors are expected to get an earful Tuesday from people concerned about the environmental consequences of Landmark Village being built along the Santa Clara River.

October 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search details emerge

More details are emerging as to how a family of amateur detectives found their missing father, whose car went off a cliff and plunged 200 feet into a ravine.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Correctional officer dies in accidental drowning in aqueduct

A 51-year-old man whose body was pulled from the California aqueduct in Pearblossom on Friday died accidently of drowning, a coroner's spokesman revealed Sunday.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car flips over on Highway 14

A motorist whose car flipped over on Highway 14 was treated for injuries highway officers described as not life-threatening.

October 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pitchess plans for full house

Santa Clarita Valley can expect the local jail complex to take in 171 inmates every week under the state's inmate-transfer program that begins today.

October 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Missing man found by family north of Castaic after crash

A 67-year-old Lake Hughes man whose car ran off a winding mountain road survived for six days at the bottom of a ravine, eating bugs and leaves and drinking from a stream until his family discovered him.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man recovering today after crash, surviving in ravine

A Lake Hughes grandfather is in serious condition and recovering at a local hospital.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bills seek to protect sex-offender victims

Five new bills aimed at protecting victims of sex offenders and society in general were signed into law Thursday, and are being received locally with cautious optimism.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

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


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