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Crime: Woman arrested after investigators find meth, suspicious material and a 4-year-old girl

Crime investigators were testing material believed to be explosive Tuesday, which was discovered during the search of a Canyon Country home.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy frees baby from locked car

When temperatures soar near triple digits in the Santa Clarita Valley, you can't waste a single second with a baby left locked inside a car.

August 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Three alleged heroin dealers arrested in Valencia

Three people were arrested on charges related to heroin dealing and drug paraphernalia was seized during a raid at a Valencia apartment complex, investigators said Tuesday.

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


$50,000 in jeans stolen from Stevenson Ranch store

For the second time in nine months, a Stevenson Ranch clothing store has been hit by thieves.

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


Explosives found in Canyon Country home to be tested today

Crime investigators are testing material believed to be explosives today after the substances were found in a Canyon Country home.

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


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


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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


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

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


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

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


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

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


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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