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July DUIs might hit triple digits

About half of all criminal suspects booked by sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers so far this month in the SCV were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, a survey by The Signal shows.

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


Agua Dulce man seeks changes to ‘dangerous’ stretch of road

An Agua Dulce man has started a petition to improve the safety of a 10-mile stretch of Sierra Highway that's seen 210 accidents since 1997, he says.

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


District dispute may be headed to court

Claims of bias lodged against a redistricting commissioner increase the chance California's electoral map will be drawn by judges, not those assigned to the task, a local elected official said Friday.

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


Brass whistle taken from history buffs

Thieves scavenging the night for valuable metals have stolen the brass train whistle from the SCV Historical Society's steam locomotive.

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


2 more catalytic converters stolen

Local sheriff's deputies have added two more catalytic converter thefts to their growing list of car-butcherings for the coveted parts.

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


Chase ends in office crash

Chiropractor Karl E. Standifer spends his days putting people's bodies right, but on Wednesday, he spent all day putting his office back in shape after a wayward Sheriff's Department cruiser slammed into it.

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


Drowned man dived for anchor

More details emerged Wednesday surrounding the drowning of a Reseda man at Castaic Lake on Sunday.

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


Sheriff's cruiser crashes into strip mall during pursuit

A sheriff's cruiser crashed into a Saugus strip mall while chasing a motorist who ran a red light, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said today.

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


Man drowns in Castaic

Investigators looking into the Castaic Lake drowning Sunday of a Reseda man are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests stemming from an autopsy done on the man's body.

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


County officials say water report needs context

A study examining water quality throughout Los Angeles County needs more context to identify trends and point legislators in the right direction toward maintaining safe drinking water, county Mayor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday.

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


SCV rides stripped of precious valuables

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station have responded to at least a half-dozen reports of catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles during the past week, most being SUVs made by Toyota.

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


Officials await reports on man who drowned at Castaic Lake

Investigators looking into the Castaic Lake drowning Sunday of a Reseda man are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests stemming from an autopsy done on the man's body.

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


Assault with deadly weapon charge filed

A 24-year-old man is behind bars today for allegedly pointing a firearm at someone in Canyon Country Monday afternoon.

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


Fire burns home in Newhall

Firefighters battled a house fire overnight in Newhall.

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


SCV land deals to get axed

More than 70 land development deals slated for the Santa Clarita Valley are likely to get the ax in the next few months, a county planning official said Monday.

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


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Little fish causes big headache

A critter the size of a goldfish has wiggled its way into a controversy that has turned off some canyon residents' tap water, halted bulldozers and periodically flooded a road in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man killed in SunValley crash

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valuable bicycles stolen in Valencia

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for thieves who stole two rare and expensive bicycles valued together at $18,000, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station incident log.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A talk with SCV’s top cop

Newly appointed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson wants to preserve Santa Clarita Valley's reputation as one of the safest communities in the country, he said Wednesday during an interview at the Sheriff's Station.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck driver sentenced to nearly a year in hit-and-run collision

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed is now serving close to a year in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man gets 9 years in prison for stabbing

A Canyon Country man charged in the stabbing of a 20-year-old man last May has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets close to year in jail for fatal hit-and-run on Highway 14

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed on northbound Highway 14 is now serving close to a year in jail after pleading no contest recently, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: New captain named for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

A veteran Sheriff's Department official with experience in community-based policing has been named the new captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, it was announced Monday.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suggestions sought on OHV improvements

U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to weigh in on making their favorite off-road destinations a better place.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School location means susceptibility to vandalism, investigator says

A lack of surveillance equipment and a concealed point of entry make Castaic Middle School an easy target for vandals, says the detective heading the probe into the school district's third case of vandalism in two months - and the second at Castaic Middle School.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: Drought not over yet

Although more than five inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley since mid-week, much more is needed to get us out of drought, according to the head of the local water distributor.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man recalls days as war photographer

Paul Berkowitz of Valencia will receive his 15 seconds of fame this evening when the retired Vietnam War photographer appears in an episode of the "Raw War" military show.

March 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals hit Castaic school for 3rd time in 2 months

For the third time in a two-month period, vandals broke into a Castaic Union School District classroom and trashed it, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

March 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vigil scheduled Friday for missing teen

Vigils for missing teen Bryce Laspisa are scheduled to unfold simultaneously at three points across the country Friday denoting where he grew up, where he went to school and where he disappeared, which was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Man hit by car in Valencia

A cyclist was hit by an SUV Thursday on McBean Parkway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


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