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Newhall suicide investigation continues

The L.A. County Coroner's Department is investigating the death of a man who hanged himself atop an electrical utility pole in Newhall on Saturday.

July 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4th collision within month on Highway 14

A two-car collision shut down southbound rush-hour commuter traffic on Highway 14 for nearly an hour Friday afternoon at Escondido Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car vs. bike crash leads to minor injuries

Local sheriff's deputies are looking into a Friday morning collision in North Valencia involving an off-duty law enforcement officer and a bicyclist, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces trial in fatal collision

A 68-year-old man ordered to stand trial for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Valencia that left a 65-year-old woman dead is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court next week.

July 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 vehicles hit hay bales on Highway 14

At least three vehicles hit bales of hay that fell from the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road where three recent traffic collisions occurred, including a 19-car pileup.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Three bound over for trial in Halloween murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men charged with murder in the Halloween shooting of a Canyon Country man were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on all criminal counts filed against them.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Bomb squad called out on suspicious package in Valencia

The bomb squad was called out Wednesday afternoon for a suspicious package left at a Valencia gas station, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

July 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former West Ranch High student dies in Arizona desert

A former West Ranch High School cheerleader who recently moved to Lake Havasu died of apparent heat exhaustion after she collapsed during a hike through the Arizona desert, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Autopsy pending on man found dead in Valencia

A man whose body was found in the backyard of a Valencia home Monday has been identified as 55-year-old Douglas Bert Vlaming, officials said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim in I-5 rollover collision dies

The victim of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 5 who was airlifted to a hospital Monday has died, California Highway Patrol officers at the Fort Tejon office said Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite radioactivity to be examined

County watchdogs monitoring radioactivity for the Department of Public Health are expected to do an independent survey of the depleted uranium detected during the ongoing Whittaker-Bermite cleanup, a state report says.

July 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Signal general manager to become McKeon staffer

Signal General Manager Morris Thomas has resigned after 12 years at the newspaper to become district director for 25th District Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a spot formerly held by Bob Haueter.

July 23, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detective testifies in ongoing Halloween murder hearing

SAN FERNANDO - The preliminary hearing of three young men charged with murder in the Halloween death of a Canyon Country man continued Monday with the testimony of a homicide detective.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man, wife injured in crash

A man suffered serious head injuries today when his vehicle rolled over near Quail Lake Road, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business says it warned customer

A Canyon Country man who collapsed and died after playing a game similar to paintball in triple-digit temperatures Saturday was offered water and was warned about dehydration, according to the owner of the paintball facility where it happened.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Ninja coaster remains closed as officials investigate fallen tree that left riders stranded

A state public safety agency wants to know what made a tree fall on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, derailing the first car and injuring two occupants.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 injured, riders stranded on Magic Mountain ride

Two young men sitting in the first car of the Ninja roller coaster were hurt in an accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain late Monday afternoon, which stranded 22 people on the thrill ride for more than two and a half hours, according to park and fire officials.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Airsoft gun assault, burglary

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a burglary at a store that sells Airsoft guns was also arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with such a gun earlier the same night, according to sheriff and court records.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

July 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

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


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

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


UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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


UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

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


Driver arrested following high-speed chase on I-5

A 27-year-old man faces several criminal charges today following a high-speed chase that started in Orange County and ended in a scuffle with California Highway Patrol officers in Castaic Tuesday night, a CHP spokesman said.

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


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