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Tears for a ‘best friend’

Marcelino Ortiz gripped the handles of his wheeled walker as he reflected on time spent recently with his best friend "Alex," who was shot and killed Monday while trying to help someone else.

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


Gunman sought in shooting

One gunman was still being sought Tuesday in a double shooting in Canyon Country, and two other suspects - both minors - were in custody following an apparent robbery turned murder, a homicide lieutenant said.

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


UPDATE: Suspect sought in Monday's double shooting

Homicide detectives today are looking for a young black man suspected of shooting two men in Canyon County on Monday that left one person dead and another wounded.

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


A chance to remember

The first ever Day of the Dead celebration at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary on Sunday was a successful, albeit subdued, affair, organizers and attendees said.

October 31, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Frights and fun at Sheriff’s Station

It's scary how a simple attraction like the "haunted" rendering of the local jail could remain a hugely popular Santa Clarita Valley tradition after more than two decades.

October 31, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Biker suffers leg injury in collision

A motorcyclist suffered an injury to one of his legs today following a collision near the intersection of Highway 14 and Interstate 5.

October 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Two women arrested on prostitution charges

DeleteLocal vice squad officers arrested two women Tuesday for prostitution, sheriff's officials said.

October 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another candidate joins race for 25th District

Another candidate has entered the congressional race, this time from the Antelope Valley.

October 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County OK's Mission View phase of Newhall Ranch

County supervisors, who approved the first phase of Newhall Land Development Inc.'s Newhall Ranch housing project two weeks ago, approved the Mission Valley phase of the same project Tuesday despite continued opposition.

October 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors honor local PONY league team

Young local baseball players took center stage at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday when they were honored as members of the William S. Hart PONY World Championship Baseball Team of Santa Clarita Valley.

October 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Colliding trucks jam traffic

Commuter traffic backed up this morning around the westbound lanes of Highway 126 just west of Interstate 5 when a big rig and a trash truck collided, according the California Highway Patrol.

October 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coroner identifies cyclists killed on way to Love Ride

The county coroner's office on Monday released the identities of two people killed in Sunday's motorcycle collision on Interstate 5.

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


Journalist memorialized with music

With the sunny portrait of Daniel Pearl overhead, young local singers and musicians came out in support of a foundation created in the journalist's name.

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


The Love Ride returns to Castaic

Hundreds of bikers taking part in the 28th annual Love Ride charity event for autism returned to Castaic Lake after five years Sunday for a day of songs, jokes and reconnecting - a day also marred with tragedy for two of their own.

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


Boyfriend to stand trial in Rosemary Flynn death

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend in 2010.

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


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Locals involved in deadly I-5 accident

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 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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