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Annual party for children with cancer spreads the holiday cheer

More than 180 kids got a chance to meet Santa and go home with a gift or two Sunday at the annual Michael Hoefflin Foundation & Golden Valley High School Holiday Party for Kids with Cancer.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fry-filled big rig crashes on I-5

Do you want fries with that accident?

December 22, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man arrested fourth time in 6 months

SANTA CLARITA - A Valencia man arrested three times in the last six months - picking up charges for burglary and drug possession - was arrested a fourth time this week, a prosecutor's spokesman said.

December 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LASD Lt., Valencia resident charged in FBI probe

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita has been identified as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

December 19, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial held for longtime SCV fire captain

SANTA CLARITA - A well-loved and highly respected local fire captain who died of cancer this month was honored Wednesday at a memorial service followed by a funeral procession across the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Not guilty’ plea entered in Canyon Country murder-for-hire case

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife pleaded not guilty today to charges of attempted murder and solicitation of murder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession will halt traffic this morning

SANTA CLARITA - A funeral procession Wednesday morning for Fire Captain John David Mazzocco, from Grace Baptist Church to Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, is expected to stop traffic at intersections along its route, according to local fire and sheriff's officials.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church concert draws hundreds

Thousands of parishioners were filled with the sound of Christmas Sunday as Grace Baptist Church capped its three-day Christmas festival of song.

December 17, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Some 100 Christmas trees stolen from lot

SANTA CLARITA - In Grinch-like fashion, thieves made off with more than 100 Christmas trees from a Newhall nursery during the weekend, one of the company's managers said Monday.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gunshot fired at passing car in Canyon Country

SANTA CLARITA - Local sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting in Canyon Country that left a Palmdale couple shaken and concerned, a deputy said.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver injured in Agua Dulce as truck runs off road

A truck driver was injured and airlifted to the hospital Monday after his truck went down an embankment and flipped over in Agua Dulce, firefighters said.

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies probing spate of purse-snatchings

Local sheriff's deputies continue to probe a rash of "strong arm" purse-snatching robberies including the "knock down" of a woman in Canyon Country which brings the list of such cases locally to at least six in the last week, an average of about one a day.

December 16, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man assaulted, robbed in Valencia park

A man who was robbed of his bicycle then beaten unconscious and left bleeding for more than two hours at a Valencia park was taken to a hospital Wednesday, The Signal has learned.

December 16, 2013 | Victim left bleeding in Bridgeport Park after being beaten unconscious in bicycle theft | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man illustrates state sex offender trend

On the same day last month that state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris was announcing an initiative designed to stop criminals from re-offending, prosecutors were in Antelope Valley Superior Court for a pretrial hearing in a case filed against Yale Joseph Yurman, 70, a Valencia resident and three-time convicted sex offender.

December 15, 2013 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in 2 killings was ‘nice, quiet’

In the short time Lance Holger Anderson lived at the Claudette Street condominium complex in Canyon Country those they met knew his life centered around his wife, Bertha.

December 13, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


PUC officially washes hands of Valencia Water

The California Public Utilities Commission sidelined itself Thursday in the dispute over Castaic Lake Water Agency's takeover of Valencia Water Company, making civil court the venue for further action.

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


3 crashes but no injuries as Santa Clarita Valley weathers first real winter storm of season

Emergency crews responded to at least three traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. But despite rain and slick roads, they reported no injuries.

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


UPDATE: SCV residents of flood-prone areas warned of potential danger

Bouquet Canyon residents should have a small suitcase packed and be ready to go in the event of flooding caused by back-to-back storms moving into theSanta Clarita Valley starting tonight, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

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


UPDATE: County OK’s emergency status for Bouquet Canyon residents

County supervisors declared a state of local emergency Tuesday for the residents of Bouquet Canyon, paving the way for a speedy cleanup of the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and the release of much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir.

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


UPDATE: Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators map scene of fatal collision

Local traffic investigators gathered evidence Tuesday at the scene of a traffic collision at Copper Hill Drive and Copperstone Drive that claimed the life of a Valencia man.

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


All smell but no smoke in report of Valencia fire

The smell of smoke inside an office on Cinema Drive in Valencia prompted a swift response this morning from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


Santa Clarita Valley drug drop boxes yield unusual find

A San Diego man was reunited with the gold chain he lost during high school after it was found inside a discarded 1988 prescription drug vial dropped off anonymously at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station,

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


Suspected student prank results in SCV bus evacuation

A Santa Clarita Transit bus was evacuated in Canyon Country on Monday after a "stink bomb" was set off inside it, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Metal thieves hit Valencia business

Metal thieves have targeted a Valencia businessman five times in two weeks, making off with at least $8,000 in copper wiring during their last break-in, according to the owner and local sheriff's deputies.

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


Philharmonic performs its first concert

It's been about three years in the making, but on Sunday the sweet sounds of music signaled the beginning of public performances for the Santa Clarita Philharmonic.

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


Vote could boost Bouquet water

Many Bouquet Canyon residents hoping to fill their dry wells through an emergency county measure to release much-needed water from the Bouquet reservoir should not expect immediate results, said the official with his hand on the tap.

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


Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

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


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