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Crime down in the SCV

County crime statistics released today show a steady drop in almost all crimes inside the Santa Clarita Valley over the last five years.

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


Claremont man killed in dirt bike crash

The county coroner today identified a dirt-bike rider killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday in Acton.

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


Local officials help identify new reservoir in Northern California

Local water officials recently helped identify a new location for a reservoir in Northern California.

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


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


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Saugus woman pleads not guilty to hit and run

A Saugus woman who turned herself in for a hit-and-run collision that allegedly happened a year a half ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against her, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Valencia family struggles with death of son

The mother, father and younger sister of a young Valencia man who died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision Friday are living moment to moment, struggling with their loss, his mother said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two small brush fires consume 10 acres near Gorman

Two tiny brush fires consumed close to 10 acres Sunday morning near Templin Highway, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water company dispute could go to court

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

February 16, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Enforcement actions could be taken if drought severity grows

"Water cops" patrolling the streets looking for illegal water use. Fines on residents overusing water. Temporary water shutoff; flow regulators installed on homes.

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


Preliminary hearing begins in murder case against alleged Highway 14 wrong-way driver

SAN FERNANDO - A 47-year-old Lancaster man took the witness stand Thursday and described the head-to-toe injuries he suffered in a wrong-way-driver collision last summer that killed the other two occupants of his vehicle.

February 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water waning in Bouquet Canyon

Many Bouquet Canyon residents' wells are literally running dry, a crisis water officials attribute more to the condition of Bouquet Canyon Creek than to the current drought.

February 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested on sex charges in Missouri

A 26-year-old Valencia man arrested on sex charges for crimes allegedly committed in St. Louis, Missouri, worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church, officials confirmed Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man escapes after hit-and-run crash, catalytic converter theft attempt

A thief trying to steal a catalytic converter in Canyon Country on Tuesday was surprised by the car's owner and failed to grab the device, then got into a hit-and-run collision trying to flee the scene, sheriff's officials said.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Online car purchase goes south

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist - the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies drew their guns on suspects.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Coroner's investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

February 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV school vandalism, thefts mount to thousands of dollars in recent losses

Several Santa Clarita Valley schools have been burglarized and vandalized over the past month in a series of attacks that investigators believe are unrelated, officials said Monday.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2012 murder trial postponed due to defense lawyer change

More than a year after a suspect was arrested in 2012's only Santa Clarita Valley murder, jury selection was set to begin Monday but was abruptly postponed due to a change in defense lawyers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make "warm and fuzzy" blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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