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Driver gets 99 days in July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - After an emotional morning of tears and apology for having taken the life of Matilde Garnica with her car on Independence Day last year, Melissa Brown was handcuffed and led from Superior Court to begin serving 99 days in the county jail.

November 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Melissa Brown apologizes to Garnica family during sentencing hearing

SAN FERNANDO - Melissa Brown stood up in San Fernando Superior Court today and faced the family of the woman whose life she took with her car on Independence Day last year.

November 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drive on to repeal Dream Act

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon is supporting a drive to repeal the "Dream Act," which is designed to help illegal immigrants attend California college.

November 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two men injured in early morning crash

A Reseda man seriously injured in a crash Tuesday with a big rig tractor trailer in Castaic was improving at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

November 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jogger objects to apparently naked filming in Valencia

A jogger got an eyeful on his morning run Monday when he spotted seemingly naked people being filmed by the bike path.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies crack down on hard-to-reach areas of Canyon Country

Sheriff's deputies arrested two people on drug-related charges and issued warnings to at least eight others Monday during a crackdown in difficult-to-patrol areas in Canyon Country.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Speed and rain suspected in fatal crash

California Highway Patrol investigators say wet roads and high speeds were factors in Sunday's single-car crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Valencia man.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dogs on freeway cause concern

Two dogs loose on the freeway added extra grief for Monday morning commuters today.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids take Final Mile to healthy future

Kids at the starting line of Sunday's Final Mile Challenge started chanting before they started running.

November 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A well-hydrated run

It was a dark and stormy race but by the end of the day the 2011 Santa Clarita Marathon proved a bright spot in the day for those who persevered.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Heavy fire guts Valencia building

Fire gutted the ground floor of the vacant Greens restaurant on McBean Parkway near Valencia Boulevard Sunday afternoon.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Young man identified in fatal highway crash

The county coroner has identified the man who died in a single-vehicle incident Sunday morning on Highway 14 just south of Agua Dulce as Brandon Paul Silva, 20, of Valencia.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspicious package at mall causes concern

A suspicious package found at the mall turned out to be trash but, for a while, caused some concern.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy injured in two-car crash

A 7-year-old Lee Vining boy was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning following a two-car collision on Interstate 5 near Highway 126.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father questions soldier security

The sun had risen just a few hours earlier over Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Afghanistan on March 19 when the American troops began cleaning their weapons.

November 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


Tony Martinez beat the odds

After emerging from a three-month coma in the fall of 1986, doctors told motorcycle crash victim Tony Martinez he would never have kids and never walk again.

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


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