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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


Fund set up for family of good Samaritan

A memorial fund was set up Thursday for the family of a good Samaritan shot and killed Monday after he stepped up to help a robbery victim.

November 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man pleads not guilty of charges stemming from girlfriend’s death

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country man entered a plea of not guilty Thursday to manslaughter charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Rosemary Flynn.

November 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents say it’s a complex situation

The recent police dragnet for shooting suspects inside a Canyon Country condominium complex came as no surprise to some residents, who complain that crime has become a daily fixture there.

November 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Headington joins race for 38th Assembly District

San Fernando Valley businessman Edward Headington announced Wednesday he is running for the Democratic nomination for the 38th Assembly District.

November 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners approve recreation center in Plum Canyon

County planners have approved the building of two swimming pools and a spa as part of a recreation area off Plum Canyon Road northwest of Heller Circle.

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


$21,000 in federal funds go to fire district

County fire officials received a $21,000 boost in funding from federal agencies this week.

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


Woman killed in fiery crash identified

County officials Wednesday identified the woman killed in a single-car crash into a pole on Plum Canyon Road last weekend.

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


Third suspect arrested, charged with murder in Monday's shooting

Homicide detectives have arrested a 17-year-old boy and charged him with murder in connection with Monday's fatal shooting in Canyon Country, according to a statement released today.

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


Light standard hangs precariously in wind

High winds are suspected of ripping a light standard from its mooring today on Haskell Canyon Road, prompting deputies to divert traffic as the pole leaned precariously.

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


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


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Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

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


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

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


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


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