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UPDATE: Valencia High School student collapses in gym, prompting emergency response

SANTA CLARITA - A student at Valencia High School was treated by paramedics for cardiac arrest after apparently collapsing in the school gymnasium Wednesday afternoon, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

September 25, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Wall’s arrival caps year-long efforts of Korean War veteran

Of all the chores and challenges Chuck Morris has encountered bringing the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to the Santa Clarita Valley, the most difficult task may be reining in emotions.

September 25, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged wrong-way driver fails to appear in court

SANTA CLARITA - A Burbank man charged with two counts of murder in the wrong-way crash that killed two people last June failed to appear in court as ordered Wednesday, according to the prosecutor handling the case.

September 25, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Council OKs $95,000 holiday decorating contract

The Santa Clarita City Council on Tuesday approved a $95,000 plan to illuminate close to 100 trees and erect a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Newhall Library.

September 25, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID theft ring gets prison sentences

SANTA CLARITA - Five people charged with identity theft after their arrests last March at a Stevenson Ranch hotel were handed sentences ranging from probation to prison time after entering pleas of no contest, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday.

September 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three charged with bank robbery appear in court

Three men identified by prosecutors as Rollin 40s Crips gang members scheduled for trial on bank robbery charges appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, a court clerk said.

September 24, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with attempted murder in Newhall stabbing

SANTA CLARITA - One of two men sought in last week's stabbing of a Newhall man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and the other is expected to be arrested soon, a sheriff's detective said Monday.

September 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Online romancer pleads to burglary charge

A Saugus man arrested for stealing from woman after romancing them online pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Monday and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

September 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD officer faces charge of domestic assault

SANTA CLARITA - A Los Angeles Police Department officer who lives in Stevenson Ranch has been charged with assaulting a member of his family, arrest and booking documents show.

September 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teen hit by car in front of Hart High School

A Hart High School freshman was taken to the hospital this morning after she was struck by a car in front of Hart High School, but her injuries are not serious, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District said.

September 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search for teen to widen

Searchers looking for a 19-year-old Orange County man now missing for more than three weeks plan to search the San Fernando Valley Monday, a search coordinator said.

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


Thousands attend weekend-long church fundrasier

Thousands of people flocked to the 69th Annual Barbecue at Our Lady of Perpetual Help this past weekend sampling tasty food, colorful dance and fast rides.

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


Castaic man accused of spearing family pets arrested after failing to appear in court

A Castaic man accused of spearing his pet dog and cat is back in jail after he failed to appear in court as promised, court officials said.

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


UPDATE: Hiker rescued after four days near Placerita Canyon

A "scratched" hiker lost in the woods of the Angeles National Forest since Sunday is recovering in the hospital thanks to the heroic efforts of three hikers including a husband and wife who heard his cries for help, said the man's rescuer.

September 19, 2013 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Sweeter softer side of the Sixties' swings into Senior Center

SANTA CLARITA - There were peace symbols. There were tie-dyed clothes. There were love beads, sandals and plenty of music at the swinging seniors Sixties Concert and Dance Wednesday - just no drummer.

September 18, 2013 | 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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