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Hungry Valley fire at 95 percent containment

The Hungry Valley brush fire that burned an estimated 700 acres near Gorman on the weekend is almost fully contained, a fire official said today.

June 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Town’ fights fire

GORMAN - With the Hungry Valley brush fire more than 60 percent contained, firefighting operations at an elaborate base camp set up on Frazier Mountain were wrapping up on Monday.

June 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Backyard butcher reports to serve time

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country man who illegally butchered animals in his backyard began his 90-day jail sentence Tuesday, shielding his face from a small group of animal rights activists as he arrived at court.

June 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Westridge death believed accidental

A man found dead with his dog in a car in a West Side parking lot Sunday is believed to have died accidentally, a Coroner's Department official said Monday.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On safari for the stickleback

Officials at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area are polishing a tabletop in a corner of their visitors center where they plan to put a big aquarium and fill it with a tiny, tenacious fish indigenous to our area - but that very few have seen.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drunken boaters targeted

For being the largest body of fresh water in the area, Castaic Lake was a pretty dry place this past weekend, according to sheriff's deputies looking for drunken boaters.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist identified

Details were emerging Sunday in the motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Canyon Country man Friday night.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dead man, dog found in Westridge apartment garage

Homicide detectives were called to a parking structure on Silver Aspen Way late Sunday afternoon after a man and a dog were both found dead in a parked car there, sheriff's deputies said.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Traces of chemicals found in local well

Traces of an organic chemical linked to plastics and harmful to humans was detected last month in miniscule amounts - well below the threat level - at a well owned by the Valencia Water Co.

June 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland, Brownley ready for November

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who snagged more than 40 percent of the June 5 primary vote in his first run for the 26th Congressional District, says he's confident he can sway a large number of independent voters by the November general election.

June 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit filed in senior death at Valencia assisted living facility

A Valencia home for seniors is being sued by a man whose elderly mother died after she was allegedly left alone on the home's patio in triple-digit temperatures last year.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why the peacock crossed the road

Surprised motorists heading south on Interstate 5 Tuesday dodged a pair of peacocks in the slow lane near Templin Highway, the latest in a series of animals-on-the-highway encounters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested in hammer assault

A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after she was apparently assaulted by a man with a hammer at a fast food restaurant in Newhall, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Fire officials look to dry, busy season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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SCV sheriff’s detectives looking to snare mouse trap bandit

Bank robbers used sticky mouse traps to try to catch themselves some loot recently through the slot of a Santa Clarita Valley bank night deposit box.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ performances canceled at The Rep

Persistent heckling from an audience member during a performance of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" led to the shut-down of the production's remaining Santa Clarita Valley run.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red-tagged house has rich history

Behind the shutters and the boarded up windows of a house on Bernina Avenue in Canyon Country, now red-tagged with "No trespassing" stickers, lies the history of a man who devoted his life to helping the unfortunate.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nonprofit gives old dogs a new home

Everyone wants a puppy, no one wants an old dog - unless you happen to be Nancy Koch.

June 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 teens injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four teenage girls were hurt – one with serious head injuries – when the driver of a Honda Accord apparently lost control of the car late Saturday night and slammed it into a light post on Newhall Ranch Road.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck fire burns quarter acre near Pyramid Lake

A Sunday morning truck fire on Interstate 5 sparked a small brush fire, just north of Pyramid Lake, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four people, at least two of them juveniles, were injured and taken to the hospital Saturday night following a traffic collision on Newhall Ranch Road, where the road becomes Golden Valley Road, near the overpass that crosses Soledad Canyon Road, emergency response officials said.

May 31, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bypass to Bouquet Canyon water impasse unlikely

There's no getting around the laws that protect endangered critters such as the unarmored threespine stickleback - even if you're one of a dozen state, county and local agencies seeking a solution to the water impasse in Bouquet Canyon.

May 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV detectives investigating 2 reports of child predator

Local sheriff's detectives are investigating reports of a possible child predator cruising the Santa Clarita Valley in a black BMW, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station spokesman said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested in Canyon Country purse snatching

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested three robbery suspects at gunpoint Wednesday who were sought in a Canyon Country purse-snatching, a spokesman said.

May 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in Saugus collision

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after 11 a.m. today following a multi-vehicle crash in Saugus, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

May 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country home ‘red-tagged,’ boarded up

A rat-infested Canyon Country "house of concern" where six people were arrested for various crimes over the past 18 months has been boarded up by order of city, county and law enforcement officials.

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


Deal offered in Guglielmelli case

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife was offered a plea deal by prosecutors Tuesday and has until early June to consider the offer, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

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


Jail worker injured in Saugus bike-car collision

A Valencia cyclist suffered a broken leg and other injuries last weekend after colliding with a car in Saugus, emergency response officials said Tuesday.

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


Trial gets under way in Sheriff’s Department obstruction case

Prosecutors presented opening statements Tuesday in their case against six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers - including a Valencia resident - accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system, a U,S. Attorney's Office spokesman said.

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


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