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Officials remember first killed deputy

The first Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty was honored Wednesday at a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the local Sheriff's Station.

June 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lengthy look to follow 19-car collision

The California Highway Patrol sergeant investigating Tuesday's 19-car pileup on Highway 14 said Wednesday he's busy poring through information provided by at least 18 people involved.

June 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP chase speeds through Santa Clarita Valley

Felony charges are expected to filed against a Los Angeles man who allegedly led highway patrol officers on a 65-mile high-speed chase through the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Truck fire ignites brush in Tejon Pass

A truck fully engulfed in flames on Interstate 5 near Gorman sparked a brush fire in the area this morning, fire and law enforcement officials report.

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


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


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Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

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


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


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