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More details are emerging as to how a family of amateur detectives found their missing father, whose car went off a cliff and plunged 200 feet into a ravine.

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


Correctional officer dies in accidental drowning in aqueduct

A 51-year-old man whose body was pulled from the California aqueduct in Pearblossom on Friday died accidently of drowning, a coroner's spokesman revealed Sunday.

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


Car flips over on Highway 14

A motorist whose car flipped over on Highway 14 was treated for injuries highway officers described as not life-threatening.

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


Pitchess plans for full house

Santa Clarita Valley can expect the local jail complex to take in 171 inmates every week under the state's inmate-transfer program that begins today.

October 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Missing man found by family north of Castaic after crash

A 67-year-old Lake Hughes man whose car ran off a winding mountain road survived for six days at the bottom of a ravine, eating bugs and leaves and drinking from a stream until his family discovered him.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man recovering today after crash, surviving in ravine

A Lake Hughes grandfather is in serious condition and recovering at a local hospital.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bills seek to protect sex-offender victims

Five new bills aimed at protecting victims of sex offenders and society in general were signed into law Thursday, and are being received locally with cautious optimism.

September 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to hospital Thursday after crashing his dirt bike near a power plant at Castaic Lake.

September 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six arrested in connection with illegal drugs overnight

Half a dozen people were arrested on drug charges in the Santa Clarita Valley overnight.

September 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


WWII Air Force service pilot dies

A Newhall woman who was a pioneer in aviation and the first member of World War II's Women Air Force Service Pilots was buried with military honors this week at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

September 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Testimony wraps up in murder appeal hearing

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the case of a man convicted in a Santa Clarita Valley murder that attorneys are trying to have overturned, an attorney said.

September 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Supervisors adopt redistricting plan

Los Angeles County supervisors adopted a redistricting plan this week that makes the fewest changes to existing districts to reflect 2010 Census numbers.

September 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Angle calls for voters to get involved

Tea party activist and "Enough is Enough" author Sharron Angle attended her first fundraiser in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday night at a golf club near Sand Canyon.

September 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man suspected in Saturday shooting is charged with murder

A Canyon Country man accused of killing his next-door neighbor after a long-standing feud was arraigned on murder and firearms offenses during a brief court appearance Tuesday.

September 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy apprehended after foot chase through car wash

A local sheriff's deputy ran after a suspect along Soledad Canyon Road and through a car wash this morning but eventually got his man, who turned out to be a 12-year-old boy.

September 27, 2011 | 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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