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Sewage spilled on Interstate 5

It was a hot, stinky ride for motorists around lunchtime today as more than 30 gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard.

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


Local wells replenishing slowly, surely

While the drought may be over, local wells are replenishing a little more slowly than wells in Northern California, but just as surely.

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


UPDATE: Suspect in Castaic barricade surrenders

A suspected burglar was led handcuffed from his mother's Castaic home Wednesday following a four-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team.

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


Henry Mayo offers helipad access

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its new helipad this week and on Tuesday was awaiting its first patient to arrive by air at the new location.

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


When inmates can’t get into hot water

At least five men booked into holding cells at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were transferred to the Crescenta Valley station Tuesday when a water heater broke down.

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


SCV jail closed due to plumbing problem

At least five men booked into holding cells at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station were transferred to the Crescenta Valley station Tuesday when a water heater broke down.

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


1 injured in Valencia crash

A teenage boy was taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital today following a motor vehicle collision in front of the post office on McBean Parkway.

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


Helipad opens this week at local hospital

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital official opened its new helipad this week and on Tuesday was awaiting its first patient to arrive by air at the new pad.

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


Residents reminded of dangers of heat

Local agencies issue safety warnings this week as summer temperatures posed particular threats for children and the elderly.

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


Bill viewed as a ‘last chance’ to stop mine

Legislation being carried by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the last hope for halting a giant pit mine in Soledad Canyon, city officials said Monday.

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


Cool times for ice cream trucks

He wears a familiar face of summer that kids know by sound instead of sight.

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


Father to hold vigil for daughter

The father of a young woman who died of head injuries last summer hopes a vigil in her honor tonight will assure well-wishers that she is not forgotten, and that justice is on its way.

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


Crime Watch

July 24

July 30, 2011 | Compiled by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The missing-metals mystery

The recent rash of valuable-metal thefts - including small amounts of platinum contained in more than a dozen recently stolen catalytic converters - has prompted local investigators to ferret out the people paying thieves for the stolen parts.

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


Office furniture lands on freeway

The office came to office-bound motorists Friday morning when a large filing cabinet ended up in the middle of the freeway.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal 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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