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Car vs. bike crash leads to minor injuries

Local sheriff's deputies are looking into a Friday morning collision in North Valencia involving an off-duty law enforcement officer and a bicyclist, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

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


Man faces trial in fatal collision

A 68-year-old man ordered to stand trial for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Valencia that left a 65-year-old woman dead is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court next week.

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


3 vehicles hit hay bales on Highway 14

At least three vehicles hit bales of hay that fell from the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road where three recent traffic collisions occurred, including a 19-car pileup.

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


UPDATE: Three bound over for trial in Halloween murder case

SAN FERNANDO - Three young men charged with murder in the Halloween shooting of a Canyon Country man were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on all criminal counts filed against them.

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


UPDATE: Bomb squad called out on suspicious package in Valencia

The bomb squad was called out Wednesday afternoon for a suspicious package left at a Valencia gas station, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

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


Former West Ranch High student dies in Arizona desert

A former West Ranch High School cheerleader who recently moved to Lake Havasu died of apparent heat exhaustion after she collapsed during a hike through the Arizona desert, officials said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Autopsy pending on man found dead in Valencia

A man whose body was found in the backyard of a Valencia home Monday has been identified as 55-year-old Douglas Bert Vlaming, officials said Tuesday.

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


Victim in I-5 rollover collision dies

The victim of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 5 who was airlifted to a hospital Monday has died, California Highway Patrol officers at the Fort Tejon office said Tuesday.

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


Whittaker-Bermite radioactivity to be examined

County watchdogs monitoring radioactivity for the Department of Public Health are expected to do an independent survey of the depleted uranium detected during the ongoing Whittaker-Bermite cleanup, a state report says.

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


UPDATE: Signal general manager to become McKeon staffer

Signal General Manager Morris Thomas has resigned after 12 years at the newspaper to become district director for 25th District Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a spot formerly held by Bob Haueter.

July 23, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detective testifies in ongoing Halloween murder hearing

SAN FERNANDO - The preliminary hearing of three young men charged with murder in the Halloween death of a Canyon Country man continued Monday with the testimony of a homicide detective.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man, wife injured in crash

A man suffered serious head injuries today when his vehicle rolled over near Quail Lake Road, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business says it warned customer

A Canyon Country man who collapsed and died after playing a game similar to paintball in triple-digit temperatures Saturday was offered water and was warned about dehydration, according to the owner of the paintball facility where it happened.

July 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured during fight over parking spot at Castaic Lake

In an apparent episode of road rage by the lake, two people fighting over a parking spot ended up being rushed to hospital late Sunday afternoon.

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


Vases taken off graves of veterans

In a particularly "despicable" act, thieves stole bronze vases from the graves of an estimated 100 war veterans - including those of young servicemen recently buried - at Eternal Valley Memorial Park cemetery, family victims and a company official say.

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


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Tips received in Newhall gun club theft

The release Wednesday of a video surveillance image depicting a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ammunition from a local gun club has produced tips from the public that are now being pursued by detectives, a deputy said.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

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


Group of alleged petition 'blockers' arrested

Local sheriff's deputies have arrested three more alleged petition "blockers" as the deadline approaches for petitioners seeking to overturn a city ordinance allowing electronic billboards, sheriff's documents show.

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


Thirsty bullet thief sought

A thief who apparently became thirsty after he kicked down the door of a local gun club and stole more than 3,000 bullets may be undone by fingerprints lifted off a refrigerator door, according to documents at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


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