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Specter of violence appears in court

SAN FERNANDO - The elusive and allegedly abusive father of convicted child-killer Antonio Rodriguez dominated the closing minutes of the murderer's trial Thursday, as a jury decides his life-or-death fate.

July 23, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Signal's Water Wars 411 page

See "Related Content" for links to The Signal's exclusive "Water Wars" series, an in-depth look at the politics of water in the Santa Clarita Valley.

July 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Child-killer’s chaplain proclaims trust during death-penalty phase

SAN FERNANDO - A chaplain who spent "hours and hours" with child-killer Antonio Rodriguez, sometimes talking about God, told jurors in Superior Court on Tuesday that she trusts him.

July 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Frontal lobe abnormality affected child-killer

SAN FERNANDO - Jurors got a glimpse inside the brain of convicted child-killer Antonio Rodriguez on Monday, and what they saw was evidence of injury.

July 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Bumper boats’ on the 14

A 52-year-old Sun Valley man is charged with hit and run today after allegedly playing "bumper boats" with another motorist on Highway 14 Saturday.

July 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Magic Cup heats up

Attention sports drink sponsors - more than a thousand thirsty young soccer tournament players competing on perhaps the hottest weekend this year could your use your help next time.

July 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mowing down air pollution in SCV

Saving green at cutting green while going green.

July 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rodriguez attacks ‘Grim Sleeper’

SAN FERNANDO - Convicted child-killer Antonio Rodriguez attacked suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin while the two were being escorted from court by law enforcement officers last week, a Superior Court jury heard Wednesday.

July 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Killer’s life in jury’s hands

Parents who still shudder about the day 5-year-old Desarie Saravia's body was dumped on a front lawn on their quiet cul-de-sac in Castaic say the man convicted of killing her deserves the sentence he now faces.

July 10, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


5.4 quake rattles, leaves no major damage

You can call it wobbly, you can call it undulating, but you cannot call Wednesday's earthquake harmful in any way - at least in the Santa Clarita Valley.

July 08, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury deliberates in Rodriguez trial

SAN FERNANDO - Jury deliberations are under way this week in the murder trial of Antonio Rodriguez, 29, who is charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter and killing her in a Castaic park bathroom.

July 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Defense rests in Rodriguez trial

SAN FERNANDO - There is no evidence that 5-year-old Desarie Elizabeth Saravia was sexually assaulted by the man accused of beating her to death inside a Castaic park bathroom, the man's defense lawyer said in closing arguments Tuesday.

July 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Prosecution closes case with photos

SAN FERNANDO - The prosecution wrapped up its case against accused child killer Antonio Rodriguez on Friday by letting some of the more than 100 injury pictures tell the stories of brutality in the savage beating death of 5-year-old Desarie Elizabeth Saravia.

July 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Businesses balk at fees

A planned sewer-system hookup fee - part of a package of sewer-fee rate hikes proposed Santa Clarita Valley-wide - is necessary to avoid future bond measures, a sanitation district official said this week.

July 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


They called him ‘Daddy’

SAN FERNANDO - Lawyers representing a man accused of beating to death his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter wrapped up their case Wednesday with further testimony that he was a caring man whom the little girl called "Daddy."

July 01, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

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


UPDATE: Couple identified in selfie burglary case

A couple depicted in a selfie that turned up in a burglary victim's cloud database took the photo on a cellphone bought at a San Fernando swap meet, the man in the picture told Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man to stand trial in BB gun shooting

A Valencia man has been ordered to stand trial on a charge he shot a woman in the eye with a BB gun during a road rage incident in May. a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former deputy receives probationary sentence for firing weapon

A retired sheriff's deputy accused of illegally firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him received a probationary sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge against him.

August 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Sheriff's detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public's help in identifying two "persons of interest" depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus High senior killed by car

A 17-year-old girl who became the heart and spirit of the Saugus girls swim team has died after she was hit by a car while jogging, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation continues into man with slit throat

Homicide detectives investigating the discovery last week of a man found dead with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom are awaiting autopsy results to determine if he was murdered, a Sheriff's Department homicide detective said today.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen’s threats stir Santa Clarita Valley

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, following a swift and overwhelming response by sheriff's deputies to calls from "hundreds" of concerned parents, according to parents and local deputies.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coroner identifies man found with throat slit

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department have identified the man found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, a Department spokesman said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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