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Locals hope to flush out truth about potential sewer-rate hike

Sanitation District officials who held the first of a series of public information meetings on a proposed sewer-rate hike met with criticism and confusion from about 50 people who attended.

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


Family testifies accused was father figure

SAN FERNANDO - Antonio Rodriguez, who is accused of beating to death his girlfriend's daughter, was a caring father figure who took the child and her brother to his mother's house every day to feed them, according to testimony offered in court Tuesday.

June 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Murdered girl’s blood found in motel room

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors wrapped up their case against accused murderer Antonio Rodriguez on Monday with crime analysts saying they found blood belonging to the murdered girl, Desarie Elizabeth Saravia, and her brother inside a blood-splattered Van Nuys motel room.

June 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The sewage-rate hike’s salty effect on business

Hiking Santa Clarita Valley business owners' fees to pay for a salt-ridding machine is not the way to encourage new business to locate here, some owners say.

June 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts describe wounding of lifeless little girl

SAN FERNANDO - A veteran emergency room physician said Friday he had never seen a patient injured as badly as tiny 5-year-old Desarie Elizabeth Saravia when she arrived lifeless at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital one afternoon in 2004.

June 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tragic details unfold through pictures

SAN FERNANDO - A crayon drawing done by a badly beaten boy three days after his 5-year-old sister was savagely beaten to death in a Castaic park bathroom gave jurors a glimpse into the children's shared suffering Thursday as a murder trial continued.

June 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Meadows works out with the best of ’em

Having exercised with students almost every other day for a month, teachers at Meadows Elementary School will have little problem jumping for joy today when they learn their school is a finalist in a statewide challenge to keep kids fit.

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


Reliving Desarie’s final moments

SAN FERNANDO - Two Castaic women described in court Wednesday what happened the day a lifeless, naked young girl ended up on their quiet suburban street.

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


High cost of salt wars

The victor of a water war over chloride levels in the Santa Clara River, pitting upstream suburbanites against downstream farmers, could be determined with the flourish of a pen on two emerging fronts this summer, The Signal has learned following a month-long investigation.

June 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Downstreamers’ plight

VENTURA COUNTY - As he makes his way through a furrow that cuts one strawberry mound from the next, his steps are slow and sure, one dusty boot in front of the other.

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


SCV pays to pass the salt

Snow melting atop mountains in Plumas County, some 480 miles from the Santa Clarita Valley, is as clean as state legislators demand in their Porter-Cologne Act of 1969, and it's as clean as the Feds demand in their Clean Water Act of 1972.

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


Of woolly mammoths and farming

As the glaciers melted about 10,000 years ago, torrents of freshly melted ice and snow were sent rushing down the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Man charged with assault on woman

A woman is conscious but suffering serious head injuries today after a man allegedly hit her in the face, causing her to fall and strike her head on the pavement.

June 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lines drawn in salty river

You and three friends sit down for lunch at a Santa Clarita Valley restaurant, and each of you orders the soup of the day.

June 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jets, comets, mystery

It's been about one month since the heavens over Santa Clarita opened up with a roar and revealed - something.

June 07, 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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