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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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Suspect sought in Newhall cold case

A man nearly killed 16 years ago when he was viciously stabbed in his Newhall home called a local sheriff's lieutenant recently with a simple message for investigators, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

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


Jury selection begins in trial of Valencia man accused in jail corruptions probe

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Valencia man named as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

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


UPDATE: Two sheriff's deputies injured in Castaic traffic collision

Two local sheriff's deputies were injured, and one was taken to the hospital, Wednesday morning when their cruiser and a glass company truck collided in Castaic.

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


UPDATE: Valencia man charged with shooting woman, others with BB gun

A 28-year-old Valencia man was charged Wednesday for an alleged road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye. The suspect, if convicted, could face multiple life terms in state prison, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


McKeon steps in on Bouquet Canyon water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

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


Lawsuit filed in death of man killed during deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country

The family of a man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country in January has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, a member of the man's family said Tuesday.

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


Meeting set on Bouquet water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

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


Replica gun near Valencia High School prompts swift response

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies detained a young couple at gunpoint near Valencia High School Tuesday morning in response to reports they were seen shooting at signs from their moving car, a lieutenant said.

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


Burglars steal horse riding equipment

Burglars stole everything but the horse it seems when they made off with close to $10,000 worth of saddles, bridles and other horse riding equipment from stables in Acton recently, according to local sheriff's deputies.

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


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested in apparent road rage incident

A 28-year-old Valencia man has been arrested in connection with an alleged road rage incident Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 19, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputy who allegedly fired revolver in response to prank is arrested

A sheriff's deputy who allegedly fired his service revolver into the air after neighborhood kids pulled a prank has been arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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


Bands battle it out in Canyon Country

Despite which band came out on top, the real winners of Sunday's Battle of the Bands were the more than 75 spectators who got a fresh, free and exciting concert of new music at College of the Canyons' Canyon Country Campus.

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


Bikers ride to support Guide Dogs of America

Guide dogs in yellow vests and bikers in black leather met Sunday for the 11th Annual Ride For Guides to raise money for Guide Dogs of America.

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


Authorities ID man found in Newhall fire

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have identified the man whose body was found inside a burning Newhall apartment last month as 61-year-old Clyde Wayne Henderson, a spokeswoman said.

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


Man collapses on bike path

A man who collapsed of an apparent heart attack on a bike path near Camp Plenty Sunday is alive after paramedics applied cardio-pulmonary rescue techniques to revive him, emergency response officials said.

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


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