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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


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


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UPDATE: Tanker truck overturns, spills corrosive chemical

A tanker truck took a freeway off-ramp too fast Tuesday morning, flipped onto its side and spewed 50-70 gallons of a highly corrosive liquid onto the Highway 126 overpass over Interstate 5.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: COC faculty rejects proposed contract

Members of the union representing instructors at College of the Canyons have rejected a contract from the Santa Clarita Community College District administration, marking the first time in two decades the full-time faculty has voted down a proposed contract.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman injured in SCV as car careens into ravine

A woman was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Monday after her car went over a cliff on Vasquez Canyon Road and plunged to the bottom of a 125-foot ravine.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Anderson scheduled back in court in August

SAN FERNANDO - Lance Anderson, the Canyon Country man accused of killing his wife and sister shortly before Christmas, appeared briefly in court Monday on two counts of murder.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in SCV collision

A motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon following a collision with a Santa Clarita city truck, according to emergency response crews.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stevenson Ranch woman offered deal in DUI-related fatal crash

SAN FERNANDO - A Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August has been given 18 days to decide on a plea deal extended to her by prosecutors in April.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 taken to hospital following ‘Hamburger Hill’ collision

Three people were hurt, two of them taken to the hospital, following a multi-vehicle lunchtime crash today near an In-N-Out in the Santa Clarita Valley, a Fire Department spokesman said.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hearing on Guglielmelli deal postponed to Friday

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife has five more days to decide whether to accept a plea deal offered to him.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More racers reported on Bouquet Canyon Road

Less than a week after a joint forces crackdown on reckless driving reported on Bouquet Canyon Road, officers of the California Highway Patrol officers were called to the same area for similar reports of reckless driving, a CHP officer said.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Plea deal deadline arrives in murder-for-hire case

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife is expected to announce his decision today about a plea deal offered to him by prosecutors.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Dodger Steve Garvey speaks at Congregation Beth Shalom

When 10-time All-Star and former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey was asked to play first base back in 1973, Dodgers manager Walter "Smokey" Alston asked him if he had experience at the position.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Soccer tournament draws hundreds to SCV

The big winner of this year's SCV Magic Cup soccer tournament was, according to the mothers of hungry competing kids, local restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery

Detectives are investigating a bank robbery attempt Friday at the Valencia Promenade Plaza at one of Santa Clarita Valley's busiest intersections, according to bank and law enforcement sources.

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


Fire doused in gym at The Master’s College

Santa Clarita Valley firefighters worked "delicately" to contain a small fire that broke out Thursday in the ceiling of the newly renovated gymnasium at The Master's College, a fire spokesman said.

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


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