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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


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


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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


High winds topple trees in SCV

Severe winds knocked down at least a dozen trees and tree limbs across the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, sending some crashing onto roads and created traffic hazards, city and fire officials said.

April 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in Newhall apartment fire

The discovery of a body inside a burning Newhall apartment is under investigation by homicide detectives and arson investigators, county fire and coroner officials said Tuesday.

April 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Station weekend saturation patrol nets 10 arrests

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested 10 people during a weekend "saturation patrol" aimed at getting under-the-influence drivers off the road, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car found abandoned in ravine

California Highway Patrol officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding a black Corvette found abandoned at the bottom of a ravine along Bouquet Creek over the weekend, according to the CHP.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Twin sisters recount the Holocaust

Twin sisters Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin told a small congregation at Beth Shalom Sunday how lucky they were to have survived several life-threatening moments during the Holocaust, most notably perhaps being the day Nazi doctor Josef Mengele came looking for twins.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another arrest in billboard showdown

A continuing battle over the Santa Clarita City Council's decision to approve electronic billboards along local freeways resulted in another arrest this weekend and a face-to-face showdown between billboard supporters and opponents on the dusty Western streets at the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Giddyup Santa Clarita

Amid the charcoal smell of barbecues, the twirl of parasols and the jingling of spurs, thousands attended the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday and enjoyed a sunny day of Western culture.

April 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit: ‘Fiscal integrity’ of SCV water service threatened

One of Santa Clarita Valley's four water retailers is suing the agency from which it buys a portion of its water, claiming the Castaic Lake Water Agency illegally purchased the Valencia Water Company, another water retailer.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested so far in ongoing billboard dispute

The ongoing Santa Clarita Valley dispute over electronic billboards between those petitioning against them and the "petition blockers" rallying in their support has netted three arrests and spurred several confrontations at local stores, a sheriff's official confirmed Friday.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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