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Killer’s lawyers wrap up death-penalty phase

SAN FERNANDO - Attorneys in the Antonio Rodriguez trial delivered eloquent arguments Friday for and against the death penalty for the man who beat a 5-year-old girl to death in a Castaic park bathroom in 2004.

July 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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1 injured in Highway 14 collision in SCV

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday following a two-car traffic collision on Highway 14 near Golden Valley Road, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teens in SCV weekend collision recovering

Two Santa Clarita Valley teens injured in a late-night crash last weekend were resting at home Monday, a third was due to go home and a fourth was released, although it was unclear whether she went home or to another hospital, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV sheriff’s detectives looking to snare mouse trap bandit

Bank robbers used sticky mouse traps to try to catch themselves some loot recently through the slot of a Santa Clarita Valley bank night deposit box.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ performances canceled at The Rep

Persistent heckling from an audience member during a performance of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" led to the shut-down of the production's remaining Santa Clarita Valley run.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red-tagged house has rich history

Behind the shutters and the boarded up windows of a house on Bernina Avenue in Canyon Country, now red-tagged with "No trespassing" stickers, lies the history of a man who devoted his life to helping the unfortunate.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nonprofit gives old dogs a new home

Everyone wants a puppy, no one wants an old dog - unless you happen to be Nancy Koch.

June 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 teens injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four teenage girls were hurt – one with serious head injuries – when the driver of a Honda Accord apparently lost control of the car late Saturday night and slammed it into a light post on Newhall Ranch Road.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck fire burns quarter acre near Pyramid Lake

A Sunday morning truck fire on Interstate 5 sparked a small brush fire, just north of Pyramid Lake, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four people, at least two of them juveniles, were injured and taken to the hospital Saturday night following a traffic collision on Newhall Ranch Road, where the road becomes Golden Valley Road, near the overpass that crosses Soledad Canyon Road, emergency response officials said.

May 31, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bypass to Bouquet Canyon water impasse unlikely

There's no getting around the laws that protect endangered critters such as the unarmored threespine stickleback - even if you're one of a dozen state, county and local agencies seeking a solution to the water impasse in Bouquet Canyon.

May 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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