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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


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


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Man held for trial in BB gun shooting incident

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been ordered to stand trial on the charges filed against him.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tempers high during Acton-Agua Dulce bullet train meeting

Acton residents sent a message loud and clear to California High-Speed Rail Authority officials Monday night: we don't want your stinking train.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County workers hunt for pit bulls

Worried the dogs might chase and attack again, county animal control officers scoured the Santa Clara River wash Monday searching for a pair of pit bulls, a spokeswoman said.

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three arrested at SCV marijuana growing operation

Three men listed as transients from Santa Clarita have been arrested on suspicion of running a pot-growing operation in the hills near Templin Highway,

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia High baseball coach remains on leave as new semester approaches

Valencia High School teacher and head baseball coach Jared Snyder will not be among those returning to school when it re-opens next week, said a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

August 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More SCV residents sign up to cash in their lawns

Close to 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents are tossing out their lawns and cashing in on a water conservation program that offers them $2 for every square foot of that green expanse that they replace.

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


Woman ID’d in Utah bank robbery

The woman suspected of being the Bombshell Bandit has been identified as 24-year-old Sandeep Kaur of Union City, California, a neighborhood outside of San Francisco, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

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


Valencia man accused of shooting woman in the eye with a BB gun due back in court

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on the charges filed against him.

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


Two injured in Canyon Country crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car and a big rig hauling cement cylinders collided on Soledad Canyon Road, spilling more than 50 gallons of diesel, according to emergency response officials.

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


Possible Bombshell Bandit arrested in Nevada

A woman suspected of robbing a bank in Utah and being chased across the state line into Nevada may be the Bombshell Bandit, wanted for three bank robberies including one in the Santa Clarita Valley in June, a police sergeant said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Personal documents rival loot on burglars’ to-get lists

Burglars and thieves are finding a new treasure trove of loot in Santa Clarita Valley homes and cars, not hidden away in safes or shoeboxes, but rather in plain sight on desk tops or tucked away in desk drawers. That treasure is personal information.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV gets sprinkled

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions linger years after man’s murder

On Feb. 5, 2011, thousands across the country got together with friends to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Ricardo Lopez got together with friends too - and was never seen again.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Jewish community shows support for Israel

Santa Clarita Valley's Jewish community showed its support for Israel Sunday when rabbis from three congregations spearheaded a demonstration of unity.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured in solo vehicle crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday morning following a single-car crash on San Franciscquito Canyon Road, fire officials said.

August 03, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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