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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


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


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Massage parlor crackdown conducted in Newhall

A crackdown on Newhall massage parlors Wednesday netted one arrest for prostitution and several citations for city code violations, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

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


Appellate court rejects reversal in Newhall Ranch case

A California appellate court has ruled in favor of developers planning to build 21,000 homes on the banks of the Santa Clara River and has tossed out a 2012 court decision opposed to the project.

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


Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff's documents.

March 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet cleanup measures approved

U.S. Forest Service officials have approved the first of two emergency measures proclaimed by county supervisors last month in an effort to clean up the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and release much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir, a Los Angeles County spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff's official said.

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


Work truck suspected as cause of brush fire near Gorman

A brush fire that burned more than 100 acres near Gorman on the weekend was apparently caused by the overheated undercarriage of a work truck, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

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


UPDATE: 25-year-old found dead in apparent heroin overdose

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff officials logged what appears to be the first heroin overdose death of the year Tuesday with the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Newhall, law enforcement sources said.

March 18, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces preliminary hearing in peace officer battery case

A preliminary hearing has been set for as Azusa man charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and battery of a peace officer following a struggle with law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol in August, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found at burn site may be shooting victim

A man whose decomposed body was found near Gorman last weekend by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire was the victim of foul play and may have been shot, a homicide detective said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young chess players hit the boards for massive state tournament in Valencia

Scores of dueling chess players walked away from the Hyatt Regency Valencia Sunday hauling trophies almost as big as some of the competitors.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Remains discovered after fire

Human skeletal remains found in a rugged area burned by a brush fire east of Gorman are believed to be "years old," according to one of several investigators who scoured a blackened hillside Sunday.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One dead, one injured after car plunges off Lake Hughes Road

One man is dead and another "glad to be alive" after they both plunged 400 feet down a ravine in a pickup truck Friday night and were found 36 hours later, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol said.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VALENCIA: Motorcyclist injured in Sunday morning crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Sunday following a traffic collision involving a car and a "Ninja" motorcycle, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

March 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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