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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


Downstreamers’ plight

VENTURA COUNTY - As he makes his way through a furrow that cuts one strawberry mound from the next, his steps are slow and sure, one dusty boot in front of the other.

June 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Sulphur Springs School District announces settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Sulphur Springs School District board has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against it, the district's superintendent said today.

March 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A motorcyclist in his early 20's was injured and rushed to the hospital late Thursday afternoon following a traffic collision near College of the Canyons, according to emergency response officials.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials work on conservation plan

A month after local water officials called on Santa Clarita Valley residents to conserve water, they are coming up with a formal conservation plan with the aim of getting state funding for their efforts, he said.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two men arrested for hobby store robbery

Two men from out of town were arrested in a Valencia parking lot Wednesday night just moments after they allegedly robbed a hobby store in Canyon Country, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery

A Palmdale sheriff's deputy who was arrested at his home in Valencia last July pleaded no contest today to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus hiker tells tale of being lost in canyon overnight

Santa Clarita Valley hiker Brian Napoli fell down the rocky side of a mountain and knocked himself unconscious Monday, only to wake up alone, frightened, cold and thirsty, he said Wednesday in a phone interview from his hospital bed.

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


UPDATE: CHP: Drowsy driver injured in big rig crash

A 52-year-old truck driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support directly under the Lower Cross overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 12, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to beef up efforts to capture wasted storm water

Citing local implications of the worsening statewide drought, county supervisors this week OK'd a plan to capture storm water that is currently wasted by literally running down the drain.

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


UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Towsley Canyon after overnight ordeal

A hiker missing since Monday afternoon was found safe and apparently sound Tuesday morning after searchers spotted him waving a piece of clothing in the hills of Towsley Canyon.

March 11, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with threatening to kill deputy found guilty

A Valencia man charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff's deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion was found guilty of that offense, trespassing and robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

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


Red flag warning forecast through Thursday

Low humidity and high winds forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley have prompted a red flag warning in effect until Thursday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Castaic Sports Complex to get new shade structure

Five county parks, including the Castaic Sports Complex, are expected to get a little more shade by 2015 after county supervisors approved funding for shade structures on Tuesday.

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


Saugus grads gear up for bike trek across US

Two Santa Clarita Valley college men are cycling across America in support of people with disabilities - each inspired locally by those who demonstrated they can rise above their handicaps.

March 11, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 face trial in series of robberies

Two Palmdale men arrested four months ago in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery have been ordered to stand trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

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


Officials to release Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan

Santa Clarita Valley residents will get a chance to scrutinize for themselves the ongoing cleanup of Whittaker-Bermite next month when officials release a plan for the many agencies involved to work together and rid the site of toxins.

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


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