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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


SCV pays to pass the salt

Snow melting atop mountains in Plumas County, some 480 miles from the Santa Clarita Valley, is as clean as state legislators demand in their Porter-Cologne Act of 1969, and it's as clean as the Feds demand in their Clean Water Act of 1972.

June 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Of woolly mammoths and farming

As the glaciers melted about 10,000 years ago, torrents of freshly melted ice and snow were sent rushing down the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with assault on woman

A woman is conscious but suffering serious head injuries today after a man allegedly hit her in the face, causing her to fall and strike her head on the pavement.

June 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lines drawn in salty river

You and three friends sit down for lunch at a Santa Clarita Valley restaurant, and each of you orders the soup of the day.

June 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jets, comets, mystery

It's been about one month since the heavens over Santa Clarita opened up with a roar and revealed - something.

June 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Medic: ‘I did all I could’ for fallen Pfc. Suter

A U.S. Navy medic assigned to the same U.S. Marine Corps division as the late Pfc. Jake William Suter says he did all he could to help the local hero the day he died.

June 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


NEW PHOTOS: Loved and lost: Community supports fallen Marine

While parents of a young soldier killed in Afghanistan wait to learn how he died, a community has provided them one irrefutable reminder - their son was loved.

June 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Locals involved in deadly I-5 accident

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Little fish causes big headache

A critter the size of a goldfish has wiggled its way into a controversy that has turned off some canyon residents' tap water, halted bulldozers and periodically flooded a road in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man killed in SunValley crash

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valuable bicycles stolen in Valencia

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for thieves who stole two rare and expensive bicycles valued together at $18,000, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station incident log.

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


A talk with SCV’s top cop

Newly appointed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson wants to preserve Santa Clarita Valley's reputation as one of the safest communities in the country, he said Wednesday during an interview at the Sheriff's Station.

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


Truck driver sentenced to nearly a year in hit-and-run collision

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed is now serving close to a year in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

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


Canyon Country man gets 9 years in prison for stabbing

A Canyon Country man charged in the stabbing of a 20-year-old man last May has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Driver gets close to year in jail for fatal hit-and-run on Highway 14

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed on northbound Highway 14 is now serving close to a year in jail after pleading no contest recently, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


UPDATE: New captain named for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

A veteran Sheriff's Department official with experience in community-based policing has been named the new captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, it was announced Monday.

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


Suggestions sought on OHV improvements

U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to weigh in on making their favorite off-road destinations a better place.

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


School location means susceptibility to vandalism, investigator says

A lack of surveillance equipment and a concealed point of entry make Castaic Middle School an easy target for vandals, says the detective heading the probe into the school district's third case of vandalism in two months - and the second at Castaic Middle School.

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


Official: Drought not over yet

Although more than five inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley since mid-week, much more is needed to get us out of drought, according to the head of the local water distributor.

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


Valencia man recalls days as war photographer

Paul Berkowitz of Valencia will receive his 15 seconds of fame this evening when the retired Vietnam War photographer appears in an episode of the "Raw War" military show.

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


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