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News | By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | August 5, 2011
Parties involved in an ongoing lawsuit stemming from a sexual liaison between a former Burbank Unified middle school teacher and her student met behind closed doors Friday to discuss moving the case from state to federal court. Attorneys declined to comment on the proceedings. A hearing scheduled for October was canceled, and no new court dates have been set. In March 2009, then-Jordan Middle School teacher Amy Beck turned herself in to police and confessed to having had a sexual relationship with a male student.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested at Bob Hope Airport on Sunday after allegedly filming another man urinating in a restroom in Terminal B, police said. Stephen Russel, who was in a locked stall, allegedly used his cellphone to record a 38-year-old man in an adjacent stall, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The victim reportedly alerted security after he noticed he was being filmed, Ryburn said. Russel was arrested on suspicion of photographing or filming someone where there's an expectation of privacy, Ryburn said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The juvenile charged in connection with the double-stabbing at the Santa Monica Pier in January recently admitted to one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and is a ward of the court, authorities said. The two counts of attempted murder he was initially charged with were dismissed, according to Greg Risling, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Officials could not elaborate on the minor's sentence. However, being a “ward of the court” could mean several things.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
A recent poll conducted Pew Research Center revealed that many people worldwide, particularly those who live in poorer countries, are of the opinion that one must believe in God to be a moral person. According to the Pew report that was issued in late March, more people in North America and Europe agree that one can be an upright person whether or not they are religious. Q: What is your take on the various views across the globe linking morality to a belief in God? What is "moral"?
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
A Burbank Hills community faced a setback Monday in its decades-long quest to create a gated neighborhood, after the Planning Board recommended that elected officials deny the request. The board's recommendation, approved in a 3-0 vote, will be forwarded to the Burbank City Council for a final decision. Two Planning Board members were absent. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates - for the fourth time since 1987 - at the two main entrances to the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A lawsuit alleging Burbank Unified officials failed to properly oversee a teacher - convicted of having sex with a middle school student in 2009 - is scheduled to go to trial later this month. Amy Beck, then an instructor at David Starr Jordan Middle School, turned herself into police in March 2010, admitting she had a sexual relationship with the then 14-year-old student between the spring and fall of the previous year. She later pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after a series of incidents in which he allegedly robbed, burglarized and attempted to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Burbank, police said. Thomas Taylor allegedly entered the pharmacy - located at 511 N. Hollywood Way - on Saturday evening and demanded Xanax while flashing a knife in his waistband, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The following morning, Taylor allegedly entered the same pharmacy, again demanding Xanax. When the pharmacist moved toward the phone, Taylor reportedly jumped over the counter, at which point the pharmacist - fearing for her safety - led him to a shelf storing the medication, he said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 15, 2013
After last year's hiatus due to budget cuts, the Easter Egg-Stravaganza is returning to Burbank this month, despite concerns from city officials that time and funding constraints could compromise the quality of the event. Noting that the holiday celebration has been “overwhelmingly well-received” in the past, the Burbank City Council Tuesday pushed for its rebirth and expressed confidence that officials could pull off a scaled-back version in just two weeks. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m., March 30. Two years ago, roughly 1,600 parents and children flocked to McCambridge Park for egg hunts, carnival games and visits with the Easter Bunny, leaving the city's tab at roughly $14,000.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
Longtime Burbank resident Tom Medley, creator of the "Stroker McGurk" cartoon series that ran in Hot Rod magazine, died Sunday. He would've turned 94 this month. The hot rod legend, who died following a short illness, is survived by his son Gary Medley, who remembered his father as a funny, energetic man, deeply loved by many. The Oregon-native moved to California after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II and was accepted to study at the Art Center College of Design, then known at the Art Center School.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Planning Board on Monday is slated to consider a proposal to add gates to a residential neighborhood in Burbank's hillside, marking the neighborhood's fourth attempt at such a request. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates at the two main entrances of the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes. City officials have recommended the board deny the request, citing safety concerns. For example, the gates could slow down response times or cause evacuation delays during an emergency, according to a city report.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday imposed terms of employment on the Burbank city attorneys union after a year of unsuccessful negotiations, a move Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy called “regrettable.” The council approved imposing the terms in a unanimous vote with no discussion. The terms include a 3% raise for members of the Burbank City Attorneys Assn., made up of 10 attorneys and a paralegal, in exchange for the employees paying their full employee pension contribution, which is 8% of their salaries.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
A 40-year-old Burbank man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly waving a knife, while drunk, outside Domino's Pizza in Burbank after an employee told him the store was closed, police said. Mohammed Bashir reportedly tried to get into the pizza shop at 12:30 a.m., but the employee turned him away because the store was closed, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The store employee, while closing, approached the door four times before Bashir allegedly pulled out a knife and yelled something unintelligible.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
ARCADIA - Despite sending a small contingent, the Burbank-area produced a record-setting effort at Saturday's second day of the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet at Arcadia High. Burbank High senior Andy Hurtado led the way. The reigning Pacific League discus champion etched his name into Burbank High history when he set a new school and personal record in the discus with a fifth-place toss of 166 feet, 9 inches. “It was unbelievable, it was the throw I had thought I could always throw,” Hurtado said.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
The Burbank Unified school board offered few assurances to the district's head nurse Lenora Aguilera last week when she asked school officials to consider hiring three more certificated school nurses to add to the six that currently serve 15,200 students. Along with Aguilera voicing her concerns about more nursing staff, Bret Harte Elementary Principal Sheari Taylor described a recent Friday in which she stepped into her school's office and saw several students lined up sitting on a bench.
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