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January 03, 2009

Trial set in officer shooting case

Attorneys will likely be moving forward with trial proceedings against David Garcia, who is charged with the 2003 fatal shooting of a Burbank police officer.

Garcia, a suspected gang member, is accused of fatally shooting Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka on Nov. 13, 2003, during a drug-related shootout in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn near Bob Hope Airport.

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Officer Greg Campbell, who was also involved in the incident, suffered major injuries.

Garcia fled the United States after the shooting and was arrested Nov. 26, 2003, in Tijuana.

He faces eight criminal counts — one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of possession of a controlled substance for transportation and five counts for weapons violations, according to a criminal complaint.

Since Garcia was arraigned in 2004, attorneys have continuously delayed his trial.

He is scheduled to appear for a hearing March 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Golf course to celebrate opening

The long-awaited DeBell Golf Course will celebrate its grand opening Monday after undergoing massive construction that began in 2007.

The municipal golf course has been open to golfers, but the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be 2 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse, 1500 Walnut Ave.

Crews ripped up the parking lot and created a new lot for golfers.

They also demolished the golf course’s iconic clubhouse for a new one, and art installations will be displayed outside the house.

Stabbing suspect to go on trial

Attorneys will continue to hold court hearings for 41-year-old Jorge Ernesto Villalobos, who is accused of stabbing and killing Burbank resident Glen Giles at his home.

Villalobos is scheduled to appear Feb. 24 at Pasadena Superior Court for a hearing about the stabbing death.

He is accused of stabbing Giles, 47, multiple times at his home in the 3000 block of Joaquin Drive. Giles’ body was discovered Feb. 24 on a neighbor’s doorstep across the street.

Giles was stabbed several times in his home either on the night of Feb. 23 or the following morning and ran to his neighbor’s house, police said. Villalobos was arrested the next day and charged with murder.

Villalobos’ motive for stabbing Giles may have been jealousy over a mutual friend, according to police.

Budget outcome remains a mystery

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