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News | By Christopher Cadelago | April 11, 2010
After 10 months on the force, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka responded to a call for backup at the Ramada Inn parking lot. It would be the rookie's last ride. The routine stop in November 2003 escalated into a hail of gunfire that left Pavelka dead and a veteran officer severely injured. The events of that night stunned the community and a police department that had not lost one of its own in a shooting since 1920. The ensuing manhunt, which involved hundreds of local, state and federal agents, ended when the 19-year-old fugitive, David Garcia, was captured by Mexican authorities after spending two weeks in a small town south of Tijuana.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city. While he says he didn't set out to make his sexuality a cornerstone of his campaign, Ferguson also hasn't shied away from it. “It's important to be transparent and honest. This is who I am,” he said. Among the field of current candidates, Ferguson is also the only one without children.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | October 21, 2011
Amy Albano was sworn in this week as Burbank's first female city attorney, replacing Dennis Barlow, who retired after 14 years. Albano joined Thousand Oaks in 2005 as city attorney after spending 14 years in the City Attorney's Office at Ventura.  She is also the immediate past president of the League of California Cities City Attorney's Department. “I love working for cities because it's a group with a common interest, a common good, working together,” she said. “We're able to affect people's lives.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 11, 2011
Lillian Hughes reveres the written word, so much so that the fifth-grade Stevenson Elementary School student often spends the lunch hour hunkered down with pencil and paper. “She loves to write, she would rather write than do almost anything,” said her teacher, Ann Marie Golding. _____________ FOR THE RECORD: This article incorrectly spells Ann Marie Goulding's name. _______________ Now, 10-year-old Lillian is working with a team of Cartoon Network artists to bring her latest book, “Mr.
NEWS
By Don Ray, Special to Times Community News | March 6, 2012
A 43-year-old Burbank man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he murdered the woman who was found dead in a parked car Friday at his parents' home. The man, David Perry, faces five felony counts, including murder, spousal abuse, making criminal threats and animal cruelty, officials said. He also pleaded not guilty to these charges. Perry was arrested Friday shortly after the body of Dorothy Jean McGuire, 37, of Sunland, was discovered in a parked car at his home in the 500 block of North Sparks Street in Burbank.
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By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
THE818NOW
July 10, 2013
This is the third installment in a three-part series. Last Thanksgiving, while most of us were at home preparing our turkey and mashed potatoes, newly minted restaurateur Matt Peek was teaching himself how to cook. In that one day, he crafted recipes for the fledgling menu at Not A Burger Stand, a Riverside Drive hangout in the rancho district. Fortunately for the burger-loving public, the name is ironic. For just $5.75 Peek offers a nicely cooked patty with mild onions, some simple French's mustard and two melted creamy slices of Swiss cheese.
SPORTS
Nathan Cambridge, special to the Leader | January 27, 2014
BURBANK - The Providence High boys' basketball squad was in the game for the entire contest against visiting Verbum Dei in a nonleague matchup that would determine if the Pioneers would stay above .500 for the season. However, the Pioneers were unable to get over the hump Monday night, as the Eagles used their superior size inside to hold the home team off before pulling away at the free-throw line and earning a 49-39 win against Providence. "It's an athletic team from Dei. They've got some size and physicality," first-year Providence Coach Chris Madigan said.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 13, 2010
BURBANK — A Los Angeles man shot and killed himself Thursday afternoon at the Firing-Line indoor shooting range, police said Friday. Officers responded to the range at 1060 N. Lake St. about 4:30 p.m. Thursday to find the man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank Fire Department paramedics. He was identified as 42-year-old David Joseph Magarelli, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
Two women arrested on suspicion of prostitution at a Quality Inn earlier this month were the latest in what authorities say has become a troubling trend. located on North Buena Vista Boulevard on August 5 and 6. Prior to the arrests, Burbank police reported 29 prostitution or vice-related offenses this year, far more than the three offenses reported in those categories for the whole of 2009. "There has definitely been a rise in [prostitution]," said Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 20, 2012
BURBANK - Each year the Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship proves to be one of the toughest city golf championships around, as only a few players manage to hit par or go under on the narrow, hilly DeBell Golf Club. It proved even more difficult on the second day of the tournament Saturday when light rain made conditions soggy and even more challenging. Still, the ninth-annual, three-flight Burbank City Amateur, the final round of which concludes Sunday, brought out about 150 participants, which is its largest turnout since it drew 110 in 2011.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 16, 2013
Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on a proposal to bring a Whole Foods market - along with a 241-unit luxury apartment complex on top - to the city's Media District, officials said. The “Talaria at Burbank” project, proposed for 3401 W. Olive Ave, would offer a “resort living opportunity” that encourages tenants to get out of their cars, said developer Michael Cusumano of the Cusumano Real Estate Group. All existing structures would be demolished to build a four-level luxury apartment complex on top of a 43,000-square-foot Whole Foods, along with 751 parking spaces, according to the project application.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | February 18, 2014
An actress who first broke into national prominence in the 1960s, Toni Bua starred on the CBS daytime drama "Love of Life" as Tess Krakauer opposite her real-life love and husband, Gene Bua . As the years went by, Toni and Gene left New York and came to Burbank, where they made their mark by teaching and showcasing new talent through their Acting for Life Theater. They also worked with at-risk youth - work for which they were recognized by elected officials on federal, county and local levels.
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 Rachel Kane | June 9, 2007
Red cap-and-gown-clad seniors covered nearly all the grass at Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School Thursday night. While parents beamed and fellow students gave speeches about the future, their present lives and the past four years they spent together, the graduates waited to hear their names called. "Well, class of 2007, you have made it," Principal Emilio Urioste said. Names were called and echoed through loudspeakers around the graduating class as people in the stands shouted messages of encouragement and love toward them.
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