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LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | November 22, 2006
CIVIC CENTER — Burbank city employee Jolene Elliot, accused of bilking thousands from the Boy Scouts, entered a no contest plea Tuesday to felony embezzlement charges in Burbank Superior Court. The plea amounts to an admission of guilt that Elliot, 44, stole $10,000 from Burbank Boy Scout Troop 210 accounts over a three-year period. As a part of the agreement, Elliot will receive three-years of probation in lieu of a two-year prison sentence. She must also complete 100 hours of community service, pay full restitution to Troop 210 and is forbidden from ever serving as an officer for any organization in the capacity of collecting or accounting for funds.
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NEWS
October 18, 2006
Reverend's Scout critique is misplaced After reading the Rev. Damon Vix's letter published on Saturday ("Mayor's support of Boy Scouts misplaced,") I revisited the referenced Burbank Leader article on Oct. 4 ("Scouts help prevent fires"). Vix seems to have mistaken it as a "Boy Scout ceremony" as stated in his article. The original article called it a "dedication." His main point was that the mayor (and other city leaders) should refrain from associating with the Boy Scouts of America (or presumably any other organization)
NEWS
October 18, 2006
Comparison to the KKK was uncalled for I was disappointed to see that the Rev. Damon Vix lacked the vision to recognize that his rant perpetuates the very discrimination that he was speaking out against ("Mayor's support of Boy Scouts misplaced," Mailbag, Saturday). He was, however, correct about the fact that the Boy Scouts are an "expressive association." So, if I read his commentary right, this puts the Boy Scouts in the same sphere as the Ku Klux Klan? From its inception, the Boy Scouts has had a core belief in God — as evidenced in the Scout Oath and Law reference, "Duty to God" and "reverence" respectively.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | October 7, 2006
DOWNTOWN BURBANK — A longtime city of Burbank employee pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft at her arraignment in Burbank Superior Court on Wednesday, filing a continuance to set the case for a hearing later this month. Jolene Elliot, 43, is charged with one count of embezzling $10,000 from Boy Scout Troop 210 in Burbank between Jan. 24, 2004, and April 17, 2006, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The Burbank Police Department arrested Elliot on Aug. 24 after a committee for the Boy Scouts reported that funds were missing during her tenure as treasurer for the troop, Sgt. Kevin Grandalski said.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | October 4, 2006
With a little help from Smokey Bear, Eagle Scout candidates and Burbank city officials dedicated fire-danger signs on Tuesday at Fire Station 16. Four Eagle Scout candidates from Troop 209 took on the challenge of building the signs, which rate the risk of fire in an area, for their Eagle Scout project. The Scouts built the signs to mark the anniversary of last year's Harvard Incident Fire, which in October burned more than 1,100 acres in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank.
FEATURES
By Chris Wiebe | August 30, 2006
CITY HALL — A longtime city of Burbank employee was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of felony grand theft after allegedly embezzling funds from a local Boy Scout troop, officials said. Burbank Police arrested Jolene Elliot, 43, a city employee for 25 years, for allegedly stealing funds from Boy Scout Troop 210 in Burbank, between Jan. 24, 2004 and April 17, 2006, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A committee for the Boy Scouts reported that about $10,000 was missing from agency accounts during Elliot's tenure as treasurer for the troop, Burbank Police Sgt. Kevin Grandalski said.
BUSINESS
By Chris Wiebe | July 5, 2006
While many students idly squander the precious weeks of summer break, more than 40 high school students in Burbank will working to get a leg up on their future careers. The Burbank Employment and Student Training program, known as BEST, matches up local business leaders with students, 16 to 18 years old, to work in industries that correspond with their long-term goals, said Sommer Barwick, an administrative analyst with the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. "The whole purpose of the BEST program is to provide students with the opportunity to experience what a real-world job is like, preferably one that fits in with their career path," she said.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | May 27, 2006
NORTH HOLLYWOOD ? A troop of Boy Scouts, military veterans and Burbank community members traversed Valhalla Memorial Park, posting small American flags on the headstones of deceased service men and women. The ceremony ushered in the Memorial Day weekend for Burbank, said Burbank Troop 201 Assistant Scoutmaster Harold Schierholt. "Every year we come to Valhalla to celebrate the beginning of Memorial Day, to honor the soldiers who paid the ultimate prices for our country," he said.
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