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THE818NOW
July 26, 2013
In 1943, George Barris was a high school senior in northern California, still years away from designing custom cars like his original Batmobile for the 1960s Batman television series. As Barris approached graduation, his San Juan High School principal triumphantly announced the names of his classmates who would be future doctors and lawyers. But the principal told Barris - who quit his metal shop class dissatisfied over making drain pipes - that he would be “the least [likely] to ever succeed.” Nearly 70 years later, San Juan High School invited Barris back in 2012.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
Who are the people trying to get people out of their cars and onto bikes ("Hoping to see more bicycle lanes," July 21)? Traffic in Burbank is quadrupling, and they continue to shrink our roads with bicycle lanes. Is this insanity or what? It's almost like a conspiracy to see just how far they can go to really screw things up. The county is falling apart, starting with the president right down to the lower level of local politics. Anyone who rides a bike on the over-car-crowded streets of Burbank should be deemed suicidal.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A series of car vandalism incidents were reported in Burbank late last week, some of which were similar in nature, police said. Three car owners reported discovering slashed tires and key marks on their cars Thursday morning, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In the 1000 block of East Santa Anita Avenue, the front and rear driver's side tires on a Toyota Solara were reportedly slashed, and the side-view mirrors were broken off. Nearby, in the 400 block of Sunset Canyon Drive, two BMWs had been keyed.
THE818NOW
January 3, 2013
Los Angeles police have arrested a parolee they suspect may have burglarized as many as 200 cars, most of them in parking structures, after first blocking out surveillance cameras with silver paint. Frank Chibbaro, 38, was arrested Tuesday while hiding in a parking structure at 8th and Bixel streets in downtown Los Angeles after a witness saw someone breaking into a car, according to Police Lt. Joe Losorelli. Police said they found hundreds of items in Chibbaro's car and at his North Hollywood home, including credit cards, laptops, cameras, expensive sunglasses, jewelry and money that investigators suspect he took from cars he had broken into.
THE818NOW
July 16, 2013
A 37-year-old Burbank motorist was arrested Monday after allegedly sideswiping seven parked cars while driving drunk, police said. Just after noon, Anthony Abraham reportedly struck five parked cars while traveling on the 2200 block of North Buena Vista Street, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Soon after, Abraham turned onto the 2200 block of Niagra Street, where he allegedly swiped two more parked cars, Ryburn said. That's when Abraham abandoned his truck and allegedly attempted to flee on foot, but a “crowd” of witnesses reportedly tackled him before police arrived.
THE818NOW
November 7, 2012
More than a dozen vehicles were burglarized early Saturday morning in downtown Burbank, police said, with victims collectively losing nearly $10,000 in cash and property. No suspects have been identified, but police believe the same individual or team of people may be behind the burglaries, as each vehicle had a smashed window. Designer purses and sunglasses, laptops, cameras and iPods were stolen from cars parked in the 100 and 200 blocks of South First Street, the 100 block of East Orange Grove Avenue and the 500 block of South Victory Boulevard.
NEWS
March 26, 2005
No wonder we have no alternative-fuel cars. We are going to spend about $1.8 million to support and drive five cars converted to run on hydrogen for five years. Based on those figures, it would be cheaper to pay the people who would be driving those cars to stay at home. This would save us money and reduce the emissions to zero. Every engineer knows the hydrogen cycle makes sense and that the internal-combustion engine can be converted to run on hydrogen and thus reduce emissions.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 24, 2013
The annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic is ready to shift into high gear on Saturday with this year's event featuring a Red Carpet Expo with celebrity cars from the Petersen Museum and Warner Bros. The event will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. and cars will be lined up throughout downtown Burbank. Cars will include a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera owned by Elvis Presley, the "Greased Lighting" 1946 Ford from the movie "Grease," the 2001 Honda S2000 from "2 Fast 2 Furious," the General Lee from the original "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine from the "Scooby-Doo" movies and the 1966 TV Batmobile designed by George Barris.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com and By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 13, 2013
A loud but peaceful crowd flooded the Empire Center parking lot with vehicles Tuesday night for the impromptu " Krispy Kreme " meet, drawing more than 3,000 people and roughly 1,000 cars. "I've seen families out here with their kids looking at the cars," Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said at 8:30 p.m. No arrests had been reported and crowds were expected to thin out, he added. PHOTOS: Youth car enthusiasts converge on Burbank's Empire Center   Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets due to traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | October 28, 2011
Man arrested for attempted burglary Francis Lockhard, 35, of Burbank, was arrested Oct. 22 on suspicion of attempted burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance after allegedly trying to open several locked doors at an office complex on the 4000 block of Alameda Avenue. Man struck in head with chair On Oct. 20, a man described as being in his late 30s, white, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with short blond/brown hair told a man inside a restaurant on the 300 block of First Street that he was being too loud, then proceeded to throw a chair, striking him in the head.
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THE818NOW
March 20, 2014
Police arrested a 21-year-old male Thursday morning in Burbank on suspicion of grand theft auto and evading police. The suspect, identified as Forest Herman, was spotted by security guards driving suspiciously in the IKEA parking lot, said Burbank Police Sgt. Jerry Misquez.  They reported his license plate to the Burbank Police Department, who determined it was a stolen vehicle, he said. Herman drove away from the parking lot, but within a few minutes an officer on patrol in the Sunset Canyon area spotted the plate and stopped the vehicle, Misquez said.  The suspect then got out of the car and started to walk away.  “He was ultimately detained and arrested,” Misquez said.
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THE818NOW
February 27, 2014
A 28-year-old Lancaster woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that she struck a 5-year-old boy while driving drunk with her 2-year-old son in her car , and later attempted to flee the scene, authorities said. Meagan Booth was charged with two counts of driving under the influence causing injury, and one count each of leaving the scene of an accident and child endangerment. The 5-year-old boy, who was crossing the street with his grandmother, was knocked to the ground during the collision, which occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of Fairview Street and Victory Boulevard.
THE818NOW
February 24, 2014
A 5-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in Burbank Monday afternoon, and the driver was arrested after attempting to flee the scene, police said. The boy, who was crossing the street with his grandmother, was transported to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles with minor injuries after he was knocked to the ground in the collision, which occurred around 1 p.m. at Victory Boulevard and Fairview Street, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. The female motorist, whose identity was not immediately available, reportedly fled the scene.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
Six vehicle burglaries, one of which included the theft of a handgun, were reported in Burbank Wednesday evening, and investigators say the incidents may be connected. Between 6:30 and 10 p.m., three cars were burglarized in three parking lots within a couple blocks of one another in downtown Burbank, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In two of them, the burglars smashed car windows to gain entry. Numerous electronics, including an iPad, laptop and cameras, were stolen, along with the handgun, which was in a backpack on the back seat of one of the cars, Ryburn said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A series of car vandalism incidents were reported in Burbank late last week, some of which were similar in nature, police said. Three car owners reported discovering slashed tires and key marks on their cars Thursday morning, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In the 1000 block of East Santa Anita Avenue, the front and rear driver's side tires on a Toyota Solara were reportedly slashed, and the side-view mirrors were broken off. Nearby, in the 400 block of Sunset Canyon Drive, two BMWs had been keyed.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
Police are investigating a series of thefts in which side mirrors were stolen from four parked cars in Burbank on Saturday. In the 1600 and 1500 blocks of Victory Place, both side mirrors were stolen from two parked cars - a 2012 BMW 3 Series and 2007 BMW 3 Series, respectively - Saturday afternoon, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. In the 900 block of East Tujunga Avenue, one side mirror was reportedly stolen from a 2014 Infiniti between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m., and in the 1900 block of Amber Lane, another mirror was stolen from a 2008 BMW X5 sometime from 10 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 30, 2013
Burbank Councilman Gary Bric's restaurant will be closed for up to six weeks after a stolen car rammed into the building late Monday night , causing an estimated $150,000 in damages, the councilman said. Prior to the crash, police saw the car driving at high speed on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. David Delgado. As police pursued, the motorist exited onto Hollywood Way, ran a stop sign and clipped another vehicle before crashing into the business, called Gary Bric's Ramp, located 7730 N. Hollywood Way in Sun Valley, Delgado said.
THE818NOW
October 29, 2013
An alleged stolen car rammed into a restaurant owned by Burbank Councilman Gary Bric early Tuesday, according to police officials. Prior to the crash, police saw the alleged stolen car driving at a high rate of speed on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway, according to Sgt. David Delgado with the Valley Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. As police pursued, the driver of the reportedly stolen car exited onto Hollywood Way, ran a stop sign and clipped another vehicle before crashing into the business, called Gary Bric's Ramp, located 7730 N. Hollywood Way in Sun Valley, Delgado said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
After five of her best friends died in a car wreck, Vanessa Lanza made a pledge. She'd never allow herself, or others, to drink and drive. As of Tuesday, nearly 600 people had joined Lanza's online vow , in which she asked friends, classmates, community members and strangers to follow suit. Just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 28, the crash claimed the lives of five young people - identified by authorities as Stephen Stoll, 23, Sugey Cuevas, 19, Malak Hariri, 19, and Sameer Nevarez, 18, and Sebastian Forero, 20 - and left one, 18-year-old Savannah Underwood, badly injured.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 8, 2013
Hundreds gathered Tuesday to mourn the passing of Sugey Cuevas, who family and friends remembered as a colorful, free spirit who had a contagious laugh, and loved dancing and Flamin' Hot Cheetos. The 19-year-old John Burroughs High School graduate died in a car crash in Burbank on Sept. 28 that claimed the lives of four other young people and left one injured .  PHOTOS: Hundreds gather for Sugey Cuevas funeral A group of Cuevas' friends attended her funeral clad in bright outfits, their arms covered in “kandi,” or colorful beaded bracelets popular at electronic music festivals, or raves, of which Cuevas was a fan. “If we were all wearing black, she'd be striking us with lighting,” her best friend Heather Haynes, who was dressed in pink and white, said with a laugh.
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