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November 23, 2002
Ryan Carter Police Lt. Kevin Krafft wears a wristwatch that delivers e-mail, but he still believes in old-fashioned police work -- with a modern twist. Through his 30 years of police work, Krafft has combined his reverence of old-school policing -- walking the street beat, beefing up patrols and making contacts in areas where crime is on the increase -- with his skill as the department's computer guru. Through fluency in computer language and the ability to customize software, Krafft has broadened the department's computerized crime analysis efforts, making police work more efficient from patrol to the detective unit.
NEWS
May 17, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK -- Police will contact 600 women whose Internet screen names and photos were on alleged rapist Daniel Zabuski's computer. Authorities believe some of the women may have been sexually assaulted by Zabuski, who was arrested April 12 on suspicion of raping a Burbank woman he met on the Internet. Since his arrest, five more women have come forward to say they were attacked by Zabuski, Police Det. Craig Ratliff said. Zabuski is being held on $1.2-million bail.
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | November 4, 2009
For E-Geniuses founder and owner Joey Mariano, fixing a computer and returning it to a customer in tip-top shape is only half of what an experience at his new computer repair store entails. Mariano, who founded E-Geniuses in 2004, recently moved to his Burbank location, 2718 W. Burbank Blvd., after doing business in a loft in downtown Los Angeles for five years. The repair shop will officially open Dec. 1. The 27-year-old computer technician has been repairing computers since he was 12. As the John Burroughs High School graduate sat in his spacious waiting room on a weekday afternoon, Mariano said he wants to provide ongoing support for his clients — something only available to large and mid-size companies with an integrated tech-support staff.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 26, 2009
WEST BURBANK — Catherine Nicholls’ family has tried many ways to goad the 89-year-old into trying her hand at the personal computer. But each time she’s avoided lessons, despite pleas that it would serve as means to connect with 13 grandsons via e-mail and social networks. “To be honest, it seems a little scary,” said Nicholls while waiting for lunch at the Joslyn Adult Center, which serves those 55 and older. “They say, ‘Why don’t you join Facebook?
NEWS
October 15, 2003
Molly Shore The book of knowledge just got easier to read at Burbank High School's year-old library. With $10,000 worth of furniture donated by IKEA of Burbank, students now have comfortable areas in the library's second-floor loft and first floor lounges to study or curl up with a book. At a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony, the furniture was unveiled to an appreciative audience of district administrators, city officials, teachers and students.
NEWS
June 14, 2003
Ben Godar Four Providence High School students were arrested Thursday on suspicion of tampering with school computer records in order to improve their grade-point averages, police said. The four boys allegedly used computers in a home or homes as well as computers at the school to change their grades in a variety of subjects. Police would not release any further details on how the grades were changed, but said the alleged crimes occurred within the last 30 to 40 days.
NEWS
By CHARLES UNGER | November 4, 2006
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is often criticized for being too liberal. But the court proved it is not always liberal this summer, with what I deem to be a poor decision in July. The question here is if your roommate happens to be suspected of committing a crime and his computer then becomes the target of a search warrant, can the police who come in to execute the search warrant take your computer and read your e-mails? Well, believe it or not, by a unanimous 3-0 vote, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that federal agents serving a search warrant could search the roommate's computer and read her e-mails, etc. This case pertains to Christopher Adjani who was suspected of committing the crime of conspiracy to commit extortion.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | September 24, 2009
CITY CENTER — Police today arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of raping an unconscious 24-year-old man this weekend in his Burbank apartment before fleeing with his laptop computer. Richard Scott Poland, of Burbank, was arrested Thursday somewhere within the Burbank Town Center on the 200 block of East Magnolia Boulevard and booked on charges of sodomy and grand theft. Police also recovered the stolen computer, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. Poland is being held at the Burbank Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, Quesada said.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 18, 2014
Three computers, a wedding ring and jewelry were stolen from a Burbank home Monday after thieves smashed the window to get into the house, police said. Between 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., thieves shattered the rear window and entered a home in the 300 block of South Lincoln Street and took two laptops, a desktop computer and jewelry, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The victim returned home to find drawers open and their contents thrown about or missing. No suspects have been identified.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Since getting laid off roughly four years ago, Jennifer Reaves has scored a number of temporary gigs through Burbank's self-serve job center, WorkForce Connection. Now, the 26-year-old is looking for something more permanent. One morning at the center, which recently returned to its old digs after they were seismic retrofitted, two job postings piqued Reaves' interest - an opening for aquatics program coordinator and another for firefighter recruits. The free center attracts between 800 and 1,000 job seekers a month, offering access to computers and the Internet, along with job listings ranging from customer service and accounting, to welding and truck driving, said April Moreno, who oversees the program.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
The Burbank Unified School District plans to hire a consultant who will work to further implement its technological infrastructure. Jon Largent of ICS Service Co. will be paid $100,000 in Measure S bond funds through November 2014 to help Burbank Unified employees with the district's cabling and technology-related equipment as they build a stronger computer network, the school board decided last week. Charles Poovakan, director of information technology and educational support for the district, said that the role Largent will step into is “a void we need to fill” as the district paves the way for a better network.
THE818NOW
September 11, 2013
Burbank police are investigating a home burglary in which two computers, jewelry and cash were stolen late Saturday night, police said. Thieves reportedly entered the Burbank home - located on the 1900 block of North Parish Place - through an unlocked window sometime after 6:45 p.m. Saturday, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The suspects also made off with a set of car keys, Ryburn added. The residents returned home at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and noticed their house had been ransacked.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 11, 2013
The Burbank Unified school board adopted a $3-million plan last week to implement Common Core state standards. But concerns are being raised over whether the district owns enough computers to handle the hours of testing the students will undergo in the spring of 2015 as district students, along with those in more than 9,000 schools statewide, leave behind the academic standards that California adopted in 1997. According to state educators, the new standards will encourage students to use critical thinking to analyze, research and write about non-literary texts and apply mathematics to real-world problem solving.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | January 23, 2013
Nickelodeon recently donated more than 60 “gently used” computers and 40 monitors to the Burbank Unified School District Arts For All program. A number of the machines donated by the Burbank animation studio were used in the production of computer-generated shows, said Carson Smith, Nickelodeon Human Resources manager. The company made the donation for two reasons. “We at Nickelodeon think it is extremely important to partner with the community, and since our motto has always been 'Kids First,' we thought it was fitting that the machines would benefit children in the area,” Smith said.
THE818NOW
December 17, 2012
A masseuse who was called to a Courtyard Marriott hotel room in Burbank on Sunday walked away with the client's iPad and Macbook Pro while he was in the restroom, police said. The client, a 24-year-old man from Florida, reported his Apple gear missing shortly after letting the masseuse into his room at the hotel in the 2100 block of Empire Avenue at about 4:10 a.m., according to police. The masseuse was described as a black woman with long dark hair, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and as wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt.
NEWS
October 21, 2011
On Oct. 15, nine laptops valued at $18,000 were taken from a business on the 100 block of South First Street. The door was unlocked. Guns, electronics stolen by burglar A residential burglary in the 2700 block of North Buena Vista Street through an open rear window on Oct. 7 resulted in the theft of a camcorder, camera, Play Station 3 game console and two handguns, valued at about $2,000. Guns, money taken in theft Currency and five firearms, valued at roughly $7,000, were stolen Oct. 13 from a home in the 2700 block of North Kenneth Road when a sliding door reportedly was pried open.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 17, 2010
BURBANK — A store employee was injured Saturday morning when four masked thieves forced their way into a computer store and robbed it at gunpoint, police said. The thieves forced their way into a rear entrance of the Melrose Mac computer store on the 2400 block of West Olive Avenue just as three employees were starting their shifts at about 10:10 a.m., according to the Burbank Police Department. The thieves ordered the employees to lay on the ground as they snatched several laptops, iPhones and an unknown amount of cash, police said.
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