September 25, 2002
Ryan Carter Budget cuts in the state-funded Los Angeles Superior Court system might mean "lights out" for a courtroom that serves Burbank and Glendale. Cuts voted on last week by a committee of judges responding to a $57-million budget deficit mean the juvenile traffic court serving this area is on the block to be shuffled from Glendale Superior Court, where it also serves Burbank residents, to Pasadena Superior Court. The court, which was supervised by an attorney known as a traffic referee, heard challenges to juvenile speeding violations and misdemeanor cases such as vandalism and disturbing the peace.
June 20, 2009
Chromium 6 contamination is a scary prospect, but in the absence of any official retort, it’s easy to let imagination take hold. Until the allegations of contamination levied in a recent spate of lawsuits against the Walt Disney Co. are vetted in a courtroom, it’s best to leave the “imagineering” to the studios. Certainly, allegations that Disney has been dumping water tainted with cancer-causing chromium 6 and other toxic chemicals at its Imagineering studios are serious, but it’s important to remember that lawsuits can evolve or devolve at a rapid pace on the long road to the courtroom.
April 19, 2010
DOWNTOWN — The case against a 58-year-old Camarillo woman charged with assaulting a federal security agent who tried to take her ailing mother’s applesauce and other snacks at Bob Hope Airport last year was moved to a Pasadena courtroom Monday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Applegate on Monday said he was ready to move ahead with the trial of Nadine Kay Hays, who was charged with misdemeanor battery after the reported tussle with the Transportation Security Administration last April.
October 1, 2003
Jackson Bell A Burbank man arrested this week on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend is scheduled to be arraigned today in a Burbank courtroom, police said. Ray Pascual, 38, was arrested in Hollywood on Monday and booked on suspicion of first-degree murder after police discovered the body of Courtney Quintin, 37, at an apartment in the 400 block of East San Jose Avenue earlier that day. The two lived together at the apartment, police said. Police, responding to a report of domestic violence at the residence, forced their way into the apartment and found Quintin's body.
March 24, 2001
Josh Goldstein CIVIC CENTER -- Peering down from his bench, Burbank Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lubell's job, sometimes, is to teach a lesson to someone who has broken the law. But Lubell also teaches a different sort of lesson in the courtroom. While not part of his mandated daily duties, Lubell believes introducing students to the courts and the legal system before they get into trouble is one of the most important lessons he can be a part of. "I want to take the fear factor away from someone who wears a black robe," Lubell said.
May 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A month after opening statements, when prosecutors said Juan Manuel Alvarez purposefully caused a 2005 train wreck that killed 11 people, Alvarez took the stand Tuesday, telling jurors he had no intention of killing anyone other than himself when he parked his Jeep Cherokee on the train tracks. “I was going to kill myself,” Alvarez said, dressed in a green shirt, beige pants and tie before he calmly told the nine-woman, three-man jury of his intentions, which went awry the morning of Jan. 26, 2005.
March 6, 2012
The first of several lawsuits filed against Burbank by current and former police officials went to trial this week, with the attorney for an ex-deputy police chief calling what took place in the department one of the most “egregious” cases of mistreatment he's ever seen. In his lawsuit against the city, William Taylor alleges that he was demoted and eventually fired because he informed city officials and former Police Chief Tim Stehr about concerns of discrimination and sexual harassment, and because he pressed for an outside investigation into a burglary that allegedly took place in police headquarters.
January 12, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- The former youth director for a local church pleaded not guilty to allegations that he committed lewd acts on a girl in his youth group. David Shelton, 43, entered the plea Thursday in a Burbank courtroom. Police believe that while Shelton was employed as a youth director at American Lutheran Church in Burbank, he performed sex acts on a girl who was in the youth group. Shelton, who lives in Burbank, was released on bail shortly after his arrest.
March 24, 2014
A 27-year-old Burbank man was found guilty Monday afternoon of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck at a park. A jury in a Van Nuys courtroom found Stephen Joanou Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found dead on March 20, 2012. They also found true that he personally used a weapon to kill Sabella. Jurors began deliberating on Friday after hearing testimony and evidence in the case. Sabella, 32, was discovered in the early morning hours lying in a pool of her blood behind a shed in South Weddington Park in the 10600 block of Valleyheart Drive in Studio City.
January 26, 2010
Man accused of selling alcohol to minors Burbank police arrested the 46-year-old owner of a liquor store for allegedly selling alcohol to minors after an investigation initiated by a series of public complaints, authorities said. Nerses Moumjian was arrested about 7:45 p.m. Friday and charged with six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and five counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor after a weeklong investigation into his Legacy liquor store at 1800 W. Olive Ave., Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.