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November 26, 2003
Jackson Bell A preliminary hearing date has been set for a Burbank man accused of strangling his wife. Joong Myung Kim, who is charged with first-degree murder, appeared in a Burbank courtroom Tuesday dressed in blue prison fatigues and wearing a rosary around his neck. Judge Patrick Hegarty ordered Kim to return on Jan. 6 for his preliminary hearing. Kim, 53, was arrested July 23 after crashing his car on Interstate 15 between Baker and the Nevada state line.
May 24, 2003
Ben Godar A Burbank city employee who claims she was ostracized by co-workers and denied job opportunities based on gender and age is expected to get her day in court next week. Deborah McMurray, a 56-year-old revenue clerk, was discriminated against and then retaliated against when she complained, according to her attorney, Brad Gage. McMurray, who filed her lawsuit in March 2001, is presently on disability leave, Gage said. Four other city employees who sued the city for discrimination settled their cases out-of-court in March, for what Asst.
By Jason Wells | September 20, 2010
The New York man accused of crashing a car containing bomb-making materials through a security gate at Warner Bros. Studio on Friday is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday. Michael Rodriquez-Cintron, 43, was arrested Friday afternoon shortly after crashing through the security gate and then driving back out a few minutes later. No one was injured in the incident. Security officials pulled him over outside the gate and called in Burbank police, who brought in a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bomb squad to investigate the late model Chevy Camaro.
February 4, 2004
'Good Men' returns to Third Stage BURBANK -- Aaron Sorkin's military courtroom drama, "A Few Good Men," is returning for a limited six-week engagement beginning Friday at the Third Stage. The play is directed by David Blanchard. Co-producing the play are Birdman and Old Country Productions. Before the film, the play was on Broadway and even though it went on national tour, it was never produced in Los Angeles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays until March 13. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, students and union members.
April 10, 2010
The impact of the costs Burbank has incurred regarding its troubled Police Department issued a new price tag this week, with the tally at $1.2 million. The majority of it has been spent on attorneys defending the city against a slate of lawsuits, as well as consultants brought in to reform a department fraught with allegations of misconduct and discrimination. But with that process nowhere near completion, the price will continue to rise, perhaps to unprecedented levels. While Burbank has historically been on relatively solid financial ground, it is also a relatively small city with an overall budget of roughly $147 million.
June 15, 2002
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- A Burbank man and former disc jockey for a popular Spanish- language radio station will serve more than three years in prison for inappropriately touching two girls. Firmo Rossetti, 38, known as morning radio host Hector Rocksetti on VIVA 107.1 FM, was sentenced Thursday to three years and eight months in state prison, ordered to pay restitution to his two victims -- who were 14 when the incidents occurred -- and to register as a sex offender.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 20, 2010
GLENDALE — A judge today threw out a misdemeanor battery charge against a 58-year-old Camarillo woman who refused to relinquish a cooler of applesauce and other snacks for her ailing mother last year at Bob Hope Airport. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Rotenberg dismissed the case against Nadine Kay Hays, so long as the grandmother of six is able to stay out of trouble for the next six months. Prosecutors had no objections during a hearing at a Glendale courthouse.
By Patrick Caneday | April 3, 2010
Sitting at the Burbank Metrolink stop, waiting for a train to Union Station on my first day of jury duty, I realize why there are so many cars on the freeway and so few people waiting with me at the station. My Metrolink ticket cost $9. That’s right. The equivalent of 3 gallons of gas. After a quick stop at Glendale’s rustic, mission-style station, it’s only a few relaxing minutes to downtown L.A. There are few things more peaceful than watching the world pass by from inside a train.
By Gretchen Meier and Jason Wells | July 22, 2010
The homeless man accused of shooting two police officers outside a busy Kmart earlier this month pleaded not guilty today to two counts of attempted murder. Police say Jamie Willard managed to reach around, grab an officer's gun and begin firing despite being handcuffed behind his back outside the Kmart on July 2. Willard answered to the charges in a Burbank courtroom after a two-week postponement. Willard, 30, had been detained by security guards outside the San Fernando Boulevard store because they suspected he had stolen DVDs, but a scuffle broke out when police arrived to take him into custody.
February 6, 2012
A brother and sister are in custody after they allegedly stabbed a family member's dog to death at a home in Burbank. Calling the bloody scene “pretty horrific,” Burbank police Lt. John Dilibert said Charissa Bodtcher, 23, and her brother, 18-year-old Timo Bodtcher, stabbed the older cocker spaniel mix “numerous” times with an 8-inch blade Saturday at their aunt's home in the 200 block of East Cedar Avenue. Police also arrested their mother, Maria Theresa Bodtcher, 47, after she allegedly helped them dispose of the knife near a dumpster at a shopping mall near Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, Dilibert said.
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