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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.
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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.
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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.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 31, 2012
The former bassist of the heavy metal band Dio was arrested in Burbank Tuesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after crashing into another vehicle, police said. Bassist Jimmy Bain was making a left turn out of the Fry's Home Electronics store parking lot onto westbound Vanowen Street, near Hollywood Way, at about 9 p.m. when he pulled his 1995 green Toyota Camry out in front another vehicle, causing the collision, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Police officers conducted a field sobriety test, but Bain “failed to satisfactorily pass it,” Ryburn added.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 18, 2012
A Burbank man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he stabbed his estranged girlfriend and left her in a Studio City park, officials said. Stephen Joanou Jr., 26, is charged with killing 32-year-old Rosamond resident Patrina Sabella, who was discovered dead about 2:20 a.m. on March 20 at the South Weddington Park on the 10600 block of Valleyheart Drive, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division were responding to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at the park that night when they found Sabella suffering from multiple stab wounds in the baseball fields, according to police.
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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.
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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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August 29, 2012
The bassist of the heavy metal band Dio was arrested in Burbank Tuesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after crashing into another vehicle, police said. Bassist Jimmy Bain was making a left out of the Fry's Home Electronics store parking lot on to westbound Vanowen Street, near Hollywood Way, about 9 p.m. when he pulled his 1995 green Toyota Camry out in front another vehicle, causing the collision, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Police officers conducted a field sobriety test, but Bain “failed to satisfactorily pass it,” Ryburn added.
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April 20, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit with 40 residents who allege the company's chemical runoff contaminated Burbank water, causing illness, death and property damage. While the firm said it was able to "scientifically prove that we didn't harm anyone," Lockheed spokeswoman Gail Rymer said solvents did enter the ground water as the result of 60 years of operations. But she said "there is no cause and effect."
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | 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.
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