October 24, 2009
We’ve all felt it, that nagging worry about your bank account. The bills never stop. Maybe this will be the charge that gets declined on the credit card, the week the manager cuts part-time hours. That COBRA health insurance option from the previous job is rapidly depleting the savings account. These days, there seems to be an unlimited number of economic stressors that invade our thoughts, and for some, the burden can become too heavy. Some clinical experts have speculated that all the financial worry has contributed to an increase in suicides so far this year.
March 4, 2000
Amber Willard The following incidents were taken from police reports. RANCHO DISTRICT 200 block of South Glenwood Place: Police are searching for a man suspected of exposing himself to a group of girls walking home from school at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. The three girls, all 15, told a counselor at John Burroughs High School about the incident Thursday and officers were called to the school. The girls said the man drove up to them in a older model, two-door, white and gray car and fondled himself.
September 28, 2012
Re: “ Crime motivates Walmart opposition ,” Mailbag, Sept. 26. The letter writer says, “The type of people the store (Walmart) attracts and the crime would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area,” meaning the Empire Center. She goes on to say we have a Costco, Target and a Kmart nearby. Well, I was in line in the Kmart store on Wednesday with three women together in line ahead of me. They bought $96 worth of merchandise, argued with the cashier over the total, and they tried to pay for it with a bogus credit card.
July 31, 2012
As someone who does pretty much does everything online besides tying my shoelaces, it didn't come as a shock that more and more people are shopping for their next pet online. As long as I have a name and a credit card to go along with it, I can click a button and instantaneously, my pup is on its way. These days, the consumer is ultra-savvy. With the emergence of social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, businesses and consumers have a direct line of communication and know more about each other.
May 1, 2004
Jackson Bell When a man walked into Cinema Secrets with the intent of purchasing a disguise, owner Maurice Stein sensed he might be up to something illegal. So Stein, the son of a police officer, followed his instincts and called the Burbank Police Department, telling them that the man in his makeup and costume store might have ill intentions. After a 48-hour investigation prompted by Stein's call, police arrested Brian Scott Bennett on Oct. 22 on suspicion of planning to kidnap his 6-year-old son and attempting to change his and the boy's identities.
August 20, 2003
Jackson Bell When it comes to running his business, Kevin Bartanian said his top priority is to make the customer feel comfortable. As the co-founder and director of operations of Intellix Media, a digital marketing company that creates Media Cards, he said customer satisfaction has been his most valuable asset as a businessman. "Usually people don't like dealing with design companies because they're afraid they won't get what they want," he said.
March 17, 2010
Should Rep. Adam Schiff be defended? For that matter, should President Obama be held liable for the national deficit, the stimulus plan, the bloated budget and the health-care-cost trends? In his March 10 letter, “Representative trying to kill the economy,” Brian Stauffer expressed his fear of more deficits and demanded fiscal prudence for the sake of the future of our nation. I fully agree with his sentiments. Washington seems to have forsaken our financial future.
January 17, 2013
Authorities are looking for a woman they suspect of stealing wallets from three women as they shopped in the Santa Clarita Valley, later using their credit cards to buy jewelry and get cash. Three women reported their wallets were stolen from their purses in separate incidents Saturday as they shopped at various grocery stores, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Following the thefts, the victims' credit cards were used to purchase expensive jewelry and withdraw cash from various banks, authorities said.
April 19, 2003
Have breakfast with city manager SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Community members can meet new City Manager Mary Alvord at the Burbank Chamber of Commerce breakfast, where Alvord will speak about her vision for the city's future. The event begins at 8 a.m. Monday at The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call the chamber at 846-3111. Molly Shore Credit machines stolen from station MAGNOLIA PARK -- A Burbank gas station reported to police this week that several credit card machines and their memory chips were stolen from its pumps.
March 15, 2011
Investigators are still trying to figure out who posed last week as city representatives to ask utility customers for credit card information to pay for phony past-due balances, officials said Tuesday. As of Monday, Glendale city officials still were receiving calls from customers who received the bogus calls about utility accounts, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. So far, 27 customers have notified police and Glendale Water & Power that they received the calls. Similar calls were made to Burbank Water and Power customers.