September 25, 2012
In reply to the letter to the editor regarding the traffic issue and Walmart (“ Walmart traffic issue is a red herring ,” Sept. 19), it's probably true that the traffic problem is a non-issue. I really wonder, though, do we need another superstore in the Empire Center? We already have a Target and a Costco, and a Kmart not that far away. Perhaps Whole Foods is not the answer, but anything but a Walmart, please. The type of people the store attracts, and the crime, would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area.
December 13, 2011
I'm writing in rebuttal to the Dec. 11 letter “How to keep Walmart out” in the News-Press & Leader. First, the writer forgot to mention the lady at Walmart in Tulsa who was arrested for allegedly mixing meth in the store. That being said, crime is all around us. The people who were shot up in Hollywood by a guy who snapped, and the guy in Rialto shot and killed at Taco Bell in April after he handed over his wallet and valuables. Then there's the alleged shoplifter in the Burbank Kmart who used a police officer's gun against the officer and his partner, and the CVS on San Fernando that has been robbed.
August 2, 2006
CHANDLER PARK DISTRICT — Residents took a stand on Tuesday night. A colorful cluster of canopies and balloons beside the Chandler bikeway drew between 200 and 300 Burbank residents for the "National Night Out Against Crime," the Burbank Police Department's effort to promote public safety and community ties with police. "It's designed around encouraging people to get together as a single unified group and stand against crime," Burbank Police Sgt. David Gabriel said. "It has as its primary focus Neighborhood Watch, because that is where neighborhoods work together as neighbors and also with local police departments to do something about making neighborhoods safer."
February 5, 2000
Amber Willard MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Police are looking into who is responsible for etching a 6-inch swastika into the paint on the back door of a Burbank health food restaurant. An employee at Juice Heaven at 345 N. Pass Ave. noticed the marking Sunday and reported it to Burbank police Monday afternoon, said Lt. Robert Giles. The vandalism is being considered a hate crime because of its nature, Giles said. The store's owner, Sassi Mizrahi, said the incident was not reported when the marking was discovered because he was out of town.
May 26, 2007
BURBANK — The Burbank Police Department and Burbank High School officials are conducting a joint investigation into a hate crime that occurred this month in a campus classroom. The perpetrator — who police believe is a student, but not necessarily from the school — reportedly scrawled anti-Semitic epithets on a teacher's whiteboard on two separate occasions during a one-week period, Burbank Police Sgt. Matthew Ferguson said. The teacher is Jewish. Incidents like these become a police matter once they cross over into racial or religious territory, and any alleged perpetrator would be arrested, Ferguson said.
July 22, 2009
CITY CENTER ? Burbank?s National Night Out ? the program that since 2002 has been bringing the Burbank community together under the banner of uniting against crime ? is scheduled to once again take hold Aug. 4. The Burbank event has grown steadily over the years, going beyond one organized city event to several individual neighborhoods participating. ?We have separated the night into two areas,? said Burbank Police Detective Peter Eirich, the community resource officer. The first is an event sponsored by the city at the Chandler Bikeway, a 2-mile bike path within the former Chandler Boulevard railroad right-of-way, running from Mariposa Street to the city border of Clybourn Avenue.
July 23, 2013
Violent and property crimes dropped 5% in Burbank through June of this year when compared to the same period last year, reports show. Police attribute the trend for the first half of the year to "predictive policing," or deploying resources to areas with higher rates of crime as a preventive measure. "We're able to see where crime is trending," said Burbank Police Capt. Denis Cremins. "We share that information so everybody looks at the problem situation from a particular angle.
July 12, 2003
Ryan Carter Law enforcement officials are encouraging local neighborhoods to unite against crime. Burbank police are inviting the community to participate in the 20th Annual National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 in neighborhoods throughout the city. It would mark the first time the city has participated in the event. Neighborhoods around the country, including Glendale, participate in the event, which is staged to promote crime awareness and prevention, neighborhood safety and to send a message to criminals that citizens are united against crime, Police Chief Thomas Hoefel wrote in a letter to local Neighborhood Watch captains.
December 14, 2002
Ryan Carter Violent crime is down in the city compared to last year, but a 63% increase in identity theft has police warning residents to be vigilant about protecting their personal information. Det. Matthew Ferguson said the ease of the crime and its minimal punishment after conviction probably contributed to the increase in identity theft, which is on the rise throughout the country. The department's crime analyst, Lt. Kevin Krafft, agreed. "More of the criminal element is getting involved in identity theft, believing they get more bang for their buck with less risk of being caught, " he said.
January 9, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Burbank has been rated the 55th safest city out of 327 around the country in a recent study. The eighth annual Morgan Quitno "Safest City" rankings were based on 2000 crime numbers reported by local law agencies to the FBI, said Scott Morgan, the publisher for Morgan Quitno Press. The Kansas-based firm compiles and publishes state and city statistics for researchers. Each of the study's cities had at least 75,000 residents.