November 10, 2009
I have decided to retire after a more than 31-year career with one of the most professional and top-quality law enforcement agencies in this state. This is an extremely difficult decision for me to leave this department, where I have had such a rich and rewarding career. I have spent virtually my entire adult life here at the Burbank Police Department. I met my incredible wife here, her family and so many great people who have become lifelong friends. I regret that I am prevented from fully commenting on the investigations and litigation that seem to be so consuming to the city, but I want to assure the community that the men and women of this department are totally committed to the safety of this city.
October 3, 2009
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Gary Bric read a statement regarding the issues facing the Burbank Police Department. This statement was drafted by Bric and me and approved by the entire City Council. We felt that the community needed to hear from their City Council regarding the seriousness of the issues facing our police department and what the city has been and is doing to address them. Unfortunately, I believe the story that ran in the Wednesday Burbank Leader (“FBI probes Police Dept.
November 9, 2012
A Burbank day-care center whose operators' teenage son is accused of molesting a 4-year-old client was ordered Friday to shut down, according to a state suspension that accused the facility of a lack of supervision and failure to provide adequate care. A woman who answered the door Friday morning of Mejia Family Child Care - which has been operating out of a home on Pepper Street for nearly five years - said the facility is safe for children. If it wasn't, the California Department of Social Services would have shut the operation down, she added.
December 9, 2009
Newspaper publisher sentenced in scam A 43-year-old publisher of Russian-language newspapers and magazines was sentenced Monday to eight years in federal prison for running a complicated ?cash-back? scheme that helped several perpetrators of health-care fraud avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said. Andranik Petrosian, of Burbank, was sentenced to 96 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson and ordered to pay $521,845 in restitution to the IRS. Petrosian used his publications as fronts to launder more than $10 million for fraudulent medical companies, according to a joint probe by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
April 8, 2011
Burbank police arrested Ricardo Ramirez, 18, at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday in connection with an attack on two men and one woman with a hammer, wrench and baseball bat. At 9:40 p.m. on April 6, Ramirez, a Burbank resident, and two other men approached the victims, who were standing in a carport on the 2100 block of North Lincoln Street. One of the suspects, described as Latino and between the ages of 18 and 20, attacked one of the men with a hammer. The woman tried to shield him from the blows and was struck in the arm. The other male victim was then hit in the head with the baseball bat. The suspect ran to a car and drove off in an older beige or brown 4-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Corolla, in an unknown direction.
April 1, 2006
BURBANK ? The family of a woman arrested for her involvement in drug trafficking activity in 2004 dropped a civil rights complaint brought against the city and the Burbank Police Department, court documents show. Attorneys representing the Gatchalian family withdrew a lawsuit alleging that police illegally detained family members during a criminal investigation of Anselma Oronce, Senior Assistant City Atty. Carol Humiston said. Oronce was wanted in connection with a million-dollar drug trafficking ring between Hawaii and the San Fernando Valley.
January 19, 2008
BURBANK ? A civil jury at the Downtown Los Angeles Superior Court returned a $12-million verdict Friday against the owner and property manager of a Burbank apartment complex for the wrongful death of Sharon Santos, lawyers for Santos? mother said Friday. ?No amount of money can ever replace Sharon Santos,? said attorney Lawrence P. Grassini, who represented Edna Santos. ?But it is some comfort for the family.? Sharon Santos went missing in 2004. After a two-week search, her body was discovered in Chinatown stuffed in the trunk of her own car, Grassini said.
March 21, 2001
Josh Goldstein BURBANK VILLAGE -- A Burbank Police officer charged with excessive force for allegedly assaulting a transient will turn himself in to authorities later this week, officials said. Following a two-month investigation by the Burbank Police Department, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on Monday filed two felony counts against Burbank Police Officer Daniel L. Shaw, 39, for using excessive force against Michael Vaughn, 47, a transient.
August 11, 2001
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- In a letter to the Leader, the Burbank Police Officer's Assn. has defended the actions of an officer, who allegedly shot a local family's pet dog, before a Burbank Police Department internal review panel has looked into the incident to see if it was within department policy. The association's stance comes on the heels of Burbank Police Officer Anthony Valento's alleged shooting of Whoopie, a black Labrador retriever, on the evening of July 15 when Valento was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 2700 block of Wyoming Avenue.