April 11, 2010
After 10 months on the force, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka responded to a call for backup at the Ramada Inn parking lot. It would be the rookie's last ride. The routine stop in November 2003 escalated into a hail of gunfire that left Pavelka dead and a veteran officer severely injured. The events of that night stunned the community and a police department that had not lost one of its own in a shooting since 1920. The ensuing manhunt, which involved hundreds of local, state and federal agents, ended when the 19-year-old fugitive, David Garcia, was captured by Mexican authorities after spending two weeks in a small town south of Tijuana.
November 10, 2007
BURBANK — The memory of Matthew Pavelka lived on in Burbank on Thursday morning as hundreds of police officers, city officials and residents paid tribute to the Burbank Police officer who was killed in the line of duty four years ago. The memoriam was part of the colors run, in which about 100 cadets from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, together with members of the Burbank police and fire departments, and the Los Angeles Police...
June 21, 2008
Pretrial conference held in Pavelka case A pretrial conference was held Friday morning for David Garcia, who is accused of fatally shooting Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003. Garcia, a suspected gang member, faces charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a controlled substance for transportation and five counts for weapons violations. The conference took place at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles to discuss whether any new motions have been filed and how overall preparation for the trial is going, said Seymour Amster, an attorney for Garcia.
November 19, 2003
Ryan Carter A suspect in the shooting death of a Burbank Police officer remained at large Tuesday night as the officer's parents pleaded for the public's help in bringing their son's killer to justice. David A. Garcia has eluded authorities since a Saturday evening shootout that left Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka dead and fellow officer Gregory Campbell critically wounded. Burbank Police is heading a task force that includes more than 100 members of several law- enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Glendale and Los Angeles police departments.
November 20, 2004
Mark R. Madler A 22-year-old Sun Valley man is being held on $500,000 bond as an accessory in the murder of a Burbank Police officer. Jesus Sandoval appeared Friday in Burbank Superior Court, just four days after the first anniversary of the shooting death of Office Matthew Pavelka. Sandoval was arrested Wednesday by Los Angeles Police following a traffic stop and a brief chase at San Fernando and Sunland boulevards, said Burbank Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Jette.
May 8, 2004
He and the reviewer saw two different plays I have just finished reading your review of "The Drawer Boy" at the Colony Theater. I wonder if your reviewer, Maurice Barnfather, saw the same play that my wife and I saw. The play we saw was deeply moving, very touching, humorous, and outstandingly performed by all three cast members. Anyone who fails to see this remarkable production because of this review is going to miss an exceptional experience. ELLIOTT PORTER Burbank By-mail voting is smart and saves lots of money Having mail-in ballots for future elections is a very smart move on the city's part.
February 23, 2005
Mark R. Madler Prosecutors have dismissed a charge against a Sun Valley man of helping a man accused of shooting and killing a Burbank police officer. A charge of accessory was dropped against Jesus Sandoval, 22, on Thursday in Pasadena Superior Court. The case wasn't brought to trial quickly because the prosecutor was busy with another case, Los Angeles County district attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison said. "We will review the case to see if we will refile it at a future date," Robison said.