February 17, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A private investigator hired by the city to probe allegations of misconduct within the Burbank Police Department is expected to submit his final report in the coming week, officials said Tuesday. City officials said they expect to spend the next several weeks poring over confidential information gathered by investigator James Gardiner, a retired police chief hired by the city as it grappled with a federal investigation into allegations of excessive force by officers and five lawsuits filed by eight current and former officers.
January 6, 2010
City Manager Mike Flad is expected to name a permanent police chief in July to succeed interim Scott LaChasse. Meanwhile, four lawsuits by eight current and former members of the Police Department will make their way through the legal system as the city awaits the potential fallout of the FBI?s probe into excessive force by officers. ? High rises in Glendale and Burbank remain riddled with empty floors as vacancy rates approached 20% in each city during 2009. City officials and brokers are working to attract new tenants at a time when few businesses are expanding, but an oversupply of empty office space could put downward pressure on prices and create trouble for owners of new properties who remain on the hook for hefty construction loans.
August 17, 2002
Ryan Carter Several allegations, including excessive force and assault, have been dismissed in a civil lawsuit filed by convicted serial rapist and former Glendale resident Daniel Zabuski against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Zabuski, 42, was arrested by Burbank Police in April 2000 after a Burbank woman he met over the Internet claimed he attacked and sexually assaulted her in her hotel room. Zabuski was convicted in February of six felony counts, including rape and forcible sodomy against three women he met over the Internet.
April 10, 2002
Ryan Carter BEVERLY HILLS -- Criminal accusations of assault and disorderly conduct against a pair of Burbank brothers -- one of them a Burbank Police officer -- have been dismissed. Burbank Police Officer Anthony Valento, 31, and his brother, Joseph, 29, stood attentively Monday as accusations they assaulted two girls and two security guards at a pop-punk concert in July were dropped. "At this point we feel there were problems with identification, and we would not be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," Deputy Dist.
June 26, 2002
Ryan Carter Out of an estimated 100,000 contacts with the public last year, police received 37 citizen complaints -- four of which were sustained -- according to numbers recently released to the Burbank Police Commission. Of the complaints, six were for excessive force, one was for racial profiling, three were for failure to perform duty properly, 24 were for inappropriate conduct, two were for unprofessional conduct and one was for unlawful detention, police said.
April 21, 2001
The letter written by Glendale resident Ron Nicoll was produced by a very wide paint brush. Yes, both the Burbank Police Department administration and the district attorney's office should be commended for their investigation of alleged acts committed by Officer Daniel Shaw. But, the Burbank Police Department, led by Chief Tom Hoefel, conducted an investigation, not a prosecution, and until the alleged acts are proven in a court of law they remain allegations only.
September 24, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank officials this week fired back at the police captain who filed a retaliation lawsuit against the city, calling the claims “baseless and disingenuous.” In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, Burbank Police Capt. Bill Taylor claimed he was unfairly demoted from his post as deputy chief after he tried to compel the command staff to address a series of internal complaints. Burbank spokesman Keith Sterling, in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, refuted the captain’s claims, saying that he failed to cooperate in the city’s attempts to investigate his charges.
September 25, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank officials this week fired back at the police captain who filed a retaliation lawsuit against the city, calling the claims “baseless and disingenuous.” In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Burbank police Capt. Bill Taylor claimed he was unfairly demoted from his post as deputy chief after he tried to compel the command staff to address a series of internal complaints. Burbank spokesman Keith Sterling, in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, rebutted the captain’s claims, saying that he failed to cooperate in the city’s attempts to investigate his charges.