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By Veronica Rocha | November 12, 2008
BURBANK — Police are looking into who sent an envelope to a radio station Friday containing a white, powdery substance that the sender claimed was anthrax and a letter regarding Proposition 8. The powder was not anthrax, but the FBI may join the Burbank Police Department in its investigation, Burbank Police Sgt. Travis Irving said. “It could be a federal case,” he said. “I think we’ll get some assistance from the FBI.” Police went to the KOST-FM (103.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The violent crime rate in Burbank edged up in the first half of 2009, according to preliminary FBI figures released today. The number of violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults, increased from 120 for the first six months of 2008 to 129 for the same period this year, according to the FBI’s semi-annual crime report. The figure ran counter to the a 4.4% decline in the national violent crime rate. In neighboring Glendale, the number of violent crimes decreased from 180 for the first six-month period of 2008 to 147 for the same period this year, according to the FBI. But the property crime rate, which includes burglary, larceny and theft, declined from 1,406 in first half of 2008 to 1,310 this year between January and June.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | November 10, 2008
BURBANK — Police are looking into who sent an envelope to a radio station Friday containing a white, powdery substance that the sender claimed was anthrax and a letter regarding Proposition 8. The powder was not anthrax, , but the FBI may join the Burbank Police Department in its investigation, Burbank Police Sgt. Travis Irving said. “It could be a federal case,” he said. “I think we’ll get some assistance from the FBI.” Police went to the KOST-FM (103.
NEWS
July 3, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The FBI has warned law enforcement officials about the possibility of some kind of terrorist attack on the Fourth of July, but Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport officials are keeping mum about whether enhanced security measures will be put into place there. Glendale and Burbank Police will have extra officers on hand, but nothing in excess of normal holiday staffing levels. The FBI statement was vague, essentially warning that the political and cultural significance of the date warrants increased vigilance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jeff Klemzak | July 30, 2008
This release, ?The X-Files: I Want to Believe? is the second feature film to have spun off from the popular sci-fi series of the 1990s. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are at it again in this well-crafted movie seeking out the paranormal ? he the believer and she, of course, ever the skeptic. This film, though, stands alone content wise, but it helps somewhat to have a connection to the TV show if, for no other reason, than to enjoy the comfort of familiarity. An FBI agent goes missing under strange circumstances, and in their frustration, the FBI employs the services of a psychic to aid in the search.
NEWS
July 22, 2000
Jenna Bordelon HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Trinidad and Rolando Carcamo and their three children are fighting an uphill battle to stay in a Burbank home seized by federal officials. The house they have lived in for two years is under the name of Rolando's sister-in-law, Grace Carcamo. Grace is married to Rolando's brother, Carlos Wilfredo Carcamo, also known as "Tiny" or "Jackson," who is wanted by the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Violent Crime on suspicion of violating various narcotics, firearms and money-laundering laws.
THE818NOW
October 19, 2013
A Burbank police officer and his girlfriend were released from federal custody Wednesday following their arrests on charges of lying to federal authorities during an investigation into an alleged extortion scheme involving the woman and her estranged husband. The officer, Anthony Valento, 42, and his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, 30 - who are both married with children - are accused of lying to the FBI during an investigation of the alleged extortion plot against Bassett's husband, Jeremy Bassett.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
Twenty months into the job as police chief, Burbank's top cop continues working to modernize a department besieged by lawsuits and investigations into misconduct and excessive use of force by the FBI and Los Angeles County sheriff's department. Now, Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse says the department continues to make strides as it works through an updated plan for internal changes. The City Council is slated to review the final version in the coming weeks as City Hall continues to identify its work priorities for the coming year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2007
It would be complete hyperbole for me to say that "Smokin' Aces" is the worst movie ever made. However, I can unequivocally state that it's the worst movie I've ever seen. This is just a big mess and must have left studio executives wondering when they saw the final cut just how they could salvage and sell it. Perhaps its R rating stands for "Run!" Problem No. 1 is that the extremely confusing and disjointed plot of several people gunning (literally) to rub out former magician and snitch Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven)
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THE818NOW
October 19, 2013
A Burbank police officer and his girlfriend were released from federal custody Wednesday following their arrests on charges of lying to federal authorities during an investigation into an alleged extortion scheme involving the woman and her estranged husband. The officer, Anthony Valento, 42, and his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, 30 - who are both married with children - are accused of lying to the FBI during an investigation of the alleged extortion plot against Bassett's husband, Jeremy Bassett.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
Federal authorities arrested a Burbank police officer Tuesday for his involvement in an alleged extortion scheme involving his girlfriend's estranged husband, state prosecutors and the FBI said. Anthony Valento, a 17-year veteran of the Burbank Police Department, allegedly told his girlfriend Gayle Bassett's husband, who was not identified, that if he paid Bassett more than $100,000, Valento could get pending domestic violence charges against the husband reduced or dropped. The money would be handed over as part of an anticipated divorce settlement, the federal criminal complaint stated.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha and Jason Wells, Times Community News | December 29, 2012
It had all the intrigue one would expect for a story involving a missing FBI agent: a neighbor who said she saw the man acting strangely on the night before his disappearance; a massive manhunt; a family who pleaded for his safe return; a department-issued handgun, also missing. The case of Stephen Ivens - the Burbank resident who was reported missing May 11 - generated widespread media interest, particularly after an exhaustive on-the-ground search conducted by more than 100 federal and local law enforcement officials failed to turn up a trace of his whereabouts.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 10, 2012
For the first time since the body of her husband - missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens - was discovered July 30, Thea Ivens on Thursday opened up during a prayer vigil about coping with his death after holding out hope for 80 days that he'd be found alive. Surrounded by friends and family at St. Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, Thea Ivens recalled the tenuous search effort that all but ground to a halt with few leads after her husband's disappearance. His decomposed body was discovered under a shrub by hikers about 300 feet from the church, the cause of death later determined to be from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
The FBI agent whose body was discovered in a hiking area behind a school in Burbank last week died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head, officials said Monday. Los Angeles County Asst. Chief Coroner Ed Winters said the death of FBI Special Agent Stephen Ivens, who disappeared from his home in May, had been deemed a suicide. Ivens' service weapon had been located near his body after hikers made the grim discovery of his decomposed body July 30 not far from his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road, where the 36-year-old agent was last seen.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Raul Roa | August 3, 2012
For weeks, a curious stench had wafted through an area of trails near St. Francis Xavier School on Scott Road, confounding walkers and hikers alike until one day, someone decided to investigate. What they found on Monday was a gruesome end to a months-long search that had befuddled authorities looking for missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens. “I had been out the night before and smelled that, too, but you know, I didn't think anything of it. You smell things out in the woods,” said Gretchen Bingea, who often walks her Shepherd mix in the hillside area where the body was found.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
Los Angeles County coroner's officials today confirmed that the body found in the foothills above Burbank on Monday is that of missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens. Ivens' body was found not far from his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road, where the 36-year-old agent was last seen in May. A pair of hikers made the discovery Monday evening after they noticed a foul smell, police said. The body was near a cement path about 300 feet behind a small chapel in an upper parking lot of St. Francis Xavier School.
THE818NOW
August 1, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1. It appears a search for a missing Burbank FBI agent has come to a tragic close.  Authorities on Tuesday pulled a body from an area behind St.Francis Xavier Church that they believe is that of Steven Ivens , who went missing on May 11. Ivens' wife, who led search efforts last month, did not comment on the discovery Tuesday . Burbank Leader A 29-year-old Toluca Lake man is...
NEWS
July 31, 2012
As family and friends of FBI agent Stephen Ivens grappled with news that his body had been discovered in the foothills above Burbank Monday night, reaction poured in on a website set up by his wife for the search effort. Burbank police today said Ivens' body was discovered by two hikers Monday night near the 3600 block of Scott Road, ending a more than two-month long search effort. The cause of death had yet to be determined, pending an investigation by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
Authorities say they've found the body of an FBI agent who was reported missing more than two months ago. The special agent, Stephen Ivens, reported missing on May 11, was found Monday night in a wooded area in the 3600 block of Scott Road near St. Francis Xavier School, Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. The body was discovered by two hikers who noticed a foul smell, according to police. Police were working with Los Angeles County coroner's officials to determine the cause of death and “official identification.” "Every indication is that he's been there from the first day,” Ryburn said.
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