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.
August 11, 2007
HILLSIDE DISTRICT — An ongoing dispute between neighbors led a Burbank man to fatally shoot two neighbors Thursday before turning the gun on himself, police said. Rafael Shirinian, 49, allegedly opened fire on several of his Cypress Avenue neighbors, killing 48-year-old Vahik Farhadian and 49-year-old Manyam Masihi, 49, and wounding Farhadian's 22-year-old son, Oshin Farhadian. Oshin Farhadian was transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center with a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder, Burbank Police Sgt. Matthew Ferguson said.
November 23, 2002
Ryan Carter Based on complaints from local merchants and residents, Burbank Police are cracking down on increasing crime in areas around Burbank Village. In the past week in the Village area -- from the Media City Center on the north to Gordon Biersch Brewing on the south -- police have cited and arrested about 50 people. Half of them were citations for possessing open containers of alcohol. Thirteen of them were for urinating in public, with the remainder mostly being for fighting, police said.
April 10, 2002
Morgan Freeman keeps it interesting Summer Field Grindle, 17, of La Crescenta is a senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. An ex-marine (Jim Caviezel) is accused of murder, and his lawyer wife (Ashley Judd) defends him in military court. "High Crimes," is a movie about corruption, justice and the individual versus the system. The story is compelling, but cliche (very cliche). Charles Grimes (Morgan Freeman) is one of the more interesting characters in recent movie history.
January 3, 2004
Molly Shore Burbank Police breathed a sigh of relief when the last of the New Year's celebrants returned home without any serious incidents occurring in the city. Unlike Glendale Police, which responded to a report of a 20-year-old Glendale man who was wounded by a falling bullet shortly after midnight Thursday, local police received no reports of gunshots ushering in the new year. "From what I saw on New Year's Eve ... it was just really quiet and pretty uneventful," Police Lt. Rick Madrid said.
October 3, 2001
Ryan Carter SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Burbank police have arrested two men and a woman in connection with an alleged illegal immigrant smuggling ring. Jesus Martinez, 21, of Burbank, Fidel Martinez, 21, of El Monte, and Linkha Rodriguez, 29, of Los Angeles were arrested by Burbank Police officers Saturday and booked at Burbank City Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and smuggling illegal immigrants, police said. The three were alleged smugglers in a transaction allegedly gone bad, according to Immigration and Naturalization Service Agent Paul Santos.
February 23, 2002
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- A Burbank judge has ordered a 25-year-old man to stand trial for his alleged role in a local street shooting that started with a road rage incident. Philip Policarpio, 25, is accused of firing multiple shots from a handgun at a car occupied by a 19-year-old Los Angeles man, a 19-year-old Burbank man, a 19-year-old Burbank woman and 17-year-old Woodland Hills boy June 26, 2000. The woman was shot in the head, but survived, and one of the men was shot in the shoulder.
November 8, 2003
Dink O'Neal With its proximity to Hollywood and famed producer/owner Garry Marshall's name attached, the Falcon Theatre has developed a knack for attracting celebrities to its stage. Unfortunately, the uneven offering of "Steel Magnolias, playwright Robert Harling's ode to Southern female camaraderie, is evidence star turns alone don't always make a production. Set in Truvy's small-town hair salon sometime in the 1980s and peopled with a bevy of stereotypical Louisiana women, Harling's script plays like an uncomfortably dated sitcom that never made it out of pilot season.
May 31, 2003
Ben Godar Those who live near the apartment building where a man fired shots at police Thursday say it's not the first time the complex has been the site of trouble. Residents of the Griffith Park Apartments and Dude Ranch at 400 Paula Ave. and others who live near the 78-unit complex were evacuated after the man began shooting at police and toward the Golden State (5) Freeway from his apartment about 11:10 a.m. Neighbors and residents said numerous other problems have occurred at the apartment building.
August 13, 2003
Ben Godar The Planning Board has unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for a private security firm to open an indoor shooting range at 455 North Moss St. The facility, to be operated by Andrews International/ Advanced-Tech Security, Inc., will be open only to state- licensed security and law- enforcement personnel and not the general public. It will feature nine shooting lanes and a computerized Firearms Training Simulator, city officials said.