August 1, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Marissa Rosoff feels that the Burbank Unified School District is ahead of the game when it comes to preparing for school safety. She knows the tricky part is staying ahead. Rosoff has seen a rise in public interest in school safety -- 510 families attended safety meetings this year so far. In response to this interest shown by the public, Rosoff is keeping campus-safety procedures in her presentations simple, yet thorough.
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 24, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Pledging to keep learning from the Columbine High School massacre that marked its third anniversary Saturday, Burbank Police are reviewing plans to protect local students. With recent construction at Burroughs and Burbank high schools, updating the city's emergency plan to deal with a Columbine-like scenario has become even more significant, police said. "With the changes in the two high schools, we have to update our plans because a building that was there last year is not there today," Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert, who with Lt. Roger Mason, helped develop the plan two years ago. On April 20, 1999, two boys killed 13 people on the Columbine High School campus in Littleton, Colo.
April 27, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Every week, Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert takes to the airwaves on a call-in show on Charter Communications Channel 6 to bring the Police Department closer to the people it serves. "The public has to understand how we operate," the 15-year department veteran said. "That was the whole idea." It's not all that easy. He occasionally gets stumped by callers on the live program, and he's always under pressure to come up with a new idea, sometimes right before the show.
May 18, 2002
Amber Willard BURBANK -- A transient accused of assaulting a local video store owner pleaded no contest Friday to rape and sodomy charges in the case. Michael Kelly Roades, 43, was arrested in June 2000 by Burbank Police, who used DNA testing to link Roades to the attack that left the victim on life support for several weeks. "It's one of our first cases where the majority of the case was based on DNA," Sgt. John Dilibert said. Earlier this week, officials told a judge they had found two tiny spots of blood on the shoes Roades was wearing when he was arrested -- they were a mixture of his blood and the victims', Deputy Dist.
April 11, 2001
Lolita Harper SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Night had fallen. The sky was getting dark, but the small boy still could not find his father. It had been hours since the 5-year-old was dropped off at the Burbank Toys R Us on Sunday, and no one had returned to the store to pick him up. While closing the store around 7 p.m., a Toys R Us employee found the tyke wandering the aisles, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Unable to find the boy's parents, the manager called the police.
March 20, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Prompted by complaints from local businesses, police are stepping up enforcement against panhandlers. "It's becoming a problem," Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. "Some are being aggressive in the solicitation of money, which can be illegal." In the past few weeks, merchants have called police about increased solicitations on sidewalks along Riverside Drive, Verdugo Avenue and in the Media District, police said.
June 15, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Burbank Police Det. Carl Costanzo waved an American flag as he ran down Glenoaks Boulevard on Wednesday next to Sgt. John Dilibert, who held a torch high for passing drivers to see. Dilibert handed the torch to Glendale Police Officer Maribel Sumner, who set off at a jog with 11 other Glendale officers and Fergie, a drug-sniffing Labrador. The handoff at Glenoaks Boulevard and Alameda Avenue joined two legs in a law enforcement relay across the area to draw attention to the summer games of the Special Olympics of Southern California.
February 13, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Police are investigating an identity theft ring thought to have started in Burbank. Burbank Police arrested Steven Cuccinello, 34, the ring's alleged leader, for allegedly receiving thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Canoga Park hardware store. Cuccinello, arrested Feb. 2 after police served a search warrant at his Burbank home, is thought to be involved in a process called "Dumpster-diving," Burbank Police Det. Scott Wilson said.
November 10, 2010
Police haven't found a man who exposed himself to two women on Thursday evening. At about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, the women, ages 19 and 22, were walking near the intersection of North Hollywood Way and West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank when someone called out "Excuse me" from behind. When the women turned around, they saw the man lift up his shirt with one hand while holding down his pants with the other, exposing his genitals. The women quickly turned and ran the opposite direction, and the man was gone when they turned to look if he was following them, police said.