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January 3, 2014
A mountain lion was spotted Friday morning in the backyard of a hillside home in Burbank, and the resident suspects it was drinking water out of a swimming pool, authorities said. The sighting was reported in the 1000 block of Hamline Place by a hillside resident who was awakened after his two large dogs began barking “furiously” around 1 a.m., said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The resident flashed a light outside and observed the mountain lion jumping over his fence and returning to the hillside, Ryburn added.
THE818NOW
June 8, 2012
A mountain lion was reported roaming in a commercial area Thursday night in the northeastern San Fernando Valley, police told The Times . A caller said the animal was behind a building in the 10900 block of Pendleton Street , near Sunland Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A patrol car cruised the area but did not see the cat. No other details were immediately available. -- Andrew Blankstein ( twitter.com/anblanx ) and Robert J. Lopez ( twitter.com/LAJourno )
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A dog was reportedly attacked by a mountain lion early Tuesday morning at the same Burbank hillside backyard where a mountain lion was spotted earlier this month , authorities said. A resident was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by loud yelps, and found one of his two Rhodesian Ridgebacks injured, said Burbank Animal Shelter Supt. Brenda Castaneda. The resident, who lives in the 1000 block of Hamline Place, then reportedly saw a mountain lion on a hill behind the wall of his backyard. Information on the dog's injuries or her current condition was not immediately available.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
This week, the community has spoken, and two emaciated mountain lion cubs rescued off the streets of Burbank are one step closer to getting names. Readers will have until Monday to vote on the top six names submitted. The cubs, referred to as No. 1 and No. 2, are being rehabilitated at Zoo to You, a nonprofit conservation and educational organization based in Paso Robles. The cubs will likely make appearances at schools and universities and need real names, says David Jackson, Zoo to You's director.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Burbank police issued a community alert after a mountain lion was spotted dragging a deer carcass up a driveway in a hillside neighborhood Wednesday night. The sighting was reported by a resident in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane near Verdugo Mountain Park just before 9 p.m., police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police on Thursday warned residents not to feed deer, which attract mountain lions, and to bring pets and pet food inside overnight. Police also recommended that residents install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
Police escorted a hiker down a Stough Canyon hiking trail Thursday in Burbank after the woman reported a mountain lion was following her, police said. Shortly after noon, the woman called authorities claiming that she saw, and was being followed by, a mountain lion while she was hiking roughly two miles above the Stough Canyon Nature Center, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. Officers - on foot and by helicopter - searched the area and were reportedly unable to locate a mountain lion, Kendrick said.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, November 1. A mountain lion was spotted in Glendale on Wednesday, but officials say there's nothing to worry about. Still, they remind residents to know what to do if they come in contact with the animal . Glendale News-Press Two Valley residents face drug charges after police raided a pot shop , reports the Contra Costa Times . A "bug bomb" blew out a window in a Reseda apartment Wednesday , reports the Daily News . The Los Angeles City Council is preparing for four tax increases.
THE818NOW
July 11, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - a day for free sugary cold drinks. To celebrate their birthday, 7-Eleven stores are giving away free slurpees starting at 11 a.m. La Cañada's new store on 1001 Foothill Blvd. also opens today. LAist The heat has brought out the Animal Kingdom, with bears in Pasadena and Duarte and an apparent mountain lion in Sherman Oaks and Toluca Lake . The National Park Service hasn't confirmed the latter sightings yet. KCET A former drink server at the Angeles National Golf Course alleges she was fired after reporting that a customer groped her . Angeles National called her allegations  "ridiculous, salacious and unfounded" in a statement.
NEWS
February 4, 2004
Jackson Bell State and local officials, prompted by a mountain lion sighting in the Verdugo Mountains last month, are warning hikers and cyclists to be more aware of their surroundings. There has been a threefold increase in reported sightings around the state since two bicyclists were attacked by a mountain lion in Orange County on Jan. 8, officials from the state Department of Fish and Game said. "There have been more reports because awareness is sky high," department spokesman Steve Martarano said.
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April 17, 2014
Police escorted a hiker down a Stough Canyon hiking trail Thursday in Burbank after the woman reported a mountain lion was following her, police said. Shortly after noon, the woman called authorities claiming that she saw, and was being followed by, a mountain lion while she was hiking roughly two miles above the Stough Canyon Nature Center, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. Officers - on foot and by helicopter - searched the area and were reportedly unable to locate a mountain lion, Kendrick said.
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THE818NOW
February 5, 2014
A 52-year-old Burbank man was arrested Monday after turning the gas on in his home and threatening to kill himself after an argument with his girlfriend, police said. Ronald Paluska was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and making criminal threats against his 43-year-old girlfriend during the argument, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. He reportedly threw an object at his girlfriend, who had a small cut on her stomach, Ryburn said. Then he threatened to commit suicide and turned on the gas in the home, located in the 2300 block of Catalina Street, Ryburn said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
A 28-year-old Arleta man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to secretly filming someone in a restroom where he worked in Burbank, authorities said. Eduardo Herrera pleaded guilty to one count of secretly filming an identifiable person who may be undressed, and was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 days of community labor, and a year of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous classes, said Senior Assistant City Atty. Denny Wei. One evening last June, a 25-year-old woman discovered a camera under the sink of a single-toilet restroom at a business located at 3300 N. San Fernando Blvd.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A dog was reportedly attacked by a mountain lion early Tuesday morning at the same Burbank hillside backyard where a mountain lion was spotted earlier this month , authorities said. A resident was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by loud yelps, and found one of his two Rhodesian Ridgebacks injured, said Burbank Animal Shelter Supt. Brenda Castaneda. The resident, who lives in the 1000 block of Hamline Place, then reportedly saw a mountain lion on a hill behind the wall of his backyard. Information on the dog's injuries or her current condition was not immediately available.
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January 30, 2014
A mountain lion sighting was reported Tuesday evening in Burbank's hillside area, police said. A security guard reported seeing the mountain lion about 8 p.m. near the 3000 block of Wedgewood Lane, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The following day, animal control officers observed paw tracks in the area, he added. Police released a list of safety precautions in the wake of the recent sighting, including: Do not feed deer, it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
Two men were arrested Friday after police observed them walking down Chandler Boulevard pushing a shopping cart filled with what appeared to be eight stolen surveillance cameras, police said. At around 2:10 p.m., police saw the men - Thomas and Sean Finnegan, 46 and 47, respectively - pushing a Walmart cart on the street filled with the new, boxed cameras, each valued between $560 and $700, said Burbank Police Lt. Matthew Ferguson. Police did not know if or how the two were related.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Those interested in getting a “behind-the-scenes” look at police operations in Burbank can apply for the nine-week community police academy. Offered in English, Spanish, Armenian and for the deaf, the course gives participants a peek into the day-to-day operations of the various bureaus in the department. The free academy will offer presentations on the criminal justice system, air-support unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, patrol and detective functions as well as animal control programs.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
The number of alcohol- and drug-related car crashes dropped in 2013 when compared to the previous year, while the number of arrests made for driving under the influence spiked, police reported this week. In 2013, there were 557 drunk or drugged driving arrests, up from 386 the year before, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Meanwhile, there were 86 impaired-driving collisions last year, 26 of which resulted in injuries, down from 107 collisions in 2012, 36 of which resulted in injuries, Ryburn added.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Burbank police issued a community alert after a mountain lion was spotted dragging a deer carcass up a driveway in a hillside neighborhood Wednesday night. The sighting was reported by a resident in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane near Verdugo Mountain Park just before 9 p.m., police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police on Thursday warned residents not to feed deer, which attract mountain lions, and to bring pets and pet food inside overnight. Police also recommended that residents install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
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