January 9, 2013
So what was it? The loud explosion that jolted North Hollywood on Tuesday night remained a mystery the next morning, authorities said. An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station said police searched the area for a half an hour Tuesday night but had no luck in determining what caused the sound. The officer said police received numerous calls about the noise. At about 9:30 p.m., numerous people began tweeting about a loud explosion. Some thought it had come from a North Hollywood Metro station; others reported hearing an explosion in Studio City.
September 6, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- The burning question is to whom does the 1959 Burbank High School class ring belong. Adding to the mystery is how the ring came to be in a box of metal scraps in Pennsylvania. The saga of the unclaimed ring picks up in early 1999 when Marisa Vanzin, a former teacher from Bernville, Pa., found the 10-karat gold men's class ring among her late father-in-law's belongings. The size-10 ring has a blue stone and a bulldog on either side.
July 3, 2004
The Burbank Public Library presents a book signing and talk with author Harley Jane Kozak later this month. Kozak will discuss her new mystery, "Dating Dead Men," which tells of a store owner juggling 40 dates in 60 days as part of a radio talk show host's research project and a murder investigation at a mental hospital while being chased by small-time crooks and mobsters. Copies of the book will be available to buy at the signing, which starts at 7 p.m. July 22. The Central branch library is at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard.
September 6, 2006
Movies need not venture off to a galaxy far, far away in order to take the audience into a world of wonder and mystery. Sometimes, a step back into the past reveals thrills long lost in the bombast of 21st-century Hollywood moviemaking. As the tumult of this summer's blockbusters fade, "The Illusionist" materializes with a cunning sleight-of-hand to reveal the truly magical. "The Illusionist," written and directed by Neil Burger, is set in Vienna during the early 1900s. There, Eisenheim (Edward Norton)
December 26, 2009
Montrose resident Pete Goodman seems to keep himself quite busy. A former journalist for the U.S. Air Force, he has also worked as an executive show director for a Japanese theme park and theater arts professor, but has settled down into the refined art of writing a good mystery. ?Smoking Frog Lives!? is Goodman?s first mystery novel, and the series kicks off with a bang! Set in modern-day southern Mexico, surrounding the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque. Nick Michaels, former military man and private investigator, has given up his former profession for a life of archaeology, on site with USC archaeologist and professor Dr. Max Herrmann.
November 19, 2008
It wasn’t a pretty sight. The assemblage that had gathered at The Castaway restaurant last weekend to support a good cause had been pleasantly mingling and were just sitting down for dinner when a heated argument broke out. Moments later, shots rang out. When the gun powder settled, Pastor Paul Clairville of Burbank’s Westminster Presbyterian Church was lying on the floor. From that moment on, every person in the room became both a sleuth and a suspect as the newly formed Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley presented a murder- mystery dinner that served as the organization’s first major fundraiser.
May 3, 2000
Irma Lemus, Enjoy! BURBANK -- It's a mystery that will leave the audience wondering who the killer is right up to the last minute. John Burroughs High School drama students will take to the stage this week for three performances of "Ten Little Indians," a play based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel "And Then There Were None." About 30 students have been working both on and off stage since February to get the production together, said William Whited, Burroughs drama teacher and the play's director.
September 3, 2003
Phil Witte is the copy editor of the Burbank Leader and News-Press. The end of summer marks not only the time when kids must make the dreary return to school, but also the wonderful time when movies based on explosions leave the theaters to be replaced by movies that require thinking. Francois Ozon's "Swimming Pool" is a heady choice to begin the serious movie season, as viewers will need all of their mental faculties to decipher this gem of a mystery.
August 9, 2003
Molly Shore Andrea Canady and Gail Copeland are close friends who share an interest in mystery writers and a certain Broadway musical. Canady and Copeland are avid readers of J.A. Jance and Sue Grafton mystery novels, and they are "phantom" buddies. "Whenever 'The Phantom of the Opera' is playing, we go," Canady said this week. The similarities don't stop there. The women met when they began their careers as fourth-grade teachers at Jefferson Elementary School more than 40 years ago, and both women retired July 31. "Where does the time go?"
September 30, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- For Earl Lee Newberry, the call came as a complete shock. The Portage, Ind. resident confirmed this week that he is the original owner of a 1959 Burbank High School class ring that sparked a cross-country mystery leading from the steel mills of Pennsylvania to Burbank and back to the Midwest. Although Newberry had entirely forgotten about the piece of jewelry that he lost four decades ago, he said he was thrilled to be getting it back.