January 4, 2003
Ryan Carter Citing the need for more supervision, a Burbank Police captain has taken over day-to-day management of the Burbank Animal Shelter, at least for a little while. Capt. Gordon Bowers will spend most of his time there for a few weeks while other police captains cover his duties at the department, he said. "I became aware of a number of administrative inefficiencies, which I felt needed attention," Bowers said. As captain of the department's Special Operations Division, Bowers oversees the shelter.
November 4, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A longtime Burbank police captain and former San Gabriel police chief has died. Don S. Tutich, 69, died Oct. 16. He worked in law enforcement for 31 years. The cause of death was not immediately available. Tutich, who devoted himself to community activism during his years in Burbank, was perhaps better known for his controversial role as the police chief in San Gabriel. He retired in 1989 after 30 San Gabriel police officers cast a vote of no confidence in his leadership skills.
September 25, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank officials this week fired back at the police captain who filed a retaliation lawsuit against the city, calling the claims “baseless and disingenuous.” In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Burbank police Capt. Bill Taylor claimed he was unfairly demoted from his post as deputy chief after he tried to compel the command staff to address a series of internal complaints. Burbank spokesman Keith Sterling, in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, rebutted the captain’s claims, saying that he failed to cooperate in the city’s attempts to investigate his charges.
September 28, 2002
Ryan Carter In response to a city councilman's call to explore developing a more powerful city police commission, the five-member civilian panel voted not to give itself more oversight authority. The panel -- made up of a retired Burbank Police captain, a Los Angeles Police captain, the executive director of the Los Angeles Police Commission, an actor and a Realtor -- voted unanimously last week to maintain the status quo. Earlier this year, Councilman Dave Golonski inquired about increasing the body's power to allow its members to review citizen complaints submitted to the department and perform detailed reviews of department operations.
July 31, 2002
Ryan Carter The Police Department is modifying its Master Plan to include a potentially more powerful Police Commission. "We're certainly willing to explore the possibility," Police Capt. Gordon Bowers said. The Master Plan, being revised after its creation 17 years ago, outlines policy initiatives and goals for the next several years. Among them is a strategy to maintain strong community relations, and the function of the commission falls under that initiative, Bowers said.
October 20, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- In 1978, Burbank Police Commissioner Donald Sobiech lamented that the commission should be "abolished or given more teeth." Not many teeth have been added. Today, an actor, a realtor, a retired Burbank police captain, a police captain with the Los Angeles Police Department and the executive director of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners volunteer their time in four-year terms on the commission. They sit on a panel that was born into notoriety from alleged graft and corruption that allegedly ran rampant in Burbank in 1952.
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.
October 2, 2009
The news cycle is a fickle thing. Some weeks, the crickets chirp. Others, the monkeys cause a ruckus. So it was this week. A woman was arrested at Bob Hope Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle in 22 pounds of cocaine. A police captain filed yet another lawsuit against the department. A man was arrested for allegedly drugging and then raping a 24-year-old Burbank man in his apartment. Our assemblyman moved to Round 2 in his race for Los Angeles City Council. And a volatile City Hall critic was arrested for allegedly violating court orders to not possess firearms or ammunition.