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THE818NOW
March 24, 2012
A vehicle collided with a Burbank police car Friday night, sending one officer to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle was apparently traveling southbound on Victory Boulevard and struck the police car while making a left turn into a driveway. The police officer was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center to be evaluated. The accident is under investigation. Police said at the scene that it appeared alcohol was not involved. -- Ross A. Benson, For Times Community News
THE818NOW
October 11, 2012
The Burbank Police Department's 1949 vintage Ford police cruiser was named “Best Specialty Vehicle” this year by the California Peace Officers Assn. Burbank police will accept the award at the annual COPSWEST law enforcement expo next week in Ontario. The cruiser has been completely restored with the help of donations from local businesses and residents, police said. Residents can view the car at the Burbank Police and Fire Museum. To make an appointment, call (818) 238-3230.
THE818NOW
June 3, 2013
A man was arrested in Burbank this weekend on suspicion of child endangerment after he allegedly led police on a brief chase with his 10-year-old niece in the car. The car chase shut down the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway for 10 minutes early Saturday morning, Burbank police said. The pursuit ended with the arrest of two brothers -- Luis Villalvazo, the driver, and Marcos Villalvazo, the girl's 40-year-old father who was also a passenger, said police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. Police attempted to stop Luis Villalvazo, 32, just after midnight on suspicion that he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol near Empire Avenue and Buena Vista Street in Burbank, Ruiz said.
THE818NOW
November 5, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Monday, November 5. The calendar may say November, but today's weather says otherwise. Record-breaking temperatures are expecting to hit the region this evening, with daytime highs expected to reach into the mid-90s throughout the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles Times Authorities have issued a red flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties , citing the high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation as a risk for wildfires.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A 51-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday when he reportedly rear-ended a Burbank police car while under the influence of prescription drugs, police said. Police stopped the man - identified as Michael Joanou - just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after he reportedly rear-ended a patrol car on Magnolia Boulevard near Lincoln Street and drove off, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The officer whose vehicle was struck stopped the motorist on the 600 block of Buena Vista Street, where Joanou allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication, Ryburn said.
NEWS
March 22, 2000
Amber Willard NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A Burbank police sergeant is recovering from minor neck and back injuries after being rear-ended by a drunken driver, police said. Alicia Crouch, 34, of Burbank was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving when she hit the sergeant's car Sunday night at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, police said. Sgt. William Taylor, who was on duty and driving a marked police car at the time of the accident, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment and released from the hospital a few hours later.
THE818NOW
June 7, 2013
A Van Nuys man was arrested Thursday after allegedly kicking a 31-year-old woman in the stomach -- and later threatening police officers -- while drunk, police said. Police responded to the scene at 2:19 p.m. after a witness reported seeing the man -- 35-year-old Leonel Nunez -- kick a woman in the stomach in the 200 block of West Olive Avenue in Burbank, said police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The pair knew each other, but it was unclear what prompted the alleged attack, Ryburn said.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | July 26, 2006
Anxious students gathered around a Burbank squad car and Police Officer Kevin Fields, who dropped by to talk to students on Tuesday at Roosevelt Elementary School. "How many of you guys know where I work?" Fields asked. "You work for the Police Department. You're a good guy," 8-year-old Samuel Barcelona said. This exchange came as Fields visited with about 50 students in the special education extended year summer school program and brought his squad car to the school's playground to show the students.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
Tim Willert BURBANK VILLAGE -- A Burbank police officer was injured after a transient allegedly kicked out a rear side window of a police car, sending a sliver of glass into the officer's eye. Officer Dennis Offerman suffered a corneal abrasion to his left eye during the incident, which happened about 10:40 a.m. Saturday at the police station, Sgt. Bill Taylor said. The transient, a 30-year-old Long Beach man, was seated in the back seat of the patrol car waiting to be taken to Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar for psychiatric evaluation, Taylor said.
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NEWS
September 18, 2013
A 51-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday when he reportedly rear-ended a Burbank police car while under the influence of prescription drugs, police said. Police stopped the man - identified as Michael Joanou - just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after he reportedly rear-ended a patrol car on Magnolia Boulevard near Lincoln Street and drove off, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The officer whose vehicle was struck stopped the motorist on the 600 block of Buena Vista Street, where Joanou allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication, Ryburn said.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
Violent and property crimes dropped 5% in Burbank through June of this year when compared to the same period last year, reports show. Police attribute the trend for the first half of the year to "predictive policing," or deploying resources to areas with higher rates of crime as a preventive measure. "We're able to see where crime is trending," said Burbank Police Capt. Denis Cremins. "We share that information so everybody looks at the problem situation from a particular angle.
THE818NOW
June 7, 2013
A Van Nuys man was arrested Thursday after allegedly kicking a 31-year-old woman in the stomach -- and later threatening police officers -- while drunk, police said. Police responded to the scene at 2:19 p.m. after a witness reported seeing the man -- 35-year-old Leonel Nunez -- kick a woman in the stomach in the 200 block of West Olive Avenue in Burbank, said police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The pair knew each other, but it was unclear what prompted the alleged attack, Ryburn said.
THE818NOW
June 3, 2013
A man was arrested in Burbank this weekend on suspicion of child endangerment after he allegedly led police on a brief chase with his 10-year-old niece in the car. The car chase shut down the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway for 10 minutes early Saturday morning, Burbank police said. The pursuit ended with the arrest of two brothers -- Luis Villalvazo, the driver, and Marcos Villalvazo, the girl's 40-year-old father who was also a passenger, said police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. Police attempted to stop Luis Villalvazo, 32, just after midnight on suspicion that he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol near Empire Avenue and Buena Vista Street in Burbank, Ruiz said.
THE818NOW
November 5, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Monday, November 5. The calendar may say November, but today's weather says otherwise. Record-breaking temperatures are expecting to hit the region this evening, with daytime highs expected to reach into the mid-90s throughout the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles Times Authorities have issued a red flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties , citing the high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation as a risk for wildfires.
THE818NOW
October 11, 2012
The Burbank Police Department's 1949 vintage Ford police cruiser was named “Best Specialty Vehicle” this year by the California Peace Officers Assn. Burbank police will accept the award at the annual COPSWEST law enforcement expo next week in Ontario. The cruiser has been completely restored with the help of donations from local businesses and residents, police said. Residents can view the car at the Burbank Police and Fire Museum. To make an appointment, call (818) 238-3230.
THE818NOW
March 24, 2012
A vehicle collided with a Burbank police car Friday night, sending one officer to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle was apparently traveling southbound on Victory Boulevard and struck the police car while making a left turn into a driveway. The police officer was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center to be evaluated. The accident is under investigation. Police said at the scene that it appeared alcohol was not involved. -- Ross A. Benson, For Times Community News
THE818NOW
February 22, 2012
A 29-year-old Burbank woman was arrested early this morning after allegedly hitting two police cars with her vehicle near Olive Avenue and Lake Street, police said. Katherine Keklak was traveling west on Olive at about 1:50 a.m. when she turned left onto southbound Lake, where two patrol cars were parked after finishing up with an unrelated traffic stop, Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Police officers turned their attention toward Keklak's approaching vehicle because they could hear what sounded like “an obvious flat tire,” Ryburn said.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | April 30, 2008
Students at Burbank High School witnessed a gruesome lesson Tuesday about the dangers of drunk driving. A mock fatal crash at the Burbank Boulevard and Third Street intersection was part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, which is designed to educate high school students about the risks of drunk driving, highlighting the fact that statistics say that on average one person is killed in an alcohol-related car accident every 15 minutes,...
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By Ani Amirkhanian | July 27, 2006
Anxious students gathered around a Burbank squad car and Police Officer Kevin Fields, who dropped by to talk to students on Tuesday at Roosevelt Elementary School. "How many of you guys know where I work?" Fields asked. "You work for the Police Department. You're a good guy," 8-year-old Samuel Barcelona said. This exchange came as Fields visited with about 50 students in the special education extended year summer school program and brought his squad car to the school's playground to show the students.
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