April 24, 2013
A Toluca Lake couple and their teenage son were tied up and beaten at gunpoint early Wednesday when three men broke into their home and robbed them, police said. Authorities said the incident began about 1:30 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive near Lankershim and Cahuenga boulevards, next to the Lakeside Golf Club. The intruders tied up the two homeowners with duct tape, and one of the robbers pistol-whipped their 16-year-old son, police said. The robbers went downstairs about 20 minutes later, where they set off a motion alarm in the home that alerted police.
March 8, 2013
A former Burbank police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the city alleging that he was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for suing the city four years ago for racial discrimination and harassment. The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court by Elfego Rodriguez, who was one of five officers who sued the city for racial discrimination and harassment in 2009. Rodriguez was ultimately dropped from the joint lawsuit by a judge. It marks the latest lawsuit filed by former and current police officers that center on discrimination and wrongful termination.
January 22, 2013
Violent crimes in Burbank jumped 27% last year - a trend police attributed to a spike in robberies, mostly at retail stores where security guards and would-be shoplifters tussle. As a whole, the number of violent crimes - which include robbery, rape, assault and murder - increased from 191 incidents in 2011 to 243 in 2012, according to recent figures released by the Burbank Police Department. The category that jumped the highest was robbery, which shot up 63%, from 68 reported incidents in 2011 to 111 last year.
December 24, 2012
Three teens were arrested Saturday after allegedly breaking into a Burbank home, stealing stereo equipment from two elderly residents and later attempting to break into a second home, according to Burbank police. The suspects - June Davis, 18, Chadney Delaney, 18, and a 17-year-old who was not identified because she's a minor - were booked on suspicion of robbery, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Davis' uncle, Michael Nunes, 57, was also arrested after allegedly hiding Davis in his home.
November 29, 2012
Burbank police are looking for five masked suspects who fled the area after an alleged street robbery near the Empire Center. A 32-year-old man was exiting his vehicle around 2:47 p.m. on the 1600 block of Maria Street when two masked men approached him and demanded a bag of jewelry, cell phone and car keys, said Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The man appears to be a a carrier who was delivering the jewelry, said Ryburn. He handed over the items to the men, who allegedly fled in a vehicle with three other masked suspects.
November 20, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, November 20. Arman Samsonian, 19, pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death of two women , who were electrocuted as they tried to help after Samsonian crashed into a fire hydrant and light pole in Valley Village in August. Glendale News-Press A Pacoima man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of charges related to a seven-month armed robbery spree throughout the San Fernando Valley . Patch Nearly $12,000 worth of electronic devices, clothing and cash were stolen from parked cars in the latest rash of car burglaries in Burbank . Burbank Leader Tony Cardenas , Los Angeles City councilman and congressman-elect for the 29th Congressional District, speaks with KPCC as he prepares to head to Washington, D.C. --Josh Cox, Times Community News Follow Josh on Twitter @joshualcox
October 20, 2012
Good morning, readers! Today is Saturday, October 20. The Los Angeles City Council is looking for ways to deal with a multi-million-dollar deficit. Two proposals to increase taxes might appear on the March ballot , reports the Daily News . A clinic that runs until 5 p.m. today will help young residents fill out 'deferred action' immigration paperwork , according to the L.A. Times . A program recently approved by President Obama allows those under 30 years old to stay and work in the country legally for two years.
October 10, 2012
Two men were arrested Tuesday by police who say the pair was about to rob a bank in Burbank. The men -- Spencer Wygle, 26, of Burbank, and Evan Kent, 27, of Glendale -- reportedly took a cab to Chase Bank in the Pavilions parking lot on West Alameda and allegedly told the cab driver they couldn't pay the cab fare. Police were dispatched to the scene at 12:35 p.m. when someone reported the disturbance. When police arrived, Wygle was allegedly seated in the cab with what police believe was a heroin-loaded syringe.
October 2, 2012
It appears that the Walmart oppositionists can't find a legitimate reason to oppose a Walmart store coming to Burbank. A letter writer stated that it's probably true that the Walmart traffic problem is a non-issue. She earlier said to forget the Walmart store and try for a Whole Foods Market. She is now saying that the market is not the answer. She is saying that the opposition to a Walmart store is based on the type of people Walmart attracts and the crime would be bad for other businesses in the community . One need only think back to the Kmart shooting, Porto's robbery, and prostitution activities at the Extended Stay Hotel, robbery at the Jack-in-the-Box and several robberies of stores in Magnolia Park, and the time when a police officer was lost during an on-duty shooting.
August 28, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, August 28. Police are investigating the robbery of a Burbank woman Saturday. The woman was robbed of necklaces outside of her home as she returned home from shopping for jewelry in downtown Los Angeles . Police say the woman had just parked her car when a man approached her and grabbed the bag of jewelry from her arm. Burbank Leader Police in Burbank are investigating the theft of a $100,000 car...