June 22, 2002
Ryan Carter Police say they are not expecting traffic problems but will monitor a protest today in front of Disney Studios at 500 S. Buena Vista Street. Protest organizers expect about 200 people to show up to protest alleged disparaging words made toward the Catholic religion on the ABC television show "Politically Incorrect." The Catholic group, called The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, took offense to words spoken by television personality Jimmy Kimmel during a March episode of the show, hosted by Bill Maher.
September 29, 2001
Ryan Carter HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- State insurance fraud investigators have arrested a 41-year-old Burbank man on suspicion of insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Steve Vlaszof, a Burbank auto body mechanic, allegedly reported $35,000 worth of items stolen from his home in the 500 block of Eton Drive, said Daniel Deglauve, criminal investigator in the California Department of Insurance's Fraud Division. In 1999, Vlaszof reported that items including expensive jewelry, camera equipment and computer hardware had been stolen from his home, said Sgt. Bill Taylor of the Burbank Police Department.
October 5, 2002
The Burbank Fire Department delivered thousands of toys and stuffed animals to children at the Grossman Burn Center this week. The donations came Tuesday on a flatbed truck, a battalion chief's truck and a Burbank fire engine, center nurse and spokeswoman Elaine Shortall said. The items came from an anonymous donor and the effort was organized by the department. Bill Jensen, a former Glendale firefighter who was badly burned in the 1997 Malibu Canyon Fire, joined Burbank firefighters to present the gifts.
February 16, 2002
Ryan Carter AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A 62-year-old Agoura man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of grabbing an airport security screener as she patted him down. The 20-year-old screener, who was performing a routine screening, asked if he would consent to hand search. He did, Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. But as she patted him down from his backside, he lifted his arms behind him, grabbed her and pulled her toward his waist, Dilibert said.
February 20, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A 42-year-old Burbank man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly going on a rampage with a tire iron, police said. Apparently, the man had threatened his family early in the day, telling them he was going to shoot them, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. The man had allegedly been drinking and became angered over a family disagreement. He began smashing a telephone, table and door with a tire iron in a home in the 2700 block of North Lamer Street, Taylor said.
April 24, 2002
Ryan Carter MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Two men wearing scarves over their faces stole more than $45,000 from a bank inside of supermarket. The men entered the Ralph's supermarket, 2600 W. Victory Blvd., Monday and demanded money from a clerk at the Downey Savings and Loan inside, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. One of the men kept reaching for his waistband as if he was preparing to pull out a gun, but no gun was seen, Taylor said. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after noon.
April 27, 2002
Ryan Carter MAGNOLIA PARK -- A 24-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after residents of a home found him setting up camp in their backyard. Leonel Gomez was found hiding in a corner of the yard Tuesday in the 400 block of North Glenwood Place, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. A 28-year-old resident of the home said he was alerted to the intruder after hearing a dog bark and glass shattering in a nearby alley, Taylor said.
May 8, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Police conducted roving DUI patrols throughout the city over the Cinco de Mayo weekend and nabbed several people on various driving offenses. Police handed out 54 hazardous driving citations during Saturday's patrol, designed to reduce injuries and property damage from alcohol-related collisions, Burbank Police Sgt. Ron Caruso said. Along with the citations, three people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, one person was arrested for being drunk in public, another was arrested for providing false information to a police officer and for having a warrant for driving on a suspended license.
May 1, 2002
Ryan Carter MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Cardinal Roger Mahony was resting in good condition at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center after being admitted because of a blood clot in his lung, officials said. Mahony went to the hospital Sunday evening, where he received treatment, said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Mahony will stay in the hospital for several days for continuing treatment, Tamberg said. Mahony has a history of clotting.
May 25, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Police are searching for someone who stole several American flags this week and vandalized others. On Wednesday and Thursday, police received at least six complaints of thefts and at least one report from a witness who saw someone take a flag from a front yard and tear it up, Burbank Police Lt. Kevin Krafft said. Many of the reports came from neighborhoods above Glenoaks Boulevard, between Olive Avenue and the Glendale border, Krafft said.