November 7, 2001
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- The Burbank Police Department recently received training from the Burbank Fire Department on how to respond to suspicious package investigations. The training sessions, which were made up of the study of response scenarios with the aid of slide presentations, were given Monday, Thursday and Friday at the Police and Fire Headquarters, as part of the police department's monthly in-service training, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said.
December 19, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- It's not too late to buy a toy and put it in the bed of the Burbank Fire Department toy wagon in the front lobby of the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. The wagon, salvaged by firefighters and built into a miniature fire truck, will collect donated toys throughout the holidays, and department staff will take the toys to local agencies, which will distribute the items to children in need. The lobby is open from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but toys can be taken to any of the six fire stations around town.
September 22, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Police are investigating a series of thefts of American flags from businesses and homes throughout the city, police said. Between Sept. 14 and 18, at least six flags were stolen from the 3800 block of West Burbank Boulevard, the 200 block of North 1st Street and the 1400 block North Evergreen Street, said Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor. Why the flags were taken is not known, Taylor said, adding the thefts could be because people wanted the symbols for themselves or by people upset by the recent wave of patriotism that has draped the nation and the city.
November 5, 2003
'Hope' post office bill going to president BURBANK -- Legislation that would name the post office at 135 E. Olive Ave. for legendary entertainer Bob Hope has passed the U.S. Senate and now awaits the president's signature. The bill, introduced in September by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), was passed by the Senate on Oct. 30. Hope, who lived in Toluca Lake, died July 27 at age 100. Among his many honors, the city of Burbank renamed a portion of Catalina Street near NBC studios after Hope in 1998.
December 17, 2003
The City Council has voted unanimously to adopt a Bicycle Master Plan that will outline a vision for bike paths in the city. The plan, approved by the council Dec. 9, will help engineers and urban planners connect bicycle paths to similar paths and transportation facilities, and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, officials said in a staff report. An approved master plan means the city is now eligible for funding for bicycle transportation projects from the California Department of Transportation.
January 12, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- The former youth director for a local church pleaded not guilty to allegations that he committed lewd acts on a girl in his youth group. David Shelton, 43, entered the plea Thursday in a Burbank courtroom. Police believe that while Shelton was employed as a youth director at American Lutheran Church in Burbank, he performed sex acts on a girl who was in the youth group. Shelton, who lives in Burbank, was released on bail shortly after his arrest.
August 17, 2002
Police arrested two men and a woman thought to have supplied Burbank teens with drugs. Donald Whitehall, 20, Antony Jones, 21, and Ginny Doddy, 39, were arrested Aug. 9 after members of the department's narcotics detail and special response team found marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine in the home, where the trio lived in the 10600 block of Crockett Street in Sun Valley, police said. The three were suspected of selling drugs to teenagers from Burbank, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said.
April 24, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Burbank Police completed the 120-mile Baker to Vegas Challenge Relay over the weekend. The team finished 15th in its category and 104th out of 214 teams competing in the annual run across Death Valley. "We survived," Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert said of the race in which 20 sworn and civilian personnel participated. Another 15 from the department provided support for the contingent. The Burbank participants ran in honor of Officer Danny Crawford, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease several years ago. Burbank Police have participated in the event 12 times.
August 10, 2002
A man was arrested after the bizarre trashing of a Holiday Inn room. Police arrested David Fensin, 21, from Clovis, after he allegedly tried to light fire to a newspaper in the bathtub in his hotel room Wednesday at the Holiday Inn at 150 E. Angeleno Ave. Fensin put the room's fire alarm in the toilet, placed socks on lamp bulbs and poured grape juice and lettuce over furniture, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said....
October 20, 2001
Ryan Carter SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- A 50-year-old Burbank man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, after he allegedly fired a gun from atop a horse at a 22-year-old Mission Hills man Monday, police said. Miguel Gonzales, who was riding a horse in the 400 block of West Valencia Avenue, allegedly raised and aimed a .357-caliber pistol at a car, driven by the victim, after the car had passed him, police said. No one was hurt.