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November 6, 2002
A fire sparked by combustible items left near a heater damaged the roof a garage and fatally burned several cats, officials said. The blaze, which was noticed by Burbank firefighters as they were driving by, broke out Friday evening shortly before 5 p.m. inside the 20-by-30-foot garage at 1124 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said. The fire burned through the roof and caused $20,000 damage, Starr said. The garage was a machine shop but its tenant had been recently evicted.
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NEWS
November 13, 2002
Jewish activist Irv Rubin was reportedly looking better this week, through he remained in critical condition at an area hospital. Rubin sued the city and won an injunction against using the word "Jesus" or any other religious deity during City Council invocations, and the case is set to go to the state Supreme Court. Rubin fell from a two-story-high railing at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Nov. 4. FBI officials have said the almost 20-foot fall was from an apparent attempt to commit suicide after also trying to slash his throat.
NEWS
November 13, 2002
Signs of Christmas season are in the air already -- about 50 feet up in the air. In what has become an annual tradition, off-duty Burbank firefighters spent Monday and Tuesday adding branches to a giant metal Christmas tree near the Media City Center. The tree, which will be lighted at the end of the month, is on the northwest corner of Cypress Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard through New Year's Day. A big star tops the tree and its branches are heavy with multicolored ornaments.
NEWS
December 28, 2002
An Arkansas man fell to his death onto Alameda Avenue from the Golden State (5) Freeway. Phillip Scott, 23, died Thursday at the scene, Sgt. Glen Sorknis said. Police were still investigating if he was killed from the trauma of the fall or from being hit by cars, Sorknis said. Police had not determined by Friday night if Scott's death was a suicide or accident. Scott, from Hot Springs Garland, Ark., was seen by witnesses walking up to the freeway bridge and later falling over, landing on Alameda Avenue in a westbound lane.
NEWS
December 7, 2002
A local church will be bearing its holiday spirit for all to see and is hoping for donations to help them do it. The Unity Church of Burbank and North Hollywood is holding a teddy-bear and stuffed-animal drive. Organizers hope enough stuffed animals will be donated so they can give them to the residents of the Beverly Manor Nursing Home on Dec. 15. The purpose of the event is to let seniors know someone is thinking about them during the holidays, organizers said.
NEWS
October 16, 2002
Ryan Carter A 37-year-old Burbank man was arrested after knocking on neighbors' doors and claiming he was a police officer wanting to move the blight of drugs off city streets. Randy Wee Aguilar allegedly approached neighbors in the 200 block of West Verdugo Boulevard on Friday, claiming he was a police officer. He asked one neighbor if someone could supply him with narcotics, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. Apparently, the man was interested in finding neighbors who used drugs and claimed he was trying to help clean up the neighborhood, Dilibert said.
NEWS
October 26, 2002
Ryan Carter A former Burbank Police officer filed a $100-million lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon slandered and defamed him during a press conference. Alfred Angele, a former Burbank vice-narcotics officer and commissioner on the nine-member Board of Prison Terms, took issue to a photograph Simon showed to the media two weeks ago. Simon alleged the photo showed him handing an illegal contribution to then-Lt.
NEWS
October 30, 2002
Police are investigating two bomb threats made on the same day to a local television and radio studio. The first threat came about 6:40 p.m. Monday at radio station KIIS-FM (102.7) on Riverside Drive when someone called the station during a radio show and said there was a bomb inside the station, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. At 7:45 p.m., a man called KNBC-TV Channel 4 studios three times, saying there was a bomb at the studio, Dilibert said.
NEWS
October 23, 2002
Ryan Carter A 45-year-old Burbank man was arrested after assaulting his former wife and locking himself inside of a garage while threatening to kill himself, police said. The man got into an argument Oct. 12 with his wife about their children at his home in the 1700 block of Elliot Drive, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. While inside the home, the man grabbed a knife and threatened to kill her, Dilibert said. She was not hurt. But in a rage, he locked himself inside the garage, threatening to kill himself with the knife and a paintball gun, Dilibert said.
NEWS
February 2, 2002
Ryan Carter NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Burbank Police think they may have arrested a man suspected in a rash of pie burglaries from local market. Richard Michael Mason, 39, a transient from Burbank, was arrested Jan. 24 for allegedly stealing two cherry pies from from the Ralphs at 2500 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Mason apparently took two pies out of the store, sat down on a bench outside and started to eat them. Mason refused to respond to a security guard who was trying to figure out if he had stolen the pies, Taylor said.
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