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By Alene Tchekmedyian, | April 11, 2014
The juvenile charged in connection with the double-stabbing at the Santa Monica Pier in January recently admitted to one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and is a ward of the court, authorities said. The two counts of attempted murder he was initially charged with were dismissed, according to Greg Risling, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Officials could not elaborate on the minor's sentence. However, being a “ward of the court” could mean several things.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 20, 2014
Five people from Burbank and Glendale, including a teenager, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Saturday in connection with the double stabbing of two fishermen at the Santa Monica Pier, police said. Witnesses reported seeing the five young suspects arguing with two fishermen, who were 43 and 30 years old, respectively, on the fishing deck at the far west end of the pier around 1:20 a.m., said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Moroso. The argument escalated and the suspects reportedly attacked the fishermen, both of whom were stabbed with one or more knives multiple times in the torso and arms, Moroso said.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 23, 2014
Three Burbank men pleaded not guilty this week to charges that they were involved in the double stabbing of two fishermen at the Santa Monica Pie r, authorities said. One man, Araik Ovoian, 24, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of attempted murder, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. The other two, Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19, and Alex Akbari, 18, each pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | April 8, 2014
Three Burbank men accused in connection with a double-stabbing at the Santa Monica Pier in January will stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges a judge ruled this week. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah Brazil ruled Monday there was enough evidence presented during the two-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Araik Ovoian, 24, Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19, and Alex Akbari, 18, for the stabbing and assault of alleged victims Antonio Castillo and Gilberto Dorado.
By Chris Wiebe | April 30, 2008
Burbank resident Angela Avanesyan’s interest in fashion design manifested early in the one-of-a-kind outfits she made for her Barbie dolls. “My Barbies weren’t wearing the clothes they came with,” Avanesyan said. “You’d see this cute outfit on the front, and then you turn it around and there would be pins and tape on the back. . . . My Barbies would be wearing something that no other Barbie would have. And as I got older, I realized that that translated into fashion and design — and that was really an art form.
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | November 9, 2011
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — The emotions of a trying, difficult and all-around tough season were apparent on Glendale Community College Coach John Rome's face. Minutes after the Vaqueros suffered a 47-41 loss to Santa Monica College on Saturday in a Pacific Conference American Division game at Sartoris Field, Rome was in tears when he talked about the determination of his team. "These are my sons," Rome said. "I believe that. I'm proud of these guys every day. They've never quit.
By Jonathan Raber | May 19, 2007
SANTA MONICA — Looking to play an upset role, the Burbank High softball team gave Santa Monica all it could handle Friday. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, one timely hit proved to be the difference between a win and a loss, as they fell in a heartbreaker to the host Vikings, 1-0, in a nine-inning CIF Southern Section Division III first-round game. The game's winning hit was only the second allowed by Burbank sophomore starter Kristin Peraza, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with 14 strikeouts.
BY JEFF TULLY | May 24, 2012
When Jaclyn Johnson was asked to take over the girls' basketball coaching duties at Bellarmine-Jefferson High prior to the 2010-11 season, the former Guards standout player had to live up to high expectations. In the previous eight years, former coach Bryan Camacho built the program into one of the most successful in the state. He accumulated a 183-50 record and had a .785 winning percentage. In addition, Bell-Jeff won three straight Santa Cruz League titles, a CIF Southern Section title in 2009 and captured a state championship the same year.
January 26, 2005
Robert Chacon Rep. Adam Schiff is taking another shot at more than tripling the size of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, partly by including thousands of acres of local open space. The move would ensure that the mountainous area would be protected from development. Schiff on Tuesday introduced the Rim of the Valley Act, which directs the Interior Department to study expanding the recreation area by adding the Rim of the Valley Corridor, a 491,000-acre mountainous region that stretches from the eastern border of the Santa Monica Mountains to Pasadena, including the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains above Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge.
By Jonathan Raber | September 19, 2007
SANTA MONICA — For whatever reason, the field at Santa Monica College has a bizarre effect on the Glendale Community College football team. For the second consecutive year, the Vaqueros traveled to face the Corsairs, and for the second straight time, played uncharacteristically out of sorts. The major difference, however, is unlike last season’s loss, the same outcome would not follow suit this time around. Instead, the team opened up Western State Conference South Division play in positive fashion, defeating Santa Monica, 31-12 on Saturday night.
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