December 24, 2003
A reported gang member arrested during last month's investigation into the fatal shooting of Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison. Ricardo Barba, also known as Ricardo Brava, pleaded guilty Monday in Burbank Superior Court to one count of possession of a machine gun. Barba, 18, of Sun Valley, was one of five dozen people arrested while authorities searched for David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Pavelka during a Nov. 15 shootout.
October 29, 2003
ROBERT A. FISHER Robert A. Fisher, 77, died Oct. 4, 2003, in Washington. He was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Burbank and lived in the city for more than 40 years. He worked as a plumber throughout the San Fernando Valley. He was a member of the Elks Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife, Jan; daughter, Roberta Espinoza; and a grandson. Services were private. ELIZABETH CAROLINE ENGELHARD Elizabeth Caroline Engelhard, 72, died Oct. 18, 2003, in Burbank.
August 23, 2003
Jackson Bell For those who live in the 2500 block of North Myers Street, Samantha Spratt was like a breath of fresh air. Two of Rachel Strutt's children -- Ian and Meghan -- played with 8-year-old Samantha almost every day. She would visit their home to play games, sing songs, bake cookies and even help Strutt fold laundry. "Because the kids love her and I love her so much, she became part of our family," Strutt said. "The whole street is mourning the loss of her."
July 5, 2003
Ben Godar Despite a rash of high-speed crashes in neighboring communities and the recent arrest of a teenager for driving more than 100 mph through local freeway traffic, Burbank Police and the California Highway Patrol say street racing in Burbank is uncommon. Last month, Stephen Patino, a 19-year-old Los Angeles resident, was allegedly racing his 2001 Honda Civic eastbound on the Ventura (134) Freeway packed with morning commuters, CHP Officer Vince Bell said.
July 2, 2003
Reel Critic Dink O'Neal and his daughters, Brenna and Gillian, saw the world premiere of "When Tigers Smoked Long Pipes" at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank. It is a collaborative effort between three companies, The Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, The Orphans Theater Company and The Victory. LIGHTING AND SCENERY ARE WELL DONE Brenna O'Neal, 13, of Burbank will be in the eighth grade this fall at Village Christian School in Sun Valley. The Victory Theatre Center's production of "When Tigers Smoked Long Pipes" was extremely well done.
June 28, 2003
Ben Godar When Connie Barnett's cockatoo, Patrick, was stolen recently, she feared she'd never see the crested parrot again. But police were able to connect some seemingly unrelated dots and reunite the two. Barnett keeps the bird, which she has raised from an egg, on a patio behind her hair salon on Burbank Boulevard. She noticed Patrick was missing June 16, and searched the neighborhood before reporting him stolen the next day. The Burbank resident told police that two men had entered her patio and checked out Patrick the day before he was stolen, and that she had seen the men hanging around a house in the 1400 block of Rose Street.
February 22, 2003
Laura Sturza If the trucks stored at Desmond's Studio Production Services could talk, they would have plenty to tell. Inside the 450 mobile dressing rooms, special-effects trucks and other industry vehicles stored on the company's 13 acres, the world's biggest stars and crews have changed clothes, argued, slept and eaten meals that ranged from fast food to five-star. Company president Don Desmond does not own the vehicles and equipment stored on his lot, but leases space to business owners from cities including Burbank and Glendale.
January 29, 2003
PHILLIP ALEXANDER LEARY Phillip Alexander Leary, 92, died Jan. 24, 2003, in Sun Valley. Born Feb. 26, 1910, in Sioux City, Iowa, he lived in Burbank for five years and worked as an aircraft jig builder. He was a 25-year member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Leary is survived by his son, John Nicholas Leary; daughter, Mary Margaret McQueen; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The visitation for family and friends is from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the vigil service at 7 p.m. at the Valley Funeral Home, 2121 W. Burbank Blvd.
November 16, 2002
MANUEL GOMEZ BELTRAN Manuel Gomez Beltran, 37, died in Sun Valley. He was a 18-year Burbank resident who worked as a laborer. Mr. Gomez Beltran is survived by his parents, Zosimo and Maria Gomez; brothers, Esteban and Reynaldo; and sisters, Alicia, Teresa, Estela and Carmela. The visitation was Wednesday at the Valley Funeral Home. The burial is in the San Francisco de Asis Cemetery in Mexico City. ALBERT W. MUELLER Albert W. Mueller, 86, died Aug. 20, 2002, in Burbank.
October 2, 2002
DANIEL COLASANTO Daniel Colasanto, 84, died Sept. 29, 2002, in Burbank. He was born Feb. 8, 1918, in New York, and lived in Sun Valley for 56 years. He worked for Big 5 Sporting Goods in Burbank for 35 years and was involved with the Italian Catholic Federation and the Franciscan Club at St. Francis Xavier Church. Mr. Colasanto is survived by his wife, Felicia; daughter, Dayna Peterson; son, Mark; and grandson, Daniel. Mass is at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Church, 3801 Scott Road.