March 20, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Prompted by complaints from local businesses, police are stepping up enforcement against panhandlers. "It's becoming a problem," Burbank Police Sgt. John Dilibert said. "Some are being aggressive in the solicitation of money, which can be illegal." In the past few weeks, merchants have called police about increased solicitations on sidewalks along Riverside Drive, Verdugo Avenue and in the Media District, police said.
January 6, 2012
When Burbank and Glendale went it alone on the homeless winter shelter front - significantly cutting down on the number of beds in the process - there was hue and cry from other shelter operators that the move would leave the masses out in the cold. But that so far has not been the case. Even with just 50 beds, the Burbank-Glendale shelter has only reached a maximum of 32 people on one night in the three weeks since opening, officials reported this week. That could bolster a major impetus for breaking from the Los Angeles County system - that the regional shelter was attracting transients from outside Glendale, i.e. non-local homeless.
July 18, 2009
Overcoming a long-standing tradition of averting its eyes, the Planning Commission voted 4 to 1 to move forward on a proposed homeless day center. Commissioner Vahe Hovanessian, though alone in his dissent on the dais, is almost certainly joined by hundreds — if not thousands — of his fellow residents in believing that such a center would be incompatible with the neighborhood. We understand, but it’s time to look at the realities in play. For more than three decades, we’ve depended almost entirely on the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.
May 26, 2010
Authorities on Tuesday said the 41-year-old transient man found dead in the backyard of a vacant home this weekend died of accidental blunt force trauma. Investigators with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the body of Wilson Tubalado, a transient living in Burbank, suffered fatal blows resulting from an accident, but would not specify what part of the body sustained the injuries. The man was discovered early Saturday in the backyard of a vacant home in the 500 block of North Orchard Drive, Sgt. Robert Quesada said.
May 9, 2001
Lolita Harper AIRPORT DISTRICT -- A Burbank transient was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon when he allegedly pulled a knife on a man at Pacific Park, police said. Issac Johnson, 44, was arrested Saturday after he became upset with a family that had reserved a table for a birthday party at the park, 3715 Pacific Ave., Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. A 64-year-old Fontana man, whose name was not released, told police Johnson would not move from one of the tables the family was trying to decorate, Taylor said.
March 2, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A Burbank transient was arrested Wednesday after allegedly being seen with a knife and a baseball bat and attempting to avenge the beating of a friend, police said. Ralph Delgado, 19, was arrested after a large group of teenagers had been seen gathering in a parking lot in the 300 block of East Angeleno Avenue, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Delgado had apparently led a group of friends to look for people who allegedly had beaten up his friend.
February 14, 2001
Tim Willert MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- A 41-year-old transient was arrested this week after allegedly threatening a Providence High School student and teacher with a knife, police said. The unidentified man approached the 17-year-old student at about 4:10 p.m. Monday in Johnny Carson Park, adjacent to the school. The student told officers that the man yelled obscenities, shoved him and threw a punch that missed. When the student punched back in defense, the transient allegedly pulled out a knife, Burbank police Sgt. Bill Taylor said said.
March 10, 2001
Josh Goldstein BURBANK -- The woman accused of kidnapping and beating the elderly Burbank woman who took in her alleged attacker and offered to help was to be formally charged Friday, police said. Bernadette Mitchell, 34, a transient, was arrested Wednesday after bicycle officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call about a woman drinking in public along Hollywood Boulevard, police said. The officers ran a check on Mitchell and discovered she was wanted on suspicion of kidnapping, robbing and abusing a 79-year-old Burbank woman who lives on Sarah Street.
March 3, 2001
Tim Willert MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Burbank police are searching for a woman who allegedly attacked and robbed an elderly Burbank woman after being invited to stay at the woman's home in the 4100 block of Sarah Street. Police have issued a $600,000 arrest warrant for 34-year-old transient Bernadette Mitchell, of Marino Valley, who is suspected of kidnapping and robbing the 79-year-old woman, Sgt. Bill Taylor said Thursday. Peters allegedly beat the frail senior citizen with fists and kicks, then forced the victim to drive to her ATM and withdraw cash, Taylor said.
November 1, 2003
Jackson Bell A male prostitute convicted of strangling a Burbank man and then setting fire to the man's apartment has been sentenced to 20 years to life for his crimes. Juan Carlos Martinez, a 20-year-old transient, was sentenced Oct. 22 in a Pasadena Superior Court for second-degree murder and arson of an inhabited structure. He received five years in prison for the arson conviction and 15 years to life for the slaying of 62-year-old Charles Rivas.