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Archive | December, 2015

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Bill Cosby to face sexual assault charges in court

One of at least 50 women who have accused veteran comedian Bill Cosby of a series of offenses, from drugging to rape, will get her day in court. Yesterday, Cosby was arraigned in a Pennsylvania court and now faces several charges in connection with a 2004 case. Cosby is free on a million dollar bail. This is the first time the entertainer is facing criminal charges.  CNN reports the prosecutor’s office in Montgomery County declined to go forward with the case in 2005, but claims it now has... Read More →

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Former “Glee” star Mark Salling facing child porn charges

The year is ending on a sour note for a former star of the hit TV series “Glee.” Mark Salling, who played bad boy  Noah “Puck” Puckerman, on the comedy/musical is facing charges of possession of child pornography. Salling was arrested yesterday at his home in nearby by Sunland and is now out on bail. A tip led to the actor’s arrest according to ABC News.  

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Burbank PD needs help in finding sexual assault suspect

Burbank Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a sexual assault suspect who allegedly groped a 12 year-old girl, at the Target in the Burbank Empire Center, earlier this month. The alleged attack occurred on Sunday, December 13, around 4:15 p.m. The girl was” with her mother, when the suspect walked up to her and squeezed her buttocks.  The suspect then walked to the exit and left the store.  No vehicle was seen, ” according to a Burbank PD news release. The Burbank PD released photos, taken from surveillance... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager threatens to resign over failed vote at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Talk of the Town: Mark Scott’s holiday surprise

Burbank City Manager, Mark Scott, has the town buzzing again. Actually the dust of confusion and shock has not really settled from   Scott’s abrupt resignation last month, uh, he changed it to retirement, no wait, it’s now apparently back to resignation! Last Monday, the San Bernardino Sun reported Scott would be the “city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8.” The news of Scott’s selection by the San Bernardino City Council was first disclosed publicly in Burbank by a commenter on the Semichorus blog and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in downtown Burbank

Envelope with suspicious powder mailed to Burbank Police

Some drama at Burbank Police headquarters in Downtown Burbank today. An employee opened an envelope addressed to the department at around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and “noticed a white powder inside,” according to a news release. The administrative offices of the BPD building were cordoned off and the Burbank Fire Department reportedly responded with a hazmat team. A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department hazmat team rolled to the scene as well. The release states the white “… powder was deemed safe and not hazardous at about 5 p.m. this evening.” Meanwhile, a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Some of the Holiday Baskets delivered to needy families in Burbank December 12, 2015

550 Holiday Baskets delivered, more than 100 bikes needed

Around 550 families are enjoying some holiday cheer thanks to a huge effort by hundreds of volunteers in Burbank. Last Saturday from a staging area at George Washington Elementary School over on North Lincoln Street, weeks of food collection and donations culminated with the delivered of Holiday Baskets to eligible families with children. Earlier this week at the Burbank City Council meeting, Janet Diel, president of the Burbank Coordinating Council, updated the community on the annual program. Most of  the baskets, which are actually groups of bags, packages, boxes,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Artist Jennifer Turnbull worked her magic on a utility box between Verdugo and Olive Avenues in Burbank October 16, 2015

Seven utility boxes in Burbank get creative paint jobs

Have you noticed several utility boxes in Burbank have been turned into original art pieces? A call went out last summer for seven artists to showcase their talent on seven utility boxes under the theme, “Just Imagine.” Artist, Jennifer Turnbull, was selected to work her magic on the utility box on Beachwood Drive between Verdugo and Olive Avenues. It was an overcast morning with some drizzle back in October, when Turnbull got down to the business of giving the box an awesome  paint job. “The Burbank Arts Beautification Program is... Read More →

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Bikes urgently needed for Burbank Holiday Basket Program

An urgent call went out in Burbank today for 150 bicycles for some hopeful kids. Former Burbank City Council member/volunteer, Dave Golonski, made the plea at today’s Burbank Coordinating Council meeting/luncheon at the Little White Chapel on North Avon Street here in B-town. During an update on the annual Holiday Basket Program, Golonski announced the BCC had received requests for 150 bicycles from parents unable to make this Christmas wish come true for their children. Golonski admitted “…we didn’t expect that kind of response.” So... Read More →

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Holiday Baskets food drive in Burbank tomorrow

The annual Holiday Basket Program in Burbank is heading into its final week, with a major citywide food drive tomorrow, December 5. Volunteers will be outside local grocery stores asking for food donations from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Last year over 550 needy families, including more than 2,300 individuals, received holiday gifts of mostly food, clothing, and toys from the program, according to the  Burbank Coordinating Council. The organization has been the lead on the program since 1946. The aim is to share some of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager threatens to resign over failed vote at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Burbank City Council announces city manager to retire in February

It’s official. Outgoing City Manager, Mark Scott, will retire on February 5, 2016. The announcement this afternoon, from the Burbank City Council, following  its closed-door session with City Attorney, Amy Albano, last Monday. Here’s the news release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Drew Sugars Public Information Officer (818) 238-5849 dsugars@burbankca.gov Burbank City Manager Mark Scott to Retire City Council begins search for predecessor BURBANK, Calif. (December 2, 2015) – Burbank City Council has announced that City Manager Mark Scott will retire on Friday, February 5, 2016, ending his tenure with... Read More →

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Star Wars celebration at a Burbank library

The countdown is on to the arrival of the latest film in the Star Wars epic, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” A Burbank library is offering the opportunity for fans of  the sci-fi fantasy to get into the mood before the film hits theaters in two and a half weeks on December 18. So get out that lightsaber and Star Wars garb. The Burbank Buena Vista Library is hosting a special  Star Wars celebration tomorrow, December 2. The event reportedly is designed for all... Read More →