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Curfew in Burbank and businesses take action

A curfew goes into effect in Burbank at 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. today and many businesses are taking action. Some, like the Apple computer specialist, MelroseMac, 2400 West Olive Avenue, are boarding up doors and windows preparing for the worst. Before the City of Burbank issued the order for a 5 p.m. curfew, plenty of chatter on social media and around town about protests planned for this afternoon at various places here. The protests are part of the national and global outrage over suspicious deaths and mistreatment of African... Read More →

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Photo: Courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect surveillance photo from video taken inside Antiques on Magnolia Burbank May 22, 2018

Armed robber holds up Magnolia Park Burbank shop

Armed robber holds up Magnolia Park Burbank shop. Burbank Police are on the hunt for a brazen robber who held up Antiques on Magnolia, 3412 1/2 West Magnolia Blvd, Tuesday afternoon, May 22, 2018. The suspect, wearing what police say was a red and black hoodie with dark pants, walked into the shop and pulled out a gun. Gun pointed at store clerk Store clerk, David DeWitt, was behind the counter. DeWitt told Channel 7 News he heard “the gun cock” before the suspect pointed the weapon at him... Read More →

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Crime Watch: Armed robbery suspect, Burbank crime seminar

A suspect is in custody today in connection with a string of armed robberies in North Hollywood and Burbank. Three law enforcement agencies worked together to bring about the arrest of 37 year-old Michael Clouse of Georgia. After being alerted by both Burbank and North Hollywood Police, the LAPD arrested Clouse outside a North Hollywood hotel in 1100 block of Vanowen Street, last Thursday, November 30. Then, Burbank Police detectives served a search warrant on a hotel room linked to Clouse. They reportedly discovered “clothing he wore in the Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Rocket Fizz 3524 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank November 8, 2017

More Magnolia Park businesses fall victim to crime

More Magnolia Park businesses fall victim to crime. The list keeps growing. The latest, Rocket Fizz and T-Mobile. Both break-ins occurred last weekend. The soda pop and candy shop at 3524 West Magnolia Blvd. was targeted by a theft on November 3, between 9:30 pm and 7:30 am. “A suspect smashed the store’s front window.  The suspect then entered the store and stole a cash register drawer containing cash.  The cash drawer was found a short distance away from the store, but the money was missing. ” according to Sergeant... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Fatal collision in front of Disney gate on West Alameda Ave. Burbank September 7, 2017

Updated: Pedestrian killed in fatal collision in front of Disney Studios

A fatal collision in front of the Walt Disney Studios on West Alameda Avenue in Burbank this morning, left one person dead. The fatality was a pedestrian. The tragic accident occurred just after 9 a.m. “A female adult was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at Alameda Ave. and Lincoln St.  Two male adult occupants from that vehicle have been detained by police. Alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor,” said Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Derek Green, in an email to Media... Read More →

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Arrest in attempted bank robbery in Magnolia Park Burbank

Burbank Police today announced the arrest of 54-year-old Mark Logan of Burbank, in connection with that attempted bank robbery in Magnolia Park last Thursday. As reported here on Media City Groove, Burbank Police responded to the Bank of America at 3400 West Magnolia Boulevard at  5:20 p.m. on August 17, 2017. “When Police Officers arrived, they learned a man had entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note stating he was armed with a gun and demanding cash. The teller walked away from the suspect, at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Bank of America 3400 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 18, 2017

Another business in Magnolia Park Burbank adds security guard

The Bank of America at 3400 West Magnolia Boulevard has apparently amped up its security following a reported robbery attempt last Thursday, August 17. The next day, a security guard was lurking in the shade by the door. Another reason some merchants and residents have jittery nerves in Magnolia Park these days. Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Derek Green, told Media City Groove patrol units rolled up to the bank at 5:20 p.m. last Thursday. This is where the incident gets a little strange: “The suspect handed the bank teller... Read More →

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Security guard in front of Walgreens Pharmacy 2501 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 15, 2017

Armed robbery at pharmacy in Magnolia Park Burbank

A security guard pounded the pavement at the entrance to Walgreens Pharmacy, 2501 West Magnolia Boulevard, in Burbank today. Security at the pharmacy was apparently stepped up following an armed robbery last Sunday, August 13. This was a pretty brazen crime. It reportedly occurred at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Derek Green, told Media City Groove: “There were three suspects, one of which was armed with a small black handgun.  The suspects entered the store and stole prescription medication, specifically Hydrocodone and Promethazine liquid.  There were two... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis /Media City G -- Theresa Hanna owner of Bell Cottage 3322 West Magnolia Blvd Burbank August 3, 2017

Fears and concerns grow after two more shop burglaries in Magnolia Park

Fears and concerns grow after two more burglaries at shops in Magnolia Park. Theresa Hanna’s gift shop, Bell Cottage, is at Magnolia Boulevard and Lima Street. Bell Cottage was burglarized a week ago,  along with Vintage Boutique Antiques, 942 North Lima Street. For the past 10 years, Delmy Hernandez has owned the little vintage shop around the corner from Bell Cottage. Hernandez lives nearby and heard a security alarm go off shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning, July 30. The burglaries appear to be what are frequently called “smash and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Marya "Mary" Wanker behind the counter at LuxMary Handbags 3421 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank July 15, 2017

Magnolia Park merchant refuses to quit after $60,000 burglary

Burbank Magnolia Park merchant, Marya “Mary” Wanker, has a lot on her plate right now. She’s in the final stages of planning her wedding and scrambling to assemble a new collection of luxury handbags, after a $60,000 burglary at her new shop earlier this month. Wanker, 28, admits the burglary was a brutal setback, but she has “upped her security” and is determined to reopen soon: “I’m not going to let a bunch of thugs intimidate me.” The well-organized thieves stripped many of the shelves bare in LuxMary Handbags, 3421... Read More →

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Bomb threat hoax targets Burbank businesses

Watch out! Scammers are targeting Burbank businesses with a bomb threat hoax. Over the past two weeks, Burbank Police say several local businesses have received the threat “via fax or email.”  In an advisory, Burbank PD explained the scam this way: “The threats have involved the request for a ransom to be paid via Western Union, usually in the amount of $25,000. A common theme seems to be that the ransom be sent to a Brazilian citizen. The threats state that explosives placed around the “building” will detonate... Read More →

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Police make four arrests during DUI checkpoint in Burbank

Burbank Police revealed today that four people were arrested during a very busy DUI checkpoint operation at Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue in the Media City, last Saturday. Nearly a thousand vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to a Burbank PD news release. Here are the official results. 997 vehicles passed through the checkpoint 817 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence 6 drivers were detained for the administration of... Read More →

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Burbank PD arrest two suspects in ATM crime spree

Burbank Police announced the arrest today of two suspects who have been charged in an ATM skimming scheme. The suspects were taken into custody in connection with ATM thief at the U.S. Bank, 1750 West Olive Avenue, in Burbank. They are accused of using a small skimmer device to capture and store victims’ information. Earlier this month, on three separate days, thieves reportedly installed and removed a skimmer device on the ATM at that branch. “The suspects used the stolen account information and created ‘cloned’ ATM cards, ” according to a... Read More →

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Burbank Police confront gunman at McDonald’s

An investigation underway in Burbank today following an officer involved shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant early this morning. The incident began around midnight at the McDonald’s at 2565 Hollywood Way near the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Officers reportedly responded to a call of “a man causing a disturbance.” “As the officers arrived, they were advised the suspect told McDonald’s employees that he was armed with a gun. The first responding officers evacuated the employees, who were the only people inside. The officers confirmed the suspect was armed with... 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

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard. Twenty-three year-old Sun Valley resident, Arturo Montano, was booked at the Burbank jail for “for possessing images of a minor, which he used for the purpose of sexual stimulation and on six counts of concealing a camera to videotape the less than fully clothed bodies of others without their knowledge, for the purpose of sexual gratification,” according to a BPD news release. Montano was taken into custody yesterday. His bail was set at $170,000. Montano began working for the City of Burbank as a... Read More →

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Orlando victims remembered as shooting probe continues

Orland victims remembered as mass shooting probe continues today. The names of the victims of America’s worst mass shooting are being released. Profiles of the victims here and here. The investigation continues today at the crime scene, the Florida nightclub Pulse. Gunman, Omar Mateen, barged into the well-known gay club early Sunday morning and began shooting. After several hours, authorities gained control of the scene. Later, authorities revealed that 53 victims were injured and 50, including the shooter, were dead. Today it’s being reported that as he prepared to... Read More →

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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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Photo showing boarded up entry after burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet 3412 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank May 9, 2016 (photo courtesy stringer photographer)

Burbank jewelry store burglary rattles nerves in Mag Park

A burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet in Magnolia Park has rattled some nerves especially, among some of the local merchants. The break-in occurred at the fashion jewelry shop 3412 West Magnolia Boulevard last Monday, May 9. It happened “during the overnight/early morning hours,” explained Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco in an email to Media City Groove. The suspect or suspects reportedly got away with “cash from the register.” A rash of break-ins and burglaries over the past six months or so had some Mag Park residents and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- KTLA reported the discovery of a body in Burbank April 28, 2016

Burbank Police investigating a homicide

The Burbank Police have the identity of a homicide victim — but the details of his death remain a mystery today. The body of 30 year-old Nshan Balyan of North Hollywood was discovered last Thursday, wrapped in plastic, in an open field in the 600 block of North Victory Boulevard, according to a Burbank Police news release. Detectives suspect Balyan was killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the Burbank field. Investigators combed the scene for clues and are reviewing footage from several surveillance cameras in the area. Anyone with... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

Ex-Burbank school employee arraigned on sex charges

The bail for former Burbank school employee, Jose Antonio Banuelos Jr., has been raised to $1 million. It happened yesterday in a Burbank court where Banuelos was arraigned. Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed six sex felonies against 28 year-old Banuelos, including two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Banuelos was arrested last Friday after a 17 year-old John Burroughs female student reportedly told Burbank Police about their sexual relationship. The ex-assistant boys baseball coach at Burroughs allegedly began the relationship with the victim... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

ex-Burbank school coach arrested for sex with a minor

For the third time in 10 months, an employee or former employee of a high school in Burbank has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. The latest arrest took place yesterday. Burbank Police say Jose Banuelos Jr., an assistant baseball coach at John Burroughs High School and part-time employee of Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, was taken into custody in the parking lot of Ralph’s supermarket 2600 West Victory Boulevard. Banuelos, 28, was “in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest,” according to... Read More →

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Consumer Alert: IRS warns of new tax scam

The IRS is sending out a warning about a new tax scam.  The Internal Revenue Service says, in a news release, it has received reports of “scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.” The scammer try to get the taxpayer to give up personal information like social security and credit card numbers. The swindle has popped up in the past few weeks. It’s a new twist on an old phone fraud. “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve... Read More →

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