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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Memorial atJohn Burroughs High in Burbank Saturday, September 13, for three teenagers killed in a traffic accident yesterday morning.

Mourning in Burbank for three young accident victims

The crowds from the candlelight vigil last night were gone from the steps of John Burroughs High School on Clark Avenue in Burbank this morning. However, some of the candles were still burning for truck accident victims and Burroughs graduates, Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko, and April Townsend. Every now and then someone would stop at the memorial to read the notes or to grieve for the three young lives lost. Gnasso, Bulbenko, Towsend and two other Burroughs grads were riding in a pickup truck when it... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Damaged Dodge Stratus on a flatbed tow truck near the Starbucks at 1703 West Glenoaks Boulevard Glendale February 15, 2013

Deja vu! Another car crashes into the same local Starbucks

The Starbucks coffee outlet at Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale shut down unexpectedly this afternoon, after a car crashed through the storefront, despite the safety bollards installed to prevent such mishaps. It happened shortly after 1 p.m. There were no customers in the Starbucks at the time and the driver, an 86-year-old woman, was apparently not hurt. Glendale Information Officer, Sergeant Thomas Lorenz, says the driver, who does not want to be identified, refused treatment from paramedics. A tow truck operator was able to drive the battered Dodge... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank

Burbank Central Library open for business

After being closed for more than a week due to water damage, the Central Library in Burbank reopened today. Burbank public information officer Keith Sterling says, “..first time this length of closure in recent memory.” The library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard was shutdown on Saturday, April 9, after a water pipe ruptured in one of the book sections. The pipe was in the ceiling. The damage included carpets and books — one-to-two thousand were destroyed in the accident. City officials had originally planned to open the library the Monday following the incident.... Read More →

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Burbank Central Library to remain closed until April 18

The cleanup job at the Burbank Central Library is going to take longer than just a few days to complete. A press release from City Hall today says the library on North Glenoaks Boulevard will be shutdown until next Monday, April 18. Library services director, Sharon Cohen, estimated that between one-and-two thousand books were lost in that broken water pipe incident over the weekend. The pipe ruptured last Saturday morning. Keith Sterling, public information officer, says the pipe was located in the ceiling above the travel/history section. Officials... Read More →

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Burbank Alert: Central Library closed tomorrow due to water damage

A mishap at the Burbank Central Library has prompted officials to close the facility tomorrow. A press release from City Hall today blames the closure  on a water pipe break  in the library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard this weekend.   The rupture happened early yesterday and it set off the fire alarm. Fire crews responded quickly and shut off the water, but some damage was done. Since then, maintenance and library staff have been working to clean-up, but they apparently need at least an extra day to finish the job. Officials are hoping... Read More →

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Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Pool/Los Angeles Times -- Lindsay Lohan talks with her attorney Shawn Chapman during an arraignment on a felony grand theft charge in Los Angeles February 9, 2011

ShowBiz bits: Lindsay Lohan, Keith Olbermann, and deadly crash on TV production set

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is back at center stage of a real life drama — one she appears to relish. Today Lohan is out on $40,000 bail after pleading “not guilty’ to a felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice boutique last month. Lohan showed up at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles for her arraignment yesterday in dark sunglasses, wearing a tight white dress and high heel. Yes, Lohan was dressed for the media theater — the role she seems to be playing the most... Read More →

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Traffic accidents involving pedestrians spike on Halloween

A scary Halloween statistic  is out about traffic accidents in California involving pedestrians. Allstate Insurance Company reportedly conducted a review of claims involving pedestrians over the past three years in the state  and discovered a dramatic increase in October accidents around trick or treat time. The insurer revealed in a PR Newswire release that its figures show the number of people hit by cars in California jumps 25 percent on Halloween as compared to the rest of October.  Allstate is offering up three Halloween tips and two... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G-- David Starr Jordan Middle School, 420 South Mariposa Street in Burbank

City Buzz

City budget cuts terminate after school program Monday, August 16, is back to school day for the Burbank Unified School District. For some David Starr Jordan Middle School students and their parents, there might be more than the usual degree of anxiety that goes along with the first week of school. Recently, I got an e-mail from a very upset parent who felt blindsided, earlier this month, when notified about the dumping of an after school program at Jordan: “I only found out when we picked up the back to school packet.... Read More →

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A final exit for actors Dennis Hopper & Gary Coleman Photo:  Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times — A frail Dennis Hopper gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 26, 2010 A legendary Hollywood  “Bad Boy” Veteran actor and co-star of the cult classic motorcycle/road film, “Easy Rider” (1969), Dennis Hopper, died last Saturday, May 29, at the age of 74, after a battle with prostate cancer. Hopper reportedly passed away at his home in Venice, California surrounded by family and friends. Hopper appeared in over 100 films. He lived... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Controversial court ruling involving one of the lawsuits swirling around the Burbank PD A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed Burbank Police Officer Jamal Childs as a plaintiff from that explosive discrimination lawsuit filed against the Burbank PD last May by five of its minority officers. On Thursday, March 18, Judge Joanne O’Donnell ruled the statute of limitations had expired on Childs’ claim. Hmm, Childs has been a Burbank Police officer for five years. It’s not like his complaints date back 20 years or so. Well no... Read More →

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Promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart remembered

Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times Angels fans have joined the mourning for the team’s talented young pitcher, Nick Adenhart, who was killed along with two friends in a tragic multi-vehicle crash yesterday morning. The car Adenhart was riding in was broadsided by a van. The driver of the van, Andrew Thomas Gallo, ran from the scene in Fullerton, but was later arrested. Gallo is suspected of driving under the influence. He has a drunk driving conviction and was reportedly driving with a suspended license. The other two victims killed were 20-year-old Cal... Read More →

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A temporary ban on big rigs after tragic truck crash

Paramedics and firefighters tend to a victim of that deadly multiple vehicle/truck accident 04/01/09 Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times   Under pressure from local officials and residents, Caltrans yesterday issued a 90 day ban on big rigs along a treacherous stretch of Angeles Crest Highway. The ban came two days after a double-decker car carrier careened out of control and slammed into several vehicles at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway in La Canada Flintridge, before crashing into a bookstore and nail salon. A Palmdale man and his daughter were killed. Around a dozen others were... Read More →

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Truck driver arrested in La Canada Flintridge deadly crash

Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times   The investigation continues today into that horrific big rig/multiple vehicle crash yesterday in nearby La Canada Flintridge. The out-of-control double decker trailer blew through the busy intersection at Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard. The car carrier reportedly crashed into several vehicles before plowing into a bookstore and a nail salon.  A Palmdale man and his daughter died at the scene. At least 12 other victims were taken to the hospital. The truck driver suffered only minor injuries. The Los Angeles Times reports the truck driver, 43-year-old Marcos Costa, was arrested on... Read More →

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