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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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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wildfire haze over Burbank from West Olive Avenue near Victory Blvd. September 2, 2017

Hazy skies over Burbank due to wildfire

Hazy skies over Burbank due to that wildfire burning in the Verdugo Mountains today. The smoke and ash prompted a recommendation from the Burbank Police Department. “The air quality outside is bad. With temperatures expected to reach the triple digits once again today, we are asking people to please stay indoors and limit your recreational activities. Keep pets indoors and take care of each other,” said BPD spokesman, Sergeant Derek Green, in an email. The fire broke out near 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Police Chief Scott LaChasse spoke at Burbank City Council meeting May 9, 2017

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse has health episode

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse reportedly recovering today after suffering a health episode at an event in Glendale yesterday. LaChasse collapsed around noon while attending the Glendale Police Awards luncheon at the Hilton Hotel. Emergency personnel in the room rushed to his aid. A short time later, LaChasse regained consciousness, but was taken away to a nearby hospital. LaChasse has probably undergone a series of medical tests, however, the Burbank Police Department is saying very little about his condition. Today BPD Press Information Officer, Sergeant Derek Green, told me in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Pedestrian vs vehicle accident at intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank November 17, 2016

Pedestrian injured at controversial intersection in Magnolia Park

An elderly woman was reportedly hit by a black sedan in a Burbank intersection considered to be dangerous by many in Magnolia Park. The accident occurred last Thursday, November 17,  at around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Boulevard. The accident forced Burbank traffic patrol officers to block off eastbound traffic on Magnolia for a while. The accident occurred when a black sedan attempted to turn onto Magnolia. Burbank PIO Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says: “The vehicle was traveling north on Lima St. and initiated a right... Read More →

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September 11 tribute in Burbank on Sunday

Tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11 attacks is set to take place at 6:45 a.m., tomorrow morning, on the steps of the headquarters of the Burbank Police and Fire Departments, 200 North 3rd Street. Meanwhile, USA Today has interesting article on “Ten things you may have forgotten  about 9/11” including the ties the hijackers had to Saudi Arabia.  Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

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DUI checkpoint sign

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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ATM machine photo courtesy Burbank Police

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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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Will Tom Angel scandal come up at city council tonight?

Will the Tom Angel scandal come up at the Burbank City Council meeting tonight? There doesn’t appear to be an item related to the scandal on tonight’s agenda.  However, there is evidence that City Hall officials recently received information related to the scandal. On May 1, the news broke that Angel had resigned as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department due to an avalanche of criticism surrounding the revelation he had forwarded some emails, which disparaged, mocked, or degraded certain groups while Deputy Police Chief at the... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel

Ex-BPD official resigns LASD job over email controversy

The heat from a controversy over email jokes has become too much for Ex-Burbank Deputy Police Chief, Tom Angel. Today Angel reportedly resigned his job as Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Angel moved into that job after leaving the Burbank PD last June. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, announced Angel’s resignation in a statement today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper put the heat on McDonnell and Angel last Wednesday with a report on email jokes sent by the former... 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 courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Ex-Burbank Police official in hot water over email jokes

Tom Angel got quite a send off from Burbank Police and city officials last June, when he made the move from Deputy Chief back to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department where he retired six years ago. Angel took over as Chief of Staff  at LASD. Back in 2010, Angel joined the Burbank PD, at the request of Chief LaChasse. During the June shindig, Scott LaChasse is quoted, on Myburbank, as praising Angel saying “a truly noble decision for (DC Angel) to come here in Burbank’s time of need.”... 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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Photo of Hakob Torosyan courtesy Glendale Police

Suspect who allegedly targeted Burbank arrested

A serial burglary suspect who allegedly struck several times in Magnolia Park and Burbank Village sections of the Media City is behind bars tonight. Burbank Police announced late today the arrest of 28 year-old Hakob Torosyan of Glendale. Torosyan is being held without bail and is due to appear in a Burbank court Tuesday, March 15, on 14 counts of commercial burglary, according to a Burbank Police news release. Burbank and Glendale Police started working together on the investigation when they realized a thief with a “similar modus operandi” was committing crimes... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shops and businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Blvd. and North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Break-ins and burglaries hit businesses in Magnolia Park

Another series of break-ins, attempted break-ins, and burglaries has some merchants in Burbank concerned as they beef up security. Last month, similar crimes occurred at several Downtown Burbank eateries. Last Thursday, the Oasis Nail & Spa 3317 West Magnolia Boulevard was burglarized. It’s one of at least three businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Lima Street that has had some kind of intrusion crime occur in the past few months. On March 3, Burbank Police responded to a business alarm at Oasis at around... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Boba Loca 148 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank February 21, 2016

A rash of break-ins at eateries in Downtown Burbank

There has been a rash of break-ins at eateries in Downtown Burbank over the past two weeks. Boba Loca, 148 North San Fernando Boulevard, was burglarized on Friday, February 12. Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says “…  when the first employee arrived, the front door to the business was found to have been pried open.  The cash register and safe had been forced open and cash taken.” Boba Loca is a snack shop featuring, teas, coffee, juices, drinks, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The following week on Saturday,... Read More →

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Photo courtesy KTLA

Burbank assault suspect due in court Monday

A Burbank assault suspect is due in court tomorrow in connection with an alleged kidnapping and officer involved shooting. It began last Thursday morning shortly after 4 a.m. Burbank Police responded to a call at West Victory Boulevard and Buena Vista Street where a 36 year-old woman claimed she had been kidnapped. ” She gave a very specific description of the suspect vehicle.  A short time later a pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle description was seen traveling west on Victory Boulevard by our officers., ” according to Burbank Police... 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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Utility scammers target residents and business owners

Utility scammers target Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena

As the holidays near, utility scammers are ramping up their schemes to get money out of residents and business owners in Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. Recently during a two-week period, Burbank Water and Power reportedly received more than 40 calls from customers complaining about phony utility workers trying to squeeze them for money. Last Wednesday, November 4, just before noon, Laree Adel, owner of Best of Times antiques in Burbank’s Magnolia Park, got one of those crank phone calls. Adel says the caller claimed to be... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue, Burbank October 20, 2015

Two Burbank burglary suspects due in court today

Two suspects are due in court today, while three others are still being sought in connection with a burglary at Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue. Apparently, a sharp-eyed Burbank Police officer spotted a “suspicious truck” in front of the cinema accessory business early last Tuesday around 3:40 a.m. “The officer saw several people run from the business to the van. He made a u-turn to get a better look at the van and people, but the van hastily drove away without its headlights on,” according to a BPD news release.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Michael Gennaco spoke before city council about oversight review of the Burbank Police Department July 21, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank Police, oversight, and poopgate

Recently, the Burbank City Council renewed the three-year contract of consultant, Michael Gennaco, of the Office of Independent Review, as an independent monitor of the Burbank Police Department. The cost of Gennaco’s contract, $80,000.  In light of the growing tab for the notorious police cases and the BPD’s handling of that nasty incident involving Magnolia Park merchants last August, monitoring of the department is absolutely necessary. Mistakes by the Burbank Police Department have cost taxpayers plenty. Burbank has paid out millions in a slew of scandalous police cases involving allegations of... 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

Victim fights back in attempted purse snatching in Burbank

Burbank Police arrested a man today for allegedly attempting to snatch the purse of a young woman. It happened this morning around 11:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Olive Avenue in downtown Burbank. BPD spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco, says: “The woman reported that she was walking when the man, who is identified as 24 year-old Manuel Martinez of Los Angeles, approached her and tried to take her purse.  The woman told officers she held onto her purse and punched the man two times, knocking him to the ground.” The unidentified... Read More →

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