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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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Photo of marijuana plants growing in warehouse courtesy Burbank Police Dept.

Photos of big pot bust in Burbank

Three suspects are due to be arraigned on Monday in connection with a big pot bust in Burbank. Last Thursday “… detectives executed the search warrant and uncovered an illegal sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation. Over 1200 marijuana plants, in various stages of maturity were seized. Investigators estimate the street value of the marijuana to be in excess of $500,000,” said Sergeant Claudio Losacco, BPD public information officer, in a news release. Detectives first got wind of the illegal operation early last week, when local residents reportedly began complaining “about the strong... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Merchant Ralph Persinger in his shop Burbank Antiques 3423 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 22, 20115

City Buzz:Burbank merchants’ feud escalates in Mag Park

That bitter merchants’ feud in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, once thought to be dying down,  has escalated with more nasty allegations, a police report, and a mystery videotape. I began covering the dispute back in August of 2014, when it centered on the fight for one-hour parking on the north side of the block. Most of the complaints were directed at Romancing the Bean, 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard. During that battle, allegations of harassment and bullying were leveled against the Bean’s owner,... Read More →

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Updated: Second suspect arrested for Burbank murder

Burbank Police admit they arrested the wrong man for murder! As reported here, BPD were called to a home in the 1900 block of Richard Street Sunday night and discovered the body of a woman. During the investigation on Monday, 49 year-old Brian Thomas Lowe was arrested. “Based on conflicting statements, information that he was less than forthcoming with, and an inconsistent sequence of events, we felt that Lowe played a part in the murder of the female,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said in a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- ABC7 ran a report on the investigation surrounding the death of a woman in Burbank August 24, 2015

Burbank man arrested in connection with a homicide

Local media is reporting the arrested of a 49 year-old Burbank man in connection with the death of a woman last night. Burbank Police answered a call about “a female not breathing” at a home in the 1900 block of Richard Street at around 10 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Once inside, officers discovered the victim’s body. The death was considered suspicious so homicide investigators were brought in. Late today, Burbank Police announced the arrest of Brian Thomas Lowe who lived in the home, with his... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- National Night Out in the parking lot of the Burbank Police headquarters in Burbank August 4, 2015

Some thoughts on Nat’l Night Out in Burbank

I dropped by a couple of National Night Out gatherings in Burbank last Tuesday and found them to be subdued and sparsely attended. My first stop was the primary event in the parking lot of Burbank Police headquarters on Third Street in the downtown area. At around 6:30 p.m.traffic on San Fernando Boulevard between East Olive Avenue and East Magnolia Boulevard was bumper to bumper,and the sidewalks were teeming with crowds enjoying the warm summer weather. Once I arrived at the BPD National Night Out I found very few crowds... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse appeared before the Burbank City Council Tuesday July 21, 2015

Body cameras, mug shots, and the Burbank PD

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse and his staff made a major push for body camera equipment for 160 officers before the Burbank City Council last month. The pricey proposal, more than a million dollars, lacked the details that most council members felt were necessary, so the motion to move it forward failed. However in light of the developments nationwide about the positive impacts of bodycam video, the council will have to revisit the subject sooner than later. Body camera video can be game changer Meanwhile, former University of Cincinnati police... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco at BPD headquarters in Burbank  July 10, 2015

Man dies after apparently jumping from overpass in Burbank

Tragedy in Burbank. A man was discovered on the I-5 freeway after apparently leaping off the Magnolia Boulevard overpass this morning. Burbank Police responded to a report of a jumper in the area at around 6:30 a.m. “Responding officers arrived and found a male, approximately 60 years of age, lying in the far right lane of the southbound Interstate 5 Freeway. He was unconscious, but breathing. It does not appear he was struck by any vehicles,” according to Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco. Paramedics arrived and treated the man... Read More →

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AT&T apologizes to Burbank customers for phone issue

AT&T has apologized to Burbank customers for a phone issue last week, which prompted an unusual advisory from the Burbank Police Department last Thursday: “AT&T has notified BPD that callers to 911 from 847 and 565 phone number prefixes may not reach police or fire due to damaged underground phone lines. In Burbank, call 818 238 3000 for police and 818 956-4800 for paramedic/fire services. Please contact AT&T directly with questions about the cause and duration of this issue.” The problem apparently lasted for a couple of... Read More →

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Photo of Burbank resident Gerri Dickinson courtesy KTLA

Suspects in violent home invasion robbery due in court today

Two suspects are due to appear in court today in connection with a violent home invasion robbery and attack on an elderly Burbank resident. Twenty-seven year-old Lonnie Garcia was arrested in Pasadena last Wednesday, July 15, “for the home invasion robbery and attempt murder”  of 89 year-old Gerri Dickinson, according to a Burbank news release. Sergeant Claudio Losacco says Garcia “was recently released from prison.” He’s being held without bail. Dickinson, a slight but feisty senior, suffered broken bones and bruises during the altercation with the robber around 8:30 p.m. on... Read More →

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Photo of Burbank resident Gerri Dickinson courtesy KTLA

Burbank home invasion robbery victim fights back

Gerri Dickinson is one feisty and brave senior citizen. Dickinson, 89, is recovering today from injuries suffered in a brutal battle with a home invasion robber. The criminal forced his way into her Burbank home in the 1000 block of Cornell Drive last Friday night at around 8:30 p.m. Dickinson says the robber told her, “I came to get your stuff.” The robber probably expected the elderly resident to cower in the corner — but that didn’t happen. Instead, Dickinson fought with the robber who eventually fled the scene. The... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sevan Mini Market 1516 North San Fernando Boulevard boarded up after robbery and fire in Burbank July 10, 2015

Burbank market shut down by robbery and fire

The Sevan Mini Market on North San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank is boarded up today after a robbery and fire last night. As reported on Media City Groove, the market was robbed by several suspects at around 9 p.m., at least one of them was armed. Then, a fire broke out. The fire was knocked down quickly by Burbank firefighters, but there was some damage, thought, officials would not give out an estimate. Several businesses on the second level of the structure were running fans today in an... Read More →

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Armed robbery and fire at Burbank market under investigation

An armed robbery and fire at the Sevan Mini Market is under investigation today by both the Burbank Police and Fire Departments. The market at 1516 North San Fernando Boulevard was on fire when police officers arrived on the scene last night at around 8:50 p.m. “The officers made contact with the victim, who reported he’d been robbed by at least three suspects, with one or more being armed with a firearm,” said Sergeant Claudio Losacco in a news release. The victim, who has not been identified, reportedly suffered minor... Read More →

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Burbank PD has a new deputy chief

More changes in the Burbank Police Department. The word is Captain Mike Albanese has been promoted to deputy chief. The position opened up last month, after Tom Angel took the job of chief of staff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Albanese has been a key member of Chief Scott Lachasse’s leadership group since his arrival at the BPD in 2010. Among his duties, head of the patrol division and the department’s mental health evaluation team. Before joining the BPD, Albanese reportedly spent 37 years... Read More →

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Burbank “Drug Take Back ” event this Saturday

Got some of those expired  medications or unwanted prescription drugs?  No need to let them clutter up your place, when the Burbank Police Department is offering to dispose of them for you. The “Drug Take Back” kicks off this Saturday, July 11, in the rear parking lot of the Burbank PD headquarters, 200 North First Street, in Downtown Burbank. The drop off operation will run  from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Medical supplies like syringes and  even pet meds will be accepted. No questions asked. It’s... Read More →

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Several arrests in series of Burbank catalytic converter thefts

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with a series of catalytic converter thefts in Burbank. In the past few months, over 60 catalytic converters  reportedly have been stolen from vehicles in the Media City. Burbank Police investigators used leads from those thefts to “initiate surveillance of several possible suspects,” according to a news release from Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, Burbank Police public information officer. Early yesterday, several suspects were arrested after allegedly being caught “in the act of removing catalytic converters from vehicles in the Van Nuys area.” Sgt. Losacco says “… suspects... Read More →

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City Buzz: Second Burbank H.S. shaken by sex charges

For the second time in less than a month, a Burbank high school is in the news in connection with a criminal case involving sex charges and underage students. Last Thursday, June 18, Burbank High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach, Kyle Roach, was arrested and booked on felony charges of oral copulation with a minor, annoying or molesting a child, and possession of child pornography. The Burbank Police Department began an investigation after two students on the volleyball team “… came forward when they began to suspect... 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

Updated: Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel moving on

Updated: June 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel is taking a job as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. MyBurbank has more on that and the big farewell bash thrown for Angel  here.    Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel is apparently moving on and leaving the Media City behind. A tweet from the Burbank Police Department gave a shout out to Deputy Angel for his five years of service to the department. Here’s that tweet.     We say... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Media city G -- Entrance to parking lot next to the old Great Indoors building at 1300 North Victory Place blocked off with Burbank Police on guard Burbank June 16, 2015

Updated: Flash mob car show shut out of Burbank’s Empire Center

Updated June 18, 2015: Apparently a side parking lot at the Empire Center did remain open for several hours last Tuesday night. Some shoppers and restaurant diners were lucky enough to find that lot and space to park their vehicles.  More details on Myburbank.   The anticipated flash mob car show and all that comes with it did not go down at Burbank’s Empire Center on Victory Place last night. The entrances to the large shopping center were blocked  off by late afternoon. Car enthusiasts as well... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flash mob car event backsup traffic on Burbank Boulevard at Victory Boulevard in Burbank August 13, 2013

Flash mob car crowds expected to invade Burbank today

A flash mob car crowd gathers near the Krispy Kreme donut outlet, 1521 North Victory Place, in Burbank’s Empire Center. That invasion has happened before and despite warnings from the Burbank Police Department and threats of legal action from Burbank City Attorney, Amy Albano, the custom car enthusiasts are apparently planning on returning to the Media City this evening. A few thousand people at an unofficial  event and gridlock on surrounding streets makes the Burbank PD nervous. Burbank Police have sent out news alerts about the... 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 arrested on sex charges

A former Burroughs High School employee is facing several sex charges allegedly involving two female students. Burbank Police arrested 23 year-old, Clarke Surrey, of Glendale last Thursday, June 4. BPD reportedly began an investigation after receiving a tip, according to a news release. Surrey is accused of having sex with two students, between the ages of 15 and 17, “from approximately 2011 to 2015.”  Multiple incidents allegedly occurred off campus and the release claims Surrey “may have taken photos and videos at the time of some of the incidents.”... Read More →

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