Monthly Archives: March 2012

Crime Reports For March 2012

(Warning: Some of the items listed below can be graphic in nature)

Updated:  3/31/12

Shoplifter Turns Into Robber

A young man suspected of shoplifting managed to get himself arrested for robbery after he fought with store security personnel.  The incident occurred at the Fry’s Electronics store at 2311 Hollywood Way, on March 25, around 12:30 p.m.

Loss prevention officers at the store observed the man place a product into his backpack, then leave the store without paying.  When they contacted the suspect outside the store and attempted to place him under citizen’s arrest, he attempted to run.  During the struggle that ensued, the man thrashed about  swinging his arms.  The loss prevention officers were eventually able to handcuff the suspect and escort him back into the store.

The suspect, Nathan Melara, 18, of North Hollywood, was arrested for robbery, and booked into the Burbank Jail.


Beer Thief Escapes, Wanted For Robbery

A teenager stealing beer from the Vallarta Market, at 10950 Sherman Way, could be in even bigger trouble when police catch up with him.  On March 24, he was observed by the store’s loss prevention officers taking beer and leaving the store without paying for it.  When the officers attempted to stop him outside the store, he struggled with them before fleeing to a waiting vehicle and leaving the area.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 16-18  years old, 6’0” to 6’2”, 180-210 lbs, with brown hair and eyes.  He was wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt and gray shorts.   He left in a white Chevrolet Trailblazer.   Because he used force to escape from the loss prevention officers, he could be charged with robbery instead of theft.
Man Says He Was Forced To Buy Liquor

In an unusual crime, three men forced a man to buy them a bottle of alcohol.  The incident occurred March 23, around 11:30 p.m., at the Burbank Liquor and Food Market located at 500 S. Glenoaks Blvd.

The victim had just walked out of the store when he was confronted by three men who demanded that he go back inside and buy them some alcohol.  One of the men lifted is shirt to reveal what appeared to the victim to be a gun tucked into the waistband of the man’s pants. Fearing for his safety, the victim went back inside the store and purchased a bottle of alcohol with his own money, and took it back to the three men.  The trio took it and fled on foot.

The three suspects are described as male Hispanics, 30-40 years old, 5’9” – 6’ tall, with medium to heavy builds.  Each had a receding hairlines or a shaved head.

 

Business Burglaries / Thefts

311 N. Buena Vista St.  (Waterstone Media Center Apartment Homes)
March 22, at 4 p.m. to 8:40 a.m. March 23
Entry:   Pried door
Loss:   Pressure washer, paint sprayer, paint, tools

Residential Burglaries/ Thefts

300 block W. Elm Ave.
March 23, at 10:30 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. March 24
Entry:   Rear yard
Loss:   Power tools

200 block E. Valencia Ave.
March 26, at 5:15 p.m.
Entry:   Open garage door
Loss:   Skateboard, spray paint

200 block N. Myers St.
March 26, at 5:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. March 27
Entry:   Front door kicked
Loss:   Cash

1300 block W. Chandler Blvd.
March 20, at 6 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 27
Entry:   Side of residence
Loss:   Two chain saws, cattle ornament

900 block N. Reese Pl.
March 27, at 6:38 p.m.
Entry:   No entry
Loss:   No loss at this time, attempt only

1000 block E. Orange Grove Ave.
March 5, at 3:32 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. March 26
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Miscellaneous documents
Catalytic Converter Thefts

None reported at this time


Tailgate thefts

None reported at this time


Vehicle Thefts / Burglaries

500 block E. Cypress Ave.
March 22, between 11 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2003 Mazda Protégé
Entry:   Punched driver’s door lock
Loss:   Miscellaneous paperwork

Buena Vista St. & Olive Ave.
March 23, between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   Unknown
Entry:   Unlocked
Loss:   Laptop computer, purse and contents, cash, prescription medication

San Fernando Blvd. & Walnut Ave.
March 24, at 5:55 p.m.
Vehicle:   2008 Toyota
Entry:   Keys left unattended
Loss:   Purse and contents

1900 block Hollywood Way
March 25, at 10 p.m.
Vehicle:   2001 Infinity QX4
Loss:   Headlights, front turn signals, front grill

500 block S. Reese Pl.
March 26, at 10:30 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. March 27
Vehicle:   2010 Acura RL
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   iPod, binoculars

500 block S. Niagara St.
March 26, at 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. March 27
Vehicle:   2007 Volkswagen Jetta
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   CD’s

1500 block Morningside Dr.
March 26, at 9 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. March 27
Vehicle:   2007 Toyota
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   Center console

1051 W. Burbank Blvd. (Costco)
March 27, between 11:40 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   2002 Ford F250
Entry:   Punched driver’s door lock

3400 block W. Olive Ave.
March 27, between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Vehicle:   2004 BMW X5
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Backpack and contents

900 block E. Bethany Rd.
March 27, at 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. March 28
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   GPS, clothing

900 block E. Bethany Rd.
March 27, at 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. March 28
Vehicle:   2003 Honda Element
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   No loss at this time

501 N. Third St. (Burbank Town Center)
March 28, between 6:30 p.m. and 11:13 p.m.
Vehicle:   2001 Mitsubishi Gallant
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Purse, clothing, toiletries
Stolen Vehicles

600 block E. Magnolia Blvd.
March 23, at 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 a.m. March 24
Vehicle:   1997 Honda Civic

1000 block W. Verdugo Ave.
March 24, at 11 p.m. to 2:12 a.m. March 25
Vehicle:   1988 Nissan Pathfinder

550 N. First St. (Burbank Town Center)
March 24, at 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 25
Vehicle:   2002 Volvo S40

1000 block N. Maple St.
March 24, at 5:30 p.m. to 12 noon March 26
Vehicle:   2000 Honda Civic

2000 block W. Alameda Ave.
March 27, at 11:10 p.m. to 2:53 a.m. March 28
Vehicle:   1994 Acura Integra

2100 block Dymond St.
March 13, at 12 noon
Vehicle:   2006  Freestyle Toy Hauler trailer

1741 Victory Pl. (Empire Center)
March 28, at 10:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2002 Chevrolet Suburban
Bicycle / Scooter Thefts

2800 block W. Chandler Blvd.
March 20, at 12 noon to 8 a.m. March 21
Loss:   Mountain bicycle

1100 block W. Burbank Blvd.
March 24, between 12:01 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Loss:   Bicycle

 

Robber Gets Nothing, Flees

A robbery suspect left empty-handed after he tried to get drugs from the  CVS pharmacy early Thursday morning, March 22.

The suspect entered the store, located at 511 N. Hollywood Way, at 3:15 a.m., and approached an employee in the pharmacy department.  The told the employee that he had a gun, and requested specific medications.  When the employee advised the man that the store did not have the medications he wanted, he fled out of the store and through the parking lot.

The suspect is described as a White male, 6 ft. tall, 175 lbs, with short hair, wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, and a black beanie.

Homeowner Stops Burglar In The Act

A homeowner in the 2100 block of N. Lincoln St., doing work around his property shortly after noon on Wednesday, March 21, heard a noise coming from the area of his garage door.  When he went to investigate, he found a man holding a large pair of bolt cutters. The burglar was attempting to cut the lock off the garage door.

When the homeowner confronted the man, he ran to a nearby pick-up truck and drove away.  The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 48-50 years old, 5 ft. 10 inches tall, medium build, unshaven, wearing a white t-shirt.

The truck was either a Chevrolet or GMC late 80’s model single cab, bright red in color.


No Light On Bike Leads To Stolen Tools

A man riding a bicycle without a headlight on at 4:10 a.m. on March 20, on Burbank Blvd. at Frederic St., caught the attention of officers on routine patrol.  When they stopped to question the man, who was also pulling a shopping cart, the officers found a 3-inch flexible blade knife in his possession.  A search of the shopping car revealed numerous construction tools with the serial numbers removed or unreadable.  The man, Juan Leon, 54, was arrested for possession of a dirk or dagger.

Shortly before noon that same day, officers were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Hollywood Way regarding a burglary.  The resident told officers that construction tools had been stolen.  The officers were able to determine that the stolen tools were the ones found on the bicycle rider that had been arrested earlier that morning.  Leon was also charged with possession of stolen property.

 

Police, Secret Service Catch ATM Skimmers

Secret Service agents notified the Burbank Police that a “skimming” device had been found on one of the ATM machines at the Chase Bank located at 1030 W. Alameda Ave.  The devices read and store the account numbers and pin codes when an unsuspecting customers uses an ATM machine.

Agents had removed the device on March 15, and were waiting for the suspects to return to the bank to pick up their device.  On March 16, at 6:30 a.m., officers contacted two men in the parking lot of the shopping center when the bank branch is located.  The men had a laptop computer with information related to skimming devices.  After a search warrant was obtained, multiple credit card skimming devices, laptops, personal credit card information, cash, and a replica ATM machine from were found.

Arrested for identity theft were Andrei Pele, 26, and Cristian Harbic, 52, both of Studio City.  As a result of the investigation, a woman, Laura Mamani, 29, of Studio City was arrested for forgery and possession of a counterfeit seal.

Business Burglaries / Thefts

4411 W. Olive Ave.
March 18, between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Copper piping

203 W. Olive Ave. (United Rentals)
March 18, at 10:40 p.m.
Entry:   Cut and forced rear gate
Loss:   Unknown at this time

220 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
March 21, at 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. March 22
Entry:   Open window
Loss:   No loss at this time

Residential Burglaries / Thefts

900 block N. Frederic St.
March 11, at 7 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 14
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Laptop computer and accessories

800 block N. Lincoln St.
March 17, between 6:05 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Entry:   Attempt only
Loss:   No loss, but vehicle tires slashed

2600 block Empire Ave.
January 28, at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Jewelry

600 block E. Olive Ave.
March 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Entry:   Open window
Loss:   Jewelry

1500 block N. Catalina St.
March 9, at 4 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 17
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Keys to appliances

Stolen Vehicles

2900 block W. Clark Ave.
March 16, at 11 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. March 17
Vehicle:   2012 Chevrolet Traverse

240 E. Orange Grove Ave.
March 17, between 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2000 Honda Civic

100 block E. Santa Anita Ave.
March 18, at 4 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. March 19
Vehicle:   1988 Chevrolet 1500

600 block N. Hollywood Way
March 10, at 11 p.m. to 12 noon March 19
Vehicle:   1989 Yamaha FJ1200 motorcycle

400 block E. Andover Dr.
March 18, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2010 Lexus LX460

1200 Riverside Dr. (Attempt Only)
March 22, at 9:29 p.m.
Vehicle:   1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Vehicle Thefts / Burglaries

2010 N. Hollywood Way
March 15, between 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Vehicle:   2007 Toyota Rav4
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Purse and contents

1000 block W. Walnut Ave.
March 1, at 10:30 p.m. to 9:15 a.m. on March 17
Vehicle:   2009 Volvo 900
Entry:   Unlocked
Loss:   Diaper bag and contents, wallet and contents

1000 block E. Delaware Rd.
March 16, at 8 p.m. to 8:50 a.m. March 17
Vehicle:   2012 Audi
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   No loss at this time

2600 block N. Parish Pl.
March 17, at 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. March 18
Vehicle:   2003 Toyota Camry
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   GPS

Glenoaks Blvd. & Tujunga Ave.
March 18, between 10 a.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Vehicle:   2012 Dodge Caliber
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Laptop computer and bag

133 E. Orange Grove Ave.
March 18, at 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. March 19
Vehicle:   2005 Honda Civic
Entry:   Pried driver’s door
Loss:   In-dash stereo, laptop computer, GPS, iPod

Frederic St. & Willow St.
March 19, between 4:35 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.
Vehicle:   2007 Ford F150
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Purse and contents

1300 block N. Kenwood St.
March 19, at 10 p.m. to 8:50 a.m. March 20
Vehicle:   2009 Nissan
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   Laptop computer, iPhone

Olive Ave. & Hood Ave.
March 20, at 6:02 p.m.
Vehicle:   2002 Toyota
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Purse and contents

300 S. Lake St.
March 21, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   2006 Honda Accord
Entry:   Unlocked vehicle

Catalytic Converter Thefts

None reported at this time

Tailgate thefts

None reported at this time

Bicycle / Scooter Thefts

3000 block W. Victory Blvd.
March 16, at 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 17
Loss:   Beach Cruiser bicycle

400 block Pass Ave.
March 17,t 9:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. March 18
Entry:   Accessible garage, cut bicycle locks
Loss:  Two K2 bicycles

300 N. Buena Vista St. (Library)
March 21, at 3:19 p.m.
Loss:   Bicycle

300 block W. Alameda Ave.
March 21, at 6:01 p.m.
Loss:   Scott bicycle

500 block E. Cypress Ave.
March 22, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Loss:   Diamondback Sorrento bicycle

 

 

Brazen Thieves Stike In Afternoon

In a brazen theft in broad daylight, a pair of thieves made off with a catalytic converter.  Usually such crimes occur in the middle of the night.

On March 14, the pair were observed in the 4200 block of Hatteras St., at 1:05 p.m.  One suspect sawed off the catalytic convert from a 1997 Lexus LX450, then carried it to a waiting vehicle, before he and the driver fled the area.

Both suspects are described as male Hispanics in their 20’s, with short hair.   They were driving a newer model Chevrolet Avalanche that was a cream or champagne in color.

Woman Injured In Home Invasion Robbery

When a Burbank woman answered a knock at her apartment door in the 1900 block of Buena Vista St., at 9:23 p.m. on March 12, a man with a knife burst in.

The man warned the woman not to scream.  As she tried to escape and call the police, he cut her with his knife.   The robber took jewelry and currency from the woman’s apartment before fleeing.   The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30’s, 6 feet tall, husky build, with short black hair.

The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries.  According to police, the injuries were minor.

Business Burglaries / Thefts

201 E. Magnolia Blvd.  (Victoria’s Secret)
March 9, at 8:58 p.m.
Loss:   Thirty-six Gorgeous bra

2600 W. Victory Blvd.  (Ralph’s)
March 11, at 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 12
Loss:   Thirty-three steel grates

Residential Burglaries / Thefts

400 block E. University Ave.
March 8, between 9:20 and 9:30 a.m.
Entry:   Front porch area
Loss:   Bicycle trailer
Suspect #1:   Male Hispanic, early 30’s, 5’7”, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.
Suspect #2:   Female Hispanic, early 30’s, small build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Vehicle:   Toyota Tercel, light green color

900 block N. Cordova St.
March 11, at 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. March 12
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Toaster over

400 block E. Angeleno Ave.
March11, at 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. March 12
Entry:   Garage padlock cut
Loss:   Three bicycles

1400 block Hollywood Way
March 8, at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 10
Entry:   Pried rear door
Loss:   Sony Playstatioin

1400 block Hollywood Way
March 13, between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Entry:   Pried front door
Loss:   Fifty assorted dress shirts

800 block E. Fairmount Rd.
March 13, at 3 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. March 14
Entry:   Cut locks to rear gate and storage shed
Loss:   No loss, attempt only

2600 block Buena Vista St.
March 14, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Entry:   Kicked in rear door
Loss:   Firearms, jewelry, cash

Catalytic Converter Thefts

3200 block Kenneth Rd.
March 9, at 8 p.m. to 7:50 a.m. March 9
Vehcile:   2003 Mitsubishi Montero
Loss:   Muffler only

2500 block W. Verdugo Ave.
March 12, between 12:01 a.m. and 8:50 a.m.
Vehicle:   1990 Toyota 4Runner
Loss:   Catalytic converter

Vehicle Thefts / Burglaries

1000 block E. Angeleno Ave.
March 12, at 9:30 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. March 13
Vehicle:   2000 Volkswagen Jetta
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Purse and contents

1700 block N. Lincoln St.
March 13, at 10:30 p.m. to 5:55 a.m. March 14
Vehicle:   2004 GMC 2500
Entry:   Straps removed from bed of truck
Loss:   Copper piping

900 block E. Tufts Ave.
March 12, at 8:45 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. March 13
Vehicle:   2010 Ford Fusion
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   Car charger

500 block E. Palm Ave.
March 14, at 7 p.m. to 7:40 a.m. March 14
Vehicle:   1998 Ford Mustang
Entry:   Unlocked vehicle
Loss:   Radio

700 N. Lamer St.
March 14, at 1:36 a.m.
Vehicle:   2004 Chevrolet Astro
Entry:   Possibly unlocked
Loss:   Tools

600 block E. Magnolia Blvd.
March 14, at 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. March 15
Vehicle:   2007 Mercedes CL500
Entry:   Smashed passenger window
Loss:   Purses and contents

Tailgate thefts

None reported at this time

Stolen Vehicles

3500 Riverside Dr.
March 10, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Vehicle:   2008 Yamaha R1 motorcycle

Bicycle / Scooter Thefts

1783 Victory Pl.
March 2, at 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 7
Loss:   Mountain bicycle

400 block E. Angeleno Ave.
March 11, at 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. March 12
Loss:   Three bicycles

 

 

 

 

Suspected Shoplifter Fights With Store Security

Another not so smart shoplifter managed to get arrested for robbery, when he struggled to get away from store security.

On March 4, at 5:23 p.m., the loss prevention officers at Macy’s in the Burbank Town Center  observed a man select two handbags, then walk past several open cash registers before going out of the store without paying.  When they contacted the suspect outside the store, he became physically combative.  He pushed one of the loss prevention officers against a wall, before they were able to finally place the suspect in handcuffs.

George Otha Jones, Jr., 38, of Los Angeles, was arrested for robbery and burglary.   His bail was set at $50,000.

Officers Sniff Out The Bad Guys

Something just didn’t smell right when officers on patrol around 7:15 p.m.  on March 3, in the area of Glenoaks Blvd. and Verdugo Ave., noticed  a vehicle with three occupants inside, parked in an underground parking structure.  When they contacted the occupants, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The driver consented to a search of his vehicle, and the officers found a glass smoking pipe and a Visa debit card in the name of someone else.

They arrested Vartan Samani, 35, of Burbank, for possession of narcotic paraphernalia and grand theft of access cards.

 

Officer On Patrol Surpirses ATM Thieves

A Burbank Police officer was on routine patrol in the area of Magnolia Blvd. and Hollywood Way, on March 2, at 12:35 a.m., observed two men near the front door of a closed business.  When the men noticed the officer, they began to walk to their vehicle which was parked off the alley.  The officer contacted them, and noticed that they had a very large furniture dolly, latex gloves, power tools, and dark hooded sweatshirts in their vehicle.  After speaking to the two men individually, they admitted to trying to steal an ATM machine and load it into their vehicle.  However, they were unable to access the cash, and stopped when they saw the officer driving by.

Arrested for attempted grand theft were Otto Perez, 18, of Van Nuys; and Jonathan Waters, 18, of Lake View Terrace.   Bail was set at $20,000 each.

 

Burglars Hit 3 Food Court  Eateries

Three fast food businesses in the food court at the Burbank Town Center were broken into after closing on March 3.  The burglaries were discovered when employees arrived for work in the morning on March 4.

The burglars pried open the fire exit doors to gain entry into the businesses.  They took the safe and its contents, including cash,  from Surf City Squeeze.  At Fiesta Tamale House, they took cash.  Sbarros was also broken into, but there appeared to be no loss.

The burglaries are under investigation.

Residential Burglaries / Thefts

 

2000 block Peyton Ave.
March 1, between 6:20 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Entry:   Bathroom window
Loss:  Unknown at this time

1000 block Hollywood Way
March 3, at 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 4
Entry:   From rear yard
Loss:   Art easel

Stolen Vehicles

 

108 E. Magnolia Blvd.
March 1, between 2:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   1995 Honda Civic

200 block S. Valley St.
March 2, bwtween 7 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   1951 Ford pick-up

600 block Hollywood Way
March 5, at 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. March 6
Vehicle:   2003 Subaru Legacy

300 block E. Cornell Dr.
March 6, at 3:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. March 7
Vehicle:   1995 Nissan 240 SX


Vehicle Thefts / Burglaries

1051 W. Burbank Blvd.  (Costco)
March 1, between 12:10 p.m. and 12:20 p.m.
Vehicle:   2005 Chevy Express
Entry:   Punched passenger door lock
Loss:   Laptop computer, cell phone

1501 Victory Pl. (Empire Center)
March 1, between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Vehicle:   2006 Chevrolet Tahoe
Entry:   Punched driver’s door lock
Loss:   Third row seats, tools, cell phone

1100 block W. Angeleno Ave.
March 2, at 5 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. March 3
Vehicle:   2006 Honda Accord
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Stereo, cash, car parts

400 block W. Alameda Ave.
March 3, between 12:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   GPS, auxiliary cord, cash

400 block W. Alameda Ave.
March 2, at 7 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 3
Vehicle:   2009 Mini Cooper
Entry:   Unlocked
Loss:   Sunglasses

700 block E. Harvard Rd.
March 3, at 4 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. March 4
Vehicle:   2006 Land Rover
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Purse and contents

2500 block N. Lincoln St.
March 3, at 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 4
Vehicle:   1996 Honda Civic
Entry:   Unknown
Loss:   Car battery

800 block E. Grinnell Dr.
March 2, at 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. March 3
Vehicle:   2009 Ford Flex
Entry:   Unlocked
Loss:   GPS, cash

10950 Sherman Way (Vallarta Supermarket)
March 5, between 5:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Vehicle:   2002 GMC Yukon
Entry:   Broken passenger window
Loss:   Purse and contents, iPod, cash

2600 block N. Frederic St.
March 3, at 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. March 5
Vehicle:   1998 Honda Civic
Loss:   Car battery

1032  Hollywood Way (Optometrist’s Office)
March 8, between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Vehicle:   2009 Lexus
Entry:   Smashed driver’s window
Loss:   Bag containing approximately 90 pairs of glasses frames

Catalytic Converter Thefts

None reported at this time

Tailgate thefts

None reported at this time

Bicycle / Scooter Thefts

647 N. Hollywood Way
March 3, bwtween 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Loss:   Bicycle

409 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  (Gilbert Cleaners)
March 5, at 6:40 p.m.
Loss:   Bicycle

Gotham City Takes a Detour Through Burbank

Friday if you were sitting at our famous Bob’s Big Boy, you could wonder if you were really in Burbank, California or actually in Gotham City.   Several Batmobiles drove down Riverside Dr. and pulled into the parking lot for  Friday night’s car show.

The various models of Batmobile eventually returned back to their home at Warner Bros. Studio with an escort of Burbank Police Department Traffic Officers around 7 p.m..   Patrons sitting at Priscilla’s coffee did a double take as the cars rolled by.

Back at Bob’s, hundreds came out for the evening’s car show,  enjoying Southern California weather and a look at some of the classic cars and hot rods on display.

 

Batmobiles make their return home to Warner Bros. via Burbank Streets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tree City USA Brings Its Road Show to Foy Park With Tree Planting Ceremony

Burbank was named 'Tree City USA' for the 35th year in a row, only 2 cities in California hold that title. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Celebrated Arbor Day on Wednesday at Ralph Foy Park on Victory Blvd, with the help of kids from Providencia Elementary School and Burbank’s Mayor, Jess Talamantes along with Deputy Forester Jose Martinez from LA County Fire Departments.

Burbank was presented with a ‘Tree City USA’ flag in which The City of Burbank has received for 35 years in a row, one of only 2 cities in the State of California.

Plant-a-Tree program Keeping Burbank a Greener Place to live for 57 Years

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes is joined by Robert Vincent Civic Pride Committee Chairman and others during this years 57th Plant A Tree Ceremonies at Brace Park. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Civic Pride Committee marked the 57th celebration of the Plant-a-Tree project in Burbank with the annual Donor Awards Ceremony Thursday at Brace Canyon Park.

Community members who had made donations in honor of relatives and friends or in memory of those who had passed away received certificates in appreciation for their contributions. Donations are collected each March, which is Arbor Month.

In addition, Burbank has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 35th consecutive year, officials said. Burbank and the city of San Francisco are the only two cities in the state to have been recognized since the program’s inception.

Robert Vincent, chairman of the Civic Pride Committee, welcomed Mayor Jess Talamantes and more than 25 guests, Park, Recreation and Community Services and Forestry Services employees.

Forestry Crew members Felipe Orozco and Ken Scarone put the finishing touches on the planting at Brace Park. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Talamantes gave a brief history of the program, which was started by the Women’s Council of Burbank who continued the program for 40 years. Civic Pride took the baton in 1996 and has continued the program for 17 years.

“This is a great way to bring people together in memory of our loved ones who have passed away,” he said. “I want to thank the Civic Pride Committee. We appreciate them doing this project and other things for the community.”

Funds donated to the Civic Pride program will go to finance the purchase and planting of trees in Brace Canyon Park, said Janice Bartolo, deputy director of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The reforestation at Brace is necessary due to the loss of trees that have reached their life expectancy, she said.

Gino Gaudio sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and a medley from “The Sound of Music,” which was a moving accompaniment for the hillside setting.

Burbank Disappointed as Things get Wild Friday Night vs. Crescenta Valley

It started as an exciting game, that took a turn and ended as a cold and disappointing Friday night for all Bulldog fans at Stengel Field where Burbank High School (3-5, 1-1)  faced Crescenta Valley High (5-3, 3-0).

The game began with a quick 1-0 start for the Crescenta Valley Falcons, but as the top of the second inning came around the Bulldogs meant business against CV pitcher Elliot Surrey. It all began with a hard hit by the catcher Paul Frias, as the clean up hitter squeezed the ball passed the second baseman #6 P. Adams. Next at the plate is first baseman Harrison Hernandez, who hit the ball directly at the shortstop,  C. Currie who couldn’t come up with a clean double play, both Frias and Hernandez were safe on the fielding error by CV.

To mix things up left fielder  Angel Roman put down a clean bunt and beat the throw to first and the bases were loaded with Bulldogs. With only one out in the inning second baseman C.C.  Okimoto takes a swing and lines one pass the second baseman Adams, and drives in Frias for an RBI. To keep the inning alive the Designated hitter  Hector Rodriguez also sends one past Adams, bringing in Hernandez and Roman for 2 RBI’s.  It does not stop there, back to the top of the order Right fielder Ian Mckinnon has runners in scoring position as he grounds out but manages to drive in a run for an RBI.

It’s 4-1 Burbank. Center fielder # 20 Ricky Perez gets an RBI single to make the game 5-1 Burbank. The inning comes to an end when Perez is caught stealing second.

Pitcher Andrew Hernandez has a 4 run lead over the Falcons, but could his sling shot delivery find a sweet spot in the strike zone?

It wasn’t going very smooth for Hernandez, giving up two runs in the 3rd inning, one run in the 4th inning and three runs in the 6th inning. It all came tumbling down for Burbank in the 4th when Hernandez walked two and hit two batters. A wild pitch by Hernandez scored the tying run and sending the game back to square one.

Bottom of the 6th and Hernandez just couldn’t get himself out of this one, with runners at the corners a wild toss to second scores a run for CV to gain the lead, 6-5 Crescenta Valley.

Coach Hart has seen enough here in the 6th and calls it a night for Hernandez who threw 92 pitches with 3 strike outs with an ERA of 4.94.

Coach Hart brings in Pitcher Daniel Starkand, the winning Pitcher of the game vs. Pasadena on March 28.  Starkand couldn’t relieve Hernandez allowing the runners on base to score. The final score was 8- 5 Crescenta Valley High.

Coach Hart was confident in his young team coming into the game tonight.  “We have a lot of young talent, a lot of juniors coming up for us.” On the contrary coach Phil Torres of Crescenta Valley said “When all else is falling apart around them, they don’t throw their arms down and give up.” Referring to the 5 run second inning by the Bulldogs. Coach Torres continued “ They have grown into a mature team.”

It seemed that the maturity persevered over the young tonight at Stengel field in Glendale.

Burbank’s next Pacific League game will be against Glendale on Friday April 6th at 3:30 pm at Burbank High.

Latest Closures For the I-5 Freeway Construction

The California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) will close the following lanes, ramps, and connectors of the
Golden State Freeway (I-5) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) as part of a
$57.8 million improvement project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV
or carpool) lanes in each direction along I-5 between SR-134 and Magnolia
Boulevard. Closures are subject to change. Detours will be signed.

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures

Monday April 2 through Monday April 9, 2012

▪   Northbound I-5 Connector to Westbound SR-134
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. Saturday April 7th and 9 a.m.
Sunday April 8th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Connector to Eastbound SR-134
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. Saturday April 7th  and 9
a.m. on Sunday April 8th)

▪   Westbound SR-134 Connector to Northbound I-5
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 8a.m. Saturday April 7th  and 9 a.m.
on Sunday April 8th)

▪   Westbound SR-134 Northbound and Southbound San Fernando Road On
Ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 8 a.m. Saturday April 7th) (Until
9 a.m. Sunday April 8th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and
Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and 10
a.m. on Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramps
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. Saturday April 7th) (Until 12
p.m. Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Westbound and Eastbound Off-Ramps
TIME 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. Saturday April 7th) (Until 12
p.m. Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo
Avenue Off Ramp
TIME: 9p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. Saturday April 7th and 11 p.m.
on Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo
Avenue Off Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and
Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo
Avenue On Ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. Saturday April 7th and Sunday
April 8th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo
Avenue On Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and
Sunday April 8th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off and On
Ramp
Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and
Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off and On
Ramp
Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday April 7th and
Sunday April 8th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Burbank Boulevard On Ramp
Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. Saturday April 7th) (Until 10
a.m. Sunday April 8th)

·       Northbound I-5  Westbound Colorado Boulevard On Ramp
Time: 10p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. Saturday April 7th  and 9 a.m.
on Sunday April 8th))

▪   Northbound I-5 from Colorado Boulevard to SR-134
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on
Saturday April 7th  and Sunday April 8th)
Three lanes – 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from SR-134 to Burbank Boulevard
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday
April 7th and 10 a.m. on Sunday April 8th))
Three lanes 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Burbank Boulevard to SR-134
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7a.m. on Saturday
April 7th and 9 a.m. on Sunday April 8th)
Three lanes –2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

About the Project

This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each
direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway
(SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles
(2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and
retaining walls.

 

The California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) will close the following lanes and ramps of the Golden State
Freeway (I-5) as part of a $121 million improvement project to construct
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes in each direction along I-5
between SR-170 to Buena Vista Street. Closures are subject to change.
Detours will be signed.

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures
Friday March 30, through Friday April 6, 2012

▪   Southbound I-5 Roscoe Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp
TIME:  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10a.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)

▪   Northbound I-5 Roscoe Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME:  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st
and Sunday April 1st)

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Saturday March 31st and 12
p.m. on Sunday April 1st)

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)

▪   Northbound I-5 from Penrose Street to Sheldon Street Laurel
Canyon Boulevard
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Three lanes: 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Tuxford Street Eastbound and Westbound
On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st  and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound
On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st
and Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Northbound and Southbound On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st
and Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off
Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On
Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard Eastbound
and Westbound
Off and On Ramps
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 31st and
Sunday April 1st)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Buena Vista Street Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Sunday April 1st)

▪   Northbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
Time: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday April 1st)

▪   Southbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramps
Time: 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Sunday April 1st)

▪   Southbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
Time: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from Buena Vista to Penrose Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Three lanes: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard to
Penrose Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 10 p.m. To 6 a.m. (Until 8 a.m. on Sunday
April 1st)
Three lanes: 1a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard to
Buena Vista Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 8 p.m. To 8 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Sunday
April 1st)
Three lanes: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from Buena Vista Street to Sheldon Street/Laurel
Canyon Boulevard
TIME: Two Lane: 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Sunday April1st)
Three Lanes: 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Penrose St to Hollywood Way
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 10 p.m.  To 6 a.m.

About the Project

Caltrans is building an HOV lane in each direction of I-5 between SR-170
and north of Buena Vista Street in Burbank.

Laser Pointed At Jet Plane And Police Helicopter

An 18 year-old man from North Hollywood was arrested Thursday night, after a private jet making a landing at Bob Hope Airport, and a police helicopter looking for the suspect, were hit with a laser.

The incident began when a Cessna Citation twin-engine private jet was landing on the East/West runway at Bob Hope Airport.  The pilots were hit with a laser as they were on close final approach, about a half-mile from the runway.  When the plane arrived at Million Air, 2800 N. Clybourn Ave., they flagged down an Airport Police officer and reported the incident.

The Airport police contacted the Burbank Police Department.   The Burbank Police helicopter was not in service, but the Pasadena Police Department’s PD-One helicopter was on patrol and responded, as did an airship from the Los Angeles Police Department.    While in the area west of the airport in North Hollywood, the Pasadena helicopter was also hit by a laser being pointed at them from the ground.  Using their high-tech radar system, the officers on board the helicopter were able to lock onto the location and pinpoint a house where the laser was coming from.    The pilot and observer apparently escaped injury.  Lasers pointed at aircraft can temporarily blind a pilot, and can cause serious eye injury.

Ground units from the Airport, Burbank, and Los Angeles Police Departments converged on the 6400 block of Bakman Ave.  The suspect’s location is just north of Victory Blvd., and one block east of Tujunga Ave. in North Hollywood.  The area is just south of the landing pattern for the airport.   Airport Police officers contacted the residents of the home that the helicopter had pinpointed.   The 18 year-old son of the home’s owners admitted to officers that he was the one pointing the laser.   Officers confiscated a laser and booked it into evidence.

The unidentified teen was placed under arrest, and taken to the LAPD’s North Hollywood Station for booking.  Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony, and as of January 1, of this year, it is also a federal crime.

On March 20 a drill was held at Bob Hope Airport with the cause of the faked crash being a laser which blinded the pilots during the landing (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

This incident bears a chillingly eerie similarity to the scenario used in the Emergency Exercise that was held at Bob Hope Airport on March 20.  In the drill, a passenger jet is on close final approach to the runway, when someone on the ground shines a laser at the plane, blinding the pilots.  The plane makes a hard landing, partially collapsing the nose gear, and causing the plane to veer off the runway and crashing into a construction site before exploding and bursting into flames.  In the drill, 15 people are killed and 50 injured.   In the real thing Thursday night, Airport Police report that no one was injured

 

Note:   Ross A. Benson contributed to the writing of this story.

Burbank Chamber of Commerce Throws a ‘Party Gras’

Mike Thomas Chamber Treasure, and his wife Jamie Keyser of The Walt Disney Company.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce held it’s yearly Gala event this past weekend at The Sheraton Universal’s Grand Ballroom, and the theme was Party Gras.  There were masks, beads and plenty of color.

The evening started off with a silent auction with tickets to ball games, trips to anywhere in the United States and hundreds of other items, plus a cheese spread.   Guests were able to have their portrait pictures taken before they entered.

Once the doors to the main ballroom opened, there were several Vegas style gambling tables set up for the evening’s fun and entertainment. Dinner tables of 10 were paid for by major Sponsors such as The French Quarter, which was hosted by the Walt

The most 'Crazy' mask of the evening worn by Max Andrews as it's admired by Karen Volpe. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Disney Company, Bourbon Street table hosted by NBC

Bob Hope Airport Commissioners Don Brown & Sue Georgino and her husband Vic Georgino. (Photo by Ross Benson)

Universal, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.and Woodbury University, Basin Street hosted by Bob Hope Airport, Burbank Water and Power, Community Bank, Crown Realty & Development Inc., Patterson Graphics Corp., Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Walmart, and Canal Street hosted by Peterson Bradford Burkwitz LLP.

 

Showing who has more 'Bling' L/R Charles Rosen Chamber Chairman, Mayor Jess Talamantes, and Gary Olson Executive Director Burbank Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bob Hope Airport's Executive Director Dan Feger and his wife Sherrie and Airport P.R. Director Victor Gill. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Police/Fire Headquarters Building Construction Finished

City Officials 'Cut The Ribbon' for the new Centennial Walkway located ot Palm & Third Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City of Burbank employees, guests, and city officials gathered earlier this week to rededicate the newly finished Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters building at Third and Orange Grove. The ceremonies were hosted by Bonnie Teaford, Burbank’s Public Works Director, whose department oversaw the project.

New entrance ways, new windows, new flooring, new wiring, new planters, new paint and plaster and a host of other improvements were all included in the $8.9 million project.  Teaford gave thanks to several companies that were involved in the project, along with representatives from the Police Department and Fire Department, who put up with the project and worked with crews hammering, pounding and all of the inconvenience daily.

Centennial Mayor Jess Talamantes with plaque along Centennial Walkway. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City Manager Mike Flad gave kudos to Teaford for the fine work she did with this and all projects she is involved in. Mayor Jess Talamantes echoed the praise and then invited everyone in attendance to join him and walk to the other end of the building and cut the ribbon on the new Centennial Walkway.

The Centennial Walkway, located near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Third Street, is a mini park with new benches and trees, a quiet place to sit and reflect.

The museum inside the headquarters was open for visitors and refreshments were offered.

This classic Police Car is located in the refurbished Police Fire Headquarters. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

The interior of the Police Fire Museum with many displays including a Police Motorcycle. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What’s Up in R-1 Zone in City of Burbank?

The following Letter was  Sent to the Mayor regarding Wireless Transmission Facility Fw: What’s Up in R-1 Zone in City of Burbank

I am writing this e-mail to inform you that I am strongly opposed to Project # 09-0004377. Placing an industrial commercial wireless telecommunications facility at 1711 North Avon Street is completely incompatible with the use and purpose of the family homes in our R1 neighborhood. Regardless of how this cellular phone tower would be decorated or disguised, it is still an industrial commercial facility.

This telecommunications complex would be detrimental to the character of our community and the value of our homes. The large equipment necessary to operate the facility is extremely close to a neighboring property. It is likely the air conditioners and generators would create noise pollution for our residents. In addition, the telecommunications complex would devalue our property. As more and more international health and science organizations advise keeping cellular phone towers away from schools, playgrounds, and residences, the stigma of living near such a complex could cause our property values to steadily decline for years to come.

I am also concerned about potential long-term health effects of electromagnetic field radio frequency emissions on the health of our community. In particular, I am most concerned about the health of the children and teenagers who attend Bret Harte Elementary School and Luther Burbank Middle School. This tower would be less than 1,500 feet from both of those schools. Many scientific and medical reports are emerging which outline a correlation between RF emissions and cognitive health problems. Also, having a wireless telecommunications facility so close to our schools would damage the reputation of the public schools in our neighborhood, further devaluing our property.

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns about this project. It is my hope that the Burbank City Council will act justly, responsibly, and decisively to protect the property and health of its citizens.

Sincerely,

Terry Bruse
Burbank

Starkand Lifts Burbank To Victory

PASADENA — For Daniel Starkand the Pacific League opener was well worth the wait. First, the Burbank baseball team had to endure almost a two-week layoff because of the timing of the school’s spring break. Then, it was held hostage by the weather which caused Tuesday’s game at Pasadena High School to be delayed another day.

When it was over, Starkand had been dominate in leading the Burbank Bulldogs to a

Daniel Starkand

win over the Pasadena Bulldogs, 3-0, March 28. The senior struck out seven, walked none and allowed just five hits in a complete game shutout in which he through just 91 pitches.

“He really set a tone out there and went after people,” coach Bob Hart said of Starkand. “He didn’t waste a lot of pitches, he just challenged guys and commanded he zone.

“He is a little bit of a late bloomer,” Hart said of the lengthy 6-foot-4 lefty, “But he is a big part of our success thus far, no doubt.”

Burbank scored one run in the second, fifth and sixth innings led by Ricky Perez and Harrison Hernandez who had two hits a piece. Perez had a RBI double to account for Burbank’s final run and two stolen bases — including a theft of home off the catcher’s return throw to the pitcher in the fifth inning.

Hernandez is hitting close to .500 on the season and leads the team with five multi-hit games.

John White had a key double and scored on Perez’s double. White had entered the game as a defensive replacement for Angel Villagran late in the game.

Burbank will play at Glendale College’s Stengal Field against the Crescenta Valley Falcons Friday, March 30 in a 7:00 p.m. game.

Officers Acknowledged For Their Efforts Toward DUI Arrests

At a Los Angeles County Law Enforcement Recognition and DUI Seminar last week, in conjunction with *OTS, MADD, NHTSA, and AVIOD the 100, numerous individuals from law enforcement agencies were honored for their efforts and work in the area of DUI’s in 2011.

Three individuals from the Burbank Police Department received recognition for their outstanding work.

Officer Terrill was recognized for 47 DUI arrests.

Officer Burke was acknowledged for 29 DUI arrests.

Officer Martinez was honored for 27 DUI arrests.

We congratulate these three individuals, as well as the many other BPD officers, for their hard work on their consistent focus in the area of DUI’s.

*OTS  California Office of Traffic Safety
MADD  Mothers Against Drunk Driving
NHTSA  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
AVOID the 100  The Los Angeles County DUI Program

Missed Chances Costs Burroughs

Burroughs coach Kiel Holmes isn’t one for moral victories.

“Honestly, I am really tired of one run losses,” he said late Tuesday, March 27. “Just have to keep fighting and hope that they will flip around at some point.”

The Indians fell to 3-10 overall and lost by a single run for the sixth time this season in their league Pacific League opener against Crescenta Valley, 2-1.

Falcons’ catcher, Cam Silva gapped a two-run, two-out double in the second inning to provide the only offense Crescenta Valley would need. The Falcons managed just one other hit.

After two quick outs, Burroughs pitcher Dillon Disiere walked two batters before Silva drove a fastball at the belt to the gap in right field. The Falcons improved to 2-0 in league, but their two one-run victories have been far from impressive.

“Dillion was great, he just didn’t finish in that inning, made one bad pitch to a very good hitter and that was that,” Holmes said.

The game was a rare 5:00 start time and was so quick it was over before darkness set on Burroughs field. Disiere through just 54 pitches through the first four innings, then after coaches contemplated a pitching change in the fifth as he got set to see the Falcons’ order for the third time, Disiere had a three pitch inning. Daniel Barraza was equally effective in relief.

CV, thought by some to have the top three pitchers in the league on its staff, stymied Burroughs who had few balls leave the infield and who managed just one hit — Zander Anding’s bunt single in the seventh inning when the Tribe rallied and had the tying and winning run in scoring position when the final out was made.

Ryan Gordon had a “swinging bunt” along third base and Ted Boeke’s throw to first nearly pulled the first baseman off the bag.

“As crazy as it sounds, Ryan almost beat the throw at first and the guy almost got pulled off the bag, Zander was not stopping from second… we were literally a couple inches from winning that game,” Holmes said.

Burroughs is missing its top hitter, Christian Garia, who is sidelined again with a bad wrist. One more bat could have made the difference Tuesday against a deep staff of CV’s. The Falcons survived an off night by starter Troy Mulcahey who walked four and hit a batter in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The Indians left eight men on base.