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Adult School Students Graduate as Burbank High Prepares For A Change

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The Adult School Class of 2017 graduated Wednesday evening in the Luther Middle School Auditorium. There were speeches, scholarships were presented and all the Pomp and Circumstance that those students deserved.

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While across town the Burbank High School football field was being outfitted with a stage, sound system and seating for over 7,000 students and guests.

The school’s administration decided to relocate this year’s graduation exercise from the Starlight Bowl to the school’s football field, saving the school district over $25,000. 

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Logistics have taken months of planning, which included meeting with Crown Development, the owners of the former IKEA site, to use their vacant parking structure to house over 1500 cars.  Meetings were also held with Burbank’s Traffic Engineer and Police Traffic Department to handle the traffic around the school during graduation.

Traffic advisories and postings have been put out that include most streets around the school that  will be closed from 4 pm until 9 pm on Friday.



Have You Seen This Burbank Bank Robber?

The Burbank Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for a bank robbery at U.S. Bank in Burbank as well as a bank robbery at Wells Fargo in South Pasadena.

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On May 15, 2017, at about 4:20 P.M., a man entered the U.S. Bank branch located at 1750 West Olive Avenue. He approached a bank teller and passed a note demanding cash, threatening to harm people inside the bank if his demands were not met. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the bank teller provided the suspect with the money. The suspect then exited the bank on foot and possibly entered a Ford Flex parked nearby.

About 45 minutes later, the same suspect committed a bank robbery in the city of South Pasadena (1000 Fair Oaks Avenue). He again produced a demand note to a Wells Fargo teller and stole money from the bank.

The suspect is described as a male, possibly of Armenian descent. He’s about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing roughly 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a gray baseball hat with a white stripe along the brim and aviator-style sunglasses. At the time these crimes were committed, the suspect had facial hair. The Ford Flex, which is believed to be the suspect’s vehicle, is black in color with a silver top. It also has a moon roof and aluminum paneling on the tailgate.

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At this time, the total monetary loss is not being disclosed.

Anyone with information about these robberies, or information that might lead to the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Detective Bureau, at 818-238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP,” or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department

Don’t Let Celebrating Cinco De Mayo Land You in Jail

Cinco de Mayo is a time for fun and celebration but sadly, has also become a deadly holiday due to impaired driving-related vehicle collisions.

Each year, thousands of people are killed in
vehicle crashes attributed to drugs and alcohol. Over the years, hundreds of these deaths were a result of impaired driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

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This weekend, the Burbank Police Department along with police agencies nationwide will
increase patrol efforts to enforce drug and alcohol-related driving offenses.

The purpose of these enforcement efforts is to reduce the amount of alcohol and drug-related vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, education classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment often associated with arrest.

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Burbank PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those
with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol and/or other
drugs, and can result in a DUI.
The Burbank Police Department would like to remind the community to enjoy and celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enlisting the help of a designated driver.

Plan your sober ride home before the party begins this Cinco de Mayo. Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free nonalcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
The Burbank Police Department wishes you a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo along with the
California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”

Suspicious Item Left At Starbucks Deemed Safe by LASO Bomb Squad

On Tuesday night May 2, at about 9:50 P.M., the Burbank Police Department responded to Starbucks, located at 300 North San Fernando Boulevard, regarding a suspicious item left on a patio table.

The item was found by a customer who alerted Starbucks employees.

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The item, which was found unattended, was rectangular in shape and appeared to have copper wiring attached and exposed.

Due to the densely populated area of downtown Burbank, coupled with the suspicious appearance of the item, the area surrounding Starbucks was cordoned off as a precaution.

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Investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson and Explosives Detail responded to the scene. They examined the item and determined it was not an explosive device and was not dangerous.

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Several people in that area that were inside the businesses were evacuated including cast members who had just preformed at the Colony Theatre and left their vehicles in the area overnight.

Immediately following the investigation, the area surrounding Starbucks was re-opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Glendale Man Arrested for ATM Explosion at Car Wash

The Burbank Police Department has arrested a man in connection with recent ATM explosions and attempted thefts from the machines.

On April 8, 2017, at about 4:20 AM, Burbank Police responded to the Magnolia Car Wash, located in the 900 block of West Magnolia Blvd., regarding a loud noise and possible explosion. When Police Officers arrived, they found a stand-alone automated teller machine (ATM) located outside of the cashier’s office with significant damage. A closer inspection of the ATM suggested that some type of explosive was used in an attempt to steal money from the machine. Burbank Police Detectives responded to the scene along with investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson/Explosives Detail.

The investigation led to the discovery of video surveillance footage which helped identify a vehicle involved in this incident. The registered owner of that vehicle was identified as Yakov Rozenoyer, a 35-year-old man from Glendale. Rozenoyer is considered a suspect in the ATM explosion in Burbank, as well as a second ATM explosion which occurred in the city of Los Angeles about a week earlier.

On April 13, 2017, Rozenoyer was detained in the city of Eagle Rock for an unrelated crime. At the time of his detention, Rozenoyer was observed to have fresh burn marks on his hands. Burbank Police Investigators responded to the Eagle Rock area and located Rozenoyer’s vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and items of evidence were found inside the car, linking Rozenoyer to the ATM explosions. He was placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail.

On April 17, 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of possessing and exploding a destructive/explosive device, two counts of felony vandalism, and one count of burglary against Yakov Rozenoyer. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail and is due in court April 18.

Burbank Resident Succumbs Following Bicycle Accident

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Burbank Police & Fire Departments Paramedics responded on April 7, 2017, at about 2:35 PM, to a traffic collision involving a bicyclist at the intersection of Empire Avenue and
Frederic Street.
The bicyclist, identified as 74-year-old Jin Soo Oh of Burbank, was riding eastbound on Empire
Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle making a right turn, westbound onto Empire from
Frederic Street.
Oh, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a head injury and was transported to Los Angeles
County + USC Medical Center. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
The driver of the vehicle which struck Oh is not being identified publicly.

The driver was cooperative and remained at the scene to be interviewed by officers. Neither drugs nor alcohol
were a factor in this collision. The driver was not cited or arrested.
This collision remains under the investigation of Burbank Police Traffic Detectives.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau, at (818)
Each year, thousands of bicyclists are involved in traffic collisions, with hundreds more resulting
in a fatality.

The Burbank Police Department would like to remind the public to always wear a
helmet while riding a bicycle and to remain vigilant at all times while on the road.

Man Charged with 27 Years In Prison for Burbank Car to Car Shooting

 Joseph Lupercio, a 25-year-old man from Sylmar has entered a no-contest plea and was found guilty in a car-to-car shooting which took place in Burbank back in February of 2016. 

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On the night of February 8, 2016, Burbank Police Officers found a male suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1600 block of Grismer Avenue. The investigation led officers to the Burbank Boulevard overpass, where it was discovered that a car-to-car shooting had taken place, resulting in the victim being shot.

Burbank Police Detectives soon identified Lupercio as the shooter. The vehicle used in the shooting was located in the city of Sylmar, and Lupercio was later taken into custody during the service of a search warrant.

In a news release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on February 11, 2016, it was alleged that Lupercio was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his girlfriend when he allegedly shot at another vehicle where her ex-boyfriend was a passenger. The driver of that vehicle was the one injured, but not the ex-boyfriend, prosecutors added.

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Lupercio was charged with one count each of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and assault with a firearm.

On March 22, 2017, Lupercio pled no-contest in a Pasadena courtroom and was found guilty for shooting at an occupied vehicle, which included an enhancement for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

The male who was shot survived the attack.


Owner Thwarts Armed Robbery in Donut Shop

Burbank Police responded at approximately 5:25 a.m Wednesday to Kim’s Donuts & Coffee at 403 North Victory Boulevard in response to a robbery that just occurred.

The owner of the business said two men entered the shop wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks and at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.

One suspect held the owner at gunpoint while he removed items from the owner’s pants pockets. The owner grabbed the handgun and became involved in a physical struggle with the suspects.

Both suspects ultimately left the store and were last seen traveling West on Magnolia Boulevard, possibly in a white sedan.

At this time it is not known whether the suspects stole anything.

The owner was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries he received during the altercation.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Edwards at (818) 238-3210 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous

Juveniles Arrested For Series Of Trash Can Fires

Between November 2016 and February 2017, five trash can fires were set in the Stough Park Nature Center area. The fires appeared to have been started using a lighter and were contained inside the Mens’ and Womens’ restrooms. There was no structural damage to the Stough Park Nature Center or surrounding area, but the trash cans did suffer minor damage.

Burbank Police Detectives investigating the case were able to obtain a partial license plate number and vehicle description believed to be involved, which was provided by a witness. Using this information, two suspects were identified, both of whom are minors.

On March 6, 2017, Burbank Police Investigators contacted and detained the juvenile suspects. During an interview, the suspects admitted to lighting the fires in the Stough Park restrooms. Both individuals were placed under arrest for arson of property. They were booked at the Burbank Police Department and then released to their parents via citation because of their ages.

The suspects are both males, 16 and 17 years of age, and residents of Burbank. They are both due to appear in court in May.

The Stough Park Nature Center is located in the Verdugo Mountains and is surrounded by wildlife, flowers, trees and other types of natural habitat. Smoking and open flames are prohibited in this area. The Burbank Police Department and Burbank Parks and Recreation Department monitor this and other hillside areas regularly for suspicious activity. Anyone suspected of illegal activities, which includes setting fires or other negligent acts that present a threat to life and/or property, will be held liable both criminally and civilly for damages incurred and any costs associated with the response of public safety personnel.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in any Burbank park is urged to call the Burbank Police 24-hour non-emergency line, at (818) 238-3000.

Magnolia Park Optimist Club Salutes Burbank Police

Three members of the Burbank Police Department were recognized for their outstanding service by the Burbank Magnolia Park Optimist Club during its “Respect for Law” dinner program held at the Burbank Elks Lodge on Feb. 23.

Pictured are Burbank Police Captain Ron Caruso Awardee Sharise Barker, Optimist Chairwoman Doreen Wydra, and Police Chief Scott LaChasse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Honoring local law enforcement representatives is a priority with members of the Optimist Club, said President Doreen Wydra.

“This event is just the beginning of many very special nights to recognize people in the community,” she said. “Next month we will be giving scholarships to high school students. The Burbank Police Department deserves this and more. That’s what optimism is all about — to see the goodness in everybody.”

The honorees were chosen by their peers, said Respect for Law Chair Vonda Neundorf, who added that all three epitomize the mission statement and core values of the local police department — “to protect life and property, provide professional police services, and work in partnership with the community through respect, integrity and excellence.”

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse, who served as master of ceremonies, said the difficult task in choosing the honorees is that the department has 200 people — 160 who are sworn-in employees and remainder are civilians — who are all great candidates. Nominations are taken and a selection process follows.

LaChasse introduced Sgt. Mark Stohl who received the Officer of the Year Award for 2016.

Stohl grew up in the Midwest and received his Bachelor of Science degree in social and behavioral sciences. He moved to Burbank in 1999 and obtained his master’s degree in 2015.

He began as a Burbank Police recruit in January 2000 and became a police officer in May 2000. He was promoted to detective in July 2007 working with the Gangs and the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force. He was promoted to sergeant in September 2012 working in the patrol division and then started with the Detective Bureau investigating property crimes. His work now is with vice and narcotics crime investigation.

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Sharise Barker received the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year for 2016.

She graduated from West Covina High School and earned her Medical Assistant Certificate from Northwest College.

Barker began her career at the Burbank Police Department in February 2009 as a police technician in the Records Bureau. She became proficient at entering arrest bookings, traffic collision, citation and missing person reports.

In March 2015 she joined the Investigations Bureau where she records juvenile arrest information and drafts the on-call schedule as well as other investigation-related correspondence. She runs records/information checks for detectives in the field, and provides the city attorney personnel with detective assignment information. She is also a member of the Burbank Police Foundation Awards Luncheon committee.

Barker is the proud mother of two sons who want to follow their mother’s footsteps in public service. Davion, in his third year at the University of Nevada, Reno, plans to join the Air Force after graduation. Devin, an eighth-grader at Luther Middle School, hopes to become a Navy Seal after graduation.

Burbank Police Volunteer of the Year Soon Hee Newbold Rettig. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Soon Hee Newbold Rettig received Volunteer of the Year for 2016.

Rettig was born in Seoul, Korea, and was adopted as an infant by the Newbold family. She grew up in Frederick, Md. She began playing piano at five and violin at seven, winning many prestigious competitions. She performed as a young concert artist, appearing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Disney World and in countries like Scotland, England, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

She received her bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University where she concentrated on film scoring, orchestration and audio production. Upon graduation, she worked at Walt Disney World as a contractor, stage manager and professional musician. She also produced albums and wrote for many recording projects and ensembles.

She expanded her experience to film and television. She got her first break in the film, “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler, and first television role in the family comedy, “Camp Tanglefoot.”

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For the past year she has worked with the Burbank Police Department’s Community Outreach and Personnel Services Bureau, producing and directing promotional videos and documenting through pictures and video the different police units, department training and community events. She also assisted with the expansion of the police department’s social media presence.

The Burbank Magnolia Park Optimist Club has served the community for more than 60 years. It meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month. It supports such programs as the High School Girls’ Golf Tournament, Live2Give Childhood Cancer Campaign, Burbank Optimist Halloween Event and the Burbank Unified School District Music and Business Programs.

For more information, contact Wydra at (818) 281-2094 or email harveywydra@yahoo.com.