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Coffee With a Cop Scheduled for Saturday

If you are up Saturday morning and would like to discuss the Burbank Police Department while enjoying a cup of coffee, you are invited to “Coffee With a Cop” this Saturday, September 16 from 9 am to 11 am at the Starbucks at 4207 Riverside Drive, right next to Bob’s Big Boy.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and talk with police about community concerns or get answers to their questions regarding the Burbank Police Department.

This is a great way to interact with law enforcement on a casual basis.

Police Looking for Purse Snatcher Suspect

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

On September 12, 2017, at about 10:45 A.M., an elderly woman was grocery shopping at Ralphs, located at 2600 W. Victory Blvd. in the City of Burbank. The woman was maneuvering through the store in an electric scooter and had placed her purse on the floor board. At one point, the woman reached up to grab an item from a store shelf when the suspect depicted in these photos reached down, snatched the victim’s purse from the scooter, and left the store.

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

The suspect was captured leaving Ralphs in an older, 4-door white sedan with chrome rims. The vehicle is possibly an older model Lexus GS.

A short time later, the victim’s purse was found dumped near the intersection of Buena Vista St. and Vanowen St. The victim’s credit cards, identification, and currency were missing from the purse.

It was then learned the victim’s credit cards were used to make two large purchases at Target and Lowe’s. Although store locations are still being verified, the purchases were possibly made at the Empire Center.

The suspect is described as an African American female, 20-30 years old, about 5’5″ to 5’8″, 110-130 pounds, with brown hair in a pony tail. The suspect was wearing a black t-shirt, ripped blue jeans with black leggings underneath, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division, at (818) 238-3210. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP,” or through their website, at LACrimeStoppers.org.

Pictured supplied by Burbank Police Department

L. A. County District Attorney Files Charges in Disney Employee’s Death

According to a release issued today by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a 37-year-old Burbank man was charged today with the DUI death of a woman who was walking to her job at the Disney lot at the intersection of Alameda and Lincoln.

Flowers are left by the Disney gate and markings are still on the street where Michelle Ann Landes was tragically killed by a driver last Thursday

Stergios Antonios Economos faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury. Arraignment was scheduled for today in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla-Diaz of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section said case GA101880 includes an allegation that Economos inflicted great bodily injury on two victims.

On Sept. 7, the defendant allegedly ran a red light, running over victim Michelle Ann Landes, 64, at a crosswalk near Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street, the prosecutor said. Economos’ vehicle then crashed into a car.

The driver of the car was greatly injured. Landes died as a result of her injuries, the prosecutor added.

If convicted as charged, Economos faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 11 years in state prison. Bail is recommended at $1 million.

The case remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.

Officer Angela Burrows Receives $1,000 Rex Andrews Scholarship

Many of you may not know Angela by name, but after hearing about who and what she does, you’ll feel as if she’s one of your best friends. Officer Burrows has faced adversity, hurdles, and has continued to rise to the top. After reading about her many feats below, I have no doubt you’ll liken Officer Burrows to that of a Superwoman.

Burbank Police Officer Angela Burrows. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Below is a brief Q&A with Angela Burrows in which she discusses what the Rex Andrews Scholarship award means to her, and how you can help her raise money for our military veterans. Enjoy!

A Conversation With Officer Burrows

Given your background in being a single parent, a servant of the community, your volunteer work, a fundraiser for U.S. Veterans, and being an all-around Super Woman; Where do you find the time to manage all of these facets of your life? 

Oh wow…when you phrase it like that, it sounds like a lot! All of these things are important to me.  It is a lot easier to manage anything when it’s important and serves a significance in my life.  These are my priorities in life and rather than be overwhelmed, I try to embrace everything including the challenges that may set me back.  Set backs are going to happen.  I have come to realize that and I am more accepting and less critical of myself because of it.

What do you feel is Burbank Police Department’s greatest strength? 

Officer Angela Burrows (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Our greatest strength lies within our Community.  We are fortunate to have continuous support from our community which creates such a positive impact on how we provide police services.  Law Enforcement today is more challenging than it has ever been.  We face many obstacles while doing our job and it truly makes our job easier when we have the support of our Community. 

 

You were recently given a $1,000 scholarship to go back to school. What does that mean to you? 

I am extremely honored to have been selected to receive this Scholarship.  By continuing my education despite my age, I am leading by example and I hope I can inspire my son and anyone else to do the same.  It is never too late.

Officer Angela Burrows. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

What area of study are you looking to jump into? 

I am currently working on my BS in Psychology, which is beneficial to my career as a Police Officer.  As an Officer we are often in contact with people who have a mental illness.  I have a better understanding and awareness of what I need to say and do when in contact with someone who suffers from a mental illness.

I understand you’re raising money for U.S. Veterans by jumping out of a plane. Could you elaborate on how residents of Burbank can donate/sponsor you? 

22 Veterans commit suicide each day.  Operation Jump 22 is a fundraiser that was established in partnership with Mission Volant to help raise funds for combat wounded Veterans.  Mission Volant started as a simple idea.  To change the lives of combat-wounded Veterans in a spectacular way, by helping them adjust back to Civilian life.  Sadly, this is a major challenge for Veterans.  For those who have been wounded, the struggle is even more significant.  Our goal is to provide services and training for the true heroes who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

Operation Jump 22 was created by Brandon Feco, owner of KNB Capital in Westlake Village.  Brandon’s own passion for Skydiving inspired him to create a fundraiser that would encourage and challenge others to face their fear by jumping for a great cause.  

Brandon told me about his idea and I immediately knew that I wanted to be involved.  This fundraiser is personal to me since I have many friends and Co-workers who serve in the Military. My own fear of heights and respect for Veterans inspired me to sign up to Skydive.  The event will take place on Veteran’s Day on 11/11/17 at Skydive Santa Barbara in Lompoc from 10am-3pm.  There will be entertainment, food and raffles.  If you would like to donate or sponsor my jump, please go to  WWW.OPERATIONJUMP22.COM/DONATIONS/ANGIE

 

All proceeds will go directly to Mission Volant.  If anyone is interested in donating items as raffle giveaways, please call 805-813-4100 or email dbfeco@knbcapital.com!

Accident Kills Pedestrian in Front of Disney Gate

Burbank PD release:

On September 7, 2017, at about 9:10 A.M., Burbank Police responded to the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street regarding a traffic collision involving multiple vehicles and a pedestrian.

Photo taken by myBurbank Twitter Follower @DeliaRae

The investigation has shown that a female adult was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at Alameda Ave. and Lincoln St. After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle careened into three other vehicles before coming to a stop.

The female was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. She has been identified as Michelle Landes, a 54-year-old woman from Los Angeles.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle which struck Landes were both detained by police, as alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both appeared to be factors in the collision. Burbank Police conducted a DUI investigation which included a drug influence evaluation.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Stergios Economos, a 37-year-old man from Burbank. Economos was arrested and booked into the Burbank City Jail for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Economos is due to appear in court on Monday, September 11, in Burbank.

The passenger in the vehicle which struck Landes was released.

No other serious injuries were reported.

Alameda Avenue between Buena Vista Street and Keystone Street was closed for several hours as Burbank Police Detectives investigated the collision. Roadways were re-opened just before 1:00 P.M.

The Burbank Police are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to call the Burbank Police
Traffic Bureau, at (818) 238-3100.

Burbank Honors Public Servants in Community Service Awards

Boy Scout Troop 210 of Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Wednesday, August 30th, Burbank honored our own hometown heroes with a Community Service Awards ceremony at the Elks Lodge. The awards event was two years in the making, and honorees were made up of the 2015 and 2016 years. The event was organized by the  Burbank’s Elks Lodge 1497, and with little help from Burbank’s very own Boy Scouts Troop 201.

The awards proved to be a good reminder Burbank’s city leaders are some of the best in the country. That same reminder is more important now after the La Tuna fire, which you can read more about here. Now, without further ado, let’s go over the list of award recipients!

 Teachers of the Year

Center Jan Hacker. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

For the 2015 year, Sara Line was given the Teach of the Year award for an outstanding job in promoting achievement and success to our young students here in Burbank.

As for the 2016 year, Jan Hacker of John Burroughs High School was awarded Teacher of the Year. As for what this award means to her, Hacker had this to say:

It’s really been an honor to be included with the other individuals that were here tonight, mostly because it’s very representative of the kind of town Burbank is all about. The people that I’ve met here tonight are all parents, students, and grandparents. That’s what it’s all about: Everybody being a part of the same thing. Tonight really made me feel like that. With officers, firefighters, city workers – to be included in that crowd, and to be representative of what Burbank is all about, it’s a huge honor for me.

Police Officers of the Year

Officers of the year were awarded to incredible public servants who have gone above and beyond to ensure they’re the best they can be for the city of Burbank. The following officers were awarded for the 2016 year:

Officer Cindy Guillen

Sergeant Joshua Kendrick 

Sergeant Adam Baumgarten

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Sergeant Mark Stohl

 

After the awards ceremony, I was able to catch up with Officer Cindy Guillen to ask her what this award meant to her:

This award is very special to me. One, because there was a lot of hard work that we put in. My partner and I were one unit, working together and working for the community. We did everything we possibly could to not only make the community better, but to mend the gap between the police department and the community. The work we did is appreciated through this award and we’re very grateful to be honored.

City Employees of the Year

For the 2015 year, Bradley (Brad) Recker was awarded for his unrelenting passion to make Burbank better.

For the 2016 year, Bill Parrish was awarded for his outstanding service to the community.

Firefighters of the Year

Captain Daryl Isozaki. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters of the year are chosen by other firefighters. By voting for an individual, firefighters are essentially choosing the best representation of the entire department.

Captain Daryl Isozaki was awarded Firefighter of the Year for 2015. Isozaki has been a part of the the Burbank Fire Department for 31 years. After the ceremony, I caught up with Captain Isozaki to get his take on his award:

It’s a privilege. I’m on the tail end of my career right now, and I’m going to retire this year. I’ve seen a lot of things change over the years and the one thing that doesn’t change for the Fire Department is their quality and talented people that we have. It’s a privilege for me to be able to mentor some of our young firefighters and help them out in their career. This is a good expression of the department expressing years of service and some of the contributions we’ve made.

As for the first thing he’s going to do after retiring, Captain Isozaki simply plans on going fishing.

Engineer Andrew Chest. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Engineer Andrew Chest was awarded Firefighter of the Year for 2016. On the award, Chest had this to say:

It’s an appreciation of the hard work, it’s an appreciation of the department for me, and I hold it with high regards. It is indeed an honor to be here tonight. It’s pretty prideful to receive this award. It’s who your peers think who deserves the award, that’s what’s honorable about this.

If you’d like to see more of the ceremony, take a look at the pictures below!

Man With Gun Subdued by MMA Instructor

A Mixed Martial Arts Instructor used his training to subdue a man who entered the Defiant MMA Mixed Martial Arts Studio, located at 146 W. Cypress Avenue, Tuesday, August 29 around 9 pm.

Jacobe Powell said he was giving a private lesson when the man walked in and approached him in what was described as an “aggressive” manner.

Suspect is assisted by a Burbank Paramedic at the scene (Photo By Brandon Buckley)

The suspect entered the gym carrying a black messenger-style bag. As he approached one of the instructors, he then reached into the bag.  The instructor, based on his instincts and training, felt the male was reaching for a weapon. In order to protect himself, Powell used martial arts techniques, which he said was his Judo training, to control and subdue the suspect until police arrived. 

It was learned the suspect, who has still not been identified by police but had in his possession of a Virginia Identification Card, was in fact armed with a loaded handgun, which was inside the messenger bag.

When police officers arrived, they observed the suspect being subdued and they detained the suspect in handcuffs and secured the weapon. There were no shots fired inside the business.  Several patrons were inside the gym at the time and provided statements to police. 

(Photo By Brandon Buckley)

The suspect sustained injuries as a result of the physical contact with the gym instructor.  He was transported to a local hospital and is still being treated at this time.

It appears the suspect and gym instructor knew each other.  An exact motive for the suspect’s actions is still unknown.

The suspect is in police custody at this time, although he has not yet been booked into a jail facility.  He is facing, at minimum, a booking charge of assault with a deadly weapon.  We have yet to confirm the name of the suspect through booking identification procedures.

Powell said, ” This is not the best part of Burbank. We have had issues with the homeless and drug addicts”.

When asked if his MMA training had saved his life, his response was “Absolutely, 100 percent”.

One DUI Arrest Made at Burbank Police Checkpoint

New release from the Burbank Police Dept.:

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI and driver license checkpoint on August 25, 2017. The checkpoint was held at Hollywood Way and Tulare Avenue between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 2:30 A.M.

DUI Checkpoint Hollywood Way and Tulare (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for both police officers and the public.  

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in alcohol and drug-impaired driving crashes. The Burbank Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  

BPD DUI Checkpoint Hollywood Wy & Tulare
(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police made one arrest for DUI during the checkpoint operation, of a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The driver was identified as George Alvarenga, a 56-year-old man from Glendale. Alvarenga has several prior DUI convictions. He was booked for felony DUI and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Here are some other notable statistics from the checkpoint:

  • A total of 811 vehicles were screened.
  • Seven drivers were evaluated using Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
  • Nine citations were issued for driving without a license.
  • Two citations were issued for driving with a suspended license.
  • One citation was issued for a moving violation.
  • Two vehicles were impounded.
  • 15 vehicle code violation warnings were given.

The deterrent effect of high-visibility enforcement, using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols, has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug impaired crashes. Research shows that collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted. The Burbank Police Department is committed to lowering the number of deaths and injuries upon our roadways and will continue to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols on an ongoing basis.

Police Catch Magnolia Park Bank Robbery Suspect

On August 17, 2017, at about 5:20 pm, Burbank Police responded to Bank of America, located at 3400 West Magnolia Boulevard, following a reported robbery that just occurred.

When Police Officers arrived, they learned a man had entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note stating he was armed with a gun and demanding cash. The teller walked away from the suspect, at which time he fled the bank. The suspect did not obtain any money from the teller prior to leaving. With the assistance of air support, officers conducted a search for the suspect, but did not locate him.

Burbank Police Detectives investigating the case viewed surveillance footage of the suspect inside the bank and recognized him from an unrelated police investigation several hours earlier. The suspect was believed to be the same person involved in a disturbance call in the 1200 block of Clybourn Avenue.

The following morning, August 18, at around 8:30 A.M., Burbank Police responded to a call of a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of Burbank Boulevard and Mariposa Street. The vehicle was located and stopped by Police Officers, who detained the driver. It was then discovered the driver was the suspect believed to be responsible for the attempted robbery of Bank of America, as well as the disturbance call earlier that day.

The suspect has been identified as Mark Logan, a 54-year-old man from Burbank.

Bank of America in Magnolia Park

While detained, Logan behaved erratically. He was uncooperative and kicked a Burbank Police Officer. The officer was not injured during the incident. Logan was placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail. While in-custody, Logan made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery of Bank of America.

On August 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count each of attempted robbery, resisting arrest by use of force or violence, delaying and obstructing a police officer, and reckless driving, all against Logan. He is currently being held without bail. Logan’s next court date is scheduled for September 5, 2017.

Car Collides With Metrolink Train at Vanowen and Buena Vista

Burbank police are investigating the scene of an accident that occurred Tuesday, August 22 at 6:14 pm when a vehicle traveling southbound on Buena Vista struck a Metrolink train traveling westbound.

When Burbank Fire Department’s Engine 14 arrived on the scene, they found the driver was already out of the vehicle. Paramedics treated the man and transported him to the hospital.

BFD Train vs Car Vanowen & Buena Vista (© Ross A Benson)

According to Burbank Police Sergeant Derek Green, the man, who was in his 20’s, had non life threatening injuries.

Police will request a test to see if the driver was impaired.

Witnesses report that the vehicle went around the railroad crossing gate before being struck by the train and being knocked about 200 yards down the track, coming to rest on the north side of the tracks. It also struck a pallet of railroad ties that were on the side of the tracks.

Police went car to car to get names and addresses of all the passengers (over 300) that were on the train. No passenger reported any injuries.

Police will now investigate using cameras at the scene along with a camera mounted on the Metrolink train as they recreate the accident that totaled the red Lexus.

Police closed the intersection of Buena Vista and Vanowen for over two hours as they investigated the scene.

Police gave the Metrolink team, headed to Ventura, permission to leave the scene at 8:30 pm.

BFD Train vs Car Vanowen & Buena Vista (© Ross A Benson)