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Burbank Resident Arrested Following Standoff

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called to the 1300 block of North Lincoln Street Saturday mid-morning after receiving a call of ‘Shots Fired’ within a residence.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded and made contact with an acquaintance who confirmed that a gun was discharged within the house.

Police attempted to make contact with the person responsible for the firing and he chose to barricade himself inside.  Burbank officers closed the street and had neighbors on both sides and across the street from the house evacuate their residences and remain a safe distance away.

Burbank Officers called for their armored vehicle, the Bearcat and their K-9 unit in to assist. Following a 20 minute period of negotiations, the person responsible for the discharge, Jason Dennis, came out to awaiting officers. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Additional officers made entry into the house to make sure there were no victims inside. 

Burbank Police arrested Jason Dennis for negligent discharge of a weapon. Detectives were called to continue the investigation and they requested a search warrant to gather additional evidence from the home. During the search, they recovered several weapons and evidence of where the shot was originally fired. 

Burbank Fire Department was on scene with an engine company and rescue ambulance and Battalion Chief. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Police Negotiators Help Save Man Threatening to Jump at Caltrans Site

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Police Patrol unit on routine patrol near the Empire Center Monday afternoon noticed a male standing on a ledge about 25 feet high in the construction area where the new Empire under-crossing will be eventually be.

The patrol unit was not sure if the male, dressed in black, was marking graffiti or stuck or even looking to jump off the 18 inch ledge.

All vehicles on Victory Place were stopped in both directions in the area of the Empire Center, causing traffic to get backed while cars were detoured around the new interchange.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It took over 24 Firefighters to get the huge rescue cushion into place while Burbank Police assisted and had two of their crises negotiators attempt to talk to the male down.

The Burbank Police Officers were successful in convincing the gentleman to walk back to where he walked on the ledge and they took him into protective custody. They determined the male Latino might have been suffering from  possible psychological issues and transported him to a local hospital for treatment.



Fire Service Day Joined with National Police Week Celebrated by Thousands Locally

This past Saturday The Burbank Fire and Police Department opened their doors for the community to see it’s operations and all the services they both offer the community. 

Myburbank had a couple of photographers covering the event and here is what they got to see.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Burbank Police Arrest Driver After Long Low Speed Pursuit

Burbank Police Officers responded to call of a possible DUI driver near Hollywood Way and Verdugo.  The officers found the car in the CVS lot and saw a male enter the driver’s seat and drive away. 

The officers followed the vehicle and watched it commit several vehicle code violations.  They attempted to stop the car, but the driver continued driving.  Police officers followed the vehicle into the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and North Hollywood, where it collided with a parked and unoccupied truck.

 Following this collision, the driver continued driving, failing to yield for the police officers who were still following. 

Eventually, the driver returned to the city of Burbank and pulled into the Costco parking lot.    The driver was finally detained after running over a curb and he was placed under arrest for felony evading, driving under the influence and hit and run. 

The suspect has been identified as Timothy O’Brien, a 44-year-old man from North Hollywood.  O’Brien  is currently out on bond and due in court June 5, 2017.

Man Survives Fall Off Flood Control Bridge

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police officers were called to the flood control channel on Flower Street near Olive Avenue behind Borrmann Steel Tuesday after a man jumped off a bridge into the channel.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The 30 year old Lancaster man, who was suffering from one, possibly two broken legs, was treated by Burbank Paramedics.

The rescue required Firefighters to descend into the wash and then use ropes and a stokes basket that was lifted by a fire truck with specialized equipment.

The victim, who was reportedly under the influence, was transported to a trauma center for treatment.


Burbank Police Investigate Early Morning Explosion

This morning, at about 4:20 AM, Burbank Police responded to the Magnolia Car Wash in the 900 block of West Magnolia Blvd. regarding a loud noise, possible explosion that was heard.

 When the officers arrived, they found a stand-alone ATM Machine, located outside of the cashier’s office with significant damage to its outer shell.  Closer inspection of the ATM machine suggested that some type of explosive may have been used in an apparent attempt to steal money, or steal the ATM itself.

  Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Arson/Explosives Detail responded to the scene and are assisting Burbank Police Detectives with the investigation.   

The car wash was closed at the time of this incident and there were no injuries reported.

Burbank Police Detectives are currently investigating this matter.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Burbank Police 818-238-3000.

No additional details are being released at this time.

Burbank Police Officers honored at The Third Annual Burbank Police Awards

On Thursday, several of Burbank’s finest came out for The Third Annual Burbank Police Awards Luncheon to honor their bravest who went above and beyond the call of duty. The awards went to people who are both sworn in and those who are not, but they all serve the community we love so much.

Burbank Police Officer Cameron Brown is pictured with Jon Howard who suffered a Heart Attack and the quick thinking of Brown save his life. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The luncheon that was hosted by The Burbank Police Foundation happened in front of a packed audience at the Pickwick Gardens. Jim Roope from Westwood One delighted the crowd as he served as a the Master of Ceremonies of the Awards Ceremony.

The first honor went to Officer Cameron Brown, who received the Lifesaving Medal. On October 28, 2016, he was off duty at a Halloween Haunted House with his family and friends, when something scary happened that was unrelated to the holiday. His 56-year-old friend Jon Howard with special needs suddenly collapsed and he knew something was very wrong because his friend was not breathing and he could not find a pulse. He instructed someone to call 911 as he performed CPR on his friend until paramedics arrived. Due to his quick reaction, his friend is with us today. Had Officer Brown not done what he did in the dark, cramped area, his friend would not be alive today. That is why he awarded For the Actions in the Saving and Preserving of Human Life.

The next award not only went to more than one person, it also went to three different police departments. The Professional Esteem Award was given to 16 Burbank Police Officers, 5 members of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Police and 2 members of the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Sections. On June 24, 2016, shortly after midnight, Burbank Police Department received a call that a man was acting erratically with a possible handgun at the Bob Hope Airport’s McDonald’s. When the police officers arrived on the scene, they realized the man did indeed have a gun. Then they instructed the employees and the civilians to leave the restaurant for their own safety. Once everyone was out, the officers started a conversation with the man who threatened to shoot them. The longer they engaged with him, the more erratic he became. He fired his gun at the ceiling and cops did not fire back at him. Instead, they continued to talk to him. After several more minutes, he pointed his gun at the cops outside the restaurant and fired a shot at them that broke a window. At this points cop fired back injuring the gunman. He left through a window, fell to the floor and shot himself with a fatal bullet. Ending the standoff with no one besides the gunman being injured or killed. That is why the 23 brave officers were honored for their Extraordinary Efforts Earning the Esteem of Your Colleagues and the Community.

Sergeant Brian Gordon was also awarded the Professional Esteem Award and his honor was 6 years in the making. On July 2, 2010, a man in the K-Mart parking lot was somehow able to disarm a cop and take that officer’s weapon. The suspect was high on heroin and meth, and was determined to escape. The gunman exchanged shots with the two officers injuring one critically and the other suffered a gunshot wound to the hand. The officers were able to subdue the man and take him in to be booked on two counts of the attempted murder of a police officer. At the time, Gordon was a Detective who was assigned to be the lead investigator of the case. He spent the next six years building up that case with the District Attorney’s Office and the suspect finally went to trial last year. On July 15, 2016, a jury found him guilty. In October, the suspect was sentenced for his crime and is currently serving out his 81-year sentence thanks to Gordon’s hard work on the case.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Jennifer Moran works at the Records Bureau for the Burbank Police Department. She has been with the Department since 1995 and has been the manager for seven years. She oversees operations processing and maintaining public records, data entry, distribution of public records and providing quality services to the public. Moran also serves as the administrator of the computer-aided dispatch report system used by the entire organization. For her hard work, she too received The Professional Esteem Award.

They also recognized a recent retiree Steevo. A Belgian Shepard who joined the K-9 Unit in 2010 when he was just 3 years old. He was trained in narcotic detection, sent out on SWAT incidents, searching and locating hidden suspects and he also spent time doing community outreach. Steevo is now living out the rest of his life with his former partner Officer John Embelton and his family.

Last March, Dianne Guerrero noticed a young lost boy crying and sitting on a bus bench and went over to see what was wrong with him. She calmed the boy down until police arrived, even missing her own bus so that he would not be alone. When the police arrived, they took the boy with him and reunited him with his family. It is her Selfless Service to the Community that earned her this reward.

They also award volunteers and this year’s recipient for the Volunteer of the Year is Soon Hee Newbold Rettig. When she is not donating her time with BPD, she is an accomplished musician, composer and conductor, proficient in martial arts, a firearms expert and a media producer. Since graduating from the Burbank Police Department’s Community Academy, she has spent countless hours producing and directing several PSAs and informational videos for them.

(Photo by© Ross A. Benson)

In 2009, Police Technician Sharise Barker joined their Records Bureau Data Entry Unit. Six years later, she transferred to the Investigations Division as their administration support to the Detective Bureau. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and that is why she is this year’s Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.

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Then it was time for the final award and that was handed to the Officer of the Year. Sergeant Mark Stohl began his career there in 2000, and since then he has served as a Patrol Officer, a Field Training Officer, Gang Officer, Gang Detective and a Detective in the Eurasian Task Force. In 2012, he was promoted to Sergeant, went back to patrolling so he could supervise, and mentor young officers. Three years later, he returned to Investigations where oversees the property crime investigations. He was instrumental in getting Ford Explorers equipped with the latest technology added to the fleet. He continues to mentor officers of all statuses and age, and they continue to learn from him. That is why he was thanked for his Selfless Service to the Community.

After attending the Awards Gala, I learned how much hard work and dedication the Burbank Police Officers put into our community and I want to thank them all personally. From now on, whenever I see a Burbank Police Officer, I am going to shake their hand and/or give them a hug, and most importantly tell them thank you. We can honor the individuals for risking their lives for us personally by letting them know we appreciate them. Once a year, they get to tell themselves they are appreciated for everything they do and I am honored I was able to be a part of it.

Burbank Police Nab Two In Home Invasion Attempt

The Burbank Police Department Responded to the 3000 block of N. Naomi St. at around 10 o’clock Wednesday night after receiving a 911 call from a resident stating that she could see people breaking into her home.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Units were immediately dispatched and swarmed the area along with Burbank’s  “Air1” overhead.

Units conducted a felony stop at Naomi and Scott Rd. on two subjects in a black BMW less than a block north of the address.

A search of the home by the Burbank Police Department eliminated the possibility of any outstanding suspects in the residence. The two males in the BMW were arrested at Naomi and Scott, and are considered persons of interest in this investigation.

It is still very early on in the investigation and more information will be shared as it is made available.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian







Pedestrian Struck by Van Leaves One Dead and One Injured in Downtown Burbank

Burbank Police responded to the intersection of Olive and San Fernando Blvd during rush hour evening traffic Friday, to find a pedestrian trapped under a van on the sidewalk. Burbank Fire Department was called to assist.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Department dispatched a full rescue assignment and upon Engine 11’s arrival they reported a single van on the curb into a bus bench with a driver trapped and a by-stander trapped under the van. Quickly the Battalion Chief on scene requested an additional Rescue Ambulance and the Truck 11 to start extraction of the driver. Once the the driver was removed from the car he was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The by-stander who was removed from beneath the van was treated with life saving techniques and also transported. It was reported that he expired upon his arrival at a local hospital.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)


Burbank Police Spokesman Claudio Losacco gave a Press Conference to several media at the scene and reported the driver involved struck a car that was parked along the curb in the Eastbound lanes and then continued westbound in the Eastbound lanes striking a male in his Sixties on the southwest corner.

Burbank Police Traffic investigator was called to the scene along with several detectives.

Olive Avenue remained closed to Eastbound traffic for close to three hours while investigators marked the scene, took measurements and conducted interviews with witnesses.

The names of the driver nor the pedestrian were released at the time of the accident nor the cities they resided in.



Holiday In The Park Tonight will be Bigger & Better

Deagon & Magnolia No Parking (© Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Holiday in the Park is coming and it’s bigger and better than ever before!

This Friday, Magnolia Blvd will be closed down for 9 blocks from Hollywood Way to Florence Street and down the side streets to the allies.

The event which has been put on by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, a non-profit run by Magnolia Park store owners, for the last few years is excited to have been able to close the street down and create a more enjoyable and safe event for the community.

President and Founder of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, Ashley Erikson, gave us 10 reasons why this year is going to be better than ever!

1.      The street will be closed!  The community is free to roam the street as they please allowing dogs, children, strollers, and families to feel safe and have fun during the event.

2.  Food!  The association encourages you to dine at all of the Magnolia Park restaurants like Romancing the Bean, The New Deal, Portos Bakery, Monte Carlo Deli, Yummy Cupcakes, and MeneSweet, but if you can’t get a seat there, you can dine at your choice of 14 food trucks that will be placed down the side streets of the event.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson File Photo)

3. Snow!  The Brad Korb Real Estate Group is sponsoring the snow play area at Ume Credit Union with even more snow then ever before!

4. Kid Zone!  South Hills Burbank is sponsoring a whole block of family fun including bounce houses, a craft area, parent resting area, and bubbles!

5. Character Photo Ops!  Stop by the Blast in the Past parking lot for tons of character meet and greets including the Grinch, Rocketeer, Anna and Elsa! Ume Credit Union will have free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Dark Delicacies will have Krampus and It’s a Wrap will have Frosty the Snowman.

6. Live Performances!  Every block will be filled with music or dancing.  Stores will have live musicians in front of their stores, while Worship Walk will be hosting dance performances by Garri Dance studio all night long!  The Bank of America lot will also have a stage sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank with performances all night from local musicians and a live band will be out front of the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson File Photo)

7.  It’s all about the community!  In the middle of the street you’ll find Magnolia Park merchant tables, non profit organizations and City of Burbank organizations.  Hop from table to table to learn more about the Burbank Recycling Center, the Burbank Public Library, local schools, the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter, and more!

8.  Car Show! The entire block between California and Fairview will host a unique car show.

9. FREE Magnolia Park Bags!  Some volunteers will be walking around passing out Magnolia Park reusable tote bags sponsored by local Magnolia Park stores.

10.  Burbank Police, Fire and SWAT will be on the block between Cordova and Avon with their vehicles on display for kids to take pictures with.  Stop by and say hello and give a thank you to all the men and women who keep Burbank safe.

For more information visit www.holidayintheparkburbank.com