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Accident Causes Water Gusher

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Paramedics received a call at 2:15 pm Thursday afternoon of a possible traffic accident with injuries with a sheared fire hydrant at the corner of Angelino and Kenneth.

Upon arriving, Truck 11 reported that the hydrant had been knocked over but were unable to stop the flow of water because the water was reaching a power line above and did not want firefighters to be subject to a possible electrocution.

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Burbank resident Mark Olguyn was nearby when the accident occurred, “I heard 2 impacts, one was the 2 cars hitting, and the other was the red SUV here that hit the afire hydrant.”

Steve Baghoomian, also a local resident was quickly on the scene stating, “I heard a loud crash and then a second crash, so I came outside and the water was already spraying.

I got to the passenger side door of the Explorer, and the woman was already in the passenger seat, because she couldn’t get out of the drivers side, and she couldn’t get the door open, so I pulled the door open enough for her to come out.”

Neither driver was seriously injured, although they both complained of some pain with Paramedics checking both out for minor injuries. They declined to go to the hospital.

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Police Officer Randy Lloyd was on scene taking a report, “There was a car northbound on Kenneth, and there was a car East Bound on Angelino. The (driver of the) eastbound car said she stopped for the stop sign, and she saw it was clear and then proceeded into the lawful pathway of the northbound vehicle.

It appears to be that she did not see the car on Kenneth driving north bound. We don’t think speed was a factor. One car went into a fire Hydrant on the north east corner, and into the wall of that residence. So it appears to be a Failing to yield at a stop sign violation.

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Water & Power responded to the scene to assist with the sheared fire hydrant that had been shooting water 100 feet into the air for about 30 minutes.

“We got here, and we saw water spraying up onto the power lines (4000V),” said Jeff Beckett, a BWP Supervisor, “The main issue is when they pull the car back, and the water is shooting straight up, you got a chance of it arcing. So we just had them open the loop and re-route it so that were not gonna affect our guys down here turning off the water.”

Once the car was removed, firefighters along with BWP quickly shut down the water.

Editors Note: Photographer Edward Tovmassian assisted with this story.

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Photo By Edward Tovmassian

Three-Year-Old Girl Struck and Killed by Car in Underground Garage

UPDATED 8/13 at 3:15 pm

Burbank police and paramedics were called to an underground parking lot in the 500 block of East Harvard Wednesday night at 6:57 p.m. for a pedestrian vs. vehicle traffic accident.

Burbank Police gather evidence at scene of tragic accident involving a 3 year old female. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police gather evidence at scene of tragic accident involving a 3 year old female. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The pedestrian, a 3-year-old female, was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The girl, who the coroner’s office identified as McKaylee Grampp, was accidentally struck by her father who was driving the car. It does not appear alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor in the collision and no arrests have been made.

The girl’s mother, who appeared to be pregnant, was transported by paramedics for precautions.

An on-line account has been set up to assist the family. You can go to a YOU CARE Account to donate.

Two Burbank Police chaplains were called to the scene and assisted with the emotional state of the family and several neighbors, bystanders and officers.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Burbank Police Traffic Investigators at (818) 238-3100.

Burbank Police Traffic Officers along with Traffic Investigators gather evidence and photograph scene where a 3 year old female was struck. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police traffic officers along with traffic investigators gather evidence and photograph the scene where a 3-year-old female was struck (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)


Police Arrest Driver After Pedestrian Struck

On August 6, 2015, at about 7:05pm, officers and paramedics responded to the area of San Fernando Boulevard and Magnolia Boulevard regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

Preliminary investigation shows the involved car, a red Mitsubishi Montero, was traveling north on San Fernando Boulevard, approaching Magnolia Boulevard when it struck a 23 year old female pedestrian walking across San Fernando Boulevard in a marked crosswalk. The force of the collision knocked the pedestrian to the ground, causing significant injuries, including broken bones.

The pedestrian was treated at the scene by Burbank Fire Department Paramedics and transported to an area hospital, where she is in stable condition.

The investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle, Enrique Parra – 21 years of age, a Sun Valley resident, did not have a valid driver license and was under the influence of marijuana. He was placed under arrest for felony DUI, causing injury. He was booked into the Burbank City Jail, where he is being held in-lieu of $100,000 bail. Mr. Parra is due in court on Monday, August 10, 2015.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The investigation is ongoing. No other information will be available at this time. Anyone who witnessed the collision or Mr. Parra’s driving prior to the collision is asked to contact Burbank Police Traffic Investigators at (818) 238-3100.

The Burbank Police Department reminds our community that driving after drinking alcohol or ingesting drugs is extremely dangerous. Being under the influence of any drug that acts on the brain and central nervous system impairs a driver’s motor skills, reaction time and judgment. This puts not only the driver at risk, but also passengers and others who share the road and nearby walkways.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Please call (818) 238-3000 or 911 if you see someone driving on our roadways, who you suspect is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Toddler Falls Out 2nd Floor Window Onto Driveway

Emergency personnel responded to the 300 block of E. Andover Dr. Tuesday afternoon, in response to a young child falling out of an upper story window.

The unidentified 4 year-old boy fell out of his family’s second floor apartment window at 4:42 p.m.  He was apparently jumping on a bed, and fell through the screen on the open window.  Although the apartment is on the second floor, it is over the garage area, so the fall was equivalent to falling from the third floor, about 35 feet.  The child landed on pavement.

According to police, the toddler was conscious and responsive when police and fire fighters arrived at the apartment building, which is located across the street from McCambridge Park.  The boy was bleeding fom a laceration to his scalp, bleeding from his nose.  He was treated at the scene by Burbank Fire Department paramedics, and transported by rescue ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  His mother accompanied him in the ambulance, while his father was driven by neighbors to the hospital.

The extent of the boy’s injuries was not yet known, but he was listed in “good” condition according to police.  The child will be kept overnight at Children’s Hospital for observation.

Police believe the incident was an accident, but it remains under investigation.

Bicyclist Injured On Chandler Bikeway

A Burbank man out for a bicycle ride along the Chandler Bikeway Friday morning, collided with a large metal pole used to keep cars from entering the popular waking and cycling path.

Neil Chamberlain, 52, of Burbank, was riding eastbound on the bikeway with his wife, Nancy, at 9:30 a.m.  She was a few blocks ahead of him, when he crossed Keystone St.  According to witnesses, Chamberlain was not traveling fast when he hit the yellow metal pole located between the bicycle and pedestrian lanes of the bikeway, about 10 feet from the street.

According to Crossing Guard Harrie Niers, who was just completing his assignment at the corner adjacent to Thomas Edison Elementary School, the cyclist fell sideways off his bike after impacting the pole with the right side of his body.  As Chamberlain clutched his injured chest and writhed in pain on the sidewalk, passersby came to his aide and immediately called police and fire department paramedics.

Although in a great deal of pain, Chamberlain was finally able to take out his own cell phone and call his wife, who was several blocks ahead on the bikeway.  She immediately rushed back on her bike to comfort her husband.  Burbank Fire Department Rescue Ambulance 15 and Engine 11, arrived shortly thereafter and began treating the victim.  Chamberlain was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.  According to his wife, he sustained fractures to two ribs and bruising along his right side.  He was treated and returned home Friday afternoon.

Remarkably, his bicycle did not appear to have sustained any serious damage.  Most of the impact was between Chamberlain’s right side and the pole, not the bicycle. According to his wife, he is an veteran mountain biker.  She speculated that her husband may have been distracted and didn’t see the pole.  She noted that today was his day off from work.

After Chamberlain was transported to the hospital in the ambulance, his wife rode her bicycle back to their home on Niagara St., and the crew from Engine 11 dropped his bike off at their home.   The couple is supposed to ride in a 68-mile cycling event in Joshua Tree in about three weeks.  According to Mrs. Chamberlain, that is now in doubt.

Chandler Bikeway accident

Burbank Fire Department personnel administer first aid to bicyclist Neil Chamberlain, who ran into yellow metal pole on left on the Chandler Bikeway at Keystone St. Friday morning. His wife, in light blue shirt next to him, conforts the injured man. He sustained moderate injuries. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

16 Year-Old Teenager Dies After Sparring At Burbank Boxing Gym

Police investigating unusual death, awaiting coroner’s report.

 By Stan Lynch, Managing Editor

A teenaged boy is dead, and Burbank Police are investigating the unusual circumstances surrounding the young man’s death.  He has been identified as Raul Alvarez, Jr., 16, of North Hollywood.

Forensic Specialist Nancy Robles removes evidence under the watchful eye of Police Officer Blaine Shifley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Verdugo Fire Dispatch received a call for medical assistance, and dispatched Engine 12 and Rescue Ambulance 15 to Pullman’s Gym, 4320 W. Magnolia Blvd. at 5:55 p.m.  Paramedics treated the 16 year-old boy at the scene and transported him to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center at 6:08 p.m.

Police officers were dispatched to the hospital and the gym at 6:45 p.m., when emergency room personnel alerted an officer at the hospital on an unrelated matter about the teen’s grave condition.  Initial reports were that the boy had been sparring with someone at the gym, and had received a blow to the face.   He died about an hour later at the hospital.

Forensic Specialist Nancy Robles removes evidence as Burbank Police Officer Blaine Shifley protects the scene. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An investigation into Alvarez’s death is being conducted by the Burbank Police Department.   They determined that he was wear head and body protective gear while sparring.  He complained of pain after the sparring session, which prompted the call for paramedics.  The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

A sign on the front door of the gym

The gym, which is located in a store front in the Magnolia Park section of town, specializes in boxing.  Sparring, which is commonly used in boxing training as well as other martial arts, is a type of practice fighting in which blows are held back or not delivered with full force.

On Pullman Gym’s website, pictures show it is primarily used for boxing with a ring, numerous body and speed bags mounted for use.

Pullman’s Gym was contacted, but has not yet returned our call for comments.

Burbank Police Officer Blaine Shifley watches as Forensic Specialist Nancy Robles collects evidence. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Suspect Crashes Stolen Vehicle on Vanowen After Short Police Pursuit

ED NOTE: This story was edited on July 3 —The age of the suspect in the Burbank Police release is 20 years-old and the age it states in the arrest report says 22 years-old.

A Burbank man accused of stealing a car, is in jail after he fled from police and ended up crashing into a another car, sending a female motorist to the hospital with serious injuries.

Burbank Police investigate this accident after the driver of the Black Infinti failed to stop for a Burbank Motor Officer and got into pursuit. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The incident began Wednesday afternoon 3:16 p.m., when a Burbank Police motor officers was conducting a routine speed enforcement detail on Vanowen St. near Niagara St.  The officer observed a black vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed towards his location.  The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver failed to yield to the officer’s  lights and siren on the motorcycle.  Instead, the driver tuned, heading into the residential area south of Vanowen.

Burbank K-9 unit looks for a possible weapon that might have been discarded by the driver during the pursuit. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The driver accelerated in an attempt to flee from the pursuing motorcycle officer, making several turns on the residential streets in the area.  Eventually, he turned back towards Vanowen.  When he attempted to make a right turn on Vanowen, the driver crossed over into the westbound lanes of Vanowen and struck a white Toyota 4Runner head-on.  Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision, and came to rest in the westbound lanes of Vanowen at Fairview St.

The driver of the Toyota 4Runner, a 50 year-old North Hollywood woman, was transported to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills.  According to police, she sustained a compound fracture of her lower leg.  She was the only occupant in her vehicle.

Burbank Police look over the suspects car after this violent crash when the driver of the Black Infiniti failed to yield to a motor officer pursuing it. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The suspect, Ian MacNeill, 22, of Burbank, was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with a complaint of pain.  Once he was cleared by doctors, he was booked into the Burbank Jail for felony evading causing injury, driving a stolen vehicle, and a parole violation for an unrelated offense.  He is being held without bail.

Suspected Drunk Driver Hits Police Cars

Two Burbank Police Officers narrowly escaped injury early Wednesday morning, when a suspected drunk driver struck their patrol cars.

The incident began shortly before 2 a.m. when the two officers in separate patrol cars were on a traffic stop on Lake St. just south of Olive Ave., next to Community Chevrolet.  They were alerted to something out of the ordinary when they heard the noise of metal on pavement.  The officers observed a Mini Cooper automobile heading west on Olive Ave. with one tire gone, driving on the metal wheel.

As the Mini Cooper driver made a wide left turn onto southbound Lake St., the mirror on her car struck the first patrol car.  The officer had just gotten into the car, and had barely gotten the door shut when the collision occurred.  The second officer was standing between the two patrol cars, and jumped clear as the Mini Cooper driver sideswiped the second patrol car.   Neither officer was injured.   The patrol cars received minor damage.

The Mini Cooper driver, identified as Katherine Elizabeth Keklak, 29, of Burbank, did not stop after colliding with the patrol cars.   She was pulled over on Lake St. at Tujunga Ave.   According to police, she failed to satisfactorily pass a field sobriety test, and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, misdemeanor hit and run, and interfering with officers.  Her bail was set at $15,000.

A man who is reportedly the woman’s boyfriend, stopped near where she was pulled over.  The officers had noticed his car following the Mini Cooper. When he approached the officers, they suspected that he may have been drinking.   Daniel Joseph Elson, 32, of Burbank, was also arrested for driving under the influence.  His bail was set at $5,000.