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Police to Hold Community Academies in English, Spanish and Armenian

The Burbank Police Department conducts a community academy twice a year for those who live or work in the City of Burbank. This fall, we are looking to have three separate academies, one in English, one in Spanish, and one in Armenian.

These academies are a terrific opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Burbank Police Department.

For eleven weeks, participants learn from the officers who actually work in the various bureaus and assignments of the Burbank Police Department. Presentations include topics such as the criminal justice system, the police hiring process, training, traffic control, patrol, detectives, air support, the Special Weapons and Tactics team, police K-9s, and much more. Participants who graduate from the community academy may be eligible to become a Burbank Police Department volunteer.

The fall academies begin on Wednesday, September 5th, and conclude on November 14th, 2012. Space is limited. Applying early is recommended.

Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m., at the Burbank Police Station, and conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for the community academy.

Applicants are subject to a background check.

Applications may be picked up at the police department and should be returned no later than August 29th, 2012.

Early Morning Standoff With Police Ties Up Neighborhood

Streets were closed for hours and nearby residents evacuated Thursday morning, after three men refused to follow police commands to come out of a house where shots had reportedly fired.

The incident began at 6:48 a.m. when Burbank Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Keeler St. near Elliot Dr.  The first officers to arrive in the area were directed by a witness to the residence where the shots came from.  The officers could smell the odor of gunpowder in the area.

When the officers approached the home, a man came out of the residence. He was detained and questions.  The man said there were three other men inside.  For approximately the next two hours, police made repeated announcements in both English and Armenian, ordering the men to come outside. The standoff with police lasted several hours, tying up police resources and inconveniencing residents in the area.  It also attracted television news crews.

The Burbank Police Department deployed their Special Response Team, or SWAT, to assist the patrol officers in evacuating nearby residents.  The department’s armored vehicle, the “Bearcat,” was deployed.   The men inside eventually came outside and surrendered to police.  They were detained for questioning.  The SRT officers cleared the residence to ensure that no victims were inside.

Officers sealed off the residence until detectives could obtain a search warrant.  Once they were able to enter the residence and conduct a search, detectives recovered several weapons.  So far no arrests have been made.  The incident is currently under investigation for possible criminal charges.

Update: Burbank Police arrested four men later Thursday, May 3.  Armen Galstyan, 52, of Burbank was arrested for identity theft, and possession of a assault weapon.  His bail was set a $50,000.   Three other men at the residence at 1811 Keeler St. were arrested for possession of an assault weapon.   They are Artak Grigoryan, 37, and Vigen S. Manukyan, 27, both of Glendale; and Armen Zaven Mouradian, 23, of Los Angeles.  Bail for each of them was set at $35,000.

A televison news reporter and crew from CBS/KCAL reports from the corner of Peyton Ave. and Keeler St. during a standoff with police Thursday morning. (Photo by Debra Mobley)

Armenian Power Organized Crime Group Targeted In Federal Indictments That Allege Racketeering Offenses, Including Bank Fraud Schemes, Kidnappings, And Drug Trafficking In Arrest Operation Run Out Of Bob Hope Airport

A major operation that involved officers from many departments was run out of a hanger located at Bob Hope Airport early Wednesday morning.

As a result of two federal indictments and state cases that charge a total of 99 defendants with a wide range of crimes—including kidnapping, extortion, bank fraud, and narcotics trafficking—law enforcement authorities this morning arrested 74 members and associates of the Armenian Power organized crime group.

The majority of the defendants arrested this morning are named in two federal indictments that charge a total of 88 defendants linked to Armenian Power, which is commonly called AP.

One indictment accuses 29 defendants with participating in a RICO conspiracy in violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The RICO charge alleges a host of illegal activities, some of which are sophisticated white-collar crimes such as identity theft, credit card skimming, and manufacturing counterfeit checks. Among the conspiracies charged in the racketeering indictment is a bank fraud and counterfeit credit card scheme that victimized hundreds of customers of 99 Cents Only Stores throughout Southern California. AP members allegedly caused more than $2 million in losses when they secretly installed sophisticated “skimming” devices to steal customer account information at cash registers and then used the skimmed information to create counterfeit debit and credit cards.

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