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Burbank K-9 Retires and His Handler Moving on to Become a Detective

Saturday night Burbank K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez and his partner, Kimo, both end almost a decade together as working partners.

As of 10:00 pm, Burbank’s K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez and his K-9 Partner, Kimo, made their final radio call 10-7, end of shift.

K-9 Kimo with his Partner Joel Rodriguez. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Kimo, an 8-year-old Belgian Shepard has been Officer Rodriguez’s fur partner for the last 8 years he has been credited with numerous apprehensions, including finding a murder suspect, several burglary suspects along with locating drugs and weapons on several occasions. In his eight-year history, he has bitten eight suspects, forcing them to surrender and be taken into custody. He was trained for tracking and locating suspects and drugs and has done it well.

Kimo has been seen at the  Burbank Police Foundations Family Fun Festival putting on several displays of his talents searching cars tackling suspects, locating hidden suspects even in trash cans.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Officer Joel Rodriguez, who has been in law enforcement for over twenty years, has been promoted to Detective, will remain in the patrol division for a while because of the shortage of officers.

Kimo will retire and enjoy the easy life a dog deserves minus the fast response and siren going. His new role now will be the family pet with Detective Rodriguez, who previously had his last K-9 partner, Rocco, who moved on over the Rainbow Bridge a year or so ago.

Burbank Police will still have two K-9 dogs and handlers. Officers John Embelton and  Officer Joseph Nunez.

 

 

 

Motorcycle Accidents On The Rise On Burbank Streets

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Police responded to another motorcycle-involved traffic accident on Tuesday evening, January 14, in the 2600 block of Olive Avenue. The motorcycle rider was struck by a vehicle and suffered a broken leg in addition to other minor injuries and was transported to a local trauma center by Burbank Paramedics for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Traffic Department.

On Sunday morning, January 12, Burbank Police responded to 1600 block of San Fernando Boulevard where a 20-year-old Burbank resident was fatally injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a curb.

Burbank Police respond and take reports on several dozen accidents weekly. Recently, an uptick in the number of accidents involving motorcycles and pedestrians.  has been noted.

 

DUI Checkpoint Results in Zero Arrests

Burbank police issued a press release for their DUI and drivers license checkpoints which they held on December 21 near Glenoaks and Cedar in Burbank from 9 pm to 2 am.

During the checkpoint, 914 vehicles pass through and were screened according to the release. Police issued seven sobriety tests which all drivers passed. Four drivers received tickets for driving without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license and three tickets were given out for hazardous driving violations.

Police feel the low number of arrests is a direct result in drivers making better choices using alcohol and drugs and also using designated drivers and ridesharing services.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided in a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety administration.

 

Burbank Police, Target Make Kids Holiday Wishes Come True

On December 11, 2019, The Burbank Police Department teamed up with The Boys And Girls Club and Target to make some kid’s Christmas wishes come true.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

For the last several years  the Burbank Police Department has participated in what Officer Angela Burrows described as “One of Burbank’s most cherished Christmas time giving events.” This event is called “Heroes and Helpers”,  where young kids ages 5 to 13 get to pair up with one of several Burbank Police Officers and spend up to $100 on whatever the kids want to buy.

The event started around 5:30, with over 30 children and many of Burbank’s police force paired up as “Heroes and Helpers” voyaged into Target where kids lined the isles with smiles on their faces and toys in their hands. 

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse  along with his Command Staff came by to greet the wonderful kids and said “I hope everyone enjoys this Christmas and I also hope all of you will grow up to do the right thing in life, which I have no doubt about ”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

One young kid said “I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the Burbank Police”

After the shopping ended, the “Heroes And Helpers” departed to be served a delicious holiday meal, generously provided by the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Burbank, along with dessert, compliments of Porto’s Bakery. Children were also be presented with holiday gift and food baskets, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Burbank and Noon Rotary Club of Burbank

All in all the heart-warming event was a major success with Burbank’s finest putting smiles on faces of young scholars.

 

Burbank Police Apprehend Man in Hills Above Nature Center

Burbank police combined their land and air skills to arrest a man after a report of a man in the hills with a possible rifle.

Around 2:55 pm on Monday police were called the the hiking trail above the Wildwood Canyon Nature Center for an individual who was allegedly hunting with a ‘long gun’ (rifle) according to Burbank Police Sergent Derek Green.

A police helicopter was dispatched to see if they could locate the man and they found an individual inside a tent with what appeared to be a long gun besides him. With Burbank police responding to the area, the air unit made an announcement over their loud speaker for the man to come down to officers. The commands were ignored.

“Due to reports that the man was possibly armed with a rifle or similar weapon, additional resources were deployed, which included members of the Burbank Police SWAT.” according to Green. He said the operation involved about 15 officers.

Over the next couple of hours, Burbank Police started to develop a plan to get to the man who had now started a small fire by the tent. They called in the Burbank Fire Department’s ‘Gator 16’, which is a four wheel drive vehicle used to navigate the hillside, to help transport officers up the hill. They also deployed their new drone to assist officers.

Once officers reached the small camp, the man immediately complied to officers and was taken into custody without further incident.

The Nature Center was closed during the incident and the staff was relocated to McCambridge Park during the operation.

Green said that once officers had the man in custody, they located two BB guns, a pistol and rifle, near his encampment.

The man, identified as Nelson Rivera, a 28-year-old transient, was placed under arrest for starting an unlawful fire. He is being held on $20,000 bail and was due in court Wednesday. Green said that formal charges are pending review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Green also reported that it appears that this was the same person contacted on December 5 near Burbank Blvd. and Whitnall Highway after reports of a man with a gun. 

According to the Burbank Police Facebook Page post at the time:

Burbank Police responded to the area of Burbank Blvd. and Whitnall Highway after someone reported seeing a man carrying a backpack with what appeared to be a rifle attached to it. The man reportedly had a “camping gear” backpack, and also a knife strapped to his leg (clearly visible and not concealed).

Police located and contacted the man. They determined the item to be a B.B. gun. Police officers documented the response and released the individual.

The B.B. gun was not brandished, was not used in the commission of a crime, was not fired, was not used to threaten anyone, was possessed legally, and did not violate the California Penal Code or the Burbank Municipal code. The knife was possessed and carried legally. Therefore, only a detention was made in order to investigate the report, which led to the determination that no crime had been committed. An arrest, or a detention beyond what was reasonably necessary to complete the investigation, was not justified in this case.

“There was no crime at that time.” according to Green.

 

UPDATED: Man Hospitalized After Home Invasion Robbery

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Burbank Police Sergent Derek Green released a little more information: “It is not known if the victim was specifically targeted. Detectives are continuing to investigate. The suspects are believed to be in their 30s.

According to the victim, this began when one of the suspects came to the front door and knocked several times. After not receiving an answer, it is believed the suspects went around to the back of the house before entering through the rear, unlocked door. This tactic has been seen before and are common in “knock-knock” or distraction type burglaries. The Burbank Police Department discourages citizens from answering the door to anyone they do not know or recognize, but encourage residents to make their presence known. Also, the Burbank Police Department urges residents to keep all doors locked at all times, even when home.  Report suspicious persons or activity to our non-emergency number, at (818) 238-3000.”

Green also said the man injuries were considered minor.

 

A Burbank man was rushed to a local trauma hospital after he called for help after two men broke into the back of his home Wednesday night on the 1100 block of West Palm Ave. just before 7:00 pm.

It was reported at the time that two men allegedly went to the front door and when the homeowner did not respond, they circled around to the back and entered the house. KNBC reported the man was 73 years old and that cash was taken from the residence.

The two men reported as possibly Armenian, left on foot. No vehicle was scene. Police arrived on the scene quickly and used air resources but were unable to find the suspects.

 

Burbank Police, School District Issue Statement on Threats

With so many rumors and an Instagram post from a fake account that is identified as being an official Burbank Unified School District account, a joint statement from both the School District and the Police Department has been released.

Police have been making a physical presence on Wednesday at all the middle and high schools to help ease fears. Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Matt Hill sent out a statement on Monday about the post that had been posted on a fake Instagram post. The post alluded to the Mental Health and Wellness Centers in place (both Burroughs and Burbank have one in place). There is no mention of weapons in the post. There was a report of another alleged threat made for Wednesday but not confirmed.

While the post has been taken down, some report on social media that it has been on-line for about a month but after the shooting at Saugus High last week, it was brought to the attention of officials. The post has since been taken down but the account is still on-line and active.

Here is the official release that has been sent out:

November 20, 2019

The Burbank Police Department is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in and around school campuses in the city of Burbank. Together with the Burbank Unified School District, the Burbank Police Department investigates any act, behavior, or threat that places fear in the minds of students, parents, or staff, or that compromises their safety.

Earlier this week, the Burbank Unified School District was made aware of a posting on social media, as well as verbal rumors, regarding a perceived threat to John Burroughs High School. The Burbank Unified School District immediately reported the circumstances to Burbank Police. Since then, Burbank Police Detectives have conducted an investigation into the matter and identified a person responsible. The investigation has shown the threat was not credible.

This unfortunate scenario has become quite common in schools across the United States. Sadly, we often see an increase in false or fake school threats immediately following news of a school tragedy, such as the recent incident at Saugus High School.

The Burbank Police Department and Burbank Unified School District understand that rumors of a threat cause fear and anxiety in the minds of children and parents. Together, we want to assure you that incidents like these are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, with those responsible being held accountable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

As part of our response to this incident, the Burbank Police Department assigned additional uniformed personnel to John Burroughs High School this morning. Police officers were present not just for added security, but to interact with students and address any questions or concerns they may have had. In addition, police officers wanted to provide students with reassurance that we are all committed to their safety and well-being.

Communication is an important part of building a strong partnership with students and parents. Open communication is also a key component in maintaining safety in our schools. We all need to work together, as a community, to create a safe and supportive learning environment. We encourage parents to discuss these events with your children. It is quite common for threats to originate and/or circulate on social media. We ask parents to monitor the activities of their children on social media, and to report anything suspicious or unusual. We also ask that you emphasize the seriousness of this issue with your children.

The Burbank Police Department would also like to remind our community that any threat directed towards a student(s), faculty member(s), or school, is a crime. Anyone suspected of orchestrating such a threat, helping to spread rumors of a threat, or committing any act that jeopardizes the safety of our schools or causes a disruption in education, will be held accountable for their actions.

“Non-credible” Threat Made Against Burroughs High School

Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Matt Hill sent out a message to parents on Monday morning about a nonspecific threat made to Burroughs High School.

Someone allegedly made a fake Instagram BUSD account and used it to make the threat. School officials are working with the Burbank Police Department to investigate.

Here is the letter from Hill sent to the parents:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and BUSD Staff,

I am communicating to inform you that we received information that students have heard about a non-credible threat that was made on a fake BUSD Instagram account. There was a post about a threat to John Burroughs High School. (This Instagram post has since been taken down). We are working with the Burbank Police Department to monitor this site and take appropriate action.

Please note that we take all threats seriously. If someone sees or hears something that is out of the ordinary, they need to report it to school administrators and/or the police. These types of threats are unlawful, regardless of intention, and may result in serious criminal and civil consequences that include possible financial restitution for hours spent on investigations.

Sincerely,
Matt Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Burbank Police Receive Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

The Burbank Police Department has received a $120,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year traffic enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

“The safety of motorists and pedestrians on our roadways is a top priority for the Burbank Police Department,” said Chief of Police Scott LaChasse. “This grant supports our mission to continue educating the public through various enforcement campaigns throughout the year, in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths attributed to traffic collisions and unsafe driving habits.”

The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year which runs from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. The grant will be used for numerous programs and activities, including:

  • DUI and driver license checkpoints.
  • Patrols that specifically look for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols that focus on enforcing California’s hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Patrols that focus on reducing the primary causes of crashes: unsafe speed, improper turns, running stop signs or traffic signals, right-of-way violations, and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Patrols that specifically look for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted driving, impaired driving, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Creating “Hot Sheets” to identify repeat DUI offenders.
  • Police Officer training in identifying suspected impaired drivers and conducting sobriety tests.

Funding for this grant is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Burbank Police Need Help Locating Missing Elderly Man

The Burbank Police Department continues to look for an elderly man who left an assisted living facility on October 20, 2019.

Armando Alaniz, date of birth August 29, 1957, left Le Bleu Chateau assisted living facility (1911 Grismer Avenue, Burbank) sometime before 9:00 P.M. on October 20. He suffers from Dementia and is a diabetic. Mr. Alaniz has no known family and his whereabouts are unknown.

Mr. Alaniz has left the facility twice before, warranting other missing person investigations. In the past, he has been found looking for recyclables in various spots around the city.

At this time, no foul play is suspected.

Mr. Alaniz was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray shirt and gray sweat pants. He is 5’05”, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Mr. Alaniz is possibly wearing an alarm bracelet from the living facility.

If anyone locates Mr. Alaniz, they are asked to call the Burbank Police Department, at (818) 238­3000, or their nearest law enforcement agency.