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Burbank Police Arrest Man After Short Pursuit

Burbank police arrested a Van Nuys man after a short pursuit through Downtown Burbank Thursday afternoon around 5:00 pm Feb. 22.

Officers were first called out for a hit and run that occurred at Angeleno Ave. and San Fernando Blvd.

Burbank Police work to remove the driver identified as Eduardo Velarde, 49, of Van Nuys. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

When the first officer arrived, he saw the suspect’s vehicle (a red Lexus sedan) leaving the scene with a flat tire, according to Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to yield and they pursued it to Magnolia and Victory where the car colliding with an additional parked vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle stopped but refused to exit the car or follow commands given by the police officers and was uncooperative.  The officers were able to remove the driver from the vehicle and place him under arrest.

Police identified the driver as Eduardo Velarde, 49, of Van Nuys. Alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both are believed to be factors. The driver of the first hit and run victim vehicle suffered a minor injury.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Velarde was booked for driving under the influence and being involved in a traffic collision which caused injury, evading police and resisting arrest. 

He is being held on $100,000 bail and is due in court on Monday.


Lexus Carjacking Suspect Apprehended With Car

On Wednesday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m., Burbank Police received a report that the owner of a 2018 gray Lexus ES350 4D was pulled out of his car and punched in the head. Police later arrested the Palmdale man who allegedly stole the vehicle.

LASD located the stollen Lexus the following night at 7:30 p.m. in the Lancaster/Palmdale area. The driver, Kevin Green, a 25-year-old Palmdale resident, matched the description previously given of a black male, 5’5” and 150 pounds.

Ron Stearns, the carjacking victim who is in his 70s, is uninjured and is waiting for his car to be returned after police inspect it for forensics.

As officers on the scene were taking a report on the carjacking, additional officers used the new Lexus’ Saftey Connect cellular and GPS tracking software to find the vehicle’s location, on the move in Lancaster. Burbank Police worked with counterparts in the Los Angeles Sheriff Department who found the car and made a felony stop on the sole occupant, a black male driver.

The alleged carjacking suspect was arrested and Burbank Police detectives responded to Lancaster to interview the suspect. Burbank patrol officers also drove to Lancaster and brought the alleged carjacking suspect back to Burbank’s jail.

“I’m so pleased on how quickly BPD responded to my dads 9-11 call and how soon after they made an arrest (within five hours),” said Elise Stearns Nielsen, a Burbank Police Commissioner who is also the victim’s daughter.

“Their professionalism and kindness to my folks during this whole incident is to be commended.”

Green was booked for carjacking, and is also likely to be charged with elder abuse. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail and is due in court tomorrow.

Editor’s Note: For the record, this story previously reported that the car had been returned to its owner. In fact, according to the car’s owner the vehicle remains in the possession of the Sheriff’s Dept. so that crime forensics can be completed


Former Burbank Teacher Charged with Unlawful Sexual Relations with Former Student

Release from District Attorney’s Office:

A 53-year-old man has been charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with one of his former fifth-grade students, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sean David Sigler (dob 8/13/64) of Burbank pleaded not guilty today to a total of 21 felony charges including: five counts of oral copulation of person under 18; four counts of using a minor for sex acts; three counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse of a person under 16 and sodomy of a person under 18; two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse of a person under 18.

The felony charges also include one count each of sodomy of a person under 16, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by foreign object of a person under 16 and possession of over 600 images of child or youth pornography.

Deputy District Attorney Carolina Lugo said Sigler also is charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The defendant is scheduled to return on March 23 to Dept. 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch. Case GA102611 was filed on Jan. 5.

The criminal complaint alleges the crimes occurred between September 2016 and December 2017. The alleged crimes began when the victim was 15 years old.

If convicted as charged, Sigler faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 16 years in state prison. Bail is set at $550,000.

The case remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.

“LA Kings Sports Center” Roller Rink Vandalized

By Timothy Mably

Last weekend, Los Angeles Kings Burbank Sports Center at Ralph Foy Park was vandalized with oil poured at the center of the roller rink.  Several doors had also been cut off its hinges with a saw. The vandalism comes days before the rink is set to reopen under a new operator on February 1.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Gwen Sam-Indermill, Parks and Recreation services manager, was the first to see the damage, arriving at the park around 9 a.m. on Monday morning.

“There was what appeared to be motor oil, poured on several locations on the surface of the rink. There was also broken glass on the surface of the rink,” said Sam-Indermill.

LAKBSC management announced the vandalism in a post on their Facebook page, stating, “Despite these clear attempts to delay our ability to get everyone playing, we are working our hardest to find solutions that will allow us to continue unabated.”

“There are some cameras on other buildings around the area that point towards the rink so we’re hoping the police can find something useful. That’s all the info we have at the moment, unfortunately.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A meet and greet which is scheduled for Saturday, February 3 at 12 p.m. will go on as planned.

In December, Burbank City Council voted for a five-year agreement that would permit P.I.M. Inc. to take over and renovate the roller rink, formally known as the “Burbank Roller Hockey Facility.” P.I.M. Inc. also owns Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center located in Pacoima.

This decision caused controversy within the community as former rink owner Frank Dalessandro was given a 30-day notice that he would no longer be managing the facility. Many who regularly played at the rink were upset over Dalessandro’s departure and the changes that would be implemented.

Several people online are assuming the controversy over new management contributed to the vandal’s motives which are still unknown.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Parks and Recreation and Burbank Police are investigating the case. Anyone who has information on the vandalism is asked to contact the BPD.

Los Angeles Kings Burbank Sports Center is located at 3211 W Victory Blvd.

Former Disney Actor Arrested in Burbank Armed Robbery Spree

A former Disney actor and female have been arrested in connection with a series of early morning armed street robberies in Burbank.

On Wednesday January 24, at about 5:15 am., a 52 year-old man was walking in the area of Burbank Boulevard and Griffith Park Drive when he was approached by a male armed with a handgun. The suspect pointed the handgun at the victim and demanded his wallet. Fearing for his life, the victim ran away and was able to escape to safety.

As police officers were investigating the first robbery, three additional armed street robberies occurred within minutes of each other. All three took place in the Burbank hillside community and involved unsuspecting victims out for a walk. The victims all provided similar descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle.

Witnesses to the robberies described the suspect’s vehicle as a dark-colored Kia with at least two occupants. Moments later, a witness reported seeing a vehicle matching the description in the 1600 block of Scott Road. Police officers responded and located the car, detaining a female connected to at least one of the robbery suspects. Officers found property with the vehicle belonging to one of the robbery victims, and additional stolen property in a nearby area.

At approximately 1:15 pm, Burbank police detectives were led to a home believed to be linked to the suspects, located in the 1800 block of North Niagara Street. Due to the nature of the crimes, members of the Burbank Police Department S.W.A.T. Team assisted in serving a search warrant on the residence. A male and female were detained at the home, believed to be the suspects in the robberies.

Those suspects have been identified as Adam Hicks, a 25-year-old resident of Burbank, and Danni Tamburo, a 23-year-old female, also of Burbank. Tamburo was the driver of the suspect vehicle during the commission of the robberies. Hicks and Tamburo were placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail for armed robbery. They are both being held on $350,000 bail and are due in court on Friday.

Hicks has been an actor for over 15 years, starting with the show Titus was previously on Disney shows such as Zeke and Luther, Pair of Kings and according to his bio, had just completed work on the movie Shifting Gears

Additional stolen property was found inside the residence during service of the search warrant. There were no injuries reported as a result of these crimes. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division, at (818) 238-3210.

Burbank Emergency Services Personnel Return from Montecito

On Tuesday evening, Burbank Strike Team 1201A, which consists of one Battalion Chief, Engine 11, an Engine from Glendale, and one Engine from Pasadena, returned home from Montecito. Their trip began when Fire Chief Eric Garcia wrote to City Council and City Staff following the mudslides that hit the Montecito area. The message was as follows:

“Strike Team 1201 is has been dispatched “immediate need” to the Santa Barbara area for mud and debris flows. The Strike Team will be comprised of Burbank Battalion Chief Kenet Robertson as the Strike Team Leader and Burbank Engine 11 along with 4 other Area C Engine Companies. As we know the Santa Barbara area has severe burn areas from the recent Thomas Fire and this first rain is already making a tremendous impact.”

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Fire Department

The emergency assistance is part of a mutual aid agreement within the county of Los Angeles. Area C, which is partially comprised of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Alhambra, and the Hollywood Burbank Airport, will sometimes respond to other areas that are in need of emergency assistance. Mutual aid assistance is not out of the ordinary and that time came when heavy rainfall gave way to the devastating mudslides in residential areas of Santa Barbara County.

After the initial rainfall and mudslides hit Montecito, the Burbank Fire Department mobilized two Battalion Chiefs, One Engine Company, Engine 11, along with four firefighters. Those four firefighters spent the days of January 9th to January 16th in Montecito. Each workday, the firefighters, along with other emergency response personnel, had shifts that ranged anywhere between 12 to 24 four hours. During those shifts, firefighters assisted in a USAR (Ultra Search and Rescue) task force in rescue and recovery missions. Those involved in the task force continually worked in water, mud, and debris throughout their tour in the Montecito area.

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Fire Department

Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department elaborated on the department’s aid to Montecito. According to Sgt. Green, this marks the department’s second tour to Montecito in recent weeks. The first tour saw Burbank Police Officers from the traffic division making the trip to assist with road closures in the area during the Thomas Fire in late December.

On January 18th, four officers, from Burbank’s traffic division, and one supervisor, a lieutenant from the department’s community outreach program, were sent to work one 12-hour shift. According to Sergeant Green, “The officers were tasked with patrolling evacuated neighborhoods to protect against theft and looting.  They also helped with road closures and traffic control, and helped clean up crews and emergency response crews by escorting them in and out of the area.”

Now that the rains have stopped, our emergency responders and equipment are coming home. As of right now, there are currently no further requests for assistance from the Burbank Fire Department. Now that the skies are clearing, both our Police and Fire Departments will be returning to regular duty throughout the city.

Burbank SchoolTeacher Arrested for Allegations of Sexual Encounter With a Minor

Burbank police news release:

An elementary school teacher has been arrested following allegations of having an inappropriate sexual encounter with a minor and former student.

Recently, Burbank Police Detectives began investigating allegations made by a female minor victim against a former teacher. The victim reported having a recent sexual encounter with an adult male who she first met while in the fifth grade at Gardner Street Elementary School in the City of Los Angeles. The victim, who is now 17 years old, is not and has never been a student of the Burbank Unified School District. There is no information to suggest any of the alleged incidents occurred in a Burbank school.

The suspect has been identified as Sean Sigler, a 53-year-old resident of Burbank. Sigler was employed with the Los Angeles Unified School District from March of 1998 until June of 2016. Since 2016, Sigler has been employed as a school teacher at Bret Harte Elementary School in the City of Burbank.

On January 2, 2018, Sigler was interviewed by Burbank Police Detectives. Following that interview, Sigler was placed under arrest and booked into the Burbank City Jail on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail and is due in court on Thursday, January 4. Sigler has no prior criminal history.

The Burbank Unified School District is currently on winter recess. Superintendent Matt Hill has provided the following statement: “The Burbank Unified School District takes these allegations against Mr. Sigler very seriously. We will cooperate fully with the police investigation and will also conduct our own internal investigation into this matter. Until this investigation has concluded, Mr. Sigler has been placed on leave.”

This investigation is ongoing. At this time, the allegations against Sigler appear to be isolated and there is no information to suggest there are other victims or any students at-risk. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Burbank Police Department Juvenile Bureau, at (818) 238-3210.

Burbank Police to Run DUI Checkpoint This Friday

The Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI and Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, December 15, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in 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.”

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. DUI checkpoints, like this one, are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.

Motorists can expect only momentary delays as police officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile application for Android or iPhone. The “DDVIP” application helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for designated sober drivers, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed application even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-designated driver to call for alternate modes of transportation.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, education classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment often associated with arrest.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Burbank Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”

Residents May Now Text to 9-1-1 for Emergencies

The Burbank Police Department has joined the new Text to 9-1-1 system in Los Angeles County.

Under the new system, mobile users in Los Angeles County now have the ability to send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech-impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, a potentially lifesaving option.

“This technology is a welcomed advancement in our abilities to communicate with citizens in emergency situations, who otherwise would have been unable to call for help,” said Sergeant Derek Green, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Police Department.

The Burbank Police Department Communications Center, and most Los Angeles County dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone SMS Text to 9-1-1 messages. This service is available for use by the deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired, and in situations where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 9-1-1.

“Call if you can – text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as the new technology makes its debut in the most populous county in the United States.

The Burbank Police Department would like to remind the public that although this new system is of great benefit to those who are hearing or speech-impaired, or those who are unable to call 9­1-1, it’s not meant to be a replacement for calling. Citizens who are able are asked to call 9-1-1 and speak directly with an operator.

Below are the FCC guidelines for how to contact 9-1-1. If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:

  • If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”
  • If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired or disabled, and Text to 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.
  • If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising, “Text is not available please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”
  • Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.
  • Text to 9-1-1 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.
  • Text to 9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1.
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. They cannot be received at the 9-1-1 center at this time.
  • Text messages should be sent in plain language and not contain popular abbreviations (SMH, LOL, ICYMI) or emojis, which will not be recognized.
  • Text to 9-1-1 cannot be sent to more than one person. Do not send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1.

Texts must be in English only. There currently is no language interpretation for text available. This is still in development.

Georgia Man Arrested for Series of Armed Robberies

A suspect responsible for a string of armed robberies in the San Fernando Valley, including the City of Burbank, has been arrested.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Shortly after midnight on November 27, 2017, a man armed with a handgun entered a Subway restaurant, located at 531 Hollywood Way, and demanded money from the cash register. Two employees inside the restaurant saw the gun in the suspect’s waistband and gave him money out of fear.

Minutes later, the same suspect walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store located at 600 Hollywood Way. The suspect approached the clerk, tapped the barrel of the handgun on the counter and demanded money. In fear for his life, the clerk handed the suspect cash. The suspect then fled the area.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

Burbank Police Detectives investigating these robberies learned the same suspect was responsible for at least two other robberies of 7-Eleven stores in the North Hollywood area. Investigators from both the Burbank Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department worked together and identified the suspect as Michael Clouse, a 37-year-old man from the State of Georgia.

On November 30, 2017, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department saw Clouse outside of a hotel in the 11200 block of Vanowen Street, North Hollywood. Clouse was contacted by police and placed under arrest. Burbank Police Detectives then served a search warrant in a hotel room linked to Clouse, which led to the discovery of the clothing he wore in the Burbank robberies.

Clouse is currently being held on $200,000 bail and is due in court on Monday.