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3 Dead Bodies Found in Car, Homicide Investigation Begins

On Tuesday, April 17 at 7:10 a.m., a Burbank Police Parking Control officer was investigating a violation and discovered a dead body inside of a parked vehicle on the 1300 block of S. Varney St.

1300 Blk of Varney. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

After paramedics arrived at the scene, a total of three bodies were found inside the car, all pronounced dead. The deceased are said to be adults, and one is a

man.

“At this time, the investigation is being treated as a homicide. Detectives and Forensic Examiners are on-scene and are awaiting the arrival of the Los Angeles County Coroner/Medical Examiner,” said Sgt. Derek Green.

“The Burbank Police Department is aware of information circulating online regarding missing individuals from the Bakersfield area. At this time, identifications of the deceased have not been made.”

The parked vehicle is believed to be a red Jeep with Tennessee license plates. It is unclear how long the car had been parked where it was found.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Investigators have speculated that the victims were killed at a separate location and they might have been “dumped” on S. Varney St. If this is the case, the Burbank Police Department is likely to face a jurisdictional issue as agencies will become involved in the investigation.

Police are currently looking into surveillance cameras throughout the area for footage that might shed light on what happened.

 

UPDATE 4/19 1:14 p.m. – The three victims have been confirmed to be three caucasian men. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has identified one of the victims as Jan Carlos Amiana.

UPDATE 4/19 6:00 p.m. – Burbank Police Investigators have started to work with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to follow up on information regarding a property on the 5200 block of Stone Ave., located in Riverside, CA. The location was secured by Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel pursuant for a search warrant and a search was carried out this morning. Early this afternoon, investigators determined there was evidence from the search that the three deceased men were victims of a crime. The Riverside County Central Homicide Unit is now leading the investigation.

UPDATE 4/23 – Both of the other victims have been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office with the same cause of death. Lucas Josh Amiana, 23 of Bakersfield, was the brother of the first victim identified, Jan Carlos Amiana, 21 of Bakersfield. The brothers were reported missing last week while traveling to Riverside to visit a friend. The third victim is Carlos Lopez, 32. All three men died of gunshot wounds to the head on April 17, 2018.

 

UPDATE: Men Identified in Barricade / Death Investigation

Sergeant Claudio Losacco, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Police Department briefs the media Wednesday morning (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Sergeant Claudio Losacco, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Police Department briefs the media Wednesday morning (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Two brothers, who Burbank police have identified as 66 year-old Thomas Wayne Binkley and 65 year-old Steve Leroy Binkley were arrested last night after a barricade incident in which Thomas Binkley later died after being tased while being put onto custody, said Sergeant Claudio Losacco of the Burbank Police Department in a press conference held Wednesday morning at the Burbank Police Station.

On Tuesday evening, October 4, at about 6:20 pm, Burbank Police Officers responded to a woman’s home on Shelton St. to investigate a report of criminal threats. The investigation took the two officers to a second home in the 500 block of N. Mariposa Street.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After taking the woman’s statement, two Burbank Police Officers, who were identified as each having over six years of law enforcement experience, responded to a home in the 500 block of N. Mariposa St. to speak with the suspect.

At that time the officers made contact with the suspect, Thomas Binkley, outside the home. While speaking with the officers, Thomas Binkley became verbally confrontational and ultimately physically assaulted the officers. During the altercation, one of the officers discharged his taser, which stopped the assault on the officers.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police then say a second man, who had been identified as Steve Binkley, Thomas’ brother, came to the door of the home threatening the officers while brandishing a handgun. This forced the officers to take cover and call for assistance.

Steve Binkley remained barricaded in the home for about 40 minutes, before exiting without further incident. The officers were able to rescue Thomas Binkley during the barricade situation and remove him from the immediate area, where he could be treated by paramedics. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The man refused to exit the home and a barricade situation ensued and during that time, Burbank police shut down the area to traffic on both Mariposa and Magnolia to protect the public in case gun fire was exchanged. Police also deployed their ‘Bearcat’ to the scene for officer safety.

Man surrenders to Burbank police after a 40 minute standoff in a residence

Man surrenders to Burbank police after a 40 minute standoff in a residence

After communicating with the man, the suspect gave up after about 40  minutes with no shots fired, exiting the home and complying with officers orders as they took him into custody on the parkway of the residence.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded and will rule on Thomas Binkley’s cause of death.

Steve Binkley was arrested and booked into the Burbank City Jail on one count of threatening a public officer. He is being held in-lieu of $25,000 bail and due to appear in court Friday morning.

The handgun believed to have been used in the threat against the officers by Steve Binkley was recovered during the service of a search warrant inside the home this morning.

This investigation is on-going.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Suspect Dies After Being Tased by Burbank Police During Fight

Burbank detectives are investigating the death of man who officers had to use their taser on after he attacked the officers on the front stairs of a house on the 500 block of N. Mariposa St.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Tuesday evening, October 4, at about 6:20 pm, Burbank Police Officers responded to a residence home to investigate a report of criminal threats. The investigation took the two officers to a second home in the 500 block of N. Mariposa Street.

Upon arrival, the officers were confronted outside the residence by the suspect in the criminal threats investigation. The individual attacked the officers and a fight took place with one officer shooting the man with a Taser, which caused the subject to stop resisting.

At about the same time a second man appeared in the doorway armed with a handgun and threatened the officers. The officers repositioned themselves behind cover and called for assistance.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police deployed their Bearcat Rescue Vehicle in case it was needed (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The man refused to exit the home and a barricade situation ensued and during that time, Burbank police shut down the area to traffic on both Mariposa and Magnolia to protect the public in case gun fire was exchanged. Police also deployed their ‘Bearcat’ to the scene for officer safety.

After communicating with the man, the suspect gave up after about 40  minutes with no shots fired, exiting the home and complying with officers orders as they took him into custody on the parkway of the residence.

Man surrenders to Burbank police after a 40 minute standoff in a residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Man surrenders to Burbank police after a 40 minute standoff in a residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Officers rescued the subject they’d subdued during the barricade so he could be treated by paramedics. He was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased is a male is in his 60’s and his cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.

Because the man died while in police custody, Burbank police detectives, along with members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will investigate the death.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Contractor Killed at Burbank Landfill

Burbank Fire units received a call for a search and rescue at 2:56 pm on Monday at the City of Burbank’s Landfill located at 3000 North Bel Aire.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Coroner’s van is seen leaving the landfill after an accident on Monday afternoon (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon arrival, they found that an employee of a private contractor, Road Builder’s Incorporated, who was performing roadway services in the landfill, had his rock mover truck somehow slip off the embankment for an undetermined reason and fell over 70 feet below.

The driver, who was not identified, was ejected from the truck. Paramedics responded to the scene for medical attention to find the driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Burbank Police Detectives are investigating the incident along with Cal OSHA and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The identity of the deceased male is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Burbank House Fire Kills Woman

A Burbank woman was killed and her son and daughter-in-law were injured as their house was consumed in flames Saturday night in Burbank.

Burbank Firefighters getting control of the house fire that claimed the life of a Burbank woman Saturday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters getting control of the house fire that claimed the life of a Burbank woman Saturday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Units from the Burbank Fire Department were dispatched at 9:21 p.m. Saturday  to a report of a house fire at 910 N.  Evergreen St. (between Magnolia Blvd. and Clark Ave.) in Burbank with the possibility of someone trapped inside.  On their way to the call, Engine 12 reported that smoke was already visible from several blocks away.

As they arrived on scene firemen reported that the house was already completely involved if flames to the front of the residence.  Firefighters immediately went inside to try and rescue anyone still trapped.   Battling flames and thick smoke that filled the inside of the home, firefighters eventually found a woman inside near the back porch of the home.  The woman, in her 70’s, was in full cardiac arrest when she was found. They brought her out into the front yard of the home where paramedics were waiting to administer CPR.

Burbank Firefighters wet down some the remains of some furniture that was removed from the living room of the burned house.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters wet down some the remains of some furniture that was removed from the living room of the burned house.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Paramedics rushed the victim to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.  Both her son and daughter-in-law received non life-threatening injuries and were also transported to he hospital.  The status of their condition was not available. The names of he victims have not been released. Burbank Animal Control was also called to the scene for a deceased dog.

Three engines, two trucks and a paramedic squad extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes.  There was no immediate estimate of the damage to the structure or contents, but the damage to the house appeared to be quite extensive.

Fire Investigators from both Burbank and Pasadena  was called to the scene as well as Burbank Police detectives.  The cause of the fire has still not been determined at this time.

Note: Ross A Benson and Stan Lynch contributed to this story.

A friend consoles the son and daughter-in-law of a woman who died in a house fire before they were treated by paramedics (Photo By Nick Colbert

A friend consoles the son and daughter-in-law of a woman who died in a house fire before they were treated by paramedics (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Fire Investigators from Burbank and Pasadena look for the cause of the fire at 910 Evergreen Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fire Investigators from Burbank and Pasadena look for the cause of the fire at 910 Evergreen Street. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters prepare to extinguish the flames that consumed to front of the house at 910 N. Evergreen Street Saturday evening. (© 2013 Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters prepare to extinguish the flames that consumed to front of the house at 910 N. Evergreen Street Saturday evening. (© 2013 Ross A. Benson)

 

Report: Teen Boxer Died From Ruptured Spleen

A coroner’s official disclosed that the death of a 16 year-old boxer from North Hollywood died from internal bleeding caused by a ruptured spleen.  BurbankNBeyond was the first to report on the death that occurred July 26.

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

Raul Alvarez, Jr. had been sparring and was wearing protective head gear at the time but started to feel ill and sat down to rest.  After not feeling better, Burbank Paramedics were called and transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he died a couple of hours later.

Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department said that the case is closed based on the coroner’s report and that no further action will take place.

“It was just a tragic accident,” Ryburn said.

Pullman’s Gym on Magnolia has only been open for a few months and a call to the owner was not returned.  The gym specializes in boxing with a full ring inside.

Woman Found Dead In Vehicle On Sparks St. Friday Night

Burbank Police officers along with dectectives gather information regarding a suspicious death in the 500 Blk N. Sparks St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

UPDATE: David Perry, 43, whose home addess is where the dead woman, Dorothy Jean McGuire, was found,  was arrested on Saturday for murder in her death.  Bail for Perry was set at $1 Million.

 

On Friday March 2,  at approximately 7:31 pm, Burbank Police Officers responded to a report of a woman down in a vehicle in the 500 block of North Sparks Street.   On arrival, Burbank Fire Department personnel were already on scene and pronounced a White Female in her mid-30’s dead in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway  of the house at 512 N. Sparks St.

At this time, the cause of death is unknown. Burbank Police Investigators are continuing their investigation into the woman’s death.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office responded and is assisting Burbank Police Department with the investigation. The deceased woman’s identity has not been released pending notification of the next of kin.

Early Saturday morning, after further investigation by the Burbank Police Department, it was determined  that a crime had occurred involving the deceased woman.  Burbank detectives had interviewed a man who had some connection to the victim.   Since the crime occurred in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, reportedly in La Tuna Canyon, the case was turned over to homicide detectives from the the LAPD Foothill Division, who were continuing to interview the man regarding the woman’s death.

 

 

Baby At Burbank Day Care Facility Dies

An 11 month-old infant died Wednesday afternoon, despite efforts of police and fire department personnel to revive the baby boy.

Burbank Police Investagators are searching this day care facility in a residence in the 200 block of West Santa Anita Ave. for clues in the tragic death of a baby Wednesday. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

At approximately 3:15 p.m., police officers and Burbank Fire Department paramedics responded to the the 200 block of W. Santa Anita Ave, for a report of a infant not breathing.  When they arrived at the licensed daycare facility in a private home, they found the infant in breathing distress.  They began performing lifesaving techniques, and transported the baby boy to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Tragically, all efforts to revive the baby by the medical staff in the emergency room were unsuccessful.  The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.   The parents were notified by the police, and responded to the hospital.

Detectives were at the scene, checking the home and play area of the daycare facility for clues late this afternoon and into the night.  The death is still under investigation at this time.

Burbank Police Arrest Husband After Wife Is Found Dead In Valley St. Home

(above)Coroner officials remove the body of 65 year-old Marie Brancato at 815 N. Valley St. Tuesday. (below) Burbank Police Sergeant of Detectives Tony DeSantis and Officer Steve Buteyn investigate the area surrounding the murder (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called shortly after 2 am on Tuesday morning, July 5, to 815 N. Valley Street to assist the Burbank Fire Department with a possible medical emergency.  Burbank Fire personnel pronounced 65 year-old Marie Brancato dead at the scene.
During the initial investigation, officers observed that the female victim had been bleeding profusely from what appeared to be a traumatic injury to the back of her head. Further investigation led to the arrest of the victim’s husband, identified as seventy-year-old Burbank resident Joseph Robert Brancato.

Brancato was booked for 187(a) P.C. and he is currently being held at the Glendale Jail in lieu of $ 1,000,000 bail.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

This is the first homicide in Burbank since April of 2009.

Burbank police begin their investigation shortly after 2 am after being called to 815 N. Valley by Paramedics who reported suspicious circumstances upon their arrival. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

CHP Asks For Help In Fatal Accident On I-5 Freeway At Scott Road Tuesday Morning

Photos By Ross A. Benson

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help is seeking information into this traffic accident that took the life of a Sunland resident. The accident occurred late Monday night southbound I-5 near Scott Road. Burbank Fire Fighters were called for the rescue of a car over the side, upon their arrival they found this Honda Pilot resting against  this huge tree, with 3 people trapped inside. Fire fighters using the ‘Jaws of Life’ pulled 2 male victims out but the driver was pronounced DOA by paramedics. The injured were transported to USC Medical Center. The freeway’s right 2 lanes and San Fernando Blvd remained closed during the accident’s investigation. The driver, Ernesto Lopez, 25, of Sunland, was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank Fire Department paramedics.  His two passengers, Jose Lopez, 21, and Guadalupe Vasquez, 25, both of Sunland, were transported to County-USC Medical Center with moderate injuries.  Anyone with information or who was traveling along that part of the freeway is beings asked to call CHP at: 818-296-8100