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Final Memorial For Stan Lynch Planned For Sunday Afternoon

Longtime Burbank resident and myBurbank Managing Editor Stan Lynch, who passed away on January 3 at his home in the city, will be celebrated and memorialized by friends and community members Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Memorial will be held at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood at 4390 Colfax Ave. near Moorpark Street.

Several speakers and friends will share stories and celebrate Lynch’s life. After the memorial, a reception will be held at the Church.


Packed Church Remembers Stan Lynch

Over this past week, people have shared their memories of Stanley Steven Lynch, a city native and champion supporter of all good things in Burbank.

Family and friends celebrated his life Wednesday during his funeral service in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. With its historic ties to Paul Revere’s ride, what better place to hold a service for Stan, a well-known history buff.Stans Funeral @ Old North Church -1

Robert M. Bock of the First Christian Church of North Hollywood, where Stan was a member, noted that once you touch the soul of another person, you will never be separated from them.

Stan’s son Steven called him “Dr. Dad” and the “smartest man in the universe”. And whenever Steven would get in the car with his dad, Stan would point out places where things happened in town.

“He had a story about everything!” Steven said.

Stan supported Steven while he was in the marching band at Burroughs, and also when he took photography classes.

Granddaughter Madison, all of 7 years, grasped her speech and addressed the crowd with confidence. She delivered it proudly without tears. At the end of it, her hope, she said, was that her tiny sister would remember how wonderful Grandpa was.

High school buddies Dave L. Johnson and Darryl Eisele stood together at the podium. Johnson recalled how, back in high school, he and Stan would get the algebra teacher to start talking about horse racing and he wouldn’t stop until the dismissal bell rang.

Stan also introduced Jodi Gable, Burbank High School Class of ’65, to the Beach Boys after a dance at Olive Rec., and she became their fan club president, Johnson said.

Bill Stevens, his best friend, met Stan at Burroughs. They shared the love of journalism. Stan worked at the Daily Review and worked at the Sunland Tujunga Record Ledger. They often would hang out at Bob’s carhop area, ordering a soda and french fries. When a call would come over their police radio, they’d ask the carhop to hang on to their food until they returned from the call.

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Stan’s final resting place overlooking Burbank, as Stan would love.

In the 1980s the two served as each other’s best man at their weddings. Bill recalled that Stan and a group of friends showed up at the honeymoon site, and getting the bride and groom to come down to the lobby, serenaded them with kazoos. Upon returning to their hotel room, the couple found it filled with balloons and their bed covers concealed an alarm that took several minutes to find and dislodge the pin.

Longtime friend Ross Benson called Stan the ultimate news person.

“If you wanted to know a stat or fact about Burbank, you’d call Stan,” Benson said.

Some 40 years ago, Benson and Stan started the Neighborhood Radio Watch. They also volunteered with the Burbank Tournament of Roses and helped to get the float from Burbank to Pasadena. In recent years, Stan would volunteer giving tours of the floats being decorated in Pasadena the two weeks prior to the parade. And like clockwork, Stan would come down with a cold, spending long hours in the freezing tents that housed the floats.

Benson remembered Stan’s quirks — always adding six teaspoons of sugar to his iced tea, and sharing advice — always carry a pad of paper and pen.

He was the ultimate obituary writer. He could capture the person’s best qualities and relate them with finesse. He was also a great editor and a stickler for correcting journalistic style in his colleagues’ news stories.

Each time he would sit down to write a story, Benson would always say “‘How would Stan write this?’ ”

“And tomorrow, I will say the same thing,” Benson said.

A few days prior to the funeral service, former Burbank Leader managing editor Paul Hubler and former Burroughs photography teacher Tim Brehm offered their memories of Lynch.

Hubler served as managing editor during the mid-1990s and hired Lynch as an opinion page columnist after he submitted several letters to the editor. Hubler remembered that Lynch was a provocative columnist, who challenged the prevailing ethos of the community at a time when neighborhood groups were seeking to limit growth in the city.

“While many readers disagreed with Stan’s positions on movie studio and airport growth, Stan was a committed lifelong resident and I think all shared his core goal of building a better
Burbank,” Hubler said.

Lynch also had been a substitute teacher for decades, Brehm said. During the teacher’s strike in 1980, the teacher’s were out walking the line for a number of weeks.

“I needed someone we could trust to guard the photo equipment and Stan did a wonderful job,” Brehm said. “He was very reliable and a benefit to the program.”

Lynch always had an eclectic mix of things going on in his life. In addition to his journalistic side, he was always involved in business ventures like making the lapel buttons.

But most of all, Brehm said, “He was a true citizen of Burbank. He was always writing about a cause, and I always admired him for that.”

Donations can be made to BCR  Burbank Center For The Retarded  ‘a place to grow’  230 E. Amherst Drive, Burbank, Ca. 91504 in Stan Lynch name.

“Oh Christmas Tree”- a Tribute to Stan Lynch

It was only fitting that the most recent column that our beloved Stan Lynch wrote about was on Christmas trees and the joy they bring to all of us.

Like Christmas trees, Stan brought us much joy through the years. He was a wonderful man who lived life to the fullest sharing his kindness and love to the last day that he lived on this earth.

He volunteered his time at so many places including the Christmas tree lot. Much like Frosty the Snowman, Stan brought out the life in all of us.

Stan LynchStan’s face was always “aglow” when he talked with others. His eyes “twinkled” with kindness and caring towards others. He always saw the goodness in others, especially in his son and two granddaughters who he loved and adored.

He always found time to enrich the lives of others by simply being the person God created him to be. At the “Holiday in the Park” festival on Magnolia Blvd. this past November, Stan sat there at the “myBurbank” booth proudly and with much pride as the managing editor for myBurbank greeting everyone who walked by.

Little did we know that Stan was spreading his love from his heart one final time to all of us.

As Stan so appropriately wrote in his final sentence in the story below- “and that’s just one more neat thing about Christmas trees — they are not only beautiful, but they help spread goodwill.”

Like a Christmas tree, Stan was a beautiful man who spread goodwill his entire life. And for that, we say “Thank you, Stan.”

By Stan Lynch, Managing Editor

When we think of Christmas trees, most of us probably see that beautifully decorated tree, all aglow with twinkling lights and shiny ornaments. From giant trees like the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. to the small table top trees, they all convey a certain magic when decorated.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Getting from “just a tree” to being a Christmas tree is quite a transformation — as I learned last week when I volunteered to help at my church’s Christmas tree lot. The very first thing I learned is that Christmas trees are heavy.

Some of the 6-7 ft. noble fir trees are probably close to 40 or 50 lbs. in weight. I’m guessing on the weight because I don’t normally pick up anything that weighs 40 or 50 lbs. I also found out that douglas fir trees are lighter than the nobles. They are bushy looking, too. Not at all like the old douglas fir trees we got when I was a kid. And then there are the nordman trees with needles that are light green on the bottom and dark green on the top of each branch.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It would take one strong person, or me and someone else, to carry one over to the special sawhorses where an inch or two of the trunk would be cut off. Even with a chainsaw, it is a tricky operation. If the trunk isn’t cut straight, the tree will lean.

Once the tree is checked to make sure it is straight, the stand and water bowl are nailed in place. Then it is carried over and placed with the rows of trees for sale. one final touch, adding water.

Now watering may seem like a simple task. As a novice tree lot worker, I was down on my hands and knees lifting up branches to fill the water bowls. On my second time at the lot, a nice lady showed me the trick to watering. You stick the long snout of the water into the branches until you hit the trunk. Then carefully pour the water so it cascades down the tree and into the bowl. With proper watering, a Christmas tree should last three to four weeks

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It obviously isn’t an easy task to pick the perfect Christmas tree with all the different types and sizes.  When a customer would ask my opinion, I would always go with the safe answer and suggest they get the “green” tree.

All the profits from trees sold at this lot go to help programs for children. Other groups, like the YMCA and Burbank High, do the same, selling trees to benefit their various programs. And that’s just one more neat thing about Christmas trees — they are not only beautiful, but they help spread goodwill.

Lifelong Burbank Resident Stan Lynch Dead at 69

Longtime friend Bill Stevens sent in this picture

Stan Lynch (photo courtesy of long-time friend Bill Stevens)

Stan Lynch was a man who cherished his granddaughters, relished his job as journalist covering issues facing Burbank and rallied around philanthropic endeavors helping the underprivileged and projects that preserved local history.

Lynch died of natural causes in his home on Friday evening. He was 69.

Born in Burbank on Nov. 23, 1944, he often reminded friends he was delivered at the Magnolia Hospital in the Magnolia Park area of the city where he grew up.

Lynch was a member of Burroughs’ Class of 1963, which is known for having President John F. Kennedy visit its Senior Prom, said photographer Ross Benson, Lynch’s longtime friend and co-worker at myBurbank.com, the website Lynch was employed with at the time of his death.

Lynch earned a degree in art at Cal State Northridge and after graduation became a reporter and photographer for the Burbank Daily Review, now known as the Burbank Leader.

During the early 1970s he worked for the city of Burbank in the personnel department. He was hired on through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act — a federal program that provided training and jobs in public service.

Lynch worked with Mary Jo Watkins, who retired from the city of Burbank in July after 42 years. She called him “Mr. Burbank.”

“Stan was an administrative analyst helping the personnel analyst in recruiting new employees,” she said. “He would conduct Civil Service testing for applicants and work with the personnel analyst to formulate the job specifications in order to hire people.”

But Watkins first met Lynch when she was 15. She entered the Miss Burbank Pageant and he took the pictures and wrote the story for the Burbank Daily Review.

“His heart was really back at the Review. Stan was always the guy who wanted to be where the action was,” she said. “If there was a fire in the middle of the night, there would be a picture of it by him or Ross Benson in the paper.”

Lynch also loved local politics, and probably should have been on a debate team, she added.

“He loved to discuss issues and get to the heart of things and offer a different perspective,” Watkins said.

Lynch was a substitute teacher for Burbank public schools and also for private Providence High School, Watkins said, and several of his students have written tributes to him on his Facebook page. He was also a big supporter of the Burroughs marching band when his son Steven was a member.

Lynch served on the committee when Burbank On Parade was revived in 1979, said Sandy Dennis, one of the founders.

“Stan would assist the chairmen to see that all was going well along the parade route,” Dennis said. “He was known as Stan the Button Man, and his lapel button business made all our parade souvenir buttons in the 1970s and ’80s.”

He also made lapel buttons for candidates running for City Council during those years, said Mary Jane Strickland, founder of the Burbank Museum. He supported campaigns for Tom Flavin, Leland Ayers and Bill Rudell. And he served as the first president of the Burbank Historical Society, Strickland added.

He loved preserving information about his hometown so much, he created the website burbankhistory.com.

Any time there was a chance to promote Burbank– he was there, Dennis said.

“He made it a lifetime commitment to support the city where he was a native son,” she said. “He wrote for the Daily Review and it was not a big surprise to go to a city event, and Stan would be there. And if there was something to get accomplished, he was there to help.”

Lynch served on the Time Capsule committee and helped to decide what items would be placed inside it, Dennis added.

He also had a philanthropic spirit and was a member of the Burbank Coordinating Council as a representative of Edison Elementary School, said Coordinating Council President Janet Diel. For the council’s Holiday Baskets program he would put together boxes of non-perishable food items and gifts and deliver them to needy families each year.

“When Burbank Coordinating Council was given free tickets to the Cavalia horse show for our low-income families last year, Stan worked tirelessly to contact and then deliver tickets to them in a one day turnaround,” Diel said. “We could not have done it without his help since the tickets were only given to us the day before the performance.”

The Coordinating Council also covers the cost of summer camp experiences for children from low-income families through its Camperships program, Diel said. Lynch found a new camp through his church that children could attend and he helped process the paperwork for the children attending.”

As a member of Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., he was a longtime friend, supporter and decorator of floats, Diel said. He spent every year from Christmas to New Year’s at Phoenix Decorating in Pasadena, as a volunteer giving tours of the floats the company was decorating for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Former Burbank mayor Dave Golonski called Lynch a “fixture in Burbank.”

“He was someone that really cherished the small-town atmosphere of Burbank and exemplified it by paying close attention to what was happening and being involved in the city he loved,” Golonski said.

Lynch has been a friend and mentor to Craig Sherwood, executive editor of myBurbank.com, the website Lynch, as managing editor, has been providing content for on such topics as crime, civic issues, calendar items and personality profiles.

“Stan was someone who helped bring the passion of covering everyday news into my life,” Sherwood said. “He always asked questions and was not scared to have an opinion.”

Lynch was an amazing writer with great instincts for news, Sherwood said.

“When we started myBurbank, he was one of the first to come with me. It did not matter how much the pay was in the beginning. He was just thrilled that he would be the one everyday giving out the arrest reports and the crime log.”

Lynch was totally devoted to his granddaughters, and many times would turn down news assignments because he needed to take care of them, Sherwood said, adding, he really enjoyed being with them.

He is survived by his son, Steven, and granddaughters Savannah and Madison. His parents, Opal and James Lynch, brother Bart and sister Yvonne Nieto all preceded him in death.

There will be a viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. A reception will follow, location to be announced. Interment will be at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

There is an online page set up for people to make donations to help with funeral arrangements at http://www.gofundme.com/61o3uw

Try and Walk a Mile in Norris’ Shoes

Eric Norris, on left, with other Relay for Life participants, is shown on lap 108. He went on to complete 174 laps, walking for the entire 24-hour event. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

At the Relay for Life held this past weekend at Johnny Carson Park, participating team member take turns walking the quarter-mile path around the park to raise awareness and money to fight cancer.  One participant went a little farther.

Eric Norris, 44, decided he was going to try and walk the entire 24 hours of the event.  Walking long distances isn’t new to Norris, who walked 40 miles on his 40th birthday just four years ago to raise money for Outward Bound.  You can check that out at http://40at40walk.blogspot.com/

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Chandler Bikeway Sculpture Brings Back Train Memories

By Stan Lynch

Burbank’s newest piece of public art was unveiled in a ceremony on the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa St.  Entitled “Trackwalker,” it is the creation of Burbank sculptor Shiela Cavalluzzi.

The larger than life-size bronze sculpture of an early 20th Century railroad worker was cast at the American Arts Foundry here in town, and features the addition of a train track made with actual pieces of rail held in place with track plates and spikes that the artist obtained.   According to Cavalluzzi, she used local freelance animator Jaime Oliff, as the model for the trackwalker.

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Gabel-Luddy Wins Seat On Topsy-Turvy Night

Emily Gabel-Luddy sits down with Burbank Public Information Officer, Keith Sterling for an interview on Burbank's Channel 6 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

By Stan Lynch

It was an incredibly close finish to an election that saw the lead change several times before Burbank City Council candidate Emily Gabel-Luddy just barely edged out Robert Frutos by a mere 84 votes.
The two candidates were never very far apart as the results of the vote counting started coming out Tuesday night.  Gabel-Luddy took the lead when results from the first of the City’s 42 precincts were posted on the government access channel (Burbank TV 6).  She was ahead of Frutos by 62 votes with 5 precincts reporting. However, when the next posting with 8 precincts reporting went up, Frutos had taken a 95 vote lead.

And so it went the entire evening.  It was a real “nail biter” as the tally seesawed back and forth between the two candidates.   It was a real “cliff hanger” as the votes came down to the wire.  Gabel-Luddy won by a razor-thin margin of 84 votes, 4,400 to Fruto’s 4,314 votes.   The other item on the ballot, Measure U, passed with 5,264 votes for it, and 2,555 against.

A total of 8,853 ballots were cast in the election.  Roughly 15% of the approximate 58,000 registered voters in Burbank cast ballots.   Of the votes cast, a total of 7,819 were over Measure U, while 8,714 were for the council candidate.  That left 139 votes unaccounted for.

City Clerk Margarita Campos explained the discrepancy in the numbers.  “There were some ballots that were blank, while some people didn’t vote for either of the council candidates.”    Campos noted that they even received some ballots from the primary election.   They were not counted.

With such a close race, the difference between the two candidates being less than 1%, some at City Hall on election night wondered if there might be a recount.  Campos noted that the machinery used to count the ballots is tested before the actual ballots are counted, and again afterwards to make sure the count is accurate.
“Of course a candidate can ask for a recount,” Campos said, adding, “But they would have to pay for the cost of it.”

Perhaps it is the “all mail ballot” which really is akin to everyone voting by absentee ballot, but the excitement of election night just wasn’t there at City Hall this election.  A “crowd” of maybe 10 people showed up.  Police Commissioner Jim Etter, his wife, and two of his adult children were among the first to show up to watch the results. Councilman David Gordon joined them for awhile.  Both candidates were noticeably absent, with Gabel-Luddy only showing up well after all the votes had been counted and she was the unofficial winner.  The election should be certified by Friday and the newest council member sworn into office on May 2 along with incumbent Gary Bric who won re-election in the primary.

Those who watch the votes live saw the following results:

Election Results as posted by the City Clerk during the vote counting

Precincts  Frutos Gabel-Luddy Measure U:  Yes  No

1          172          217                          231  110

5          552           613                         716  325

8          878           783                         955  419

11       1,349        1,267                    1,552  704

14       1,579        1,622                    1,914  859

17       1,930        2003                   2,305  1,128

20       2,102        2,160                        –         –

23       2,495        2,498                  2,935  1,469

26       2,817        2,791                  3,315  1,664

32       3,389        3,339                  3,955  2019

35       3,670        3,736                  4,429  2,176

38       3,951        4,090                  4,823  2,362

42       4,314        4,400                  5,264  2,555

42 out of 42 precincts counted.  Total Votes Cast:  8,853

The Story Behind The Story – How Ron Howard Appeared In Burbank On Parade

By Stan Lynch
BurbankNBeyond Features Editor

Ron Howard, one of Burbank’s most famous native sons, made an appearance in Burbank On Parade much to the surprise of the thousands of spectators who lined Olive Ave.   It was also a surprise to parade organizers and even to Ron himself.
Ron’s appearance came about quite by accident, and in large part due to friendships that started at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School back in 1959.

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March 2011

Latest Crime Reports as Reported by the Burbank Police Dept.

Information Supplied by the Burbank Police Dept.

Warning: Some of the items listed below can be graphic in nature

Last updated 3/29/11

Chase Bank ATM Machines Compromised #: 11-2748.
March 28,  at 6:16 a.m., officers responded to the Chase Bank brach located at 1030 W. Alameda Ave. in response to a report of a burglar alarm.    When they arrived, the officers found a man in the lobby who claimed to be getting money from the ATM’s.  It was later discovered that he was in possession of mini-camera’s and card skimmers.  The suspect was arrested for burglary.

Suspect: Hagop Soukiassian, 33, resides in Glendale.

Multiple Auto Burglary Suspect Arrested
On March 28,  at about 11:45 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle that he believed to be possibly an unreported stolen car.   The suspect parked the car in a gas station, got out. and ran away.   The officer gave chase and caught the suspect.  It was later determined that the suspect is on probation.  He was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, and items that had been previously reported to Burbank Police Department as being stolen from a vehicle.   The subject was arrested for burglary.

Suspect: Scott Bonnell, 36, resides in Sylmar.

Auto Burglaries/Thefts from Downtown Parking Structures
On March 25,  between 9:15 and 11:50 p.m., a thieves broke into a GMC pick-up truck parked at the Elephant Bar parking structure, located at 148 E. Orange Grove Ave.  The front driver’s side door lock was punched, and the ignition was also punch.  The suspects took the GPS unit.

Residential Burglaries

2700 block Mansfield Dr.
(smashed rear sliding glass door)
Occurrence: 3/28/11  /  11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Loss: None
Suspects: None seen.

500 block N. Florence St.
(entry unknown)
Occurrence: 3/22 – 25/11  /  9 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.
Loss: Safe, keys to vehicles, laptop computer, and a camera.

Car Burglar caught in the Act

On March 22, at approximately 6:51 p.m., a motorcycle officer was in the middle of a traffic stop when he was approached by a citizen in the area of San Fernando and Burbank Blvds.  The citizen advised him that a car was being broken into at the nearby Chase Bank parking lot locatedat 840 N. San Fernando Blvd.  The citizen provided the officer with the suspect’s description.  The officer drove to the location and saw a matching suspect holding a concrete block and bleeding from his hands.  The suspect was looking into a car as the officer drove up to him. The suspect looked at the officer and ran off.  The officer followed the suspect until he was caught a short time later by other responding officers.   After an investigation, it was discovered the suspect had broken into two vehicles in the parking lot.  The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Burbank Jail.
Suspect – David Fratini, 43, resides in North Hollywood.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that this suspect may be responsible for similar car burglaries in the area.

Catalytic Converter Thefts

No reported thefts this week.

Auto Burglaries/Thefts from Downtown Parking Structures

On March17, between5:30 and 7:30 p.m., a 2007 Lexus RX3 was broken into while parked in the Burbank YMCA parking lot, located at 321 E. Magnolia Blvd.  The front passenger window was smashed and a briefcase and computer hard drive was taken.

On March 18, between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., a 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche was broken into while parked in the “Sears” parking structure, located at 550 N. First St.   A GPS, camera, iPod, and car manual were taken.   There were no signs of forced entry.

Auto Burglaries with 3rd Row Seats Stolen

On March 19, between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., a 2007 Cadillac Escalade was broken into while parked in the “IKEA” parking structure, located at 651 N. San Fernando Blvd.   The third row seats, a camera, and an iPod were taken.   There were no signs of forced entry.

Residential Burglaries

400 block S. Keystone St.
(Smashed rear laundry room window)
Occurrence: 3-22-11 / 10:50 a.m.
Loss: No loss
Suspect: None seen

2900 block Valley Heart Dr.
(Front door kicked in)
Occurrence: 3-21 to 3-22-11 / 6 p.m. – 11 a.m.
Loss: No loss
Suspect: None seen

Shots Fired Calls 200 Block of Florence St.
March 10, around 10:30 p.m., there was a report of shots fired in the area of the 200 block of N. Florence St.   Officer searched the area, but found no victims or evidence of gun shots.

March 12, around 7 p.m.  there was another report of shots fired in the 200 block of N. Florence St.  Officers searched the area and contacted witnesses who say the shots came from a vehicle driving down Florence St.  No one was hit or injured.  A few subjects were interviewed (They were believed to be gang members, or were gang affiliated).  They all stated they had no idea who the suspects were and could not provide a good description.  A report was taken to document the incident.  Police have stepped up area checks and will be maintaining a high visibility.
Suspect vehicle – 1990’s red Toyota Celica, two doors. No further description.

Indecent Exposure (Delayed Reporting)
Last month, on February 17, at approximately 3:40 p.m., a 13 year-old girl was walking home from school, eastbound on Victory Blvd. at Catalina St.  As she passed a car that was parked on Victory, she noticed a man sitting in the driver’s seat.  She then heard the man make a kissing sound and looked over in this direction.  Looking through the opened passenger window, the girl noticed the man’s pants were unzipped and his erect penis was exposed.  The man looked at her while he stroked his penis.  The girl screamed and ran away.  When she reached her apartment she turned to see the car driving away westbound on Victory Blvd.   The girl told her mother what had happened but they did not report it to police at the time because they felt they did not have enough information.

Suspect – Male Hispanic, 30’s, with black bushy hair and a black mustache. 
Suspect vehicle – Older, smaller four-door compact, red in color, with tinted rear windows.  The vehicle appeared “beat up” and had areas of rust.

Be On The Lookout
Burglary Suspect and Vehicle

On March 16, 2011, at 1445 hours, a Male Hispanic suspect knocked on the front door of a home located in the 3000 block of N. Buena Vista St.  Believing no one was home; the suspect walked around to the rear and smashed a rear door window.  A babysitter was in the home and scared the suspect away.  The suspect ran back toward the front and  got into a vehicle that was last seen southbound Buena Vista.

Suspect – Male Hispanic, bald head, 6-0, 180, “strong build” wearing a dark jacket, dark blue jeans and black gloves.
Suspect vehicle – Older, possible BMW 545i, maroon color, with tinted windows.

Catalytic Converter Thefts

No reported thefts this week.

Auto Burglaries with 3rd Row Seats Stolen

No reported thefts

Residential Burglaries

800 block E. Providencia Ave.
(Smashed living room window)
Occurrence: 3-15-11 / 1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Loss: Jewelry
Suspect: None seen

1300 block N. Pass Ave.
(Removed door window pane)
Occurrence: 3-16-11 / 11:10 p.m.
Loss: No loss
Suspect: None seen

Auto Burglaries/Thefts from Downtown Parking Structures

On March 12, between 1 p.m. and 3:10 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was broken into while it was parked in the “IKEA” parking structure, located at 651 N. San Fernando Blvd.  The front passenger door lock was punched out, and the in-dash stereo was taken.

On March 12, between 5:40 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was broken into while it was parked in the lot at the Black Angus restaurant, located at 250 S. First St.  The front driver door lock was punched out and the in-dash stereo and GPS system was taken.

On March 13, between 2 p.m. and 4:20 p.m., a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe was broken into while it was parked in the “Burbank Towne Center” parking structure, located at 501 E. Cypress Ave.   The front driver door lock was punched out, and the in-dash stereo and GPS was taken.

Two Separate Street Robberies Within 30 Minutes

On March 10, two separate street robberies occurred within 30 minutes of each other and police believe they were committed by the same suspect.   The first robbery occurred at 2 p.m. in the area of Florence St and Olive Ave.  A 37 year-old man was walking on Florence St when the suspect walked up from behind and pointed a handgun at him.  The suspect demanded the victim’s cell phone and cash. Fearing for his safety, the victim handed over his property.  The suspect fled northbound on Florence St., and out of sight.

The second robbery occurred at 2:25 p.m. in the area of San Fernando Blvd. and Hollywood Way.  A 20 year-old man was walking southbound on San Fernando Blvd. when he noticed a vehicle drive past him and park.  As he approached the vehicle, a man got out of the front passenger seat.  When the victim passed the vehicle the man came up from behind and pointed a handgun at him.  The suspect demanded the victim empty his pockets.  Fearing for his safety, the victim removed cash and the suspect took it.  The suspect ran back to the vehicle and it drove away southbound on Hollywood Way.
Police conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate any matching suspects or vehicle.
Suspect #1– Male Hispanic, 20-25 yrs., with a black mustache, wearing a black hoodie, black basketball shorts, and black shoes.
Suspect – #2 (Driver) No description.
Suspect vehicle – Older black 4 door sedan.

Police Officer Assaulted by Suicidal Female

On March 10, at 2:35 p.m., a police received a call of a nudefemale who was vandalizing cars and threatening suicide in the 900 block of W. Angelino Ave.  Officers arrived and found the woman nude and screaming obscenities.  As officers approached her, she flung a purse and physically attacked one of the officers, kicking him in the groin area.  Officers repeatedly ordered her to stop but she refused and again moved toward the officers in a threatening manner.   An officer then deployed his taser and hit the woman in the upper torso area.  This incapacitated the woman, which allowed the officers to handcuff and control her.  Fire department paramedics examined and treated the suspect.  She was transported to a local hospital where she was medically examined by a doctor.
The suspect was determined to be a danger to herself and was held pending a psychiatric evaluation.  The officer was medically examined by a doctor and was cleared for full duty.
The suspect damaged numerous vehicles in the apartment complex parking lot, and had attacked an innocent bystander.  The case will be presented to the City Attorney’s office for criminal filing.

Man Points Replica Handgun at Officer

On March 10, at 3:35 p.m., a patrol officer was stopped at the corner of Winona Ave. at Glenoaks Blvd..  The officer was waiting for a pedestrian who was jogging in the crosswalk.  As the jogger got closer, he turned and began walking directly at the patrol car.  The officer then saw the man reach into his waistband and remove what he instantly recognized to be a blue steel handgun.  The suspect aggressively pointed the handgun at the officer while continuing to walk towards him.  Believing the suspect would start shooting; the officer drove forward and stopped to allow him more time to withdraw his handgun.  The officer then exited the patrol car with his handgun.  As he turned toward the suspect he ordered him to drop the gun.  The suspect immediately dropped the gun, but aggressively began walking toward the officer.  After repeated orders to lie down, the suspect finally complied and laid down on the street.  Additional officers responded Code 3 to the area to assist in taking the suspect into custody.   After the suspect was taken into custody, officers discovered the handgun was a replica blue steel semi automatic, possibly a BB gun.  The gun had an orange tip which was covered with a tan masking tape.  The suspect was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and suspicion of robbery.  Detectives are currently conducting further investigations into the case. 
Suspect – Davis Mears, 20, resides in Glendale.

Ex-Con Arrested After Street Robbery

On March 10, at 4:50 p.m., a 68 year-old man parked his vehicle on Evergreen St. at Victory Blvd.  As he exited the vehicle, another vehicle pulled alongside and stopped.   A man got out of the front passenger door and pointed a handgun at the victim.  The suspect demanded money and told the victim to show his wallet.  The victim removed his wallet but it contained no cash. The suspect search the victim’s pockets and removed $6 in cash along with a ring.  The suspect then got back inside his vehicle and drove away, last seen eastbound in the alley.   Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate any matching suspect or vehicle.
Before the vehicle left, the victim had quickly written down the vehicle’s license plate number. Officers and detectives conducted a follow up investigation on the vehicle’s license plate.  The investigation led them to an address in Pacoima where, after hours of surveillance by ground units aided by police helicopters, they found a man and a vehicle matching the suspect description.   Further investigation resulted in the discovery of a handgun that was similar to the weapon used in the robbery.  The suspect was ultimately arrested and the vehicle was impounded and towed for evidence.  The suspect was transported to the police jail where he was booked for robbery.  It was determined that the suspect was a convicted felon, which lead to an additional felony charge. Detectives will be further investigating to determine if the suspect is responsible for similar crimes within the city and surrounding agencies. 
Suspect – Juventino Fajardo, 35, resides in Pacoima.

Catalytic Converter Thefts

No reported thefts this week.

Auto Burglaries/Thefts from Downtown Parking Structures

On March 10,  between 6:30 and 8:20 p.m., a 2004 Cadillac Escalade was broken into while parked in the “IKEA” parking structure, located at 651 N. San Fernando Blvd.   The driver’s side door lock was punched out, and shopping bags with store-purchased items were taken.

Auto Burglaries with 3rd Row Seats Stolen

No reported thefts this week.

Residential Burglaries

800 block N. Florence St.
(unlocked side door)
Occurrence: 3-9-11 / 10 a.m. – 4:59 p.m.
Loss: No loss.  Vandalism was committed.
Suspect: None seen

Auto Burglaries/Thefts from Downtown Parking Structures

On March 5, between 11:45 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was broken into while it had been parked in the “IKEA” parking structure, located at 651 N. San Fernando Blvd.   The front passenger door was punched out and a GPS, a purse, and cash were taken.

On March 6, between 2:05 p.m. and 3 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van was broken into while it had been parked in the “Orange Grove” parking structure, located at 240 E. Orange Grove Ave.   Two bicycles and an iPod were taken.  There were no signs of forced entry.

Auto Burglaries with 3rd Row Seats Stolen

On March 4-5, between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m., a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe was broken into while it had been parked in the “Orange Grove” parking structure, located at 240 E. Orange Grove Ave.  The driver side door lock was punched out and the third row seats were taken.

Residential Burglaries

933 E. Valencia Ave.
(Front door kicked in)
Occurrence: 3-5-11 / 4:50 p.m. – 1105 p.m.
Loss: Jewelry
Suspect: None seen

Jewel Thief Chased Down at Costco

On March 2, at 5:45 p.m., a 25 year-old man entered the Costco store located at 1051 W. Burbank Blvd.  The suspect approached the jewelry section and asked an employee to see a bracelet.  The employee opened the display case and handed the suspect a $13,000 diamond bracelet.  The suspect looked at the bracelet and then looked at the employee.  The suspect then told the employee, “You know what?  I’m just going to run out with it now.”  The suspect then turned and ran out the store with the employee and security officers in chase.  The suspect tripped and fell and was immediately detained by the employees.  No one was injured and the bracelet was returned to the store.  The police department was called and officers arrived to take custody of the suspect.  The suspect was transported to the police jail where he was booked for grand theft/burglary. Suspect – Manuel Alvarado, 25, resides in Burbank

Burglar Chased Away by Home Owner

On March 3, at 10 a.m., a couple were home when someone knocked on their door, located in the 1800 Block of Jackson St.  The man looked out through a window to see a man looking around on the porch.  The suspect then went around the side yard and into the backyard.  The suspect appeared at the rear door and opened the unlocked door.  As the suspect entered, the man yelled at him. The suspect then ran out the same rear door and toward the front.  The man grabbed a kitchen knife and ran outside to see the suspect get into the passenger seat of vehicle parked in front. The vehicle then quickly sped away and was last seen eastbound of Church St.  Police searched the area but could not find any matching suspects. There was no loss. 
Suspect – Male White, 35-38 years, 5-10 to 6-0, thin build, short dark hair, clean shaven, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans, and tennis shoes. 
Suspect – (Driver) Female, White, orange/reddish curly hair. No further description. 
Suspect vehicle – Grey older model, 4-door, possibly a VW hatchback.

‘Burbank Review’ by Stan Lynch

Master Sergeant David Bigbee Retires From Air Force

By Stan Lynch

Master Sergeant David Bigbee USAF Ret.

Master Sergeant David Bigbee retired from the United States Air Force after nearly 25 years of service, in ceremonies held recently at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

MSgt. Bigbee and his family are well-known in Burbank.  He is the son of former longtime Burbank residents Rollin and Sue Bigbee, of Morro Bay.  His father, Rollin Bigbee was a longtime physical education teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School. His mother was a teacher at the Burbank First United Methodist Church pre-school for many years.  His late grandfather, the Rev. Morris R. Bigbee, was pastor at the Little White Chapel Christian Church from 1942 to 1967.

David was born and raised in Burbank, graduating from John Burroughs High School in 1982.   He is married to the former Cynthia Tarello, also from Burbank.  The couple has two children, a daughter Rachel, and a son, Joshua, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy.
After basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas, where he received the Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, Bigbee was trained as an Air Launched Missile Maintenance Specialist at Chanute AFB in Illinois.   He spent the next 8 years at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas, where he worked as a Weapons Support Specialist, Missile Technician, Shop Trainer, and Maintenance Bay Chief.  While at McConnell he performed maintenance on missiles and the B-1 Strategic Bomber.

In 1995 MSgt. Bigbee was assigned to Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, Montana, where he served for 15 years.   He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant at Malmstrom in 2008.  In May of 2009, MSgt. Bigbee was assigned to Minot AFB in North Dakota.
During his outstanding career in the Air Force, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the AF Achievement Outstanding Achievement, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Global War on Terrorism Service and other medals.  Bigbee also earned the Strategic Air Command Munitions Master Technician Award and the ICBM Master Technician Award.  At his retirement ceremony, MSgt. Bigbee received the Meritorious Service Medal, one of the highest commendations that can be earned by a member of the Air Force.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, Bigbee has accepted a position with Boeing Aircraft at their Malmstrom AFB Division in Great Falls, Montana.

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