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“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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

“Choose Love Over Hate” Vandal Chooses Hate

By Timothy Mably

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On the evening of Tuesday, November 7, Burbank resident Christy Xandrick and her daughter drove down Chandler Blvd. when they witnessed a vandal cutting down a banner outside a house at 904 N. Keystone St. which read, “Choose Love Over Hate.”

An uproar followed on Twitter after Xandrick shared her experience with the community. Residents were confused and upset that someone would cut down a sign simply proclaiming that love is stronger than hate, a message especially relevant in a time of constant controversy.

“I was in the passenger seat and we came to a stop on the corner of Chandler and Keystone and I saw a woman with a huge pair of scissors cutting down the sign!” said Xandrick. “My daughter started to drive and I told her about the woman and she literally flipped a u-turn right in the middle of the street and went back.”

Spotting the 60-some-year-old woman walking down Keystone St. toward Burbank Blvd., Xandrick and her daughter pulled up next to the vandal, who was wearing a grey t-shirt, blue sweatpants, and a white cap.

“…I asked, ‘Did you just cut down that sign?’ She had rolled up the sign and shoved it in her shirt! She gave me a dirty look and kept walking.”

Located directly across the street from Edison Elementary School, the banner has been promoting the message of “love over hate” since early this year. It is unclear why the vandal, who remains unknown, wanted to take it down. Some wondered if results from the election earlier that evening pushed her to choose hate.

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Shortly after the sign was removed, homemade signs from residents were put up in its place, proving vandalism can’t vanquish love for long.

Upon reading Xandrick’s tweets, the banner’s creator, Tonya Kane, was notified of the incident and put up a new version of the “Choose Love Over Hate” sign the following Friday.

Burbank Man Arrested For Spraying Gang-Related Graffiti

Police arrested a Burbank man on Sunday for spray painting gang-related graffiti on the wall of a business near San Fernando Boulevard and Frederic Street.

BPD police Car Logo-2Officers on patrol in the area at 2:25 a.m., April 6, saw 23-year-old Abraham Lopez writing gang-related graffiti to a wall on the 2500 block of N. San Fernando Boulevard.

“When they approached, the suspect threw the spray can and attempted to flee,” said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department. “He was detained before he could get away.”

“Lopez had paint on his fingers which matched the spray can paint and the paint applied on the wall,” added Ruiz.

Lopez was booked at the Burbank Jail for vandalism with an additional charge for participation in a street gang, because of the gang-related graffiti. His bail was set at $40,500.

Police Investigate Possibly Related New Year’s Vandalism

Burbank Police are investigating four reported cases of vandalism occurring overnight on Tuesday, December 31, which were reported on Wednesday, January 1. Three vehicles and one business, all located within a block or two of each other, were vandalized by the currently unknown suspect or suspects.

“The reported cases of vandalism are suspected of being related, due to the close proximities and similarities of damage to the vehicles,” commented Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

At 6:15 a.m. on January 1, Burbank Police responded to the 700 block of N. Valley St. to investigate a silver 2014 Bentley with 3 tires slashed and a profanity scratched in the hood with a sharp object. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of a residence on that block.

At 10:00 a.m. on January 1, Burbank Police and Fire Departments were called to 4417 W. Magnolia Blvd. for a vandalized vehicle and water running down the side of the building, which houses the office of Bill Toth & Associates Real Estate. The water and gas lines had been broken on the roof of the building, so the Fire Department shut off all utilities to the building to prevent further damage, according to Ryburn, although the office’s floors inside the building had already sustained extensive damage.

A green 2014 Mercedes parked in the business’ rear parking lot was also heavily damaged from vandalism. All four of the vehicles’ tires were flat and had visible puncture marks, added Ryburn. The rear window was smashed and the trunk and driver’s side door were etched with similar profanities to the marks on the silver Bentley.

At 12:00 p.m. January 1, an additional vehicle vandalism was reported on the 800 block of N. Valley St. In that case, a gray Volkswagen Jetta, parked in a residence’s driveway, had three of its four tires slashed.

Burbank Police continue to investigate the vandalism cases, which cost thousands of dollars worth of damage to the vehicles and Bill Toth & Associates Real Estate office.