Tag Archives: Verdugo

Stolen Gardener’s Truck Recovered, Tools Missing

On Monday, April 2 at 5:35 p.m., Burbank Police responded to a call about a stolen Ford F350 which contained gardening tools on the 400 block of North Lamer St.

Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Around 6:00 p.m., the truck was discovered unoccupied in an alley at Verdugo Ave. and Keystone St. with some of the gardening equipment missing.

Two suspects are believed to be involved. One of the suspects who is described as an African American male drove a getaway truck that might have been a silver Dodge Ram.

The other suspect was a Caucasian male possibly in his 30s, wearing a black sweater, black gloves, black hat, and black jeans.

Drive-By Shooting on Verdugo Avenue Gang Related

An 18 year-old man was transported to St. Joseph’s Emergency Room Thursday with a gunshot wound to the upper left shoulder. While treating the victim, hospital officials notified the Burbank Police Department who responded officers to the ER.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police interviewed the victim and found that he had been shot in the 200 block of West Verdugo around 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Police responded to the scene to investigate.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that a black sedan, occupied by two Hispanic males, drove by and yelled gang related obscenities and shot at the victim and his friend.

The victim’s injuries do not appear life-threatening.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Brimway at (818) 238-3278 or (818) 238-3000. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Spectacular Car Crash Closes Verdugo Avenue for an Hour

In what witnesses said was a spectacular car accident Friday evening sent one person to LA County USC Trauma Center with traumatic injuries and another to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries and for observation.TA Verdugo & Lincoln -2

The Burbank Police Traffic Department are still investigating this wild traffic accident that sent one car flipping end over end several times before coming to a rest in the middle of Verdugo Avenue. Debris littered the street close to two city blocks long.

It was reported that the driver of a newer Toyota Camry was west bound Verdugo Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed passing cars in the center of the street, then he struck a parked car, then another and then collided with a car at approximately Lincoln Street. That’s when his car then was catapulted into midair flipping over several times to finally come to rest at approximately mid block on Verdugo west of Lincoln Street.

Burbank Police Traffic Officers investigate the scene of traffic accident that closed Verdugo Avenue at Lincoln Street Friday evening.(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Burbank Police Traffic Officers investigate the scene of traffic accident that closed Verdugo Avenue at Lincoln Street Friday evening.(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Verdugo remained closed for over an hour while traffic officers recorded measurements and took witnesses statements.

According to Burbank Police, it’s being investigated that the driver might have suffered from a possible medical condition this causing this accident.

The investigation is on going by Burbank Police.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters treat one of the patients that was struck during accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters treat one of the patients that was struck during accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Accident Snarls Rush Hour Traffic Without Major Injuries

Burbank Police Officers gather information awaiting the arrival of Burbank Fire Dept. at this overturned accident that occurred during rush hour traffic at Buena Vista & Verdugo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officers gather information awaiting the arrival of Burbank Fire Dept. at this overturned accident that occurred during rush hour traffic at Buena Vista & Verdugo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded several units Code 3 (lights & siren) for a traffic accident  that included an overturned van at Buena Vista and Verdugo during rush hour traffic on Monday afternoon.  When they arrived on the scene they found everyone out and without serious injuries..

Burbank’s Fire Department and Paramedics continued to respond to check out the occupants and treated one driver for a minor arm injury.

Traffic was diverted in all directions at one of the busiest intersections along Buena Vista.

Burbank Firefighters treat the driver of a overturned van for a minor injury following this accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters treat the driver of a overturned van for a minor injury following this accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter John Freeborn checks out one of the passengers that was involved in this accident,and making sure he's OK, while a Burbank Police officer gathers information(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter John Freeborn checks out one of the passengers that was involved in this accident and making sure he’s OK, while a Burbank Police officer gathers information(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Rolled Over Truck Leaves Litter and Causes Injuries

Burbank Firefighters survey the damage and treat a driver at the scene of this overturned truck on Verdugo west of San Fernando, Sunday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police and Firefighters responded to Verdugo Ave. just west of San Fernando Blvd. late Sunday evening for a traffic accident involving a reported overturned truck with an injured party.

Burbank Police were first to arrive and they found the the driver of the pickup had self-extricated herself, but needed Paramedics to look at a bloody knee.

The Title says it all, the magazines that were thrown from the pickup were being distributed, and there auto truck magazines, with an ad for truck insurance on it’s cover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Apparently the driver of the pickup was delivering magazines and racks and was pulling into the driveway of the auto repair business when she was struck from behind and overturned. The lone female occupant of the pickup was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, the other car suffered moderate damage and required towing.

Thousands of copies of the magazine she was distributing ended all over the street, with it’s cover highlighting truck insurance, which we hope she had.

 

 

 

Debris that was thrown out of the rear of the pickup after it was overturned. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Driver Unhurt When Car Hits Parked Vehicles and Overturns

Burbank Police and Firefighters were called to the intersection of Fredrick St. and Verdugo Ave. after a car struck several parked cars and overturned, briefly trapping the driver inside.

Burbank Police investigate this auto accident which left one car overturned and several others damaged. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters arived on scene and determined that the driver was not injured.

Burbank Police investigated the  accident, and determined the driver was driving while impaired.  He was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Verdugo Ave. was closed to traffic while the street was blocked by the overturned car.  The street was opened after the car was up-righted and impounded.

Several parked cars were damaged as a result of this accident.  No one else was injured.   Police have not yet released the name of the driver.

Burbank Police officer take the unidentified driver into custody following a late night accident that left several damaged cars.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Shots Fired in Quiet Burbank Neighborhood

Burbank Police respond to a disturbance call that turned into shots fired near Del Taco on Hollywood Way & Screenland Drive. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded to a disturbance call late Friday night near the Del Taco located on Verdugo Ave. just west of Hollywood Way at Screenland Dr.  While they were enroute they received several 911 calls regarding shots being fired in the same vicinity.

When officers  arrived they detained two men in the Del Taco parking lot.   While investigating the incident they found several spent .40 caliber shell casings in the street across from the Del Taco.  Burbank Police also detained a man with a firearm during their investigation.  After canvasing the parking lot they found that no one  had been struck by the bullets.  Burbank Police continued their investigation for a prolonged period of time, getting statements from several shoppers and witnesses in the area.

Two people were taken in for questioning and released.  There was one arrest made, but it was unrelated to the shots fired.  Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

 

Burbank Police protect several .40 caliber shell casings on Screenland Drive. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One New, One Old Location For Christmas Tree Drop-off

The temperature is rising for December and with only a day left, it’s also a good time this weekend to recycle your dried out Christmas Tree.

Retired Burbank Fire Captain Glen Haws shows by example it's time to recycle your Christmas Tree. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The City of Burbank is providing a couple of ways to complete this task, you can take your old tree without any metal stands to Verdugo Park Parking lot or this year at

McCambridge Park on the Andover Drive side and the city will mulch them into compost. Because of construction in the area, no tree drop-off is being held at Brace Park this year.

The other easy way is to just add it to you regular curbside trash this next couple of weeks and the city will pic them up there also.

This year the normal Christmas Tree recycle loacation at Brace Park has MOVED to McCambridge Park. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Man Seriously Injured After Rush Hour Accident

Burbank Fire units were dispatched under the direction of Battalion Chief Kenet Robertson to an accident reported as a vehicle into a tree at 3011 W. Verdugo.  Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found a car had hit the tree in front of the residence with the driver trapped behind the wheel. It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes to extricate the victim using the jaws of life.

According to witnesses at the scene, the car was driving eastbound on Verdugo when suddenly it veered hard to the left and started to accelerate.  The car cut across the westbound lane and went up the handicapped access ramp to the sidewalk, entered the front yard of the property and took out about 25 feet of fencing before hitting the tree.  Witnesses said the car was accelerating the entire time.

At the time of the accident police and fire officials did not know if the man driving had a medical emergency causing the accident and were still investigating.  The victim was transported to County USC Medical Center’s trauma unit.

Take A Hike, Burbank!

A cool, brisk Saturday morning did not deter dozens of hikers from hitting the trails for the 11th Annual Verdugo Hills Community Hike.  Sponsored by Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, with volunteers joining from Boy Scout Troop 210, the community hike attracted families and supporters from  Burbank and surrounding cities.

The hike was more than simply trekking along a few well-marked trails in the Verdugo Mountains.  With enthusiastic guides and volunteer docents on hand, hikers were also able to learn about the geology, history, wildlife, and flora of the hills, bringing a greater awareness and appreciation of the natural resources surrounding Burbank.

Participants had the choice of two trails, one originating at the Stough Canyon Nature Center, and a second, longer trail starting at Wildwood Canyon.  Both courses were challenging and picturesque, offering first time visitors a bit of exercise and glimpse into Burbank’s urban wilderness.

Special Assistant Recreation Leader Dana Bleitz-Sanburg was one of the experts on hand to lead groups of climbers on an “Edu-Hike” up the hill.  During the ascent, Bleitz-Sanburg provided lectures on both natural habitats of the hills, as well as Native American history.

Stough Canyon Nature Center Volunteer Docents joined the event to assist hikers who strayed off course, as well as deliver mini-lectures on ecology and natural science.  They offered additional information on efforts to maintain trails within the extensive Verdugo Mountainway Trail system stretching from Sunland to La Crescenta.

According to Nancy Durkee, Scout Master of Burbank’s Troop 210, the scouts founded the Community Hike idea, partnering with the Nature Center, with the intent of attracting residents into the hills for both exercise – and offer an opportunity to explore nature areas around Stough and Wildwood Canyon parks.   Troop 210 members offered food to hikers mid-point in the trail at Ridge Trail Summit, encouraging all to have a good time.

With views of the Verdugo Mountains,  San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Mountains, the trail provided trekkers both non-stop photo opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the park, and an incentive to make the climb more often.

The Stough Canyon Nature Center is a gateway to the Verdugo Mountains, Verdugo Mountainway, and Rim of the Valley trails.  It provides the public  information and educational opportunities to learn more about area wildlife, geology, and flora through various activities, exhibits, and specialized nature hikes.

The Nature Center is located 2300 E. Walnut Ave., above the DeBell Golf Course.  Further information about their activities, educational workshops, learning opportunities, and events can be found  on the Nature Center’s web page , or by calling (818) 238-5440.  Stough Canyon Nature Center events are also listed on the BurbankNBeyond.com Events Calendar.

Photo Gallery By Deborah Dodge

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Everyone loved the breakfast that was provided by the Boy Scouts (Photo By Deborah Dodge)