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Burbank Man Arrested For Murder of Mother

Burbank Police gather at the apartment of a woman who was allegedly killed by her son Monday night (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police gather at the apartment of a woman who was allegedly killed by her son Monday night (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Moises Diaz, age 40, was arrested on Monday, January 20, for the alleged murder of his mother, Maria Diaz, age 77, after her body was found in the south alley of 4000 W. Victory Blvd., between N. Evergreen St. and Pass Avenue. Burbank Police responded to a call placed at 10:41 a.m. about a person possibly sleeping in the alley. Upon arrival, officers found the body of the mother, already deceased, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

News media at the scene on Victory (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

News media at the scene on Victory (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the L.A. County Coroner’s office. After an investigation by the Burbank Police Monday, Diaz was arrested for the murder of his mother, just a few hours after the discovery of her body. Mother and son had been living together in a Burbank apartment, according to the statement released by Ryburn Monday evening.

Sgt. Darrin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Dept. briefs reporters at the main Police Station Monday night to announce the arrest. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Darrin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Dept. briefs reporters at the main Police Station Monday night to announce the arrest. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Diaz was booked for murder and continues to be held in the Burbank Jail on $1,000,000 bail. Burbank Police ask for anyone who may have been in the south alley of 4000 W. Victory Blvd. between 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, and 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, to call the BPD at 818-238-3210.

This is the first murder in Burbank in over a year with the still unsolved shooting of Antwan Haroun, who was shot in his doorway the evening of October 11, 2012 on East Providencia Ave. and when police charged the parents of a baby girl with murder after the baby’s death on November 9, 2012.

Photographer Ross A. Benson contributed to this report.

Police tow a car from the residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police tow a car from the residence (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police spent a majority of the day at the apartment where the suspect lived with his mother on Victory Blvd. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police spent a majority of the day at the apartment where the suspect lived with his mother on Victory Blvd. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Spectacular Crash Sends Two Cars Spinning And Sliding

A traffic accident Thursday night around 10 p.m., at the intersection of Magnolia and Victory Boulevards severely damaged the two cars involved and injured one driver, but it could have been much worse.

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A Honda Civic on the left, and a Toyota Yaris came to rest backwards against the curb in front of Al & Ed’s Autosound on Victory Blvd. at Magnolia Blvd. after colliding Thursday night. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

The impact between a Honda Civic and a Toyota Yaris sent both cars spinning and sliding to the southeast corner of the intersection.  According Burbank Police at the scene, the Honda was heading east on Magnolia when the driver, who was unfamiliar with the area, apparently ran a red light.  She struck the Toyota, which was heading south on Victory, on the right side of the car.   The Toyota appeared to have slid on its left side before landing on all four wheels near the Honda.  The front and side airbags deployed in both cars.

Burbank Water & Power employee Richard Drutcher inspects the gaping hole in the plastic conduit that protects the electrical wire going from underground to the transmission lines overhead.

Burbank Water & Power employee Richard Drutcher inspects the gaping hole in the plastic conduit that protects the electrical wire going from underground to the transmission lines overhead.

The Honda came to rest with its rear wheels against a curb, with the right rear section of the car also striking a utility pole.  The impact broke a chunk out of the conduit that runs from the sidewalk up to the power lines overhead. Burbank Water & Power dispatched an employee from the Electrical Distribution section to access the damage. His initial inspection didn’t turn up any damage to the wires.

The driver was very lucky that the wires inside the conduit were not damaged, as the wires carry 4,000 volts of electricity.  Had the wires been broken, they could have shocked the driver or rescuers.

The wooden utility pole received only minor damage.  The electrical transmission lines at the top of the pole carry 69,000 volts.  Had the wire in the conduit been broken or the power lines overhead fallen, severe injuries or death could have resulted.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the accident with an engine company and rescue ambulance.  The unidentified driver of the Toyota was transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, after complaining of pain.   The driver of the Honda appeared to be uninjured and remained at the scene as police investigated the accident.

Broken Gas Main on Buena Vista Causes Evacuations, Traffic

Burbank Police closed Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. after a major gas leak was discovered mid block on Tuesday afternoon.

Burbank Fire Battalion Chief Eric Garcia confers with Capt. Jeff Goldstein and So. California Gas Company during a gas leak on Buena Vista near Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department was called and assisted while crews from Southern California Gas Company worked to stop the flow of natural gas. Several apartment dwellers were evacuated, to a nearby parking lot, during the closer.

Traffic was detoured from Buena Vista and several surrounding streets during the shut down during rush hour traffic, causing major traffic situations in the surrounding area.

 

Burbank Firefighters speak with Southern California Gas Company employees on their plan of action, during a major leak on Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Southern Calif. Gas Company emergency crews work to stop a major gas leak on Buena Vista south of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Late Night Accident Sends Man to Hospital

At around 10:45 Monday night, Burbank Police along with Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported single vehicle traffic accident near the Burbank Animal Shelter with the car overturned.

Burbank Paramedics get ready to transport a man to the hospital after being involved in an accident. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank PD was first on scene and reported that a vehicle was flipped over on the sidewalk with the driver and his small dog out of the vehicle. The driver was reported traveling northbound on Victory at a high rate of speed before he lost control of his car and flipped several times through the air where he then landed on the opposite side of the road upside down in the bushes.

Before coming to rest in the bushes, the car snapped a tree in half which pierced the side window of the car missing the driver by inches. Amazingly, the driver escaped with non life threatening injuries but was transported to the hospital with multiple lacerations to his face and a possible concussion. The dog appeared to be okay but will probably demand to drive next time.

Southbound Victory was closed for over an hour in the area for the clean up and duration of the investigation.

 

This vehicle rolled and wound up knocking over a tree on Victory Place near the Animal Shelter Monday night. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The car was righted after the accident showing damage to the passenger side of the vehicle (Photo By Nick Colbert)

 

Late Night Accident Sends One Driver to Hospital

Burbank Police received a call of an auto accident involving two cars in the intersection of Victory Blvd. and Alameda Street, with a person laying in the roadway.

Firefighters treat the driver of one of the cars involved, he refused further medical treatment after being checked by paramedics. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Once they got on scene they discovered a driver of one of the cars involved was laying on the sidewalk awaiting paramedics, the driver of the other car still sitting in the drivers seat.

Police reported that one of the cars was traveling eastbound on Alameda and was struck by the other car that was southbound Victory Blvd. Paramedics transported one of the drivers although her passenger was not injured or was her pet dog that was not secured in the car.

The other driver refused medical treatment.

Burbank Fire Captain Mark Hatch treats a victim as a Burbank Police Officer gathers information from a passenger. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Firefighters Rescue Man Who Fell Into Flood Control Channel

Burbank Fire Fighters responded to a reported injured person lying in the flood control channel on Alameda Ave. east of Victory Blvd. Friday afternoon.

Upon their arrival the captain of Engine 15 requested a truck company to help with removing the injured person, due to the need for special equipment, such as a hoist  and a stokes basket. The man who was reported to be a 74 year-old Burbank resident,  either jumped or fell into the flood control channel.  The concrete-lined channel is approximately 20 feet below the street level.  Burbank police are continuing their investigation to determine what happened.

The victim was transported to LA County-USC Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries, but in serious condition. The fire department’s operation was under the command of Battalion Chief Ron Barone.  Burbank Police assisted with traffic in the area during the rescue.

Burbank firefighters had to use specialized equipment to rescue a 74 year-old man from the flood control channel at Alameda Ave. near Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank firefighters used special stokes basket after lifting this victim from the wash on Alameda Ave. east of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank paramedics wisk away the man they rescued from the wash on Alameda Ave. east of Victory Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Vikings Opening Weekend Scores

The Burbank Vikings football program opened their season on Saturday, Sept. 10 picking up six victories in various age divisions. Here are the results:

(1-0-0) Senior Black 38 vs. Thousand Oaks White 18
(1-0-0) Senior Gold 62 vs. Oxnard 6

(0-0-0) Junior Black – BYE
(0-1-0) Junior Green 20 vs. N. Oxnard Black 42
(0-1-0) Junior White 0 vs. Agoura Blue 18
(1-0-0) Midget Black 32 vs. Thousand Oaks White 18
(1-0-0) Midget Green 12 vs. Simi Black 6
(0-1-0) Bantam Black 12 vs. Ventura White 19
(1-0-0) Bantam Green 54 vs. N. Oxnard Black 28
(0-1-0) PeeWee Black 6 vs. Calabasas 6
(1-0-0) PeeWee White 52 vs. Canyon 20

Illegal Fireworks Set Off ‘Shots Fired’ Alarm

At approximately 9:50 p.m. Wednesday night, two very loud booms had residents, and even a police officer reporting shots being fired. One resident called police because they thought an electrical transformer had blown.

The booms, which were very loud, deep-sounding explosions, came from the area of Burbank and Victory Blvds.   A police officer out on a traffic stop at Chandler and Victory Blvd. observed the actual source of the booms — fireworks in the sky, and put to rest the reports of shots fired.   Another witness said the two large aerial salute fireworks exploded approximately 200 feet in the sky.

Apparently the source of the illegal fireworks was not found.   Incidentally, the 4th of July is more than 3 months away.